Spring and summer are packed with light-filled days, plenty of warmth and the blooming of flowers as winter goes away for another year. Often a great time for picnics, gatherings and the perfect afternoon tea, the seasons can be made even better with some rejuvenating recipe tips. Look no further than the recipe list below to get inspired to try a popular ingredient: rhubarb.
This unique ingredient, while debatable if it is a fruit or a vegetable, is packed with health benefits. Cooked rhubarb contains more calcium than a cup of dairy milk, and is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. Loaded with antioxidants, incorporating it into a healthy diet may put one at reduced risk for cancer and heart disease.Read More »
Recipe 1: Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
Make a delicious dessert in just minutes. Brown sugar, rolled oats, butter, and cinnamon bake into a warm, gooey end-of-meal treat. Top it off with some whipped cream or a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream. This is perfect for cooler nights in late spring.
Recipe 2: Rhubarb Breakfast Cake
Not too sweet, but with some vanilla for dimension, this breakfast cake is so good that you and your family may find yourselves reaching for it at all hours of the day. A sugary crust tops it all off. Cream, rhubarb and lemon juice elevate this from the typical breakfast pastry or scone. Add a pat of butter or margarine before digging in.
Recipe 3: Easy Stewed Rhubarb
Ready in under 5 minutes, this makes a tasty dish on its own, on pancakes or waffles or when topped with ice cream. Rhubarb, sugar, water and cinnamon are cooked in a pot until the texture is similar to applesauce. Chill it or serve it hot to savor. Canning this also makes for a nice gift.
Recipe 4: Strawberry Rhubarb Bars
With a delectable crumb topping, these bars are gooey and buttery. Make these at the beginning of rhubarb season and freeze the rest to have them last for months. Note: This recipe also works with apples, blueberries or jam. Wrap in waxed paper and include in a lunch or a picnic basket.
Recipe 5: Rhubarb Fool
This light dessert complements the tangy flavor of rhubarb. Heavy whipping cream and granulated sugar is added so it looks almost like a trifle. A heaping spoonful is a must at your next dinner party. This is one way to introduce your friends and family to the wonders of rhubarb. Just make sure your fridge is big enough to store the serving bowl afterward!
Recipe 6: Red Champaign Cocktail
Have your rhubarb and drink it too with this CA-inspired drink that works for the next Happy Hour. Welcome summer with this blend of sweet and tart flavors. And, do not be afraid to add plenty of ice. Serve with the breakfast cake or bars ideas above for a rhubarb-filled time with friends.
Enjoy these recipes this spring or summer to see what the hype is about rhubarb. It is a hearty ingredient that is as unique as it is tasty.
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