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May is for Strawberries: A Berry Good Month!

Written by Jenny -

Strawberries and Cream Sherbert Recipe

May is National Strawberry Month and it couldn’t happen at a better time of year! Reason being is my grandparents would come and visit us for Memorial Day weekend, when we would attend a parade in the area (my grandfather was a World War II veteran) and later, have a barbeque. Once the dishes were cleared away, my grandmother, mom or I would start to hull strawberries for my grandfather’s favorite dessert Strawberry Shortcakes. The strawberries were most always bought from the local farmer’s stand. I can still taste those berries from the stand of long ago when I go strawberry picking with my daughter. Like back then, many of the berries never make their way into the bowl!

For some great tips on strawberries, see Chris’ April 2011 post with more strawberry recipes.

There are many recipes to celebrate the bounty of strawberries this month brings. Here are two new strawberry recipes from our kitchens.

Strawberries & Cream Sherbet is the perfect treat for the hotter months approaching or already here for some of you. I love the simplicity of this recipe and the evaporated milk brings the creaminess without all the fat and calories. Plus, no ice cream maker required!

Strawberries & Cream Sherbet (shown above)

Ingredients for 10 servings, 1/2 cup each:

Directions:

PLACE frozen strawberries, evaporated milk, sugar and lemon juice in food processor; process until smooth.

POUR into 8-inch-square baking pan. Place in freezer for about 20 minutes, until ice crystals begin to form around edge of dish. Using fork, stir icy portions into middle of pan. Repeat, stirring edges into center every 20 minutes or until frozen (about 1 hour). Cover tightly. Freeze for up to 2 months. To serve, scoop into small paper cups, paper cones or martini glasses.

TIP: 3 cups fresh, whole strawberries can be substituted for frozen. Freeze berries before using.

Strawberry Wheat Germ Smoothie Recipe

Continuing on the smoothie kick, Strawberry Wheat Germ Smoothie made with nonfat dry milk will have you licking your lips and spoon. It’s loaded with good-for-you nutrients like Vitamin E and C, folic acid and calcium and is “berry good” to boot!

Strawberry Wheat Germ Smoothie

Ingredients for 2 servings, 1 cup each:

Directions:

PLACE frozen strawberries, orange juice, dry milk, ice and wheat germ in blender; cover. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

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More strawberry recipes:

Strawberry Shortcakes Recipe
Strawberry Shortcakes
 Strawberry Cheesecake Pie Recipe
Strawberry Cheesecake Pie

Creamy Smoothies Perfect for Summer

Written by Liz -

Super Fruit Bliss Green Smoothie recipe

We love smoothies here at Nestlé Kitchens. I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’ve been obsessed with mixing up green concoctions for fruit smoothies (or margaritas), and my colleague Chris has been using Natural Bliss to create creamy smoothies as well. They are my favorite thing to drink on a warm summer morning, and also just after a run. It’s a good treat when you want to cut down on ice cream, and using Natural Bliss gives smoothies that creaminess you crave.

Our friend Susan of She’s Becoming Doughmesstic created a bunch of delicious, interesting new smoothies using Natural Bliss, and I just can’t get enough!

Here are a few of them for you to try. You can find the rest on Meals.com.

Super Fruit Bliss Green Smoothie (shown above)

Ingredients for 2 servings:

Directions:

PLACE acai juice, blueberries, pomegranate juice, spinach, Coffee-mate, sugar and ice in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.

Frozen Avocado Mocha Bliss recipe

Frozen Avocado Mocha Bliss

Ingredients for 2 servings:

Directions:

PLACE cooled coffee, Coffee-mate, avocado, cocoa, sugar and ice in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.
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Whipping Evaporated Milk: Seasonal Fruit with Sweetened Lime Topping

 

Seasonal Fruit with Sweetened Lime Topping recipe

Did you know you can whip evaporated milk to create a slimmer version of whipped cream? Evaporated milk is a lower-fat substitute for half-and-half, light cream or heavy cream. It’s also super convenient since it’s a pantry staple, and shelf-stable.

Whipping evaporated milk is much easier than I expected! You only have to chill the milk well, then whip for several minutes with a mixer, adding any flavoring you like (I like to add Cognac and lemon) and a little bit of sugar (powdered and granulated both work fine).

Watch the video above to see how easy it is to whip evaporated milk.

Seasonal Fruit with Sweetened Lime Topping

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 8 cups sliced seasonal fruit or berries, such as mangos and strawberries
  • Spiced chopped nuts (optional)

Directions:

POUR evaporated milk into small mixer bowl; place beaters into mixture. Freeze for about 30 minutes or until ice crystals form around edge of bowl. Meanwhile, place about 1 cup fruit in each of eight dessert dishes.

BEAT evaporated milk on high speed for 1 minute or until very frothy. Gradually add sugar and lime juice; continue beating for 2 minutes or until mixture is stiff. Immediately top each serving of fruit with about ½ cup whipped topping. Sprinkle with nuts.

NOTE: For whipped evaporated milk that holds up to 30 minutes: Sprinkle 1 teaspoon gelatin over 2 tablespoons water in small, microwave-safe bowl; let stand for 2 minutes. Microwave on HIGH (100%) power for 40 seconds; stir. Let stand for additional 2 minutes or until dissolved. Pour 1 cup evaporated milk and dissolved gelatin into small mixer bowl; follow recipe above. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 30 minutes.

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More whipped evaporated milk recipes:

Frozen Key Lime Pie recipe
Frozen Key Lime Pie
Whipping Evaporated Milk
Whipped Evaporated Milk

 

Simple Smoothies Made Fresh with Local Produce

Written by Chris -

Orange Vanilla Bliss Recipe

I’ve been on quite the smoothie kick lately. This was initially driven by a recipe assignment, but now I guess you can say I am a little obsessed. It seems like I have been blending continuously for months now! Nestlé Coffee-mate has a new line of all-natural creamers that, dare I say, might just be the perfect addition to smoothies!

If you haven’t heard, Nestlé Coffee-mate recently introduced an all-natural (dairy) coffee creamer line called Natural Bliss. It’s made of only four simple ingredients: milk, cream, sugar and natural flavor. It comes in three delicious flavors: Vanilla, Caramel and Sweet Cream. It’s also gluten free and has ZERO trans fats. Got to love that! New to the line is Low Fat (YAY!) Vanilla. It has 20 calories per tablespoon compared to 35 in the regular version.

Nothing beats farm-fresh produce – especially in smoothies! Every chance I get, I load up at my local farmers’ market. I recently picked up the sweetest, juiciest cara cara (pink navel) oranges grown just a few miles away and used them in this Orange Vanilla Bliss smoothie. The flavor, oddly enough, is very similar to an Orange Julius beverage – remember those?

Orange Vanilla Bliss Recipe

Orange Vanilla Bliss

Ingredients for 2 servings:

Directions:

PLACE orange juice, Coffee-mate, banana and ice in blender; cover. Blend until smooth. Divide between 2 glasses; enjoy!

Green smoothies seem to be all the rage lately. And they should be! Spinach is comprised of approximately 51% protein – pretty cool, right?

Green Mango Smoothie Recipe

If you aren’t wild about spinach, give kale, mustard greens or collard greens a try. The addition of these leafy green vegetables provide your body with sources of dietary fiber, vitamins A, C, E, and K, folate, calcium, magnesium and iron. You most likely won’t even know they are there! In fact, this is the smoothie my daughter liked most and it took her forever to guess what made it so vibrant green. This Mango Green Smoothie uses Sweet Cream Natural Bliss (I think it might just be my favorite of all the flavors!).

Green Mango Smoothie Recipe

Green Mango Smoothie

Ingredients for 1 serving:

Directions:

PLACE mango, spinach, coconut water, Coffee-mate, lime juice and ice in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.

I can’t wait to share additional Nestlé Coffee-mate Natural Bliss recipes that Doughmesstic created in a future post. I had a blast blending up all of her recipes last week! What’s your favorite way to use coffee creamer (other than in coffee)? Let me know in the comments below.

Links:

Other Smoothie recipes:

Blissful Fruit Smoothies Recipe
Blissful Fruit Smoothies
Iced Caramel Bliss Coffee Recipe
Iced Caramel Bliss Coffee

Squeeze Every Ounce from Summer: Frozen Lemonade Cupcakes

Written by Chris

Frozen Lemonade Cupcakes recipe

When it’s hot outside, cool off with lemonade – cupcakes, that is! Frozen pound cake serves as the base for this sweet treat. The topping combines frozen lemonade concentrate, sweetened condensed milk and frozen whipped topping … how cool is that? And since this is a no-bake recipe, it’s perfect for little hands! My trio love to help me with this recipe.

To show you how easy it is, check out the video above.

Frozen Lemonade Cupcakes

Ingredients for 18 servings:

  • 1 can (14 ounces) NESTLÉ LA LECHERA FAT FREE Sweetened Condensed Milk or NESTLÉ CARNATION Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 container (6 ounces) frozen lemonade or limeade concentrate (about 2/3 cup), partially thawed
  • 1 tub (12 ounces) frozen light whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 (10.75 ounces) frozen reduced fat or fat free pound cake
  • Grated lemon peel (optional)

Directions:

PAPER-LINE 18 muffin cups.

CUT pound cake into 18 slices. Using a 1 3/4 inch-round cookie or appropriate size to fit into paper liners, cut slices into rounds. If you don’t have a cookie cutter, use a small cup like I have below.

Frozen Lemonade Cupcakes recipe

Place cake rounds into paper liners as shown above. Save all the extra pound cake scraps for another use (I like to refreeze them).

Frozen Lemonade Cupcakes recipe

COMBINE sweetened condensed milk and lemonade concentrate in a large bowl; stir well. Stir a large spoonful of whipped topping into mixture – this will lighten it up. Then fold in the remaining whipped topping so it’s nice and light.

Frozen Lemonade Cupcakes recipe

SPOON evenly into liners, as shown above. I like to use an ice cream scoop for this!

FREEZE for 2 hours. Cover; freeze for several hours or overnight before serving. Garnish with lemon peel.

Frozen Lemonade Cupcakes recipe

Now how delicious and refreshing does that look? I am ready to dig in…enjoy!

Links:

More lemon recipes:

Mini Lemon Lime Tartlets recipe
Mini Lemon Lime Tartlets
Lemon-Basil Sorbet recipe
Lemon-Basil Sorbet

Happy Apple Week: Cinnamon Apple Rolls

Cinnamon Apple Rolls recipe

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away!”

This is Apple Week and apples are loaded with nutrients. With that in mind, let’s consider some of the apple’s components and their effect on our health:

  • Apples are high in Pectin which is a soluble fiber that lowers blood pressure and blood glucose. It also helps lower “bad” cholesterol and helps maintain a healthy digestive system.
  • Apples are a great source of Vitamin C which boosts your immunity.
  • Apples are an excellent source of a variety of phyto-nutrients which include vitamins A and E and beta carotene. These nutrients fight damage from free radicals and can have a positive effect on health, including reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer.

When I develop desserts, I try my best to include some “power” food that can benefit our health. Apples are available year round and come in different varieties. They can be used salads, pies, cookies and they can be mashed and used in baking recipes for nutrition, flavor and act as a replacement of fat in some recipes. Try using apples with the peel since it is where a lot of the nutrients and fiber reside.

The inspiration for the Cinnamon Apple Rolls came from Enchiladas! I thought why not create a dessert version of a typical enchilada and apples with cinnamon and sweetened condensed milk is a wonderful filling for this twist on a traditional Mexican Dish.

You can also use our La Lechera 50% Less Sugar version, which has less sugar, calories and fat to create a recipe that is even more sensible and nutritious. The recipe calls for peeled apples, but I tried it with the peel and I prefer the texture and the added benefit of the fiber and nutrients it provides.

Enjoy!

Cinnamon Apple Rolls

Ingredients for 8 servings:

  • 1 can (7.6 fluid ounces) NESTLÉ Media Crema Ligera Lite Table Cream
  • 3/4 cup NESTLÉ LA LECHERA Sweetened Condensed Milk, divided
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
  • 4 cups thinly sliced, peeled green apples
  • 8 medium flour tortillas
  • Ground cinnamon for garnish

Directions:

PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Lightly grease medium baking dish.

COMBINE media crema, ¼ cup sweetened condensed milk and ¼ teaspoon cinnamon in medium bowl; set aside.

COMBINE apples, remaining ½ cup sweetened condensed milk and remaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon in medium bowl.

SPOON 1/2 cup apple mixture in each tortilla; roll. Place tortillas seam-down in prepared baking dish. Pour half media crema mixture over tortillas; reserve remaining sauce for topping.

BAKE tortillas for 20 minutes or until bubbling. Serve warm topped with remaining media crema sauce. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon

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Related apple recipes:

Apple-Cinnamon-Empanadas recipe
Apple Cinnamon Empanadas
Apple Quinoa Salad recipe
Apple Quinoa Salad
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