This post is sponsored by the American Dairy Association and Dairy Council
Did you know that June is Dairy Month?
That means it's time to celebrate #AllThingsDairy!
Fresh nutritious dairy foods like milk, cheese and yogurt don't just taste delicious; they're good for your body! Dairy foods are the #1 source of calcium in most individual’s daily diet and offer 9 essential nutrients. Milk and dairy products are fresh 365 days a year, making Dairy Month a great time to think about exciting, nutrient rich combinations like creative grilled cheese sandwiches, salads and refreshing desserts.
And what better way to join in the fun & deliciousness and celebrate "All Things Dairy" than with 15 Food Bloggers from around the country who are sharing some of their favorite dairy recipes?!
PLUS enter for a chance to win one of 3 Cuisinart ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence™ Frozen Yogurt-Sorbet & Ice Cream Makers to entice you to make your own delicious dairy treats this summer!
As part of this awesome blogging group, I've been asked to come up with a delicious dairy-based dish to share with you. The first thing that came to my mind was fresh fruit and cold frozen yogurt. So I checked the fridge to see what I had available. Here's what I found: Greek yogurt, lemons, watermelon, strawberries, cucumbers and milk. My mind went into its normal frenzy and came up with this:
Strawberry Cucumber Watermelon Granita with Lemon Vanilla Frozen Yogurt
For the granita:
- 5 cups fresh watermelon
- 1/4 cup seedless cucumber- peeled or unpeeled depending on your taste
- 6-7 ripe strawberries
- 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1/4-1/2 cup sugar
Add all ingredients to blender container starting with 1/4 cup sugar. Whirl up until fully blended. Taste the mixture for sweetness and add more sugar if needed. You can choose to strain the mixture, but leaving all the pulp in will give your granita a nice texture. Place the mixture in a flat glass pan and cover. Place in the freezer for about 2 hours. Using a fork, scrape the top layer of the mixture then put it back in the freezer.
In another 1-2 hours, scrape the rest of the mixture with a fork. You will end up with a beautiful bunch of delicious shavings. Transfer your granita to a sealable container and place it back in the freezer.
For the frozen yogurt:
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup nonfat milk
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp lemon peel shavings
It is up to you how you would like to make your frozen yogurt. If you have an ice cream maker (or WIN the one we are giving away!) by all means add the above ingredients to it and let 'er rip. But if you are like me, you may need to improvise. I used a method that my kids and I have been using for a long time. Just place all the ingredients in a sealable plastic bag, seal it, then place the sealed bag of ingredients into a larger sealable plastic bag along with as much ice as you can fit. Add about a Tbsp of salt to the ice and seal it up. Shake the bags as much as possible until you notice the yogurt starting to thicken and become frozen. Once the yogurt is frozen, you can stop shaking and remove it to a freezer container.
Serve the granita and yogurt together in a clear glass and enjoy!
Please be sure to visit all these other awesome bloggers' sites for even more wonderful dairy based recipes! I'm sure you won't be disappointed. In fact, I think a party with ALL these delicious treats would be a great way to celebrate Dairy Month!
Souffle Bombay - Blueberry Cheesecake Shooters
What the heck's a bonbon?- Watermelon, cucumber and strawberry granita with lemon vanilla frozen yogurt
We're Parents!? - Strawberry Cheesecake Pancakes with Homemade Whipped Topping
It's a Keeper - 10 Homemade Ice Cream Recipes (round up)
Pass the Sushi - Blueberry Frozen Yogurt
Opera Singer in the Kitchen - Double Cheese Spinach and Mushroom Omelette
Real: The Kitchen and Beyond - Jarlsberg Mushroom Melts + 10 Grilled Cheese Ideas
The Vintage Mom - Frozen Strawberry Yogurt Pops + Some More Fresh Ideas!
Giggles, Gobbles, and Gulps- 10 Fun Ways to Drink Your Milk (round up of flavored milk recipes)
Little Kitchie - Spinach & Prosciutto Pizza
How I Pinch A Penny - Banana Pudding Shooters
Mind Over Batter - Strawberries and Cream Icebox Cake
Sugar Dish Me - Healthy Creamy Pasta Salad
Kitchen Conundrum- Rich & Creamy Macaroni and Cheese
The Suburban Soapbox - Chocolate Martini
The American Dairy Association & Dairy Council salutes its local dairy farmers with a celebration of #AllThingsDairy as they seek nutritious recipes combining milk, cheese and yogurt with fresh produce. To learn more about the health benefits of dairy and the essential role it plays in your diet visit DairyGood.org
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