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Strawberry Bruschetta

Written by Shannon Frink

 Red. Ripe. Juicy. Strawberries!   I couldn’t help but to add another strawberry recipe to May!  Let’s face it – if you are a strawberry fan, this is prime pickins’.  And, why not – packed full of flavor and nutrients, they are a nutrition home-run.

When choosing strawberries, look for shiny, firm berries with a bright red color. Be sure to store strawberries in the refrigerator and wash right before eating.

This recipe is FABULOUS with a semi-sweet red wine.   Try them with your favorite wine, in your lounge chair, on your deck some warm night with a group of your favorite gals – summer at it’s BEST!

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Strawberries and Blue Cheese Bruschetta

Recipe adapted from Eating Well

Makes: 1 dozen

All you need:

12 medium strawberries, hulled and sliced

1 teaspoon sugar

1/4 cup (2 ounces) Greek Yogurt cream cheese

1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese

1-2 teaspoons water, if needed

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives, plus more for garnish

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

12 slices whole-grain baguette (1/4 inch thick), warmed or toasted

 All you do:

1.  Combine strawberries and sugar in a medium bowl and let stand while you make the cheese spread.

2.  Combine cream cheese and blue cheese in a small bowl using a fork. Add water, if necessary, for a thick but spreadable consistency. Stir in 1 tablespoon chives and pepper.

3.  Spread about 1 teaspoon of the cheese mixture on each piece of baguette. Top with the sliced berries. Garnish with a sprinkle of chives, if desired.

 

NUTRITION

Per piece: 66 calories; 2 g fat (1 g sat, 0 g mono); 5 mg cholesterol; 10 g carbohydrates; 1 g added sugars; 2 g protein; 1 g fiber; 139 mg sodium; 33 mg potassium.  Carbohydrate Servings: ½.  Exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.

About the author

Shannon Frink

Shannon Frink is a registered dietitian and busy mom of two active boys. She knows the challenges of being a professional mom with the need to get a healthy, wholesome meal on the table – Quick! Shannon is the registered dietitian at Mary Lanning Heathcare Wellness department, where she has the unique opportunity to assist busy employees and community members to make healthy lifestyle choices! Shannon is Certified in Adult Weight Management by the Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition and is an active member of the Nebraska Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition and the Central Nebraska District Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition, as well as, a volunteer in the community. Shannon enjoys following her kids many activities, camping, biking, skiing with her family, trying new recipes, and participating in fitness classes and leagues.