T here’s no shortage of love for the world’s most popular berry—and for good reason. Strawberries are a sweet treat to eat out of hand and make a bright addition to many recipes. Their natural sweetness and citrus undertones add complexity to salads and bring contrast to savory grilled meats. Pile strawberries onto pizza, pancakes, grilled fish, and chops, or toss them into smoothies, salsas, and fruit salads. Packed with vitamin C and a great source of fiber, strawberries are an easy way to add health benefits to your meal. They’re loaded with antioxidants for a healthy snack even kids will enjoy. To serve fresh berries, wash gently with cool water. Tip: Enjoy them all year. Stock up in season and freeze sliced berries in serving-size freezer bags. A HEALTHY PICK A cup of berries has only 46 calories, meets more than 100% of your daily vitamin C needs, and has 3 grams of fiber, plus healthy doses of folate and magnesium for muscle and nerve health. SELECTING STRAWBERRIES Look for firm, bright berries free of bruises or mold that are sweetly fragrant. Dark red may mean overripe. Large berries can be watery—medium or small sizes often have best flavor. GRILLED PORK CHOPS WITH BALSAMIC STRAWBERRIES This satisfying dish has it all: savory, sweet, and tart flavors in each delicious bite. total time 28 to 30 minutes • serves 4 INGREDIENTS Non-stick cooking spray 4 bone-in center-cut pork chops Fresh Thyme fine sea salt and ground black pepper 1 cup thinly sliced strawberries ¼ cup Fresh Thyme crumbled goat cheese 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil 2 Tbsp. balsamic glaze INSTRUCTIONS 1. Prepare charcoal or gas grill for direct cooking over medium heat. Coat grate with non-stick cooking spray. Trim fat from chops. 2. Season chops with salt and pepper. Grill covered for 10 minutes or until cooked to desired doneness (145°F to 155°F), turning once. Transfer chops to a cutting board and cover loosely with foil; let stand 10 minutes. 3. To serve, top chops with strawberries, goat cheese, and basil. Drizzle with balsamic glaze. FROM OUR DIETITIAN: Including pork is a great way to vary the protein in your diet, but it should only take up roughly ¼ of your plate! The pork shouldn't be the main stage. Each serving contains: 228 calories, 8 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 81 mg cholesterol, 216 mg sodium, 5 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 31 g protein. Daily values: 4% vitamin A, 24% vitamin C, 4% calcium, 5% iron. S W E E T S TRAW BERRIES CAN MAKE A PORK CHOP SING BY ACCENTUATING THE MEAT 'S SAVORY FLAVORS. freshthyme.com | May/June 2017 5