Memorial Day (May 26): Red, White & Blue Fruit Cups: Combine 1-cup each of strawberries (de-stemmed and chopped) and blueberries (make sure you have equal amounts of blue and red) and then drizzle clover honey over the berries lightly. Top the treat with your favorite whipped cream for the white of this Red, White & Blue dessert! Add a little crunch with crushed pignolias (pine nuts) sprinkled on top. Keep it fresh – buy organic farmers’ market berries and all-natural organic honey. And, keep it healthy with a low-calorie and fat-free whipped cream.
May is a month of many celebrations that offer a wide variety of delicious cuisine starting with brunch for Mother’s Day to red, white, and blue treats for Memorial Day. Try these easy, fun, and healthy recipes this month…
Mother’s Day (May 11): Treat mom to breakfast in bed with the latest bite-size trend – pancake pops!Follow your usual pancake batter recipe (or take the easier boxed route!) and buy 6-inch lollipop sticks. Drop a heaping teaspoon of batter onto your griddle. Wait about a minute for the pancake to settle and place the stick ¾ of the way to the top of the pancake. Use a spoon to smooth the batter over the stick. After a few minutes, the first side should be done; flip it over carefully to cook the other side. Pour your favorite maple syrup and gooey toppings into little cups to dip the pancake pops into! This is a cute treat for a Sunday brunch as well; and kids love making these pops so forward this idea to your husband for your own Mother’s Day morning surprise!
Pick Strawberries Day (May 20): This quirky national observance is on the calendar as a way to celebrate the first fruit of spring. Picking strawberries together at your local farm is a nice way to spend a spring day with your mom, kids, or even your sweetie. Other than popping the sweets in your mouth like candy, try mixing strawberries with spring greens for a healthy salad, or throw them into the blender with vanilla almond milk, ice, and protein powder for a power smoothie.
Added bonus – strawberries are packed with Vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants.
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup soy sauce
4 scallions, washed and cut in 1/2
2 large cloves garlic
1/4 cup lime juice
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 pounds inside skirt steak, cut into 3 equal pieces
Special equipment: blow dryer
1. Heat charcoal until grey ash appears.
2. In a blender, mix oil, soy sauce, scallions, garlic, lime juice, red pepper, cumin, and sugar and puree.
3. Place pieces of steak in a large Ziplock bag and pour in marinade. Seal bag, removing as much air as possible. Allow steak to marinate for 1 hour in refrigerator.
4. Remove steak from bag and pat dry with paper towels.
5. Using a blow dryer, blow charcoal clean of ash.
6. Place steaks directly onto hot coals for 1 minute per side. When finished cooking, place meat in aluminum foil, wrap, and allow to sit for 15 minutes.
7. Remove meat from foil, reserving foil and juices.
8. Slice thinly across the grain of the meat. Return to foil pouch and toss with juice.
Serve with your favorite red wine and side salad for a delightful, romantic meal!
A sweet-tart glaze made with strawberry preserves and balsamic vinegar tops a wheel of baked brie. Perfect for your holiday celebration!
Baked Brie with Strawberry Glaze
1 (13 to 16-ounce) whole Brie cheese with rind left on 3 tablespoons strawberry preserves 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar 1/2 cup sliced fresh strawberries 1 1/2 tablespoons toasted hazelnuts or sliced toasted almonds Toasted Bread Hearts and Crackers
Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Place the Brie on a baking sheet or baking dish. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the Brie is semi-soft and warm.
While the brie is baking, combine the preserves and balsamic vinegar in a saucepan and heat until thick and bubbly. Remove from heat.
Remove the Brie from the oven and place on a festive serving dish. Arrange the strawberries on top and drizzle with the heated preserves. Sprinkle with the nuts. Serve with crackers or toasted bread hearts.