In western Washington, June means strawberries. And its June!! I have a large patch of strawberries in my yard, but I rarely tend to them, so the slugs often get them before I do. Luckily, we have an amazing source of fresh organic strawberries from a local farm that I can buy by the flat to add to my breakfast cereal, smoothies, salads, baked goods – basically every meal for a good six weeks. I really can’t get enough of truly fresh strawberries.
This week my family got to spend three evenings to together in a row. The highlight of the evenings was my mother’s birthday cake. A fluffy yet moist gluten and dairy free chocolate cake with vegan chocolate frosting and – you guessed it – fresh strawberries on top! Strawberries can take something ordinary like chocolate cake and just take it over the top with deliciousness.
In preparation for my next six weeks of strawberry bliss, I have been searching for even more creative ways to enjoy strawberries. Here is the best of what I found.
- Gluten-Free Vegan Roasted Balsamic Strawberry Tarts with Whipped Coconut Cream. When I read this recipe from Free People, I think I actually drooled. It sounds so amazing and so easy to make. I will be trying it this weekend for sure.
- Gluten Free Strawberry Nectarine Crisp from Minimalist Baker. This recipe contains three of my favorite food items: strawberries, nectarines, and fruit crisps. So, of course, it had to go on the “must try” list.
- Strawberries: brought to you by Gluten-Free Goddess. Karina has never steered me wrong. Her recipes are always on the mark. Here is a collection she curated of her strawberry recipes. It includes the compulsory, and amazing, strawberry rhubarb crisp.
- Sara’s Strawberry Tabbouleh from Love and Lemons. The flavors in this recipe sounds wonderful. WARNING: Bulgur is NOT gluten-free. If you eat gluten, make the recipe as is, but for those of us who don’t eat gluten I would try this recipe with quinoa – you just have to make sure not to overcook it so each grain maintains its integrity and the salad won’t turn to mush.
I hope this gave you some great ideas and saved you a little time on the internet so you can spend more time eating strawberries.