Strawberry Season is Here!

I stopped at a roadside stand a few days ago and bought a special treat. The first locally grown strawberries of the season. There are few things more wonderful than fresh-picked strawberries!

One of my favorite ways to fix them is to clean them, chunk them up, stir them about in a bit of sugar and then eat them! If I can get my mitts on some Angel Food cake, pound cake, or shortbread – all the better. But the strawberries alone make a fantastic dessert or snack. Oh, and homemade whipped cream will never go to waste in my house!

Looking at the recipes in my newest book, Gourmet Ice Pops for Kids and Adults, my love of strawberries is evident in the number of recipes that contain strawberries! Plenty of them, for sure. Here’s one from the Kid’s section of the book.

Strawberry Banana Pops

1 small package instant banana cream pudding mix

1 3/4 cups milk

2 cups sliced strawberries

1 tablespoon sugar

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Pour into ice pop molds, add sticks, and freeze.

For anyone using the HCG diet or looking for low calorie and low fat treats, try this strawberry delight.

Strawberry Lemonade Pops (HCG)

2-3 strawberries, mashed

Lemon juice, from 1/2 lemon

8 ounces water

Stevia to taste

Mix all together, pour into ice pop molds or small paper cups, add sticks, and freeze.

This drink is 1/2 of a fruit serving on the HCG diet. This recipe can also be made using Lemon Drop flavored liquid Stevia as the sweetener.

However you like to eat them, it’s strawberry time and that’s a great food celebration!

Ann Chambers is the author of several delicious e-books, including Gourmet Ice Pops for Kids and Adults available online for only $2.99 exclusively at Amazon and 25 Quick & Easy HCG Recipes, available online for only $1.99 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Sony, Kobo or Smashwords.

 

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Steakhouse Buffalo Burger makes a special dinner, even on a diet (HCG)

The best diet dinner for a romantic holiday like Valentine’s Day or an anniversary is our Steakhouse Buffalo Burger! It’s a smaller version of dinner at a steak restaurant and the buffalo meat is delicious and very filling. You’ll feel like you cheated even though you didn’t! This recipe complies to the HCG Protocol. If you are following a less stringent diet, you could make the burgers a bit bigger or add other vegetables to the side. When working on a low carb maintenance, we like to put a dollop of bacon grease in the pan to saute the vegetables and add a few ounces of sliced cabbage. Mmmm.

Steakhouse Buffalo Burger

Dinner for two

7 ounces ground buffalo

4 ounces sliced baby portabella mushrooms

4 ounces chopped sweet onion

1/2 teaspoon onion salt

1 teaspoon garlic and herb seasoning

1 teaspoon seasoning salt

Mix onion salt, 1/2 teaspoon garlic and herb seasoning and 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt into buffalo meat, then divide into two patties. Cook over medium high heat in nonstick skillet until almost cooked through. Slide burgers to side of skillet and place mushrooms and onions on the other side. Add 1/2 teaspoon garlic and herb seasoning and 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt. Stir to distribute seasonings and cook until onions clarify.

(Ground buffalo is available at many upscale grocery stores. It is very lean and much tastier than the lean hamburger meat. Buffalo meat has great taste and texture. It generally comes in one pound packages. For ease of preparation, you can double the meat spices in this recipe and divide the meat into five patties. Cook all patties together, removing those that are not needed when they are almost cooked through. Refrigerate and reheat later. It’s best to cook the onions and mushrooms fresh when you reheat the burger. Use about 2 ounces of mushroom and 2 ounces of onion per burger.)