No doubt you’ve seen them while strolling through your local Farmers’ Market. That pop of red, and burst of blue are nearly impossible to miss. Be sure to take advantage of the summer’s sweetest, and healthiest, berries – strawberries & blueberries – to make either of the tasty recipes below.
Strawberries: Plump, ruby-red strawberries have been making a regular appearance on my menus lately and I, for one, could not be happier. Aside from being sweet and delicious, strawberries are fat and cholesterol-free, high in vitamins, folate and are rich in antioxidants.
Rinse then slice a carton of local, organic strawberries to top this healthful Super Berry Salad: mix baby spinach, sliced strawberries, pomegranate seeds, blueberries, cubed mango and toasted almonds. Top with baked tofu for staying power, then drizzle on homemade Strawberry Vinaigrette made by combining 2 Tablespoons each strawberry jam and red wine vinegar, then whisking in 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil. Season with salt & pepper, and you’re set!
Blueberries: This blue-hued berry, now in season, is low in calories but high in Vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants, and their unique shape adds a burst of flavor to anything you add them to. Generously sprinkle blueberries into cereal, oatmeal, smoothies and Greek yogurt, or try mixing them into my favorite cornbread muffin recipe for a sweet, summery surprise.
Blueberry Cornbread Muffins
Makes 16 muffins
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup natural applesauce
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
6oz fresh blueberries, rinsed & patted dry
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Whisk together melted butter, applesauce, sugar and eggs until smooth. Whisk in buttermilk.
2. In a separate bowl, combine cornmeal, flour, baking soda and salt. Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients in two batches, stirring until just incorporated after each batch.
Gently fold in blueberries.
3. Fill paper-lined muffin tins 3/4 full, then bake for 12-15 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.