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I love the sweet berries of summer, so much so that I eat them all year, keeping a bag of frozen berries on hand for a snack during the winter months. And since strawberries are in season in Michigan this time of year, we’re definitely eating more of them.
Keeping berries fresh for more than a day or so after you buy them can be a challenge, though I found an excellent suggestion in last week’s Detroit Free Press newspaper. To keep your strawberries from molding in the fridge, a reader advised that you put a paper towel in the lid of the berry container and store it upside down in the fridge. (If you try it, let me know if it works! Ours don’t last more than a day or two because we eat them so quickly.)
Since I’m always concerned about keeping calories down and thus, rarely make dessert, I searched for a low-calorie Strawberry Shortcake recipe to make for my husband and me during a lovely summer Saturday night of barbecuing and dancing on our deck. (You can find a lot of summer dessert recipes on the Reddi-wip website here: Seasonal Recipes from Redd-wip.)
The recipe I made has only has about 225 calories per serving, including the 15 calories I added using Reddi-wip to top it off. (One of the reasons I prefer Reddi-whip is that it looks and tastes really good since it’s made with real dairy cream, not hydrogenated oils like so many whipped dessert toppings. I hate the thought of eating hydrogenated oils. Yuck.)
Strawberry Shortcake Recipe:
2 1/3 c. gluten-free Bisquick mix
1/2 c. skim milk
3 tbsp. Truvia
3 tbsp. butter, melted
4 c. sliced strawberries
Slice the strawberries and put them in a bowl with 1 tbsp. of Truvia. Set them aside and let them rest and “juice out” for a few hours.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Mix the rest of the ingredients and separate into 12 servings. Pat them on parchment paper into small mounds about four inches wide and bake for 15 to 17 minutes until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool on a rack. Serve each cake by topping with strawberries and 2 tbsp. of Reddi-wip and enjoy!
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