Another addition to our list of favourite things about summer: Our neighbors fruit and veggie stand! What’s better than walking 30sec across the street to get fresh, no-chemicals-used fruits? Not much (except maybe getting it out of your own back yard, but our strawberry plant doesn’t seem to doing so hot).
Right now, they have strawberries and cherries, so needless to say, pretty much every meal and snack we’ve eaten this week has involved one or the other, or both (usually both).
So, we have three recipes for you today: A breakfast, a salad dressing, and a sandwich, each using strawberries and cherries. Aren’t you guys lucky!
So, the breakfast:
We’ve talked before about our love for buckwheat bakes, and despite the heat we couldn’t pass up a strawberry+cherry buckwheat bake combo!
Coconut Strawberry Cherry Buckwheat Bake
Prep time: 10min
Bake time: 3-35min (microwave or oven dependent!)
1/4 c. buckwheat flour
1 tbsp buckwheat groats
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
1/3 c. strawberry-cherry puree (strawberries and cherries blended)
3 tbsp cherry juice
1 tbsp each diced cherries and strawberries
Combine dry ingredients and set aside. Combine wet ingredients and add to dry. Pour batter into large greased ramekin. Bake at 350 for 35min OR microwave for 3-5min. (We microwaved ours to avoid turning on the oven in the 30 degree heat!)
Turn out onto a plate and top with desired toppings! We topped ours with coconut butter, yogurt, and fresh fruit! 🙂
Of course, after such an amazing breakfast, we HAD to continue our strawberry-cherry fix over into lunchtime. We had strawberries, avocado, and mozzarella crying out to us.
Enter strawberry-avocado grilled cheese!
Creamy. Gooey. Sweet and savory. Everything you’d want in a grilled cheese!
Strawberry Avocado Grilled Cheese
Prep time: 5min
Cooke time: 5min
4 slices whole wheat sandwich bread
1/2 tsp lime juice
1/3 c. sliced strawberries
Get pan or sandwich grill heating. Mash up avocado with lime juice and salt, spread evenly onto both sandwiches. Top with strawberries and finish with mozzarella. Grill until both sides are nicely browned and cheese has melted.
And finally for the last recipe of the day! This one goes along with the sandwich, because really, one little sandwich is not enough to keep these girls going for long! We went for a light and fresh side salad, with some of the leftover chicken from father’s day and sliced up strawberries and cherries (we couldn’t leave the cherries out of the meal!)
And what would a salad be without a delicious salad dressing? We decided to stick with the theme and make a sort of strawberry cherry “vinaigrette”, but really not because there’s not actually any vinegar in it!
Strawberry-Cherry Salad Dressing
Prep time: 5min
1/4 c. sliced strawberries
1/4 c. sliced cherries
2 tbsp avocado oil
1 tbsp lime juice
1/4 tsp salt
Add to blender or food processor and puree! Pour over salad and enjoy 🙂
Are you on any flavour kick lately?
What’s your favourite way to use strawberries and cherries?