While strawberries start to ripen as early as March, making summer the perfect season for the most popular berry in the world. Strawberries are a all-round fruit that can be enjoyed fresh, in dessert, salads, and smoothies etc.. Here a few of my favorite recipes that I found that are simple and insanely delicious too!
Individual no-bake strawberry cheesecake desserts
6 large fresh strawberries, 4 ounces after trimming
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12 ounces cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup sour cream
1 cup granular Splenda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Crumb Crust( optional)
Coarsely chop the berries and place them in a food processor. Add everything but the crumb crust and process until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed. Place about 3 tablespoons of the crumbs in the bottom of 6 dessert dishes. Press down to compact the crumbs a little. Divide the cream cheese filling among the dishes. Chill well before serving.
Crumb Crust: 4 ounces almond flour, 1 cup
2 tablespoons whey protein isolate, vanilla flavor
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/16-1/8 teaspoon salt
Blend all of the ingredients in a small bowl and spread in a greased 9″ pie plate. Bake at 350º 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring the crumbs after half the time. Watch closely the last couple minutes; they will brown very quickly. Cool completely before using.
Makes 6 servings
Can be frozen
Found from: Rachael Ray’s recipe
Strawberry Coconut Milk Smoothie
1 cup of coconut milk
1/2 cup of frozen strawberries
2 tbsp Unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 scoop of strawberry whey protein
Pour ingredients into blender container, cover.
Blend on high speed until smooth. Serve immediately.
Avocado and strawberry spinach salad
8 oz cooked chicken breast strips
6 cups fresh baby spinach
1 pint strawberries, hulled and sliced
1 avocado, diced
4 ounces crumbled blue cheese
1/4 cup sliced almonds
half a small red onion, thinly sliced
3 tbsp of olive oil with balsamic
Toss all ingredients together with your desired amount of dressing until combined. Serve immediately. You can also switch chicken for grilled salmon.