Fresh Strawberry Bread

Fresh Stawberry Bread

I know it’s Passover so forgive me if you’re celebrating. I made this Fresh Strawberry Bread last week, and I could not wait to share the recipe. All you need is one big bowl–no mixer is needed. Combine all of the ingredients, except for the sliced strawberries in one bowl; mix and then fold the strawberries in gently. Even though this quick bread has bananas, it does not taste like banana bread when it’s done. The combination of the mashed bananas and nonfat plain Greek yogurt create an amazing moist texture and fantastic flavor.

Strawberries are now at their peak, and you can find them on sale at many groceries. One cup of strawberries has 50 calories, and they are packed with health benefits such as boosting your immune system, promoting eye and heart health, helping fight cancer, wrinkles, high cholesterol and so much more. Enjoy this recipe this spring and summer for breakfast, a snack or even dessert. My kids and husband went wild for us, so next time I will be making two!

My Favorite Winter Salad: Radicchio Salad

Now that Thanksgiving is over, I want something light, healthy and flavorful. Radicchio Salad, with Walnuts and Pomegranates, is a wonderful combination of radicchio, romaine, arugula, apples, walnuts, pomegranate seeds and cranberries. Feel free to use whatever greens you have on hand, and be sure to mix them for color, flavor and texture. If you haven’t tried radicchio before, you should. It’s a red-leafed salad green that is slightly bitter. It can also be grilled or sauteed, but I love it in this salad. Add cooked turkey, chicken, pork or shrimp for a main dish salad.

Power House Granola

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I’m obsessed with granola. I really try not to have it in my house because when I start eating it I cannot stop. I have developed various granola recipes for many different food magazines, but when one of my subscribers, Erica, asked me for a recipe, I went back to the drawing (or cooking) board. I wanted this recipe as low-fat and healthy as possible, and I think I did a good job because my 3 kids (under the age of 11) even devoured the entire container.

 

By the way, I did photograph, style and prop this photo all on my own. I get a lot of questions via email asking me do I really do all of this, so the answer is, yes.


Power House Granola

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 25 minutes

Yield: About 5 cups (serving size: about 1/2 cup)

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups  regular oats

1/3  cup  flaxseeds

1/2  cup  chopped walnuts

1/2  cup  almonds

1/3 cup sunflower seeds

21/2  teaspoons  ground cinnamon

1/2  cup  orange juice

1/2  cup  honey

1/3  cup  packed brown sugar

1  teaspoon  canola oil

1  teaspoon  vanilla extract

Cooking spray

1/3  cup  dried berry mix (cranberries, cherries, blueberries)

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 300°.

2. Combine first 6 ingredients in a medium bowl.

3. Combine orange juice, honey, and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat just until sugar dissolves, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; stir in oil and vanilla.

4. Pour honey mixture over oat mixture, stirring to coat. Spread mixture in a thin layer onto a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 300° for 10 minutes; stir well. Bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Spoon granola into a bowl; stir in dried cranberries. Cool completely.

Note: Store completely cooled granola in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.