Cooking On A Budget: Fresh Strawberry Morning Spread

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Fresh Strawberry Morning Spread

Fresh Strawberries with very little sugar added, cooked and mashed becomes a wonderful breakfast spread.

The simple fact is I love, love breakfast but not early in the morning. In order for me to eat correctly I have to eat a little something to fuel my furnace. With some on sale strawberries that were GORGEOUS, I decided to make a quick sort of jam and ended up calling it Fresh Strawberry Morning Spread.
This doesn't take long to make, but it needs a day to set up in the refrigerator. If you are looking for sweet you won't find it in this spread. But what your taste buds will find is fresh strawberry flavor and I was perfectly okay with that; especially when I looked at how many grams of sugar were in one tablespoon of jam off the grocery store shelves. Yikes!

In my research of late I am finding out that sugar can be the major contributor to weight gain so I am attempting to find ways to eliminate sugar from my diet without feeling like I am missing out. This Strawberry Morning Spread was perfect on my dry toast and I was actually able to eat it fairly early in the morning. So for those of you watching your sugar levels because of dieting, this is perfect. There is only one tablespoon of sugar in the recipe.
  • 1 lb. fresh strawberries - hulled
  • 1 packet unflavored gelatin + 2 tbsp. cold water
  • 2 tbsp. water (for the berries)
  • 1 tbsp. white sugar
  1. Prep your berries and slice them in half or quarters and add to a sauce pan with 2 tbsp. of water and 1 tbsp. of sugar. Cook covered over medium heat for about 5-6 minutes. Then mash them up with your potato masher. Turn off the heat.
  2. In another small sauce pan add the gelatin and cold water. Let it sit for 1 minute. Turn on the heat and stir until it dissolves.
  3. Add the gelatin to the berry mixture. Mix well and pour into a container. Let this cool down at room temperature for about an hour. 
  4. Store in the refrigerator and let it set for a day. After that it's ready to use.

My goofy husband ate this plain, by the spoonful because he loved it!

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