Salad

Spinach Salad with a Strawberry, Basil, Red Wine reduction

I bought 2 lbs of strawberries and living by myself you only eat so many berries before they start taking a turn for the worse.  My solution to salvage fruit/veggies that could get spoiled, is to cook them.  They retain their flavor, its healthy and you won’t have to throw out food.  This is a warm reduction that you add to fresh baby spinach.  It’s a warm salad.  Feel free to add almonds, bacon bits, and even more fresh fruit like apples and pears.  Here goes.

Ingredients:

1/2 Tbsp olive oil

2 tsp of fennel seeds

I medium onion sliced

1/2 cup red wine (any red wine–I normally use up half opened bottles)

sliced strawberries ( I had about 1.5 cups, use as much as you like, but keep in mind the more you use, the sweeter the reduction)

5-7 leaves of  fresh basil, sliced

Fresh cracked black pepper ( no salt).

Baby Spinach, enough to build a salad of your serving choice.

Method:

1.Heat extra virgin olive oil in a pan and when warm, add the fennel.  Stir for a few secs till fragrant and then add onions

2. Saute onions till pale and then add red wine and allow to reduce, stirring in between to prevent sticking to the bottom

3.  Add sliced strawberries and basil and allow to reduce.  The strawberry will cook down and the sugars will allow the onions to carmelize.

4. Taste the reduction, if it is too sweet, you can counter-act the sweetness with a few dashes of balsamic vinegar.

5. Toss warm (not hot) reduction with baby spinach leaves and add freshly cracked black pepper.  I garnished with honeyed oats (granola would work too !!!)

 

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Breakfast, Treats

A Berry Baked Pancake

The is an experimental recipe that turned out quite well.  I recently purchased “Blueberry Muffin” flavored oatmeal–does not taste as good as I thought.  Thankfully I only had 2 cups worth left so I decided to turn it into a pancake batter, thrown in some fresh strawberries and bake it ! so you could say clafouti meets pancake? Muffin meets cake?  Tastes pretty good if you ask me.  I guess you could adapt this recipe with blueberry muffin mix or just make it with you favorite pancake mix.

Ingredients:

2 cups of blueberry oatmeal mix

1/2 cup whole wheat flour

1.5 cup almond milk

2 tsp of baking powdered

1 egg

6-7 strawberries, sliced

Method:

Preheat oven to 350F.

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl (except the strawberries).

Pour into a 9″ cake pan.

Top with sliced strawberries

Bake for 30 min till baked in the center and a toothpick comes out clean.

Slice and enjoy.