Wednesday, February 25, 2009

May Is National Strawberry Month

The sun is shining, the flowers are blossoming and berries are a plenty.
Celebrate the arrival of pleasant weather in good health - with a fist-full
of deliciously ripe Strawberries!

Loaded with nutritional vitamins and antioxidants, Strawberries
are one of the most health-conscious berries around. Just a one-cup serving
of the red berry provides 93% of your daily supply of Vitamin C, 16% of your
daily supply of Fiber and 20% of your daily supply of Folic Acid! Not to
mention the added benefits of Iron, Calcium and a bounty of antioxidants.
How sweet is that?

This May, pay homage to the irresistible Strawberry and pump up your immune
system by adding to your diet. Enjoyable ³a la carte² or paired
with yogurt, salad, cereal, ice cream, etc. Strawberries are
the ideal springtime sweet treat.

Note and Recipe Courtesy of Driscoll's:

Yields 3 ½ cups

1 8-ounce can pineapple chunks or tidbits
1 small avocado, pitted and diced
1 1-pound package Driscoll’s Strawberries, ¾” cubed
½ to1 whole jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
½ teaspoon onion salt

Drain and reserve 2 tablespoons pineapple juice*.

In glass or pottery bowl, combine pineapple, reserved juice, avocado, strawberries, jalapenos, balsamic vinegar and onion salt.

Let stand 5 to 10 minutes for flavors to blend.

Serve with chips, or over grilled halibut or chicken breasts.

OR instead of pineapple, peel and chop 1 medium mango and add to remaining ingredients with 1/3 cup orange juice and 2 tablespoons lemon juice.

*For a simple marinade for chicken breasts combine remaining juice from pineapple, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, and ½ teaspoon sesame oil. Pour marinade over 2 large (or 4 small) halibut steaks/fillets or chicken breasts. Marinate 20-30 minutes; drain. Grill or bake until meat is done.

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