Layered Strawberry Tres Leches Cakes

Looking to put a fresh spin on dessert? Try this Layered Strawberry Tres Leches Cake from Mami Talks. Fresh California strawberries make these cakes taste great, and they’re full of nutritious benefits, too!

Clinical research suggests that eating just eight strawberries a day benefits the whole body, promoting heart health, helping to manage diabetes , supporting brain health, and reducing the risk of some cancers.

These cakes are the perfect treat for any occasion. Enjoy!

Layered Strawberry Tres Leches Cakes
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
Ingredients
Cake
  • 6 eggs (yolks and whites separated)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1½ cups flour
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
Milk mix
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup milk
Instructions
Baking Instructions
  1. Blend strawberries.
  2. Heat water and sugar until boiling, and carefully add to blender with the strawberries.
  3. Add the lemon juice and blend.
  4. Pour mixture back into the pot, and heat on medium-low heat for about 30 minutes, mixing occasionally. You may want to discard the foam that forms in the beginning.
  5. Heat syrup until desired consistency.
  6. Turn off the heat, and let cool in the refrigerator for about an hour before making the jars.
Assembly
Assembly Ingredients
  1. Premade strawberry sauce
  2. Premade mini tres leches cakes
  3. to 8 jars (depending on size)
  4. About 20 strawberries in small pieces
  5. Whipped-cream topping
Assembly Instructions
  1. Start with a layer of strawberries.
  2. Add about 4 teaspoons of strawberry sauce.
  3. Add one mini tres leches cake.
  4. Layer more strawberries on top.
  5. Add another mini tres leches cake.
  6. Top with whipped cream and a strawberry!
  7. TIP: Add the whipped topping right before serving; otherwise, it will melt quickly.
Notes
Plan to make the cake the day before, or at least 4 hours ahead of, the time you want to serve it.

 


Fennel Roasted Strawberries Labneh Crostini

Fennel Roasted Strawberries Labneh Crostini

We love a savory spin on strawberries. Check out this Fennel Roasted Strawberries Labneh Crostini from Playful Cooking for a new and exciting appetizer that’s packed with vital nutrients like vitamin C, potassium and fiber.

If you’ve never tried roasting strawberries, this might be the perfect recipe for you!

Fennel Roasted Strawberries Labneh Crostini
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Serves: 4 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound strawberries
  • 2 cups Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon honey to drizzle
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped pistachios
  • A few fresh mint leaves
  • Baguette bread slices
Instructions
  1. Fold a cheesecloth in half, and layer it on a colander. Place the colander in the sink or a bigger bowl. Drop the Greek yogurt on the cheesecloth, and tie the edges of the cheesecloth to drain out all the excess water from the yogurt. Leave the colander aside for 4 hours or overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F/175 C.
  3. Trim the top of the strawberries, and the slice them in half or quarter. Layer them on a baking pan.
  4. Roughly crush the fennel seeds, and sprinkle them evenly on the strawberries, along with salt.
  5. Bake it for 15 minutes. (The roasted strawberries can be made in advance, and stored in an airtight glass jar in the refrigerator.)
  6. To prepare the labneh dip/spread, untie the cheesecloth and put the labneh on a serving plate. Spread it on the plate, and then, placing the back of your spoon against the labneh, press it down lightly as you rotate the plate to create swirls. Spoon the roasted strawberries on top, along with the juice. Don’t cover the labneh completely. Sprinkle the pistachios, drizzle honey and garnish with fresh mint.
  7. The bread slices could either be roasted using the broil setting on your oven or a hot pan. Or, you could just grill the bread slices.

 


Strawberry Ceviche Boats

Strawberry Ceviche Avocado Boats

Check out this unique – and tasty – strawberry ceviche avocado boats recipe from our friend Kendra Cordoza at Paleo Pazarazzi!

We’re always looking for new, unexpected ways to incorporate strawberries into our diets. Just one serving of eight strawberries is packed full of vitamin C, potassium, folate, fiber and antioxidants. How could we not want to enjoy eight strawberries a day?

 

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Strawberry Ceviche Avocado Boats
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Ingredients
  • 1 lbs of raw shrimp, deveined (can use cooked)
  • 3 ripe avocados
  • ¾ c. strawberries, diced
  • ½ c. white onion, diced
  • 1-2 rounded tbsp. jalapeño, diced
  • ½ c. lime juice (enough to cover shrimp so they cook evenly)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Cut avocados in half and remove the pit. Squeeze lime juice on top, sprinkle salt on them, place on a serving dish and set aside.
  2. Chop shrimp into bite sized pieces. In a medium, shallow container, add the shrimp, lime juice, strawberries, onions, cilantro and jalapeño. Let marinate until the shrimp is no longer see-through but opaque, about 10 to 20 minutes.
  3. After shrimp has marinated, add salt and pepper to taste and mix the ceviche well.
  4. Add the ceviche to the center of each avocado boat. Garnish with more cilantro, lime juice, strawberries and red pepper flakes if desired. Serve chilled.

 


Fresh Quinoa Strawberry Salad with Roasted Strawberry Vinaigrette

Who doesn’t love a delicious strawberry salad? Knowing that California strawberries are low in sugar and calories – only 45 calories per serving! – enjoying this salad is even sweeter. Not to mention, it’s a super easy way to eat a serving of 8 strawberries.

Eating one serving of 8 strawberries a day has many surprising health benefits! For example, eating 8 medium strawberries provides 160 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C, and 5 percent of the recommended daily intake of potassium. Talk about some great health benefits in a tiny package!

Check out the recipes below from our friend and registered dietitian Manuel Villacorta. Let us know what you think!

Fresh Strawberry-Quinoa Salad with Roasted Strawberry Vinaigrette
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 16 medium sized California strawberries, de-stemmed and cut into half inch slices
  • 1 whole avocado
  • 8 tablespoons Roasted Strawberry Vinaigrette (see recipe below)
Instructions
  1. In a small sauce pan, add the quinoa, vegetable stock, and sea salt. Bring it up to a boil and then simmer. Cook for 15 minutes or until the quinoa is cooked. Set aside and cool.
  2. Slice up the strawberries and set aside in a bowl.
  3. Peel and cut the avocado into ¼ slices.
  4. Serve 4 strawberries sliced with ¼ avocado and mix 2 tablespoons of dressing per serving.

 

Roasted Strawberry Vinaigrette Recipe

In this recipe, roast the strawberries to bring out the natural sweetness of the fruit.  By combining it with thyme, the herbal notes offer a great complement to the sweet berry flavors.

Roasted Strawberry Vinaigrette

Roasted Strawberry Vinaigrette
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Ingredients
  • 8 medium sized California strawberries, stemmed and cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • Canola oil spray
  • ½ teaspoon mustard
  • ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.. In a medium-sized bowl, add the strawberries, coconut sugar and thyme. Mix and let it sit for about 5 minutes to allow some of the natural juices to be released.
  2. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with canola oil. Add the strawberry mixture and roast for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 1 minute.
  3. In a food processor, add the strawberry mixture. Make sure to get any excess juices left over from the baking sheet. Add the mustard, salt, vinegar and oil. Puree until it reaches a smooth consistency.
  4. Refrigerate and store up to one week.

 

 

 


The Heart of Santa Maria

 

Hear from Luis Chavez, a strawberry farmer from Santa Maria. He came to California from Mexico with nothing. Hear his heartfelt story about how strawberry farming gave him the opportunity to make a better life for him and his family.


Celebrate National Nutrition Month with Strawberries + Giveaway

 

March is National Nutrition Month — the perfect time for an awesome giveaway – and to challenge yourself to up the ante on your daily nutrition. California strawberries are the perfect choice to boost everyday nutrition, since eating just eight strawberries a day can support brain and heart health, help manage diabetes and reduce the risk of some cancers. To help show how easy and delicious it is to enjoy one cup (eight strawberries) a day, we’ve called in the nutrition experts: registered dietitians Regan Miller Jones and Christy Wilson to share with you their strawberry creations so you can share with your family.


Healthy Strawberry Recipes

Healthy CA Strawberry Recipe Roundup

Healthy Recipe Roundup

Fresh or frozen, CA strawberries are a versatile fruit that can help you keep your healthy-eating resolutions in check. Available year-round and delicious in both sweet and savory dishes, strawberries offer a nutritional boost to any meal of the day. Look through for a healthy recipe roundup to keep you on top of your nutritional kick!

For the New Year, we’ve enlisted four of our RD ambassadors − Regan Jones, Jenna Braddock, Robin Plotkin, and Caroline Kaufman − to create a roundup of #FreshorFrozen CA strawberry healthy recipe hacks that are perfect for the whole family, from breakfast to dessert.

BREAKFAST

Healthy Recipe Roundup - Vanilla Overnight Oats

Strawberry Vanilla Overnight Oats

Breakfast is the perfect opportunity to get your 8-a-day of California strawberries. Here are just a few fun new recipes you can try!

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Regan Jones, RD, serves up a Superfast Breakfast Strawberry Crisp, combining ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen in this quick how-to video. She starts with frozen California strawberries and ends up with a breakfast so delicious you’ll think you’re eating dessert!


Healthy Recipe Roundup

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Making healthy easy is RD Jenna Braddock’s forte and it shines in this Strawberry Vanilla Overnight Oats recipe, featuring frozen California strawberries.
Simply prepare before bedtime and wake up to a healthy grab-and-go meal!

Healthy Recipe Roundup

Strawberry Vanilla Overnight Oats

LUNCH

RD, Robin Plotkin, shares one of her favorite healthy lunch hacks − using sandwiches as an easy way to get your veggies and fruits in.

We’re loving this one in particular: Strawberry and Feta Stuffed Ciabatta Sandwich for the win!

Healthy Recipe Roundup

Strawberry and Feta Stuffed Ciabatta Sandwich

DESSERT

RD, Caroline Kaufman, whipped up this simple dessert hack that makes keeping your healthy-eating resolutions more attainable. By indulging in healthier versions of your favorite desserts, it’s easy to satisfy your sweet tooth vs. depriving it.

Whole Grain Waffle Strawberry Shortcake − a handful of simple ingredients, fresh California strawberries … and no baking!

Healthy Strawberry Recipe Roundup



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.

 

 

 


Strawberry Cardamom Torte

 

Your Perfect Fall Dessert: Strawberry Cardamom Torte Recipe

So many of our favorite fruits pop into season as quickly as they fade out (I’m thinking about you figs and persimmons!). When it comes to berries, we tend to think of summer as their only season to shine. While that may be true for the likes of blueberries and blackberries, it’s simply not the case for strawberries. In California, the strawberry growing season runs year round and the 400+ California farmers that grow strawberries provide the United States with 90% of the strawberries that we find poised and pretty on store shelves. Did you know this? All of the above is what makes strawberries my go-to berry throughout the year, whether fresh, baked, cooked, sautéed, stewed or roasted – or particularly perfect for a Strawberry Cardamom Torte.

I’ve become more and more comfortable over the years using strawberries in both sweet (naturally) and savory dishes; not just during the sultry summer but also when we’re bundled up in sweaters during the cooler months. They’re a gorgeous addition when simply fresh-cut and thrown into a salad….think of fun ingredients like goat cheese and pepitas to pair with them. Quickly roasted strawberries just as easily top crostini for a delicious starter or vanilla bean ice cream as a cozy dessert. Not only are strawberries beautiful to look at with their vibrant color, but they are also loaded with vitamins and have half (half!) the sugar of many fruits, including apples.

So it should come as no surprise that this fall I wanted to create a stunning dessert and I turned to strawberries to make that happen. I re-created one of my most favorite recipes, the amazing New York Times Plum Torte by Marian Burros. I had visions of a puffed up cake, dotted with bright, fresh strawberries and in a nod to the seasonal change, I wanted to pair it with the warm spice of cardamom. This torte is so easy to throw together and comes out looking stunning every time. I hope it will grace your table this fall or any season the mood strikes.

Your Favorite Fall Dessert | Strawberry Cardamom Torte

Next time you’re trying to create a dessert that dazzles, think about adding strawberries as the star of the show no matter what time of the year!

Your Perfect Fall Dessert | Strawberry Cardamom TorteCheck out more California Strawberry Recipes here!

Strawberry Cardamom Torte
Serves: 8-10 Servings
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • About 30 strawberry halves, cleaned and hulled
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tsp each cinnamon + cardamom for topping
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and butter a 9-inch springform (you can use a different 9-inch baking dish but the springform will deliver the prettiest torte).
  2. In a medium bowl*, cream together the sugar + butter until light and fluffy. Add the 2 large eggs and vanilla extract and mix until thoroughly combined. Then add directly on top of the butter mixture the flour, baking powder (I take extra effort to sprinkle the baking powder evenly about) and sea salt. Mix until just combined. This batter is crazy thick…you’ll think it’s wrong, but it’s not.
  3. Spoon the torte batter into the buttered springform and using the back of the spoon to evenly smooth the batter out to the edges of the pan.
  4. Place strawberries in a concentric pattern on the torte batter. Do not press them into the batter, just rest them on top. Place them close together…you’ll be surprised how they shrink and sink whilst baking.
  5. Sprinkle the top of the torte evenly with the 1 tablespoon of sugar, lemon juice, cardamom and cinnamon.
  6. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 45-50 minutes. Let it cool for at least 30 minutes and run a knife around the edges of the pan before trying to get it out.
  7. You will die. It’s that good. The crust that the sugar and spices form on top of the torte…the sunken fruit…the fact that it’s easy…don’t even get me started on its one bowl nature… Heaven.
  8. *This could also be done in an electric stand mixer with the paddle attachment.


8 Strawberries, 8 Ways A Day

8 Ways to Eat California Strawberries

When it comes to healthy eating, there seems to be so many complicated ideas on how to actually execute.  Fortunately, healthy eating can be easy and doable, thanks to simply adding a single serving of California Strawberries: 8 A Day, 8 ways.

Clinical research suggests eating just 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.

How can you get in 8 strawberries every day? Easy. Here’s 8 ways to eat 8 strawberries a day:

  1. Overnight Strawberry Oats: In a medium-size mason jar, combine 1/2 cup old fashioned oats, 3/4 cup milk and 8 chopped strawberries. Cover and chill overnight in the fridge. Enjoy for a grab and go filling breakfast.
  2. Strawberry Yogurt Parfait: Top 1/2 cup Greek yogurt with 8 chopped or sliced strawberries and 1/4 cup granola.
  3. Smoothie: Blend 1/2 cup ice, 1 banana, 8 strawberries and 3/4 cup milk (more if needed).
  4. Salad: Top spring mix with grilled chicken, sliced almonds, crumbled goat cheese and 8 sliced strawberries. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar for dressing.
  5. PB & Strawberry Roll-Up: Layer a whole grain, high fiber wrap with 2 tablespoons of natural peanut butter and sliced strawberries. Roll up and slice into pinwheels.
  6. Cottage Cheese & Strawberries: Top 3/4 cup cottage cheese with 8 sliced or diced strawberries.
  7. Crackers, Avocado & Strawberries: Top large whole grain crackers with mashed avocado and sliced strawberries.
  8. Strawberry Flatbread: Top mini whole grain naan with fresh basil, sliced strawberries, and fresh mozzarella slices. Broil for 1-2 minutes, watching carefully. Drizzle with a balsamic reduction.

If you’ve never tried some of these combos, I’m telling you that it’s time!

Strawberry Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are so easy to make, so easy to eat the next day and so darn delicious. The natural sweetness of delicious strawberries are really all the flavor you need.

Peanut Butter and Strawberry Roll-ups

The PB & Strawberry roll-up answers that long debated question, “Should I use jelly or does it have too much sugar?” Problem solved by using naturally sweet, and low in sugar, California strawberries.

Smashed Avocado and Strawberry Crackers

While you might not know that avocado and strawberry go fantastic together, you will after trying them on a tasty cracker. This is the perfect afternoon pick-me-up snack.

Strawberry Basil Flatbread

And the flatbread…the flatbread!!! It’s strawberry magic. The balsamic reduction (I found it already made at the grocery store) is the icing on the cake, or the flatbread. This is a meal or appetizer you can have ready in under 10 minutes.

I’ve found that many of these ideas have become staples in our week as whether school time or the summer months. Thankfully, strawberries are available year-round!

Enjoy!

By Jenna Braddock, RDN

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