Sunday, May 31, 2009

Savory Berries

Last week berries were on sale (3 for 5) and I went a little crazy :) I cannot wait to pick your own once they are in season here!! Some quick searching revealed some savory ways to use the berries, and I couldn't wait to give them a shot.

Kevin's Quinoa w/Balsamic Roasted Asparagus & Strawberries was the first of the dishes I tried. I really wanted to add goat cheese, but I didn't have any in my apartment!! This is probably the only time it's every happenned :) I didn't have feta, either, so I used some of the gruyere instead and grated that into the quinoa while still warm. I did add some chopped pistachios after the picture, oops! I was a little short on juice, I should've made a little more, but this made for a fantastic lunch!

Quinoa w/Balsamic Roasted Asparagus & Strawberries

I got a chance to use my baby crockpot to make some Chipotle Blackberry Pulled Pork. I used 1/2lb piece of pork tenderloin and adjusted the amount of sauce (1/4 w/extra blackberries), subbing ketchup for the chili sauce and fresh grated ginger for the preserves. Yummy! I love a good (lean) pulled pork, and this was so tender! The sauce was great, a little kick and very flavorful-- I'll definitely be repeating this!

Chipotle Blackberry Pulled Pork

The warmer weather we had also lent itself to the desire to grill, even if it was indoors. I used this recipe for Strawberry BBQ sauce to grill up some chicken (although it would go with any meat or tofu). I topped it with a quick 'salsa' if you can call it that! I simply chopped up some strawberries and mango, added a little bit of Daregal Fresh Frozen Cilantro, and called it dinner :)

Grilled Chix w/Strawberry BBQ Sauce & Strawberry-Mango Salsa

The side dish hiding in the background will come in another post, I need to get to bed and there's already lots of good food here!

23 comments:

glidingcalm said...

all of your food is always soo pretty! I am seriously always blown away and impressed!!! maybe someday you can cook for me?! :D

Heather said...

oh my gosh.... those all look so, so, so good... i think the pulled pork is my favorite, although that salsa also looks right up my alley!

Katrina said...

I'm a obsessed with berries. I could seriously live off of them. I'm going to have to try your recipes. They look A-MAZING!

Esi said...

These are great dishes! Nice job

Elra said...

Strawberry BBQ sauce, that sounds so good.....
I just love summer berries, al of this dishes you made sound absolutely delicious.

Miz said...

Im a bigbig berry fan in all ways.

and you are so freakin' creative.
which leads me to wonder:

were you NOT BLOGGING ABOUT IT would your eats be as pretty? quirky?

why do I think YES :)

Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

great recipes for berrie! I love them and really find them delicious in any kind of form and meals! :)

Erica said...

Ow- blackberry pulled pork? That sounds awesome. Great creative dishes!!

Krista said...

What great use of berries!!!

5 Star Foodie said...

I love these savory berry preparations! The chipotle blackberry pulled pork sounds amazing!

Bridget said...

OMG all these recipes sounds awesome!!!! I have a pork tenderloin in the freezer and have been trying to figure out what I wanted to do with it!! I am SO making that :)

Sagan said...

Yum! Can't wait til the berries go on sale around here :) You have some really awesome ideas.

Reeni♥ said...

They both sound so good! Especially the strawberry BBQ Chicken!

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Kerstin said...

What lovely berry recipes! I'm guilty of stocking up on a bunch too when they're on sale. I have everything to make the Quinoa w/Balsamic Roasted Asparagus & Strawberries, so I'm definitely going to try it this week!

pigpigscorner said...

Lovely berry dishes! which reminds me, I still have half a bag of quinoa.

Elina said...

What an awesome way to use up berries! I stocked up on some last week too :) I'm saving these recipes!!

Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) said...

I am so excited about summer fruits as well. The strawberries are so good right now, and I cannot wait for blueberries and peaches.

I love a good lean pork tenderloin as well, and I haven't made one in sooo long. Need to add that to my grocery list!

Have a good week.

Darius T. Williams said...

Yup - so you know what? I could TOTALLY get into this! totally!

Juliana said...

WOW, all the dishes look terrific...pulled pork with berries, sounds and looks so yummie....and the salsa. What a feast! Great pictures. Love them all!

Cate O'Malley said...

The meal looks like a great way to celebrate the spring season - delicious!

Diana said...

LOVE that strawberry-asparagus recipe! That just HAS to be good. Well done finding fun savory berry recipes! They don't get enough play, especially in my own kitchen. :)

The Healthy Apple said...

Wow; that pulled pork looks amazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzing...I have to try that recipe...I think I'll make that tonight; thanks and have a great day.

Best,

Amie
The Healthy Apple
www.thehealthyapple.wordpress.com

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