Riley and I used up our first batch of strawberries (that we had picked here) pretty quickly. I had almost forgotten just how good fresh strawberries are. Since then, I can't seem to stop buying them! I thought I'd share some of the ways that we've been enjoying them lately. None of these recipes are anything ground breaking, but they're sweet and simple (just how I like it) and really let the strawberries shine!
I love having smoothies for breakfast. Sometimes a green smoothie, sometimes fruit. I make mine with strawberries, pineapple, mango, and almond milk. I always buy a ton of bananas at the store and then slice and freeze the ones that we don't eat in time. I find that with frozen bananas and almond milk, I don't even need to use yogurt. Sometimes, I also add a little bit of peanut butter for protein. Have you ever tried MaraNatha organic peanut butter? That stuff is so good!
Herb-crusted chicken with fresh strawberry relish. Now, I've always been a picky eater, so strawberries with chicken is a little outside of the box for me. But, this recipe from EatingWell looked so fresh and delicious that I had to try it! This one is definitely going on our repeat list. I also made this salad, as a side. I didn't have any arugula, but I always have some fresh spinach on hand, so I made a little swap.
Strawberry basil lemonade. I sliced some fresh strawberries and basil and muddled them in the bottom of a glass, then poured in some homemade lemonade. You could also add a splash of vodka or gin, and some simple syrup to taste. (confession- I actually tried to make my own strawberry simple syrup, but wound up making some hard candy and a big mess instead. So I skipped that. But truthfully, I don't think this needs to be any sweeter anyway.)
An all time favorite. A slice of angel food cake, some homemade whipped cream, and some fresh, sliced strawberries and you have a simple, delicious dessert that feels light and refreshing. The only downside is that I never want to stop at just one...
What are some of your favorite strawberry recipes? Do you have any other seasonal favorites?