What better way to kick off summer than with berries? Here are three deliciously healthy ways to enjoy the freshest produce of the season, from my BBQ E-book. Enjoy your weekend!
STRAWBERRY LIME SLUSHY
Makes 3 servings
2 tablespoons pomegranate or cranberry juice
Juice of one lime (about 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice)
2 tablespoons sugar, ideally raw
2 cups fresh, sliced strawberries
3 to 4 cups ice cubes
Fill blender or food processor with pomegranate (or cranberry) and lime juices, first, then sugar, strawberries, and ice. Blend or puree until thick and smooth, stopping to mix contents and push ice to bottom, if needed.
Serve in a tall glass with a straw.
FOUR BERRY ICE CUBES
These berry ice cubes instantly convert plain water or seltzer into a naturally low sugar sports drink. As these purple cubes melt, they release a sweet burst of berry flavor.
Makes about 20 standard size ice cubes
1 cup fresh or frozen mixed berries, such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 1Ž2 cups coconut water, berry or any flavor
1 to 2 tablespoons honey, to taste
Combine berries, lemon juice, coconut water, and honey in a blender and puree until smooth.
Pour the mixture (over a bowl) through a fine mesh stainless steel strainer to remove the seeds and pulp (you can save the strained pulp and add it to smoothies within next few days).
Pour into ice cube trays and freeze until solid. Add two or three cubes per glass of cold water or seltzer.
BBQ Sneaky Turkey Burgers
Makes 4 burgers
¼ cup Sneaky Chef Purple Puree
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon chili each chili powder and onion powder
½ teaspoon salt and a few turns of freshly ground pepper
½ cup ground oats (ground in a food processor or blender) or ground flaxseed
1 pound ground turkey (ideally white meat, or a mix of light and dark meat)
4 whole grain English Muffins
Optional topping ideas: tomato slices, pickles, cheese, onions, mustard, ketchup
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the Purple Puree, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper. Add in the oats and ground turkey, mixing until combined (easiest to mix using your hands). Dampen hands and form into 4 equal sized balls, then gently press into patties, about ½ to ¾-inch thick.
Preheat an outdoor grill (or indoor grill pan) to medium-high and brush or wipe both the grill and both sides of the burgers generously with oil.
Grill burgers for 7 to 8 minutes on each side until cooked through and no longer pink inside (or until burgers reach internal temp of 160 degrees Fahrenheit).
Serve on warmed English Muffins (or hamburger buns) with optional toppings.