{Nourish} Strawberries Galore + Crave Worthy “Use ‘Em Up” Recipes

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Strawberries are in season…YAY! Nothing beats an in-season local strawberry and their sun-kissed warmth and  sweetness fresh from the field—it is magical. Last weekend we went on a strawberry picking adventure with Hudson and it was so much fun! I think Hudson ate more berries than made it into the basket but fortunately we had our berry picking game faces on! We went home with  hundreds of berries and our were shirts covered with berry stains to boot–it looked like there was a massacre on the farm, hahaha. As you may have noticed I have been actively trying to cut down on our contribution to the food waste epidemic so I went into a bit of a panic when i realized just how many berries we were bringing home! Panic quickly turned into action as soon as I made it to the kitchen though as I was determined to use each and every one…here is how!

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{Praise the Strawberry} These juicy beauties have extremely high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which translates in disease fighting super hero powers, yes! The potassium in
strawberries helps control our blood pressure and may even decrease your the risk of strokes.   In short–they are really nourishing and delish to boot!

 

 

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{My No-Waste Plan}

My first plan of attack was the seperate the berries into a few piles:

  • The firm, perfect berries went into the “eat me fresh” pile
  • The slightly soft berries were stemmed and placed into the “freeze-me” pile
  • Any bruised or super soft berries went into the “cook me/blend me bowl”

….and then I used them appropriately.

 

 

{Fresh Berries} avoid pre-washing fresh berries as they may spoil faster. Simple store them in the fridge with there greens intact and wash and cut them when you are ready to use them.

{Frozen Strawberries}  To freeze berries simply trim their greens and arrange them (whole or halved) in a single layer on a baking sheet. Freeze them for at least two hours then transfer them to a freezer safe container for storage (up to 3 months).

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{Strawberry Balsamic Almond Cake}

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  • 1/3 cups maple syrup
  • 4 eggs, seperate the whites from the yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cups sliced, fresh berries
  • Balsamic Syrup

Preheat oven to 350.

In a small bowl whisk together the maple syrup, egg yolks, vanilla extract and orange zest. Whisk in the flour, baking powder and sea salt being careful to break up any clumps.

In a seperate bowl, using a mixer, whip the egg yolks until frothy, white and with a soft peak. Fold the egg white mixture into the batter.

Pour the batter into a greased 12 inch spring form pan.

Bake for 35 minutes or until  cooked through.

Top with Strawberry Slices and a drizzle of balsamic.

{Strawberry Ginger Simple Syrup}

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In a small saucepan, combine 3 cups of water + 1/2 cup fresh ginger (about 3 inches) + 1 tablespoon raw honey + 1 cup fresh trimmed strawberries.

Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the ginger. Puree the strawberries and strain through a cheese cloth.

Uses: cocktails (yes, please), salad dressings, iced tea or sparkling water add-ins, festive ice cubes and more!

{Strawberry Yogurt Pops}

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1, 5oz container Siggi’s Blood Orange Yogurt + 2 cups fresh berries: Puree and freeze in your favorite mold!

Hudson loved making these and eating them!

{What about the rest…}

We used the rest of our berries to make pancakes, smoothies, as yogurt toppers and salad add-ins. We even blended berries with cucumber to make a festive cocktail-worthy ice cube that we served with gin and homemade tonic (so yummy).

Share your favorite use for strawberries!

 

5 thoughts on “{Nourish} Strawberries Galore + Crave Worthy “Use ‘Em Up” Recipes

  1. I love cocoa dusted strawberries.
    Use unprocessed dutch cocoa (70% or >) Dark chocolate (melt in the microwave) may reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, according to information from New York University’s Langone Medical Center. Cocoa powder has even more of the substances responsible for chocolate’s health benefits, and unsweetened cocoa has the advantage of being low in calories. It also contains essential minerals that support your heart, bones and immune system.

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