A Quickies for Caregivers Sweet Snack
The Fool is a traditional English dessert, made of a layer of fruit topped with a layer of stiff sweet whipped cream.
This makes it perfect for puree. The sauce, a combination of blueberries and blackberries is colorful, a treat for the eyes as well as the taste buds.
The fool can also serve as a late afternoon snack. It is made of Greek yogurt and warm berry sauce. with Greek Yogurt. The infusion of protein is a boost for the metabolism. Sweeten the yogurt to taste by stirring in a little honey.
Snacks are important for those on dysphagia diets. They provide needed calories and because some people experience a late afternoon dip in the energy, a person might want a light snack.
This April Fool’s Day, why not make a fool? As a Quickie for Caregivers snack, it is ready in Twenty Minutes. For those who like a light breakfast, it can easily work as a morning meal.
If you are a caregiver and are up for a dance in the kitchen, try the Elvis Presley classic, “Treat Me Like a Fool.”
For the Sauce
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup frozen blackberries
1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons stevia or honey
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon cornstarch made into a slurry with 2 tablespoons water
For The Fool
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; gently boil 10 minutes. Turn down the heat to low.
2. Combine the cornstarch and cool water. Drizzle the slurry into the fruit sauce and allow to come to a simmer. Stir for three minutes or until sauce thickens.
3. Remove from heat. Allow to cool till just warm. Make sure that the berry sauce has cooled about halfway, to almost room temperature before adding to the mini food processor and pulsing. Hot liquids will expand when blended and may go all over the kitchen.
4. Add to the bowl of a mini food processor and pulse 3 times then puree until smooth.
5. When using any berry that has a seed, run the fruit sauce through a mesh sieve, using a silicone spatula to remove any seeds.
Spoon 1/4 cup yogurt into each of 2 small glass storage bowls. Top each serving with about 1/4 cup sauce. Add another quarter cup of yogurt. Add another quarter cup of sauce.
This sweet snack looks like stripes of blue-black sauce and white, a beautiful dish of stripes.
Note: If fresh fruit is in season, fresh fruit may be used. If berries have seeds, such as strawberries, please run the pureed fruit sauce through a mesh sieve with a silicone spatula to remove any seeds that would be difficult for the swallow. One may line the mesh sieve with coarse cheesecloth to catch and eliminate the seeds.