I don’t know who comes up with such crazy creative ideas. For example, watermelon pizza– even though it’s kind of blasphemous to call it pizza when there’s zero cheese involved, it’s so inventive, pretty, and good for you! So I decided that if watermelon pizza can be a thing, giant CANTALOUPE DONUT can also be a thing! Disclaimer: this is not a donut. It is as blasphemous as cheese-less pizza; it is not deep-fried nor is it drowning in a deliciously sugary glaze (both great things, but just not the case for these “donuts”).
It’s pretty simple, and doesn’t really require a recipe because this is one of those things you can get creative with, and you have a lot of leeway in terms of ingredients to use. But here’s a skeletal outline of sorts – the basic ingredients are cantaloupe, yogurt/cottage cheese, and fruit/toppings.
Slice your cantaloupe into round disks (I was aiming to make mine about an inch thick, but they ended up being pretty uneven). Clean out the seeds – I did this after slicing it to make it a bit easier to cut (otherwise, it kind of collapses on itself and makes it harder). I had a small cantaloupe and got about 5 slices out of it (not counting the end nubs).
Spread a layer of yogurt of choice or cottage cheese on your cantaloupe disc. I probably used about 1/4 cup of yogurt per disc, but this may have to be adjusted based on the size of your cantaloupe. I’m obsessed with fage greek yogurt + honey, so I mixed honey and greek yogurt to my desired sweetness, and then spread it on the cantaloupe. You can also use any plain or flavored yogurt, etc. Just be aware that some yogurts are runnier than others, which is fine, but you might just have a messier end product, which again, is fine! I made half with yogurt and half with cottage cheese- for my cottage cheese ones, I just left it plain and piled it on. Now the fun part. Gather all your favorite fruit (pretty and colorful ones are good for this) or whatever is in season, and have at it! Even dried fruit and frozen fruit are good options. You can also add different toppings like nuts/seeds or granola. This is a chance to use whatever you have, and get creative!
This a great breakfast or snack option, and definitely acceptable for dinner on lazy days you don’t feel like cooking. Added bonus (I’m all about the added bonuses): it’s just fruit and yogurt, so you can eat as much as you want! People keep telling me I still have to limit my consumption because fruit still has a lot of sugar and you can’t just eat a limitless amount of food just because it’s healthy. They’re probably right, but I stubbornly choose to ignore them, and indulge to my heart’s content anyways.
Here’s to my first dip into fashion. I am by no means an extremely fashionable person, nor do I claim to know a lot about it. However, I do like to have fun with different outfits (and again, feel like a normal person wearing normal clothes instead of scrubs and pjs everyday). Overalls are one of those things that I never know if they’re cool or not. I feel like they become super trendy and I see them everywhere, and then all of a sudden, they’re so not cool anymore. I can’t keep up, so I decided, just wear whatever you want. Who cares if it’s “so yesterday” (old school Hilary Duff reference…anyone??). I felt like a little kid in them, which is a surprisingly comforting feeling once in a while. So, here’s to all you overall wear-ers; keep on wearing them. And eat some cantaloupe donuts while you’re at it!
- 1 cantaloupe
- 1-2 cup of yogurt of choice (and/or cottage cheese)
- 2-3 tbsp sweetener, optional
- Fruit and toppings of choice (suggestions: kiwi, banana, strawberries, granola, nuts, shredded coconut)
- Slice cantaloupe into 1-1.5 inch discs. Remove seeds.
- Spread about 1/4 cup yogurt or cottage cheese per disc*.
- Put fruit/toppings of choice on yogurt.
- *You can use whatever type of yogurt or cottage cheese you'd like, but just be aware of the viscosity of them