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Breakfast Parfait with Roasted Strawberries

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Back in 2010, Alex and I started a food blog called A Couple Cooks. We had no plans for it except as an outlet for our boundless enthusiasm for cooking. Quinoa! Sweet potatoes! Kale! I would write adoring tributes to new flavors we discovered (want to read one?). We shot the photographs together, an incredibly painful process as amateurs knowing how it “should” look and having no idea on how to get there.

Around that time, we discovered a blog called Naturally Ella. Like us, the author was incredibly passionate about cooking whole foods; unlike us, she had lovely photographs of her creations. Her name was Erin and we started corresponding by email. We found out that she lived not so far away, in Illinois. She asked if she could come visit and stay at our place; we said yes, though we’d never met in real life.

Luckily, we got along wonderfully, and chatted endlessly about our passions for healthy eating and sustainable whole foods. Since that time, Erin has been a constant friend, an ear for bouncing ideas off of, and an overall kind and generous soul. We’re devoting this post to Erin to celebrate two major new things in her life: a new baby (hooray!) and a new cookbook (hooray!). This is part of a virtual baby shower for Erin; the participating bloggers are listed at the end of this post, along with their recipes.

Since we just received Erin’s new cookbook, The Easy Vegetarian Kitchen, we couldn’t think of a better way to pay tribute to Erin than making and shooting one of her recipes. The book features 50 core recipes for vegetarian cooking, each with four seasonal variations. It’s a genius concept, and a fantastic way to learn about seasonal plant-based eating. This breakfast parfait caught our eye, since we’ve always loved Erin’s granolas (she brought us some on that first visit and it disappeared quickly!). It’s my favorite granola yet, and the strawberries roasted with honey are a delicious compliment. You can serve the parfait free-form in a bowl, as shown in the photograph, or layered in a ball jar or clear glass.

Congratulations, Erin, on your beautiful book and your impending bundle of joy! We are honored to be in your life. We love you!

Other recipes celebrating Erin today:

The Fauxmartha | A Pasta Dish for Busy Hands

Edible Perspective | Avocado Pesto Chickpea Salad Sandwiches

Eat This Poem | Penne with Cherry Tomatoes and Arugula

Cookie and Kate | Brussels Sprouts Pizza

FoodieCrush | Beet, Avocado and Fried Goat Cheese Salad

The Bojon Gourmet | Tempeh BLTs with Avocado + Chipotle Mayonnaise

Girl Versus Dough | Spiced Lentils with Poached Eggs

Dolly and Oatmeal | Chickpea Bean Bowl with Toasted Bread Crumbs and Dill Tahini

Food Loves Writing | Erin’s Veggie Burgers

With Food + Love | Creamy Polenta with Crispy Beets

London Bakes | Ricotta Gnocchi with Wild Garlic and Pistachio Pesto

Flourishing Foodie | Glazed Tofu with Ramen

This Homemade Life | Chickpea Greek Salad

My Name is Yeh | Creamed Spinach

Brooklyn Supper | One-Pot Pasta Primavera

And finally, some photos from our first meetup with Erin in 2012:

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Fun with lemon mint slushes

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This one made me laugh, so I couldn’t resist including it :)

Breakfast Parfait with Roasted Strawberries | A Couple Cooks

Breakfast Parfait with Roasted Strawberries
 
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Serves: 3 cups
What You Need
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup pecan pieces
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup walnut or olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
What To Do
  1. Preheat the oven to 300F. In a bowl, toss together 2 cups oats, 1 cup pecans, and ⅛ teaspoon salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together ¼ cup maple syrup, ¼ cup oil, and ½ teaspoon vanilla extract. Pour into the oat mixture and stir until the oats are well coated.
  2. Spread the oats in an even layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through baking. The granola should be golden and starting to brown around the edges. Remove the pan from the oven and let cool completely on the pan.
  3. Once the granola is cool, break it into pieces and store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.
Notes
From The Easy Vegetarian Kitchen by Erin Alderson

 
Breakfast Parfait with Roasted Strawberries
 
by:
Serves: 2 parfaits
What You Need
  • 1 recipe All-Natural Granola
  • 2 cups strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 cups plain whole-milk yogurt or Greek-style yogurt
What To Do
  1. Make the granola recipe above.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375F. Quarter the strawberries.
  3. Spread the strawberries in a roasting pan lined with parchment paper and bake for 20 minutes. Toss with 1 tablespoon honey and let cool.
  4. Swirl the roasted strawberries into the yogurt. Taste and add additional honey to the yogurt if desired. Divide among 2 bowls and finish with ¼ cup granola for each bowl.
Notes
From The Easy Vegetarian Kitchen by Erin Alderson

 

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15 Comments

  • Reply
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    April 27, 2015 at 7:22 am

    You girls are adorable! And this sounds awesome. Roasted strawberries sound great in a parfait!

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    Erin@WellPlated
    April 27, 2015 at 9:21 am

    One of the best, most surprising aspects of food blogging for me has been the friends I’ve made along the way. What a sweet post and special celebration!

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    Ali | Gimme Some Oven
    April 27, 2015 at 9:48 am

    The parfait is absolutely beautiful! Looks like a lovely treat to begin the day.

    And ha, those pics with Erin are priceless. (Especially the last one, obviously my fav.) :)

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    Ashley
    April 27, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Ahhh! I love this post!! Those photos are adorable and this parfait looks phenomenal!

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    Amanda
    April 27, 2015 at 11:24 am

    I’m so excited you posted this. I was just talking about roasted strawberries with a friend last night. I’ve never made them but always wanted to. This looks delicious! I’m also thrilled to find another blog to follow via the link to Erin’s.

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    Erin
    April 27, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    THESE PHOTOS! I’m so hardly ever in front of the camera that I completely forgot about them (and that last one I’m saving to my desktop so when I’m running low on sleep and need a chuckle, I’ll look at that one ;)

    You guys are too sweet and it’s hard to believe it’s been three years since I first invited myself to your house! That short drive to Indy is one of the things I miss about living in Illinois- we had so much fun together. Hopefully you can make it out to California sometime soon (once I can drink wine again ;) Love you guys bunches!

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    Melissa
    April 27, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    This post made me smile in lots of ways. Love.

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough
    April 27, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Haha, love those photos of your meetup with Erin! I’m so blessed to have been able to spend time with all of you in real life. Thanks for hosting such a fun shower for Erin and ummmm, this breakfast parfait? I already want seconds.

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    Jessie Snyder | Faring Well
    April 27, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    This looks so good – and I think this shower is just the sweetest! Congrats Erin! And love seeing you in front of the camera (all of you!).

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    Sherrie
    April 27, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    Sonja! Alex! Thank you so much for rounding up all of these beautiful bloggers to celebrate Erin and all her beauty. And, I realllly love seeing these photos, pretty people. All the love, all the time, xo!

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    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    April 28, 2015 at 2:08 am

    What a sweet tribute to Erin. And I love the simplicity of this granola, it’s a good reminder that granola doesn’t have to have a million ingredients to be delicious.

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    Kathryn
    April 28, 2015 at 4:30 am

    Thank you guys so much for organising this baby shower – it’s been such fun! And I adore the photos of the three of you; so good!

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    Vicky | Vicksquisite
    April 28, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Love the simplicity of this! And congrats to Erin as well :)

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    Ileana
    April 30, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Love this idea. Beautiful breakfast!

  • Reply
    Bec
    May 4, 2015 at 6:13 am

    A fantastic recipe that now has me craving breakfast! Lovely xxx

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