June 25, 2014

Strawberry Season

Yes!
It is here.
These delightful ruby fruits are sure to bring the feeling of summer to any moment.
Try these recipes to savor strawberry season.

Strawberry Shortcake


For the strawberries, mix together and set aside:
1 1/2 pounds strawberries, stemmed and quartered
2 tablespoons raw honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon lemon juice​​

For the shortcake, preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Mix together:
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup oat flour
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 teaspoon each: baking soda and baking powder
pinch salt
1/2 teaspoon each: cardamom, nutmeg and cinnamon

Cut in 1/4 cup coconut oil in small pieces and toss well, so that little pea-sized pearls of coconut oil are coated in the flour mixture.

Add and mix to incorporate:
juice of 1/2 lemon
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
If dough is too try, add a few spoonfuls of cold water.

Oil a cookie sheet, shape dough into balls, and flatten slightly into hockey puck shapes on the cookie sheet.
Bake at 375 for 15 minutes, or until a knife tests clean.
Top with strawberries and whipped coconut cream if you like.

​​Whipped Coconut Cream


You will need:
1 cup​ coconut milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons raw honey
2 tablespoons coconut butter
Whip together with immersion blender or in a food processor.

Strawberry Basil Salad


You will need:4 cups strawberries, quartered (about 1 pound)
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
2 medium cucumbers, peeled, halved lengthwise, and sliced (about 2 cups)
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Mix all ingredients together. Chill for 1/2 hour before serving.


Strawberry Lemon Balm Quinoa


Rinse and cook 1 cup quinoa in 2 cups water.
As quinoa cooks, add:
1 teaspoon salt1 tablespoon coconut oil

1/2 teaspoon each: nutmeg and coriander

Meanwhile, chop 2 cups strawberries and 1 cup fresh lemon balm leaves.

Add to the quinoa towards the end of cooking and cover so that the cooking steam melds the flavors.

Enjoy with grilled chicken or tempeh!

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