St. Paddy’s inspired breakfast parfait28

Posted on March 17, 2009 by ChristieBreakfast, Gluten Free, Sweet Treats, Vegetarian

St Patrick\'s Day festive parfait

[Mango and basil breakfast parfait]

Start the day off right with this healthy breakfast!

Whether it’s St Patrick’s Day or just a regular day of the week it’s easy to get stuck in a breakfast rutt. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

If you follow me on twitter then you’ll probably already know what I have for breakfast most days.

I often fall back to my trusty ricotta, banana, cinnamon and maple syrup on toast or maybe porridge with whatever seasonal fruit I’ve got on hand. Plus my favourite – a poached egg on rye sourdough with a few slices of ripe tomato and some mashed avocado.

Hubby loves his weetbix with skim milk and scrambled eggs on the weekends. What’s your standby?

Yesterday morning I looked in the fruit bowl and saw a ripe mango that was about to turn to the dark side if I didn’t save it. (Note: It’s a crime in Australia* to let a mango go to waste, especially at the end of the season).

I also had some of the gorgeous Barambah Organic Greek yoghurt left that I got from the Taste Festival last week so a breakfast combination started to swirl around in my head. Then I remembered St Patrick’s Day and my inspiration was complete.

I hunted around in the fridge for some mint, but alas there was none. Instead there was a lovely big bunch of basil and I thought ‘Why not?’. Well let me tell you – this combination is delicious!

Begin today with this healthy breakfast and then glide guilt-free through several pints of Guinness later in the day :)

One last observation/memory about St Patrick’s Day: when I was in Primary school there was a boy named Mark whose mother dyed his sandwiches green on this national Irish day. Do you remember any funny green lunches from your school days?

*OK I lied earlier, it’s not really a crime. But it should be!

Enjoy St Patrick’s Day! Christie x

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Mango and basil breakfast parfait
serves 2

1 large ripe mango, diced
1 cup Greek yoghurt
4-5 basil leaves, finely sliced, plus extra small leaves to garnish (optional)

1. Layer the mango, yoghurt and basil leaves alternately in tall glasses.

2. Finish with a few mango pieces and garnish with extra basil if you like. Serve immediately.

  • Lovely picture! What a great combo this is! Looking forward to trying it.

  • Wasting a mango or an avocado is punishable by death in my kitchen! :) Alright, maybe not death but major stink-eye.

  • Interesting! Basil and mango? Must give it a try. Meanwhile for breakfast the Wild boar, Apple and Sage pate from the Taste of Sydney festival was positively winking at me so I had that with some carrot sticks. But that’s not my usual breakfast!

  • I have tried mango & mint but never with basil can’t wait for mangoes to be in season. this looks sooo refreshing!

  • I’ve been blogging about how to peel, cut, and choose mangoes for the past two days and just when I thought I was all mangoed out, I found this. Now I know what to do about all the cut-up mango in the fridge. I also have some purple basil in my mini indoor garden and Greek yogurt. Did fate lead me to your blog tonight (it’s night time in Chicago)? :) Thanks for a great idea.

  • Y

    I always love all your breakfast ideas – especially the egg on rye sourdough – but I can’t seem to go past having the same thing every day. Guess I’m just a creature of habit when it comes to my first meal of the day :)

    Is it St. Patricks Day today? Oops! Better buy Barry a beer!

  • What a gorgeous, and inspired combination! Fantastically yummy; I wouldn’t have thought of this, but it’s genius!

  • Oh, that’s just lovely!


  • Ooo, mango and basil. I’ll have to try it. You’ve certainly got me thinking about the ricotta, banana, maple cinnamon toast. Sounds wonderful. I need a change from brown rice and sultanas.

  • Very interesting the way you combined the mangoes with basil…it seems so refreshing!

  • Mango and basil sounds like an interesting combo! I either have cereal with milk or oats for breakfast without fail.

  • Christie, yet again a lovely picture!!! This is food as I like to eat in summertime, in the morning!!! Simple yet so delicious!! It is all about excellent ingredients that are in season!!

  • Hahha yuummy parfait! I agree that all mangoes should be eaten and it should be a crime haha

  • Happy St. Patrick’s day to you too!!

  • What a pretty breakfast! it could also be a perfect dessert after dinner.
    And I totally agree that it’s a crime to let a mango die :)

  • Interesting flavor combination and so pretty! What a great breakfast.

  • That looks so refreshing and wonderful!

  • Yeah, I remember a number of green lunches in my time. They weren’t funny and far from appetising. Bleh!

    Swinging the pendulum the other way, your parfait looks simple and delicious, or simply delicious. Which ever you prefer :)

  • Sounds like a great call with the basil. Would never have thought of adding it to something like this. Happy St Patrick’s Day!

  • Sounds delicious! I used to make a delicious frozen beverage with mango, basil and chilli. So good!

  • Yum. I think this is the healthiest tribute to St Pat’s Day I’ve seen. It’s certainly up there with the tastiest. I love the contrast of basil in desserts.

  • What a creative breakfast! I know what you mean about the mangos, I have family in Costa Rica, and my sister says the nice thing is that the homeless people never starve during mango season!

  • Thanks for all your comments guys! Hope you had a great St Patrick’s Day!

    @Sandy – Thanks! Let me know if you like it.
    @AverageBetty – LOL, yes avocados too!
    @Lorraine – Mmm, pate. Save some for me!
    @Soma – Mint is great isn’t it? I just didn’t have any on hand.
    @Leela – Yes, it was fate! Enjoy your mango :)
    @Y – I’m glad I reminded you of St Paddy’s in the nick of time! ;)
    @Pinkpeppercorn – Genius? You’re too kind!
    @HungryMouse – Cheers!
    @Peter G – It really is refreshing, give it a go :)
    @Pigpig – Cereal and oats are cool, but I get bored easily!
    @Sophie – Fingers crossed mangoes come your way shortly. Yum!
    @Ffichiban – Glad you agree with me! Save all mangoes, LOL.
    @Takeaways – You too!
    @Olag – So true. It would make a wonderful dessert and even more indulgent if the yoghurt was substituted with whipped cream!
    @Lisa – You’re right it’s a great and easy breakfast.
    @Joie de vivre – The second person to call it refreshing! I agree!
    @Simon – You had green lunches too? Oh no! I hope you weren’t teased :)
    @Jude – Glad I could offer something new for you today :)
    @Lili – That sounds Amazing! Is the recipe on your blog? I’d love to try it.
    @Helen – I try my best to create healthy options ;) But I can’t stop people drinking a bucketload of Guinness afterwards, LOL.
    @Heidi – Wow, what an interesting fact! I’m so glad they have access to such a delicious fruit :)

  • I probably should have indicated that green wasn’t its natural colour and that it ahh… matured to that colour.

    No teasing. Just a lot of “ewww!”.

  • Great idea adding basil! I used to love making grapefruit and basil sorbet. It’s been a while since I’ve seen anyone use it in a sweet dish.

  • This is gorgeous! A farmer friend of mine makes something similar, but blends it up and serves it as a summer soup with warm corn muffins!


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  • thank’s a lot for this great post

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