Today, I’m sharing a couple of strawberry dishes that are fast and easy for an at-home Valentine’s Day dinner, or any other day of the year, for that matter. Incorporating fresh strawberries into your menu can make any dish special, and they not only taste good, but they are good for us, too!

The first recipe is a version of my Asian Coleslaw Salad, but instead of using dried cranberries, I substituted fresh strawberries, and instead of almonds, I used candied pecans. This version really elevated what was already one of our favorite salads. To make, you start with a great shortcut, bagged coleslaw mix. Next, add ramen noodles, nuts, berries or cranberries, sesame seeds and top with an Asian inspired dressing.

Prepared coleslaw mix is a great shortcut…
To go with the strawberries and make the salad a little sweeter, I used honey roasted pecan pieces….

The dressing ingredients, plus sugar to taste…

The dressing gets its Asian taste by incorporating a portion of the Soy Sauce ramen seasoning packet, as well as the addition of sesame oil and rice wine vinegar. The recipe for the Asian Slaw is here:

This salad is really great as a side dish, or with the addition of chicken or other protein, makes a great entre salad. One of the nice things about this dish is that it is easy to make ahead with the exception of adding the dressing, and then add the dressing before serving. Because it is so transportable, we have often taken it to work potlucks and our family picnic, where it is typically a real crowd pleaser.

The second recipe is a strawberry pie dessert that comes from my Aunt Harriet. It is simple and delicious, and perfect for a light and refreshing Valentine’s Day dessert.

First start with a prepared pie crust. I use the frozen deep-dish crust, and after pricking the bottom with a fork, bake according to directions. Once golden brown, place on a rack to cool.

The recipe called for a small box of Jello, but all I had was a large box, so I used half of it…

Meanwhile, prepare the other ingredients, per recipe. You will need strawberries, sugar, strawberry Jello, cornstarch and water. Heat the water, Jello, sugar and cornstarch to boiling and then simmer for five minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

You can use whole berries or slice them, if you prefer…

Place whole or sliced strawberries in the bottom of the pie crust and top with cooled glaze mixture. Refrigerate until set. When serving, top with a dollop of whipped cream if desired and enjoy! Here is my handwritten recipe that I got from my aunt. As you can see at the top, I had written “So good!”

I hope you enjoy these two strawberry inspired recipes. There is still time to make them for tomorrow, but they are delicious all year round. Wishing you all a day full of love not only tomorrow, but every single day.

Good tidings,

Diane

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