These simple and fresh berry recipes are perfect for a light and easy breakfast meal, quick snack, or a flavorful dessert to finish off a meal any time. Made with just a few simple ingredients, these healthy fruit recipes can be assembled in minutes and can be used whenever you want something quick, fresh and healthy to make with delicious seasonal produce.
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Strawberries and Bananas with Cinnamon Yogurt
1 cup strawberries – cut into chunks
1/2 banana – cut into small chunks
1 cup low-fat plain Greek-style yogurt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp chopped pecans
– In a bowl, stir the yogurt and cinnamon together. Add the fruit and nuts and combine well.
To Serve: Serve in prepared puff pastry shells and drizzle with a little warm chocolate sauce for a quick and easy dessert.
Blueberries with Creamy Goat Cheese
2 cups blueberries
1 cup cantaloupe – cut into cubes
1/2 cup chayote squash – diced
1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
1 tsp lemon zest
Mixed salad greens
– In a bowl, combine the fruit, squash, cheese, and lemon zest. Toss well.
To Serve: Serve fruit recipe over mixed salad greens along with warm bread sticks or whole-grain rolls.
Creamy Berry Dessert
1 cup blackberries
1 cup raspberries
1 cup vanilla yogurt
1 tbsp fresh mint – minced
2 peaches – pit removed and cut in half
honey – as desired
– Place the berries in a bowl and drizzle with some honey and toss gently to combine.
– In a smaller bowl combine the yogurt and the fresh mint and mix well.
To Serve: Place the peach halves on serving plates. Then scoop the berries over the peach halves, reserving a few for garnish. Then top the berries with the yogurt mixture, garnish each serving with the reserved berries and drizzle a little honey over the top.
Raspberry Pear Parfait
1 cup raspberries
1 cup pears – cut into chunks
3/4 cup – ricotta cheese
1/2 tsp – vanilla extract
1/4 tsp – ground cinnamon
1/2 cup cinnamon graham crackers – broken
1 tbsp – sliced almonds
– In a small bowl, stir the ricotta, vanilla extract, and cinnamon until well combined.
To Serve: Take 2 tall glasses (parfait, wine or whatever you may have) and layer ingredients. Place some raspberries and pear chunks in the bottom of the glasses, then some ricotta mixture then some of the broken graham crackers. Keep layering in this manner until ingredients are all used. Top each parfait with the sliced almonds and enjoy.
Ingredient Exchange: Instead of vanilla extract, try lemon extract or almond extract.
Laura Cockerell is a food and health enthusiast who has enjoyed cooking from an early age. Her website at http://www.quick-salad-recipes.com, which includes more berry recipes, offers easy solutions to healthy meal preparation by providing a large selection of simple, quick, and budget friendly recipes that include delicious salads along with a wide variety of healthy and flavorful meal recipes that require a minimum of ingredients, time, effort, and clean-up for the time-pressed world we live in.