Nobody loves ice cream more than Italians and summer is the season to indulge in all kinds of decadent flavors of this summer treat. However, if you are looking into a balanced diet low in calories and sugars maybe it’s time to replace the old time favorite ice cream with a healthy treat.
How about Greek yogurt? Combined with fresh strawberries and a few couscous crumbles this Greek yogurt dessert will leave you satisfied without sacrificing your nutrition goals. It is refreshing, aromatic and light! Easy to prepare and a healthy choice for the whole family. Bring on the ingredients and get ready to prepare a homemade mouthwatering summer dessert!
Recipe by Giallo Zafferano’ Simona Novarini
Here is how to prepare the strawberries with ginger and couscous crumble
Preparation: 25 minutes
Portions: 2 people
- 50 ml of water
- 3 teaspoons of granulated sugar
- 50 grams of Martino Couscous
- 15 grams of butter
- 250 grams of strawberries
- Freshly grated ginger as needed
- 300 grams of Greek yogurt
Prepare the couscous crumbles
In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat, add 50 ml of water, one tablespoon of granulated sugar and bring to a simmer.
When the water is simmering, remove from the heat and sprinkle 50 grams of Martino Couscous. Make sure to distribute the couscous evenly and leave it aside for 4-5 minutes until all the water is completely absorbed.
Now the couscous should be fully hydrated. Fluff it with a fork. This will remove any lumps and separate the delicate grains without crushing them to give the couscous a light, fluffy texture.
Bring the pan with the hydrated couscous over medium heat and add immediately 15 grams of butter. Use a wooden spoon to mix the couscous until the butter is completely melted. Sprinkle one more teaspoon of granulated sugar on top and mix for a while until caramelized. Remove from the heat and set aside.
Prepare the strawberries:
After you have washed the strawberries thoroughly under cold water get ready to cut them. Start by picking off the green tops from every strawberry. If you leave a bit on, that’s okay. Just try to get most of it off. Cut the tops off the strawberries with a knife. Don’t cut the nice red part, just cut the raw, green or white part off. Now, you’re ready to start slicing! Decide if you’re slicing for yourself, your family or a large party.
To easily cut strawberries for yourself, turn each strawberry upside-down onto the freshly cut top. Now, cut right down the middle. Turn the strawberry around and cut down the middle again to make quartered strawberries. Repeat for each berry.
When ready grate ginger on top of the strawberries according to your preference and add one teaspoon of granulated sugar. Mix well and set aside. Using fresh ginger is better in this occasion as it will release a fairly spicy flavor and its great aroma.
You can use small serving bowls or one big serving bowl. It is up to you. In the small serving bowls add 1-2 spoons of strawberries at the bottom. Then, top with cold Greek yogurt. Finally, sprinkle on top with the caramelized couscous crumbles. You can decorate on top with a mint leaf and you refreshing summer dessert is ready to serve.
If you do not want to serve immediately you can place the bowls in the refrigerator and save them for later. If you choose to put them in the freezer than you’d have a frozen yogurt dessert in no time.
Who needs ice cream when one has Greek yogurt? The combination of the healthy bacteria it has, together with the antioxidants of the strawberries and the well-known health benefits of the ginger, this couscous dessert will become your go-to recipe during the summer months. Enjoy and don’t forget to subscribe to the newsletter to receive all the delicious Martino’s recipes directly in your inbox!
As always, we encourage you to experiment with this recipe. Don’t stick only to strawberries. How about blueberries, blackberries, cherries, peaches? Use your favorite seasonal fruit in this recipe and make sure to leave us a comment to tell us your favorite combination of Martino Couscous, Greek yogurt, and fruits!