Posted by: Shannon @ A Dash of Sparkle | February 2, 2012

What I’m Loving Now Wednesday: Fresh Strawberries

Is there anything more beautiful or delicious…

Than fresh, in-season strawberries?

That’s up for debate, but I really can’t think of anything right now…

Yes, it is that time of year for Florida strawberries!

This is wonderful for several reasons:

  • More local produce (less distance for them to travel to get to me)
  • Sweeter (since they are delivered nice and ripe)
  • That color (again, because they are delivered nice and ripe)
  • Sales! (I can actually afford them thanks to the 2-for-$5 at Publix)

Packed with fiber and antioxidants, as well as anti-inflammatory agents, and simply overflowing with Vitamin C, it’s hard not to love these sweet bites.

I have many plans for my strawberries.

I’ve already experimented with a new recipe idea I found on Pinterest for this past weekend’s Gasparilla festivities…

Not-Guilty Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

Makes 30-45 stuffed strawberries

Ingredients:

  • 2 pints washed, dried and pitted fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup skim ricotta cheese
  • 2 ounces low-fat cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup organic honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3-4 crushed up graham crackers (plain)

Directions:

  1. Lay out your pitted strawberries on a serving platter or plate
  2. Mix the ricotta cheese, cream cheese, honey and vanilla extract together in a bowl
  3. With a teaspoon, spoon the cheesecake filling into the pitted strawberries
  4. Sprinkle the top of each strawberry with the graham cracker crumbs
  5. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve

I may never make a regular cheesecake ever again!

These were super simple and absolutely delicious. Just sweet and creamy enough to make you think you were eating your favorite cheesecake dessert, but these will have you feeling “not-guilty” because they are perfectly sized and are made with mostly natural sugars. They definitely have less calories than your average cheesecake!

Needless to say, they were a BIG hit at the Gasparilla party and ended up being eaten during breakfast (right after I finished them) because they looked and tasted so yummy.

What are you loving today?

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Responses

  1. Strawberries are nothing short of amazing; I also prefer the more local fruit than opposed to the supermarket selection. Great post and I look forward to sharing more with you:)

  2. Hmmm, sounds yummy. And the strawberries alone, sweet, succulent, ripe red, juicy, fresh in the Florida sunshine & warmth would be enough for me right now.

    Annie (in cold, grey New England)


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