Sick + Simple Strawberry Crisp

>> Tuesday, May 3, 2016

You know those moments where you sort of kind of feel like a horrible parent? Like, for example, you thought your kid was sick -- maybe? -- a long while ago, didn't really speed to the doctor because she wasn't complaining. Then you, well, plain forgot about it? And your child's dentist looked inside her mouth last week and was like: "Whoa! Those are some swollen tonsils if I've ever seen swollen tonsils!"

OK. This is very specific. As in, it happened to me recently. I noticed Ada's tonsils were quite enlarged, but she had no other symptoms. This was well over a month ago. Anyway, the whole dentist thing happened so I made her an appointment and felt completely negligent. Verdict? I was right not to worry. Some kids have swollen tonsils, even really swollen ones, with no other symptoms and it's completely normal. This is the case with Ada, thank goodness.

Early doctor appointment meant skipping school to head to the children's museum.

Changing subjects now:

Fruit crisps are a real treat in our house because we eat them for dessert, snacks, and breakfasts. Over time, we've found ways to cut the sugar back here + there. Our versions of these favorites tend to be naturally sweet -- letting the true flavors of the fruit come through.

Here's a simple strawberry crisp recipe your family will love. Trust me!


What you'll need . . .

  • 1-1/2 pounds fresh strawberries, rinsed + quartered
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup walnuts*
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch salt
  • Scant 1/4 cup Earth Balance or butter
  • 1-2 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup
* The texture of my walnuts is basically crushed. You can do this by hand or lightly pulse in your food processor.

Method . . .

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Place quartered strawberries in a well greased baking dish. I usually use a pie plate for this or my 8" x 8" glass brownie pan. Sprinkle lemon juice on the berries and then cover with your 2 tablespoons of flour. Mix well with a spoon right there in the dish and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the oats, walnuts, baking powder, cinnamon, slat, Earth Balance, and honey. I use a spoon at first but then switch to my hands to get everything well mixed.
  4. Distribute this crumble mixture on top of your berries
  5. Place dish in the oven for 30-35 minutes, removing when the berries and bubbling and the topping is is golden.

Thanks for all the interest in the Aldi posts. I hadn't written about the store in quite a while and I got a ton of email questions about our experiences shopping there. Here's the link that will get you to all our Aldi posts in one place. But I guess I'll plan to do a Frequently Asked Questions post really soon with some updates on our shopping habits, what we like to buy there most, and how we are doing with our budget these days.

Happy Tuesday, friends!

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