Strawberry Almond Couscous, rich with roasted strawberries, toasted almonds and pearl couscous in a basil-lime dressing. Delicious warm or cold.
This post is sponsored by Florida Strawberry in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.
Guess who’s back in town!
You guessed it, Florida Strawberries!
Florida strawberries are available all winter long. You can enjoy Florida strawberries all season starting in November and lasting throughout April.
Florida Strawberry Growers Association (FSGA) member farms grow over 11,000 acres of strawberries. This community minded organization produces over 20 million flats per year!
FSGA continues to uphold its mission to be “partners in research, promotion and member/community service”.
This organization values research and education to bring the best, healthiest crops to your table.
Member farms have given Plant City and surrounding area the title, “Winter Strawberry Capital of the World”.
FSGA also invests in the future farmers with scholarships in agricultural studies. Many recipients of these scholarships have gone on to become leaders in Florida agriculture.
Thank you FSGA farms for all your hard work to bring us juicy jewels just in time for the Holidays!
Fresh Florida strawberries come to you fully ripe and ready to enjoy. No refrigeration needed. Florida strawberries are best stored at room temperature. Just wash and this fruit is set to go as a snack or into your family’s lunch bags.
Don’t stop there. Think of the possibilities! Try adding Florida Strawberries to:
- Your favorite drinks like spritzers, lemonade, smoothies, shakes and even eggnog!
- Warm cereal like oatmeal, grits or cream of wheat on a cold winter morning.
- Make a quick parfait by layering yogurt, strawberries, granola and whipped cream.
- Florida Strawberries make cheese trays and Charcuterie boards extra special. Sharp, smoked, goat milk, feta and bleu cheeses pair wonderful with strawberries.
Not only are Florida Strawberries delicious, they are good for you!
Did you know?
- Eating eight strawberries a day has been shown to lower blood pressure and to improve memory and heart health. Not only that, eating strawberries on a regular basis may lower the risk of some cancers and help reduce obesity.
- According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, nutrient-dense foods (like Florida Strawberries) are those providing the greatest amounts of vitamins and minerals with the fewest calories.
- Strawberries provide essential nutrients and minerals including fiber, potassium, vitamin C and powerful antioxidants such as anthocyanins, quercetin and ellagic acid.
- The levels of ellagic acid found in strawberries are five to six times higher than in most other fruits and vegetables. In lab and animal studies, ellagic acid seems to have some anti-cancer properties.
Find out more about what this good for you fruit can do for you at this link: Healthy Benefits of Florida Strawberries
Cooking with Florida strawberries is a snap. Add strawberry flavor and nutrition to salads, sides and even meatballs!
Learn more about delicious Florida Strawberries and FSGA on their website http://floridastrawberry.org/
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Wait there’s more to get excited about with Florida Strawberry!
Submit a fabulous photo with Florida strawberries and receive a free Florida Strawberry cap plus get entered for a chance to win a getaway to Florida at the TradeWinds Island Resort in St. Pete’s Beach. Airfare, accommodations, and a tour of a strawberry farm in Plant City for up to 4 people.
It’s easy to enter!
You can submit a photo directly through this link Florida Strawberry Cap Contest or on social media using the #FLStrawberryCap hashtag.
Everyone who enters gets a Florida Strawberry Cap! How cool is that!
Limit one cap per household.
You can enter for the grand prize as many times as you’d like.
Florida Strawberry is hand selecting their favorite image so be creative! Get those pics in starting December 12th! The giveaway ends on February 12 2017.
Complete contest terms and conditions can be found here.
It doesn’t get much easier than my Strawberry Almond Couscous. This dish makes a great warm side or cold pasta salad.
Pearled Couscous cooks fast. The light lime-basil dressing coats each pearl with a flavor boost.
Sweet Florida Strawberries virtually roast themselves without the need to add sugar, corn syrup or honey.
While the roasted strawberries cool, a sweet, naturally juicy syrup forms. Delicious spooned over ice cream or cake too.
Toasted almonds add a bit of crunch. Black sesame seeds mixed with the lime add a smoky slightly spicy taste.
- 1 cup Florida Strawberries, quartered
- 1 cup pearled couscous
- 1 3/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
- 2 tablespoons basil, chiffonade
- 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds
- lime zest for garnish (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread strawberries in single layer onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Roast for approximately 10 minutes until juices begin to appear. transfer strawberries and juices to a dish to cool.
- Cook couscous in water uncovered over medium approximately 8 to 10 minutes until soft. Drain. Add almonds. Set aside to cool.
- Whisk together basil, rice vinegar, lime juice, honey, oil and salt and pepper. Stir in roasted strawberries and juices.
- Toss couscous with dressing. Sprinkle with black sesame seeds. Garnish with additional fresh strawberries and lime zest if desired.
Sweet Florida Strawberries do not need added sugar to roast. Roasting enhances the natural sweetness.
Food for thought..How do you enjoy Florida Strawberries? I’d love to hear from you! Please share your thoughts or recipes ideas in a comment below.
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- Goopy Goop – A Healthy Strawberry Sauce by Cricket’s Confections
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- Grilled Balsamic Strawberry & Chicken Kabobs by Books n’ Cooks
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