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Strawberry Carpaccio

Serves 2

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    This simple dessert celebrates the glory that is the summer strawberry. Don’t feel you have to stick to strawberries here; swapping them for ripe peaches would also make for a stunning ending to any meal. What to gild the lily with? Add a dollop of whipped coconut cream or a small scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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    Flower power

    Orange blossom water (also known as orange flower water) is produced by water distillation of the blossoms of a bitter orange tree. Just like rose water, a little goes a long way. So, take care and use just a drop or two, tasting as you go so as not to overwhelm but rather to complement the other flavours in a dish.

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    Strawberry Carpaccio

      Ingredients

      • 3/4 lb (340 g) strawberries, washed and hulled, divided
      • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) orange blossom water
      • 1 to 2 tsp (5 to 10 mL) clover honey (optional)
      • 1/4 cup (60 mL) toasted pistachios, roughly chopped
      • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) mint leaves
      • Edible flower petals, for garnish

      Nutrition

      Per serving:

      • calories108
      • protein3 g
      • total fat4 g
        • sat. fat0 g
      • total carbohydrates19 g
        • sugars12 g
        • fibre5 g
      • sodium44 mg

      Directions

      01

      In blender, add 1/4 lb (113 g) strawberries and orange blossom water. Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust sweetness with honey, if desired. Into small bowl, strain strawberry purée through fine-mesh sieve. Discard any pulp left in sieve and set aside.

      02

      Cut remaining strawberries into thin slices, lengthwise. Arrange them over chilled serving plates in a single layer, slightly overlapping. Drizzle with a few spoonfuls of strawberry purée before garnishing with a scattering of pistachios, mint leaves, and edible flower petals.

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      You might think of protein as something you mainly get from a meal and, therefore, not a component of dessert. But, if you’re going to opt for dessert from time to time, why not consider working in ingredients that go big on this important macronutrient? It’s easier (and more delicious) than you may think! Protein is an essential part of every cell in your body and plays a starring role in bone, muscle, and skin health. So, certainly, you want to make sure you’re eating enough. And it’s best to spread protein intake throughout the day, since your body needs a continual supply. This is why it can be a great idea to try to include protein in your desserts. When protein is provided in sufficient amounts in a dessert, it may help you feel more satiated and help temper blood sugar swings. Plus, in many cases, that protein comes in a package of other nutritional benefits. For instance, if you’re eating a dessert made with protein-packed Greek yogurt, you’re not just getting protein; you’re getting all the yogurt’s bone-benefitting calcium and immune-boosting probiotics, too. Adding nuts to your dessert doesn’t just provide plant-based protein, but it also provides heart-healthy fats. Yes, desserts need not be just empty calories. Ready for a treat? These protein-filled desserts with a healthy twist are dietitian-approved—and delicious.