Strawberry Shrimp Ceviche

Strawberry Shrimp Ceviche

This Strawberry Shrimp Ceviche is a great take on classic ceviche

This cool and elegant appetizer perfectly blends freshness with sweet, savory flavors and a dash of spice.

Recipe:

Strawberry Shrimp Ceviche
Prep time: 
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Ingredients
Ceviche
  • ¾ lb cooked peeled shrimp
  • 1½ cups peeled seeded diced cucumber
  • ¾ cup diced red onion
  • 1½ tbspn chopped, seeded jalapeno peppers
  • 1½ cups (about ¼ pound) quartered, stemmed California strawberries
  • 3 tbsp chopped cilantro
Ceviche Dressing
  • ¼ cup chopped, stemmed California strawberries
  • ¼ cup chopped plum tomato
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 4 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp chopped, seeded jalapeno peppers
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ tsp Worcestershire sauce
Instructions
  1. To make Ceviche dressing: in blender or food processor, purée all ingredients until smooth.
  2. In large bowl, toss shrimp, cucumber, onion and peppers with Ceviche dressing.
  3. Refrigerate, covered, at least 30 minutes but no more than 4 hours.
  4. Just before serving, add strawberries and cilantro; mix gently but thoroughly.
  5. Makes 6 appetizer servings.
Notes
Diabetes Exchanges: Fruit 0.25, Vegetable 0.5, Very Lean Meat 2, Fat 1

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Vietnamese Spring Rolls

Vietnamese Spring Rolls

A Vietnamese Spring Rolls Recipe with a California Strawberries twist!

These spring rolls with strawberries are a refreshing change from the usual fried variety and are a wonderfully healthy appetizer.

Vietnamese Spring Rolls
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup (about 2 ounces) sliced stemmed California strawberries
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Asian sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp Vietnamese fish sauce
  • ½ tsp chili flakes
Spring Rolls
  • ¾ lb cooked shelled shrimp
  • ¾ tsp seasoned rice vinegar
  • 8 spring roll wrappers
  • 16 mint leaves
  • 16 cilantro sprigs
  • ¾ cup (about 3 ounces) quartered stemmed California strawberries
  • 1 cup peeled, seeded cucumber cut into 2 x ¼ x ⅛-inch strips
Instructions
  1. To make Strawberry Dipping Sauce, in blender or food processor, purée strawberries, vinegar, oil, sugar, and fish sauce until smooth. Add chili flakes; blend until chili flakes are mixed in but still visible. To make Spring Rolls, in bowl, toss shrimp with vinegar; set aside.
  2. Dip 1 wrapper into very hot water for a few seconds until soft and flexible; blot on towel to remove excess water. Place 2 mint leaves, 2 cilantro sprigs, 3 pieces strawberry, 3 shrimp and 3 cucumber strips in a line down the center of wrapper. Fold bottom over filling, fold in sides and roll up into tight cylinder. Repeat with remaining ingredients to make 8 rolls.
  3. Serve each roll with 1 tablespoon strawberry Dipping Sauce. Makes 8 spring rolls.
Notes
Rolls may be made up to 8 hours ahead. Place in single layer on plastic wrap-lined pan, cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until needed.

Diabetes Exchanges: Starch 0.5, Fruit 0.25, Very Lean Meat 1.5, Fat 0.5

 

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Straw-BERRY Good Smoothie

Straw-BERRY Good Smoothie

A fresh straw-BERRY good smoothie recipe!

It’s that time of year when everything is about freshness. Isn’t it wonderful to start getting outside in the fresh spring air to take a bike ride – but this is perfect for a fall refresher, too! A sweet reminder of spring months.

And as much as we all love comfort food and hot soup in the cooler months, it’s such a great time of year to also think about eating and drinking brighter colors – smoothies are definitely an obvious and delicious go-to option.

Check out this delicious recipe, created by registered dietitian Sylvia Klinger. It’s perfect for breakfast, a snack, or any time!

Here is one delicious version using vanilla yogurt:

Straw-BERRY Good Smoothie Recipe

This other version includes a twist using blueberry yogurt:

Straw-BERRY Good Smoothie Recipe

Straw-BERRY Good Smoothie
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup California strawberries
  • 1 cup low fat milk
  • 3 tbsp frozen grape juice concentrate
  • ½ cup low fat vanilla or blueberry yogurt
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.
  2. Garnish with sliced strawberries and a mint sprig, if desired.
  3. Diabetes Exchanges: Fruit 2.5, Low-Fat Milk 2.75

 

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Citrus Halibut & Strawberry Relish

Citrus Halibut Strawberry Relish Recipe

A Citrus Halibut Recipe with a California Strawberries twist.

This grilled halibut dish, created by Chef Brian Malarkey, is simple to prepare – but is definitely one of the tastiest, freshest dishes ever. The buttery flakey fish, combined with the vibrant, slightly sweet strawberry salsa makes this a stand-out dish you and your guests are sure to love.

Citrus Halibut & Summer Strawberry Relish
 
Ingredients
  • 4 halibut fillets–about 6 to 8 ounces each
  • Non-stick spray
  • Strawberry Relish (see recipe below)
  • Lemon slices, for garnish
  • Parsley, for garnish
Marinade
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp Italian parsley – chopped
  • ½ tsp fresh chives – chopped
  • ½ tsp fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tsp lemon zest
  • ½ tsp orange zest
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Strawberry Relish
  • 1 cup California strawberries – diced
  • ½ medium shallot – finely diced
  • ⅓ cup smoked almonds – roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tsp Italian parsley– chopped
  • ½ tsp fresh chives – chopped
  • ½ tsp fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tsp lemon zest
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
Marinade:
  1. Combine olive oil, parsley, chives, lemon juice, lemon zest, orange zest and salt and pepper.
  2. Place fish in a glass pan and pour marinade over the top. Cover and place in refrigerator for an hour.
Strawberry Relish:
  1. In a bowl combine strawberries, shallot, almonds, olive oil, parsley, chives, lemon juice, lemon zest and salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Preheat grill or oven to 350 degrees F for about 10 to 12 minutes.
  3. Spray or rub the grill with non-stick spray and grill the halibut until cooked, approximately 7 to 10 minutes. Or place in an oven safe pan and cook in a 350 degree F oven for about 10 minutes or until fish flakes easily.
  4. Plate cooked fish and then add a generous, “loving” spoonful of Strawberry Relish on top of each fillet. Garnish with lemon slices and parsley.
Notes
As an alternative, halibut can be substituted with swordfish, mahi mahi, sea bass, cod, scallops or snapper.
Diabetes Exchanges: Fruit 0.25, Very Lean Meat 8, Fat 7.5

 

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Strawberry Hummus & Pita

Strawberry Hummus Pita Sandwich Recipe

A California Strawberries take on a Hummus Pita Sandwich Recipe!

These California Strawberry Hummus Pita Sandwiches are a modern twist on a Mediterranean favorite.

 

California Strawberry Hummus Pita Sandwiches
 
Ingredients
  • 2 whole wheat pitas, cut in half
  • 1 cup shredded cooked chicken
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced red onion
  • ½ cup sliced cucumber
  • 4 medium California strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1 bunch watercress
  • ¼ cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • ½ recipe California Strawberry Hummus
Hummus
  • 2 cups hulled and quartered California strawberries
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
Instructions
  1. To make the sandwiches, spread hummus inside pita halves.
  2. Fill with chicken, onion, cucumber, sliced strawberries, watercress and feta.
  3. To make the hummus, place strawberries, garbanzo beans, lemon juice, pepper and salt in the work bowl of a food processor.
  4. Blend until very smooth.
Notes
Diabetes Exchanges: Starch 2, Fruit 0.5, Vegetable 0.25, Very Lean Meat 2, Medium-Fat Meat 0.5
Nutrition Information
Calories: 114 Fat: 2g Carbohydrates: 20g Sodium: 532mg Fiber: 6g Protein: 6g

 

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Easy Brie Strawberry Swap

Easy Strawberry Brie

Topped with a healthy mixture of fresh California Strawberries,

this easy brie appetizer recipe will wow your guests.


~by Regan Jones, RD of HealthyAperture.com

 

One of the best things about family gatherings is all the fabulous food.

One of the worst things about family gatherings is all the fabulous food.

Surely you know what I mean? That first time you bite into something amazing you haven’t tasted since last time around, you stop to savor every bite. But by the time the end of the party rolls around, you’re wondering if someone will have to roll you out the door!

Family gatherings can be especially stressful for people watching what they eat to manage diabetes. So many cakes, cookies and appetizers that don’t seem to fit for a healthy diet. That’s one of the reasons I’ve teamed up with my friends here at California Strawberries in honor of Diabetes Awareness Month to provide simple #strawberryswaps for an easy brie appetizer recipe that would normally be a no-no during holiday celebrations.

Today’s swap is a fun, less frivolous twist on a classic baked brie recipe. You know the one, right? Brie is coated in a thick, sugary fruit preserve mixture and then wrapped in puff pastry. It’s a deliciously easy brie appetizer, yes, but not exactly on the lighter side for healthy entertaining. A fruit and cheese tray would certainly be a simple, healthy swap to replace classic baked brie, but I’ve got something a bit more special — Strawberry Topped Brie.

Easy Brie Appetizer & Strawberry Swap

Easy Brie Appetizer Topped with California Strawberries

By eliminating the puff pastry, I’ve trimmed both calories and fat. Yes, brie is still a rich cheese, but a little goes a long way and does provide a nice mix of protein and fat to help you feel full longer during all the party noshing. And by using the simple #strawberryswap of making the topping mixture a combo of fresh California Strawberries (which are naturally low in sugar) and only a couple of tablespoons of preserves, I’ve cut down on the overall sugar as well.

The cool thing about this idea (aside from how insanely beautiful it is and so simple to make) is that it’s a great way to wow friends with the health benefits of California Strawberries.

November is not only Diabetes Awareness month, but it’s also National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness month. So be sure to let guests know you’re serving up a dish with healthy strawberries — that the American Diabetes Association considers a top 10 superfood, and clinical research shows may benefit your mind!

I hope you enjoy this recipe and have a wonderful start to the holiday season.

~Regan

Easy Brie Appetizer & Strawberry Swap

Easy Brie Appetizer Topped with California Strawberries

Strawberry Topped Brie

Easy Brie Strawberry Swap
 
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ tsp dried rosemary
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup California Strawberries, sliced
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1 tbsp strawberry preserves
  • 1 round of brie, at room temperature or warmed slightly
  • Crackers and crostini
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute 5 minutes or until tender. Sprinkle with rosemary and salt; cook an additional 2 minutes. Add strawberries and saute 2 more minutes. Add in vinegar, orange juice and preserves, stirring well and cooking until thickened (about 10 minutes).
  2. Place brie on a small plate; remove strawberry mixture from stove and pour over brie. Serve with crackers or crostini.

 

 

 


PB & Strawberry Sushi

Peanut Butter + Strawberry Sushi

Begin this school year with a fresh new lunch idea from CA Strawberry Ambassador, Dietitian and Lunchbox-Packing Mom, Holley Grainger: PB & Strawberry Sushi!
All you need is 5 minutes and 3 ingredients! Your kids will love this fun and tasty lunch!

PB & Strawberry Sushi

Just use PB & fresh strawberries, or an alternative to nut butters!

It’s hard to believe we are already heading back to school!  A new year calls for new backpacks, pencils, binders, and of course lunches. Whether you have been off of lunch duty for the summer, or you have been packing lunch for your kids’ summer camp, it’s always nice to have new lunch ideas. Sure a turkey and cheese sandwich is easy to make, but so are these PB & Strawberry Sushi Rolls. Ready in less than 5 minutes, everyone has time to throw these together. Best of all, I bet you already have most of the ingredients on hand.

All you need is a whole wheat flour tortilla, peanut butter, and strawberries. That’s it! Did you know that strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C? They even have more vitamin C per serving than an orange! This recipe calls for a cup of strawberries (this is about 8 strawberries). Clinical research suggests that eating a serving of eight strawberries is good for the whole body, promoting heart health, diabetes management, supporting brain health, and reducing the risk of some cancers.

PB & Strawberry Sushi

Spread the peanut butter onto the tortilla. Add diced strawberries and roll the tortilla inward into a tight long roll. Make sure that you have peanut butter on the edge of the tortilla. This will help your roll stick together and will create a “seal”. Cut into 1 inch pieces with a sharp knife and serve with cut side facing up. You can add some flax or chia seeds to the roll for added nutrients. They can also be made with sunflower, almond, or cashew butter.

PB & Strawberry Sushi

Serve with a crisp strawberry salad to add some crunch!

If you want to make this lunch really fun for the kids, send with chopsticks and a note that says, “You’re on a “roll” keep up the good work!” They will be so surprised and love the sweet note from you!

PB & Strawberry Sushi

 

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PB & Strawberry Sushi
Recipe type: Lunch
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1 sushi roll
 
Begin this school year with a fresh new lunch idea- Strawberry Sushi! All you need is 5 minutes and 3 ingredients! Your kids will love this fun and tasty lunch!
Ingredients
  • 1 whole wheat tortilla
  • 2 tbsp natural peanut butter (can substitute with sunflower seed butter or almond butter)
  • 1 cup diced strawberries
Instructions
  1. Place tortilla on a cutting board and spread with peanut butter. Making sure the peanut butter reaches the edges.
  2. Dice the strawberries and place on the edge of the tortilla in a line.
  3. Roll strawberries in the tortilla. Ensure the edge is “sealed” with peanut butter.
  4. Cut roll into 1 inch squares and arrange on a plate/ lunch box with cut side facing up.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 379 Fat: 18 g Saturated fat: 4 g Unsaturated fat: 14 g Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 42 g Sugar: 11 g Sodium: 247 mg Fiber: 8 g Protein: 12 g Cholesterol: 0

 


Cashew Strawberry Milk

Healthy Strawberry Milk

When I was a kid, I used to LOVE strawberry milk. Thinking about it now, I kind of cringe – tons of sugar, artificial color and flavor, and who knows what else. But then I thought – why not create a healthy homemade version of our old classic favorite, this time using real strawberries? Just in time for back to school season, too!

homemade strawberry milk

Unlike the processed strawberry milk on the market, this creamy, delicious version includes real California strawberries. Strawberries have more vitamin C than an orange and are packed with essential vitamins, dietary fiber, potassium and health-promoting phytochemicals. In fact, did you know that research suggests eating just 1 cup of strawberries a day may improve heart health, lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of some cancers and support brain function? Sweet. Now that is an after school snack everyone can feel good about!

homemade strawberry milk

For a unique take on strawberry milk, this recipe is actually dairy free and made with homemade cashew milk! Have you ever tried to make cashew milk at home before? Turns out it’s quite easy – all you need are cashews, water, and a high speed blender! The first step is to soak the cashews in water overnight so they become soft and are more easily blended. The next morning, simply drain them and rinse. Then, you are ready to make cashew milk!

how to make cashew milk

Pop the softened cashews into a blender with more water (full recipe details below), and blend until smooth (usually a couple minutes). Then, add your strawberries and a little pure maple syrup to taste. If you’d like the milk sweeter, add a full tablespoon of maple syrup. For less sweet, try a half tablespoon. Up to you! Blend another couple minutes until smooth.

homemade strawberry cashew milk blender

Depending on how efficient your blender is, you may want to strain the strawberry milk before serving. This is optional!

homemade strawberry milk

Serve cold and enjoy! This creamy and slightly sweet treat will make a great healthy afternoon snack for both kids and parents. Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for about a week; just shake it before serving in case settling occurs.

homemade strawberry cashew milk

If you’re not feeling the cashew milk thing, don’t have cashews on hand, or don’t want to wait until tomorrow to make this recipe (because the cashews need overnight soaking), feel free to simply make this recipe using whole milk or any store bought alternative milk (like almond or soy milk). Just skip steps 1 and 2 of the recipe, and add about 3 cups of your choice of milk to the blender with the strawberries and pure maple syrup. The possibilities are endless!

how to make homemade cashew milk

Here’s the recipe, enjoy!

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Healthy Homemade Strawberry Milk Recipe
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Recipe type: beverage
Serves: 4 cups
 
This homemade strawberry milk is a healthy twist on the classic childhood favorite. It makes a great afternoon snack for both kids and adults!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 2 cups water (plus more for soaking)
  • 2 cups roughly chopped strawberries
  • ½ - 1 tbsp maple syrup (adjust for sweetness)
Instructions
  1. Place the cashews in a large bowl and cover generously with water. Allow to soak overnight.
  2. Drain and rinse the cashews, then place in a high speed blender with the 2 cups of water. Blend for 3 -4 minutes, until completely smooth.
  3. Add the strawberries and maple syrup to taste and blend for another 2 minutes, until completely smooth.
  4. If necessary (depends how good your blender is), strain the milk through a fine mesh strainer.
  5. Serve cold and enjoy! Seal any extra in an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 1 week. Shake if separation occurs.