Grab a graham cracker and enjoy my dessert dip made with seasonal strawberries, melted chocolate and neufchâtel cream cheese. Whether you’re serving it at a get-together or snacking at home, you’ll have a tasty treat with delicious fresh berries ready in less than 10 minutes.
Ingredients: ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 8 ounces neufchâtel cream cheese 2 tablespoons powdered sugar 1 pint strawberries, divided Graham crackers for serving
Melt chocolate in a small sauce pan over low heat. Set aside.
In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade add cream cheese and powdered sugar. Puree until smooth.
Remove stems and hulls from strawberries. Slice ⅔ of strawberries and finely chop ⅓ of the pint. Add the sliced strawberries and melted chocolate to the cream cheese mixture and puree until smooth.
Place mixture in a serving bowl and top with finely chopped strawberries. Serve with graham crackers.
You can skip the cheese plate and go straight for the salad, because these leafy greens are served with creamy and decadent baked Brie with a sweet and nutty bourbon glaze. This salad is elegant enough to delight your dinner guests, but quick and simple to prepare. Add grilled shrimp or chicken to turn this side salad into a main dish.
Strawberry Champagne Vinaigrette Ingredients: 2 tablespoons strawberry jam 2 tablespoons champagne vinegar ¼ cup olive oil pinch of salt pinch of pepper
Salad Ingredients: 1 head green leaf lettuce, washed and torn 1 pint strawberries, hulled and sliced
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Place brie in a Brie baker or small baking dish. In a small bowl, combine pecans and brown sugar. Spread pecan and sugar mixture on top of cheese and drizzle with bourbon. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes.
In a mason jar or small container with a tight-fitting lid, combine strawberry jam, champagne vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. With lid securely tightened, shake vinaigrette until well combined. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Serve lettuce and strawberries on salad plates and top with a wedge of baked Brie. Drizzle with strawberry champagne vinaigrette and serve.
Hearty quinoa with its nutty flavor compliments sweet berries and crunchy almonds in this breakfast bowl that will keep you satisfied all morning. Substitute the strawberries and blackberries for any seasonal berry in your region of the world. Quinoa is a complete protein, offering all of the essential amino acids, making it a great choice for vegetarians. It’s also an excellent whole grain option for those with celiac or gluten sensitivities since it’s naturally gluten-free.
I love to make a big batch of Berry Breakfast Quinoa on the weekend for a fast breakfast to just reheat on busy weekday mornings. A nutritious and delicious breakfast doesn’t have to be time-consuming.
Ingredients: 1 cup quinoa 2 cups water, plus more for rinsing ⅓ cup dried cranberries 6 ounces strawberries 6 ounces blueberries ⅓ cup sliced blackberries 2 tablespoons sorghum or honey
Using a fine-mesh sieve, rinse quinoa with water.
Combine quinoa, water and cranberries in a rice cooker and cook for 30 to 40 minutes.
Add berries, almonds and sorghum. Stir to combine and serve warm or chill and enjoy cold.
The inspiration for this recipe came from a strawberry jalapeño jam, which is my new food obsession. The combination of sweet strawberries with a slight peppery heat is a perfect pairing that will delight your taste buds. I added a little citrus to my new favorite duo for a unique take on fruit salad that’s tangy, sweet and spicy all in one bite.
This is a wonderful use for spring strawberries and makes a simple but unique side dish or dessert. Pair it with grilled fish or chicken and fresh asparagus for a fast and delicious homemade meal, or liven up your next potluck with this sweet and spicy treat.
Spring is a wonderful time of year when flowers and trees are in bloom, grass is lush and green, and strawberries are in season. This appetizer features one of my favorite fruits in a savory fashion, using olive oil and red wine vinegar to compliment the sweet berries. This is one of my favorite appetizers, and I like to pair it with a rose and enjoy outdoors on the patio.
Ingredients: ½ whole grain baguette, cut into ¼ inch slices 6 ounces brie 2 teaspoons olive oil 2 cups sliced strawberries 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Top baguette slices with equal amounts of brie. Toast for five minutes, or until cheese is melted.
Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté strawberries for 2 to 3 minutes, or until warmed through. Remove from heat and drizzle berries with red wine vinegar.
What a glorious treat to receive fresh strawberries in my spring CSA share. Not only because they are beautiful and delicious, but because I know how much hard work and love the farmers put into growing them and protecting them during an up and down weather season. Thank you Sustainable Harvest Farm for all you do to provide produce for my family and many others.
This salad is one of my favorite ways to enjoy fresh strawberries. Serve it as a side salad or add grilled salmon or chicken for a main meal.
Ingredients: 1 head lettuce 2 tablespoons strawberry jam 2 tablespoons champagne vinegar ¼ cup olive oil pinch of salt and pepper 1 pint strawberries ¼ cup chopped pecans, toasted blue cheese crumbles for serving
Wash and tear lettuce leaves and place in a large bowl.
In a small jar with a lid, combine strawberry jam, champagne vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Shake until well combined.
Drizzle lettuce with strawberry champagne vinaigrette and top salad with an equal amount of strawberries, pecans and blue cheese.