April: Spinach + Strawberries

Chia Jam

Prep Time: 5 minutes Cooking Time: 20 minutes Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • 1 lb. strawberries
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 T Chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Equipment: knives, cutting board, pot, flame, potato masher or whisk
  • Step 1 Clean fruit and remove the stems.
  • Step 2 Combine water and strawberries in pot.
  • Step 3 Add Chia seeds and honey
  • Step 4 Let cook down for 10 minutes, stirring ocassionally
  • Step 5 Mash mixture with potato masher or whisk
  • Step 6 Let cool, and enjoy!

Spinach Salad w/ Fresh Strawberries & Blueberries

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: Not needed Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • 6 oz. fresh spinach, washed
  • 1 pint strawberries and/or blueberries, washed, dried, and sliced
  • 1 green apple, washed sliced thinly (keep skins on)
  • ¼ cup of shredded mozzarella (or favorite cheese: feta, bleu, etc.)
  • Dressing: ½ cup olive oil, ¼ cup of Balsamic vinegar, 1/8 cup of apple cider vinegar, 3 T. honey, salt and pepper, 1 cup pureed strawberries

Equipment: large mixing bowl, knives, spoons to toss

  • Step 1: Toss all the ingredients together in large mixing bowl.
  • Step 2: Make your own dressing (see recipe below). Or use a store-bought version that you like. Just be sure to pick one without artificial colors, such as Annie’s lite Raspberry Vinaigrette. Add dressing just before eating to keep salad from wilting.
  • Note: The perfect kid-size salad includes 2 oz of fresh spinach, 2 sliced strawberries, 4 slices of granny smith apples, and added 1 T. of shredded mozzarella cheese. Use a lite vinaigrette dressing for just the right sweet sour balance.
  • For dressing: Pour ingredients into a big jar, pop on the lid, and dance around the kitchen while you shake it up. This recipe is packed with Vitamin C, folic acid, iron — and it’s really tasty! What more could you ask for?!

Strawberry Shortcakes

Prep Time: 45 minutes Cooking Time: 25 minutes Prep Time: 1 hour
  • 1 1/2 pounds strawberries, stemmed and quartered
  • 5 T. sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 T. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup butter, very cold, in slices
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 ½ cup of heavy whipping cream
  • 3 T. sugar
  • 1 T. real vanilla

Equipment: Knife, cutting board, mixer, mixing bowls, baking pan, measuring spoons, measuring cups

Step 1 – Mix strawberries with 5 tablespoons sugar and refrigerate while juices develop, at least 30 minutes.

Step 2 – Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Step 3 – Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, and salt in a medium bowl.

Step 4 – Cut in the butter using a pastry knife or 2 knives together in a slicing motion. The batter will be crumbly and lumpy. Add egg and milk and mix until just combined.

Step 6 – Place mixture in an ungreased 8-inch square pan and bake until golden, 18 to 20 minutes.

Step 7 – Beat heavy whipping cream until soft peaks form, then add 3 T sugar and 1 T vanilla until mixed.

Step 8 –  Layer with strawberries and add whipped cream!

 

Quick Spinach Quiche

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 15 minutes Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • One egg per quiche – well mixed
  • 1 T. shredded cheese per quiche ( cheddar, mozzerlla, parmesean, feta)
  • 1 - 2 T. chopped spinach
  • ¼ t. chopped green onion per quiche
  • 2 wonton wrappers per quiche
  • Olive Oil

Equipment: muffin pan, mixing bowl, fork or whisk, knife, cutting board. mixing spoons/cups

In a muffin tin – ( we found that using the silicon muffin holders works best, or try the foil muffin papers, brushed with olive oil) If using a 6 muffin container, you’ll want to multiple the above recipe by 6.

Step 1 – Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2 – Place into the muffin holders, wonton papers brushed with olive oil, you will want 2 wonton wrappers per quiche. Arrange the wonton wrappers into the muffin paper.

Step 3 – Place all ingredients into a bowl and mix well.

Step 4 – Add the mixed egg and other ingredients on top of the wonton wrappers – top with a small pinch of salt and pepper

Step 5 – Bake for 12 – 15 minutes or until just browned. Let cool slightly, and enjoy!