(Family Features) From breakfasts to salads, desserts and beyond, fruit is unique in its ability to add both flavor and nutrition to family-favorite dishes. As you look for ways to incorporate produce in your family’s recipes, consider an option with a sweet-tart flavor and eye-catching color: red raspberries.
In the cool, marine climate of the Pacific Northwest, Washington state produces approximately 90% of the nation’s frozen red raspberry crop. Picked at the peak of ripeness and frozen within hours of being harvested, flavor and nutrition are locked in to offer convenience and consistent quality out of the freezer section at most grocery stores, perfect for better-for-you desserts like Pecan-Topped Raspberry Cake and Red Raspberry Whole-Fruit Sorbet.
With a distinct flavor that works well in dishes from sweet to savory, red raspberries can add bright flavor and balance to recipes ranging from salads like Spinach and Frisee Salad with Raspberry Pickled Onions and Raspberry Vinaigrette to a morning meal such as this Raspberry Coconut Smoothie Bowl. Plus, 1 cup of the flavorful red fruit includes just 80 calories and contains 6 grams of fiber while providing 28% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant.
Find more recipes at redrazz.org.
Raspberry Coconut Smoothie Bowl
2 cups frozen raspberries1 large frozen banana2/3 cup light coconut milk1 tablespoon chia seeds
shredded coconutshaved dark chocolatehazelnutschia seedsedible flowersIn blender, puree raspberries, banana, coconut milk and chia seeds until smooth. Mixture will be thick; ingredients may need pushed down to get blender going. If necessary, add more coconut milk.Pour into two bowls. Garnish each with shredded coconut, shaved dark chocolate, hazelnuts, chia seeds and edible flowers, if desired.
Red Raspberry Whole-Fruit Sorbet
Servings: 8 (1/2 cup each)
4 tablespoons powdered sugar18 ounces frozen raspberries1 egg white, pasteurizedIn blender, blend sugar and frozen raspberries until smooth.Add egg white and blend 30 seconds.Serve immediately or place in container, cover and store in freezer.
Spinach and Frisee Salad with Raspberry Pickled Onions and Raspberry Vinaigrette
1 cup frozen raspberries2 cups vinegar
Raspberry Pickled Onions:
1/2 cup Raspberry Vinegar1 teaspoon olive oil2 tablespoons sugar2 teaspoons kosher salt1 pound sweet onions, peeled and julienned1 cup frozen raspberries, partially thawed
1 cup Raspberry Vinegar1 teaspoon fresh shallot, peeled and minced2 teaspoons Dijon mustard1/2 tablespoon honey1/2 teaspoon kosher salt3/4 cup olive oil
Spinach and Frisee Salad:
8 ounces baby spinach, cleaned and dried8 ounces frisee lettuce, cleaned, dried and torn2 ounces Raspberry Vinaigrette6 ounces Raspberry Pickled Onions2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled2 ounces almonds, slivered and toastedTo make Raspberry Vinegar: In clean glass container, combine frozen raspberries and vinegar; cover tightly. Refrigerate 3-7 days prior to use.Pour vinegar through fine strainer or cheesecloth-lined strainer into clean glass container. Cover container tightly and store in refrigerator. Discard raspberries.To make Raspberry Pickled Onions: In medium, non-reactive container, combine Raspberry Vinegar, oil, sugar and salt. Stir to dissolve sugar. Add onions and raspberries. Toss well to blend and coat onions.To make Raspberry Vinaigrette: In blender, combine Raspberry Vinegar, shallot, Dijon mustard, honey and salt. With motor running, slowly add oil in steady stream. Reserve remaining Raspberry Vinegar.Once blended, pour Raspberry Vinaigrette into clean, non-reactive container; cover and reserve in refrigerator until ready to use.To make Spinach and Frisee Salad: In medium mixing bowl, combine spinach and lettuce. Add Raspberry Vinaigrette and toss well to coat.Plate 4 ounces mixed greens.Top mixed greens with 1 1/2 ounces Raspberry Pickled Onions, 1/2 ounce feta cheese crumbles and 1/2 ounce toasted almonds. Repeat with remaining greens, Raspberry Pickled Onions, feta cheese crumbles and toasted almonds.
Pecan-Topped Raspberry Cake
3/4 cup granulated sugar, plus 1 tablespoon, divided1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened2 eggs1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted1 teaspoon baking powder1 teaspoon vanilla1 bag (12 ounces) frozen raspberries1/2 cup chopped pecans1 tablespoon lemon juice1 teaspoon cinnamonwhipped creamHeat oven to 350 F.In bowl, cream 3/4 cup sugar and butter. Add eggs one at a time and continue beating until well incorporated. Add flour, baking powder and vanilla; beat well.Pour batter evenly into 9- or 10-inch prepared pan.Place frozen raspberries on top of batter. Sprinkle with pecans, remaining sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon.Bake about 1 hour. Remove from oven and let cool.Serve with whipped cream.