Inexpensive Recipes with Strawberries
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Inexpensive Recipes with Strawberries

Posted on Monday, April 8th, 2013 at 7:00 am
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strawberriesStrawberries are in season right now! This is the best time to buy them because they will be at the lowest prices of the year. I recommend you visit your local farmers’ market to buy fresh strawberries. Unfortunately, strawberries don’t last for very long. To use them up, try some of these simple and inexpensive recipes with strawberries.

Strawberry and Spinach Salad
If you have never added strawberries to salad before, this may sound a bit odd. Try the recipe, and you will see that strawberries actually go very nicely in a spinach salad. This recipe comes from Food.com. It calls for 1 pint of strawberries (sliced) and 1 pound of spinach. Add some toasted pecans and a nice dressing. Or, you can follow the directions at Food.com to make a dressing.

Strawberry-Mint Sparkling Limeade
MyRecipes has a very simple to make recipe for this drink. It requires 3 cups of sliced strawberries, some mint leaves, lime juice, water, agave nectar, and 1 bottle of chilled sparkling wine. Want to make it a kid-friendly drink? Substitute chilled club soda for the wine. Add one whole strawberry to the top of each glass

Fruit Spring Rolls
Want a light appetizer, with a refreshingly different taste? Food Network has Giada De Laurentiis’ recipe for Fruit Spring Rolls. The recipe makes 4 to 6 servings. You will need 6 medium strawberries, 1 mango, some mint leaves, toasted and sliced almonds, and honey. The recipe also requires 1 ½ cups of cooked Pad Thai noodles that have been cooled and drained, and 6 inch (or 8 inch) rice paper rounds.

Strawberry Salsa
What a fun way to make grilled chicken, beef, or pork, a little more interesting! Mix up some strawberry salsa and scatter it over slices of the meat. This recipe also comes from MyRecipes. You will need 2 cups of chopped fresh strawberries, some cranberries, cilantro, chives, lime zest, lime juice, and 1 small diced avocado. You will also need ½ cup of red pepper jelly. Try this for dinner on a night when your family is bored with the meat you were planning to serve.

No Crust Strawberry Pie
How about a strawberry inspired dessert? This one comes from AllRecipes, and is really easy to do. You will need 24 ounces of fresh strawberries, 1 package of sugar free cook and serve vanilla pudding mix, a package of sugar free flavored JELL-O and some water. Put the strawberries in a 10 inch pie pan, and pour the rest over it. Let it cool. You can add some whipped topping if you like.

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