Friday, April 3, 2009

Strawberry Delight

This week as I was at our local produce store, I was going to purchase a pint (the green basket) of strawberries for about $1.50. When checking out, the salesperson told me that they were selling a 1/2 flat for $3.50. That was 6 pints! I went ahead and bought the 1/2 flat and wondered what I could do with all those strawberries!

Believe it or not, I came up with a few ideas. I froze two quart size bags - one of whole strawberries, one of sliced strawberries. For easy use, I sliced the berries and placed them on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and froze them for a few hours. Then I put them in the freezer bag. That way they won't get stuck together when I'm ready for them.

Then I made a delicious dessert with them. It is an easy recipe to keep on hand.
You bake a white or yellow cake. In a clear bowl - a punch bowl or smaller, layer cake mix, strawberries and cool whip once or twice, until you get to the top of the bowl. For added sweetness, I mixed 1/2 box of strawberry jello with boiling water and added the strawberries and chilled them before adding to the dessert - yummy!

I was going to make a few jars of strawberry jam, but actually did not have enough left!!

Some other ideas for strawberries include:

A fruit smoothie - blend strawberries, milk or yogurt, ice cubes and a banana if desired.
Add them to salads
Layer strawberries and yogurt in a glass for a parfait!
Cook them with lemon juice, cinnamon and maple syrup for a pancake topping.

Best of all, strawberries are a powerhouse of nutrients.
Strawberries contain a range of nutrients, with vitamin C heading the group. They also contain significant levels of phytonutrients and antioxidants, which fight free radicals. Free radicals are elements that can damage cells, and they are thought to contribute to the formation of many kinds of cancer.These antioxidant properties are believed to be linked to what makes the strawberry bright red. In addition to vitamin C, strawberries also provide an excellent source of vitamin K and manganese, as well as folic acid, potassium, riboflavin, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, copper, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids.

Go ahead and indulge in a delicious treat that is good for you!

1 comment:

  1. This makes me hungry. We had strawberries recently, just sliced. Wonderful. I see your pictures of practice below and it brings back memories. What fun times. And they seem to evaporate into the air too quickly. Enjoy!



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