Grilled Balsamic Strawberries with Goat Cheese on Toasted Italian Bread

I love all the inspiration I find from all the food blogs I read.  There are some recipes I see and instantly know I want to make them.  Not in a pile of “someday” but in my pile that is “soon!”

That’s what happened when I saw Jacky’s roasted strawberries with maple syrup and balsamic vinegar.  And the fact that she put the strawberries on a baguette with goat cheese??  Holla – I was sold!

I did switch it up though, for two reasons.  One is that I grilled the strawberries – it was 88 degrees in my house when I got home from work, which I instantly shut down all the windows and put on the air – stat!  So I knew I wasn’t turning on the oven.  And I didn’t have any maple syrup so I subbed in Smucker’s sugar free pancake syrup.

Grilled Balsamic Strawberries inspired by Jacky of JaxHouse

  • makes 4 servings, 2 PointsPlus each (a heaping 1/4 cup)

Ingredients:

  • 1 pint strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 2 tablespoons sugar free pancake syrup
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon seal salt
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

I mixed everything in a bowl.  I used our flat cast iron skillet spayed with Pam.  My grill was already at about 350 degrees after I grilled our dinner last night – these cooked over medium flame for about 25 minutes – it was all nice and bubbly!

For some reason while the strawberries were bright red in the pan, they really darkened once I put them in a container – maybe it was the pan I used?  Either way, this was a stunning combination – the sweetness of the strawberries against the acidity of the vinegar and the salty tang of the goat cheese – heaven!

My strawberry goat cheese sammie is 6 points plus, next to a 2 point egg beater spinach omelet.   8 PointsPlus total.

I wish this picture turned out better, but this flavor combination was amazing!

I checked the weather before I went on my run, it said 83 degrees, but holy cow it felt a lot warmer.  I decided to do 50 minutes or walking/jogging/sprint and continued that – my sprints were only about 30 yards, then I would walk for about 20 yards, jog for 100 yards, and repeat.

When I got back to my office, as I was changing my clothes I had tiny dots all over my chest and arms – maybe a touch of heat rash?  Sorry, no pictures – too icky! 😀  It took me quite a bit to cool down too – even back at my desk I could still feel the sweat dripping down my neck – aren’t my co-workers lucky??!!

For lunch for me and my SIL, I made another zucchini lasagna, except this time I added some of Tony’s pasta sauce on top (although he calls it “our” sauce since we made it together!) adding another 2 points, but so worth it – look at all the food I got for 9 points! 

I love all the layers 😀

After work we dropped of Hannah’s car for some service while she is on vacation – new brake pads and stuff.  I decided to make dinner simple – reheated the ribs for the 4th and grilled up some corn on the cob.  11 Points for dinner. 😀

And I may have had a slice of strawberry rhubarb pie for dessert. 😀

Yep, I have definitely deemed that pie insulin worthy!!

I got some loot in the mail too!

You’ll have to wait to see what’s in the “Spread the Love” box, that will be a giveaway tomorrow, but in the lower box is a yoga mat!  I won Katie J.’s giveaway, and part of it was a $20 Amazon.com gift card.  A couple weeks ago I bought a Living Social deal for six, 70 minute yoga sessions all for $20 – I am going to call today to see if they have space in their 8:20 class on Saturday. 😀  Thanks again Katie!

Stats for Wednesday:

  • 38 points (including pretzels eaten at night)
  • 50 minute walk/jog/sprint
  • average blood sugar 122

I love short work weeks!  And I missed Hannah for hanging with Hannah last night – I’ve talked to her and she’s been boating, jet skiing and having lots of fun.  She even ate shredded pork tacos and declared them the best tacos she’s ever had!

Have a great day!

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19 thoughts on “Grilled Balsamic Strawberries with Goat Cheese on Toasted Italian Bread

  1. Holy deliciousness! Those strawberries look fantastic! I need to try that ASAP. And you know I”m a huge fan of your zucch lasagna. I’m wondering if it freezes well- I might need to make it for post baby. Love grown! That stuff is pretty good. The cocoa flavor was my fav

  2. Zucchini Lasagna may have made it to my Make Soon list. Love the huge serving!!

  3. Those strawberries look amazing! I love how beautiful they look when they are finished. I’ll have to give this a try.

  4. I think you’ll love those yoga classes after all the walking and running you’ve been doing… it’s so stretchy. You might even find you’re faster with your muscles looser!

  5. I love fruit + cheese + bread combinations! I wouldn’t be able to stop at one serving!

  6. Holy cow – those strawberries sound amazing. I love goat cheese with strawberries!!!!!!!

  7. M.J. Jacobsen

    The zucchini lasagna just moved to the top of my have to make list! Yum!

  8. That looks good! the strawberries did darken because of the cast iron. Fruit/cheese/bread is such a perfect combo!

  9. Both the strawberries and lasagna look amazing! Food bloggers rock, in my humble opinion 🙂

  10. ~sigh~ my next zucchini is destined for that lasagna 🙂 and love the balsamic strawberries, with goat cheese!!! on bread. score!

  11. That strawberry recipe does sound ridiculously delicious! And it looks so good too!

  12. Balsamic Strawberries with GOAT CHEESE. I am drooling! I have to make this soon!

  13. Those strawberries look amazing! I am sure it tastes amazing with goat cheese!

  14. Hey Biz 🙂 Those strawberries look amazing. All your food looks so good. I love your iron skillet you use for your grilling. Iron skillets are a must in my home 🙂 Keep up the good work! I love your blog so I did subscribe 🙂

  15. You know I LOVE goat cheese, but I also love strawberries and balsamic. This looks SO good!

  16. Balsamic, strawberries, goat cheese….say no more. You had me at Balsamic =) Gona give that one a try. That’s all i can think of now. Must be thirsty.

  17. Yay for the yoga mat! I will be getting the rest of your loot sent out tomorrow or over the weekend.

  18. Oh my – I want those roasted strawberries. I will make them mine. I will conquer the world with them and give everyone roasted strawberries on goat cheese.

  19. The new site design looks great! So clean with lots of nice white space. Congrats! Did you celebrate with these little guys? 🙂 They look good!

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