Father’s Day is coming soon, and I have been thinking about what to get for my dad. When we were children, we gave Dad the obligatory cards, drawings, poems, and ties. He owned his own business, so he didn’t have a lot of leisure time for sports or hobbies, but we did give him fishing lures and stamps for his collection.
But once we were a little older, we realized that one of his very favorite treats was watermelon, so we began making sure he always got watermelon for Father’s Day. And Dad couldn’t have been happier!
So this year, I was trying to find a new watermelon recipe to try for Dad, and I went to the website, watermelon.org. Here I found everything I could ever want to give me Father’s Day ideas for the next fifty years! Wow! They have fun facts about watermelons, tips on how to select them, health benefits, recipes, children’s activities and recipes, and a great section on how to carve them.
This website is operated by the National Watermelon Promotion Board (NWPB) which has a single objective: to increase consumer demand for watermelon through promotion, research, and educational programs. The Orlando-based non-profit organization was formed in 1989 by watermelon growers and shippers. Through publicity on television, radio, newspapers and magazines, the board has showcased watermelon as a healthy, refreshing, versatile fruit. Watermelon is not only for picnics anymore, but has won a regular place on consumers’ shopping lists year-round.
This beautiful breakfast trifle is a recipe from watermelon.org, and I chose to make it for my dad because the recipe used watermelon in a slightly different way than was expected. The combination of the watermelon with the vanilla and peach yogurts, coconut and cereals sounded so good that I couldn’t resist trying it–and it was definitely as good as it looked like it would be. Hope Dad will like it as much as I do! Enjoy!
- 4 cups minced watermelon
- 3 cups organic fat-free vanilla yogurt
- 2 cups lowfat natural granola
- 3 cups organic fat-free peach yogurt
- 2 cups organic crisp rice cereal
- 2 cups shredded coconut
Spread the vanilla yogurt over the bottom of a deep glass casserole or trifle dish.Layer the remaining ingredients in the order listed above in even layers over the vanilla yogurt.
I made my trifle with non-organic products, and it was just delicious! I topped the trifle with four small triangles of watermelon, some minced watermelon and a sprinkling of granola.
This trifle is terrific for a brunch party–it looks pretty and is light and healthy. It would also be an impressive breakfast item to serve if you have overnight guests. It makes eight to twelve servings.