One Sexy Fruit
July 24, 2010
Looking for my giveaway?
No, I’m not talking about Neil Patrick Harris.
But isn’t he lovely?
I’m actually talkin’ bout a certain berry.
Look at that baby.
Strawberries are oh so healthy. Here’s a short list of some of the goodies packed inside these plump, juicy cuties.
-Flavanoids and antioxidants
-Zinc (which is why Gillain McKeith calls them a “sexy” fruit *cough*)
I love summer because of strawberry season. It comes and goes rather quickly, but while it’s here, I love it. There’s a strawberry farm just about a half mile away from my house… so what could be better?
Erm… chocolate, actually.
I’ll tell you something: this girl‘s got it right. Life is so much better the chocolate way. In my humble opinion, there’s absolutely nothing better than drizzling chocolate on something, especially fresh strawberries. Besides, I can say it’s good for me if I use dark chocolate.
Okay, not exactly dark. But I couldn’t find anything better in the store.
A few weeks ago, when I discovered a rather ghetto panini press in my kitchen, this happened. I became obsessed with making warm, crisp sandwiches with gooey, comforting insides like bananas and peanut butter or pesto, tofu, and avocado. Mmm, creamy. That’s what inspired tonight’s panini.
Kahlua Soaked Strawberry and Chocolate Panini
Got your attention with the name, didn’t I? This sandwich is great for a “splurge” while still being pretty darn healthy. This would be perfect to give your date and it would probably make you look like a master chef. It’s decadent, warm, melty and chocolatey….and so much better than any panini Giada de Laurentiis might make (even if she does use pound cake instead of bread).
You’re gonna need:
1 cup of strawberries, sliced
2 tablespoons Kahlua or instant coffee
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 serving (or more!) of good dark chocolate
2 slices of whole wheat bread (I use Ezekiel bread)
First, get to work on soaking your strawberries. Just combine the sliced berries in a small bowl with kahlua and vanilla. Let it chill out in the fridge and absorb, mix, and mingle.
Don’t feel you have to use kahlua or any kind of alcohol in here – I think if they were just vanilla-soaked these devils would still be to live for. I rarely cook with alcohol, so this was a one-off splurge for me and I wasn’t even sure if it would work, to be honest. But it did. It soooo did.
It’s five o’clock somewhere.
I let it soak for about a half hour. Just be careful, ’cause you don’t want soggy strawberries!
Chop your chocolate into chunks and lay it on one slice of your bread. If it helps it stick, put a teeny amount of Earth Balance or vegan margarine on the bread. Then layer on your strawberries, a little more chocolate on top (just for good measure, right?) and pop it into a panini press.
Be patient…trust me, it might be tough, but wait it out and you shall get this:
Ooey gooey goodness.
Lemme say this: Best. Dinner. Ever.
The strawberries were warmed through and the vanilla flavor permeated throughout. That flavor was only improved by the flavor of hot, liquid crack. I mean…chocolate. And then I got to the crunchy, toasted crust that was laced with strawberry juices and extra chocolate and I think I passed out.
Because I didn’t want all of this mouth partying to end, I was inspired to have more chocolate and strawberries in my breakfast a la Katie. Hello, chocolate covered sundae for breakfast. Um, it’s still healthy, right?
Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Sundae…for Breakfast
I’ve been waiting for a chance for more strawberry banana smoothie oatmeal. You see, my precious blender that I bought over winter break didn’t even last a whole semester. The little baby was my precious green monster maker, but it sadly died in the line of duty. Being home for the summer means I have access to my mother’s fancy schmancy blender, which equals happiness.
And let’s face it, nothing is better than chocolate covered strawberries.
Git yo self:
1 frozen banana (that makes it creamy like ice cream! Trust.)
1 cup kahlua soaked strawberries (if you have leftovers…or regular old strawbz, if you aren’t feeling the ever so slight taste of alcohol at breakfast time, but who wouldn’t be? )
1/2 cup of almond milk
splash of vanilla
dollop of dark chocolate PB
1/3 cup raw oatmeal
Toss everything but your chocolate and oatmeal into a blender that you wish was yours but it’s actually your mother’s (hence the need for a magic bullet, hint hint ) and proess until smooth.
Pour over your oats and stir. Or pour into a bowl and top with oats. Or eat straight outta the blender.
Now the magic happens…. drizzle on just a smidge more dark chocolate or peanut butter. Or both! My poison of choice? A teaspoon of this:
You know, you could use One Lucky Duck’s raw chocolate truffle butter if you were to win my giveaway. Yay for plugs! Shame? What’s that?!
The end result was almost too pretty to eat. Almost being the key word.
What’s better than a healthy, filling, AND chocolatey breakfast?
Now I just have to figure out how to afford to incorporate chocolate into every meal for the rest of my life and I’ll be set.
What’s your favorite treat?