It’s May and in our family that means warmer temps and longer days and the end of the homeschool year.
And strawberry picking!
We have a favorite patch we visit every year to do our picking and we usually come home with a ridiculous mess of strawberries. (Four kids can do a lot of picking in a short amount of time!) Most of our strawberries are made into freezer jam, but I’m always happy when I have leftovers to make into other goodies.
So if you plan to do some strawberry picking of your own, here are a few ideas for using up those delicious springtime gems.
Strawberry Orange Smoothie from Peanut Butter and Peppers
Do a quick internet search for strawberry smoothies and you’ll come up with something like 5 1/2 zillion recipes. (Give or take a few.) A lot of those recipes add banana, which is fine, but strawberries and oranges are an amazing combination when it comes to smoothies. Add some fresh orange slices to this recipe to kick the orange flavor up a notch. It will be delicious, believe me!
Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake Chimichangas from Mom on Time Out
So if you’re looking for a light, healthy, low-fat strawberry recipe…
This probably isn’t it.
But does it not look decadently delicious? And these things are actually remarkably easy to throw together, which makes them even better: They’re easy enough for a quick homemade treat, but pretty enough to serve at a party.
Strawberry Lemonade Muffins from My Recipes
Strawberry muffins are really, really good, but add the flavor of lemon and they are a delight. Slathering these with fresh jam or lemon curd would no doubt reduce a strawberry lover to happy tears.
Chocolate Dipped Straw-Banana Pops from Super Healthy Kids
There’s something very light and refreshing about strawberries to begin with, but that only makes them all the more perfect for frozen treats. These icy pops pair strawberries and bananas with chocolate, so you know they’ll be good!
Strawberries and Cream Angel Food Cake Trifle from Lil’ Luna
You know what I love about trifles? In a trifle, you more or less just toss ingredients in a bowl and so long as you layer it, it looks amazing!
Trifles are a favorite dessert of mine because they are beautiful, easy to put together, easy to serve, and the flavors always meld perfectly with a little refrigeration. This recipe uses angel food cake rather than pound cake, brownies, or cookies for layering. That should save you some fat and calories! And strawberries and angel food cake are a trifle match made in heaven.
So if strawberry picking is on the agenda for May, make sure you do it with a plan. Know exactly what you’re going to do with those strawberries! And add these 5 recipes to your to-try list.
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