Sunday, April 7, 2013
Roasted Spiced Strawberries with Honey Vanilla Yogurt
I'm great at holding grudges. Forgiveness does not come easily after being betrayed. I've held one (or continue to hold one) against each of the following:
2. hot dogs
3. orange juice
4. Fig Newtons
Most of these grudges have lasted for years. One has lasted over two decades. I won't get into the details of how each of these relationships went sour. But now that we are firmly into 2013, it is perhaps time to get rid of all that bad energy and drop the hard feelings.
Yogurt is an easy food with which to get back into a relationship. So useful as an ingredient - especially with quick breads and smoothies. But I'd like to take things to the next level - and enjoy the stuff on its own terms. As creamy, luxurious yogurt.
Here, Greek yogurt is mixed with honey, vanilla, and some spices. And topped with strawberries spiced and roasted. It is hard to stay mad at the stuff, when turned into this concoction. I can drop the hard feelings for yogurt, and granola looks like the next food to work on - but one thing is for sure, the hot dog war will never cease. Time doesn't heal ALL wounds.
Cooking Light has a great slideshow about yogurt - Click here to get some nutrition information, recipes, and tips about the stuff!
1 pound strawberries, sliced
2 tbsp dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon spice mix
1/2 tsp roasted Saigon cinnamon
1/4 tsp cardamom
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp ground coriander
Pinch ground ginger
Pinch ground star anise
16 ounces Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons wild dandelion honey
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch spice mix
Place sliced strawberries in a bowl and sprinkle with the brown sugar. Let them sit for an hour. Meanwhile, mix together the spice mix in a small bowl.
Heat oven to 350. Stir in olive oil, white wine vinegar, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of the spice mix with the strawberries. Spread on baking sheet and roast for about 30 minutes. Set aside to cool.
In a medium bowl, mix the yogurt, honey, vanilla, and spices. To serve, top with the roasted strawberries.