Tomorrow is officially the start of summer – yahoo! And along with the more clement weather, we are seeing more locally grown food on grocers’ shelves. Local produce is the most nutritious and delicious, since it travels just a short distance from farm to fork and so can be enjoyed soon after harvest, when both flavour and nutrients are at their peak. Local strawberries are a favourite of mine so, to celebrate, I created this Strawberry Social Menu.
Included are a breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert, all featuring luscious strawberries. Treat this as a selection of recipes highlighting strawberries and other treasures of the spring and early summer harvest (such as asparagus, fresh peas and rhubarb), rather than a menu for a single day. If you ate all these dishes in one day, you would be committing strawberry overkill, if there is such a thing!
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Strawberry Social Menu
Breakfast: Strawberry Almond Protein Smoothie (Not a fan of vanilla protein powder? Use plain protein powder and add a teaspoon of vanilla extract.)
Lunch: Strawberry Asparagus Salad with Tahini Dressing (It isn’t a celebration of spring without asparagus!)
Dinner: Strawberry, Shallot & Mint Salsa atop One Pan Ricotta & Spinach Stuffed Chicken with Broccoli (This salsa is very versatile! Try it with halibut or sprinkle in some feta and serve with grilled pork.)
Dessert: Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp (Technically a vegetable, tart rhubarb is delectable when paired with the succulence of strawberries.)
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