I don’t mean to be a lazy cook. Truly I don’t. In fact, I really love making wonderful food as a way to bless people. Can I help it that this Simple Strawberry Fluff is super easy to make? No. I cannot help it. There’s nothing I can do to make it difficult. It’s simply, well, simple.
I’m sure you’re dying to know how this Simple Strawberry Fluff came into being.
I had decided to make these Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits for 20 people at our local mission. (We take turns with one other family to make a meal to serve there once each month.) I planned to make The Best Grilled Chicken, my friend was providing a salad and veggie, so the Strawberry Parfaits would round off the meal to perfection.
However, I began to get low on time, my kids weren’t home to help (how dare they go off to church camp and leave me to do all the cooking), so I began to brainstorm ways to cut down my prep time. This is no easy feat when I already do everything possible to keep my meals simple.
But…aha! It occurred to me that instead of building individual parfait cups, I could make one big bowl with strawberries and cheesecake parfait filling and stir it together into a salad. It was then that I realized I would be creating a cross between the Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits and this Pineapple Fluff.
Would it work? There was only one way to find out. Make it and insist that my husband give it a taste test (life is hard at the Coppinger house).
Matt had no idea where my brain had been storming. He only knew that I put a pretty blue bowl in front of him and handed him a spoon. “Oooh, that’s good!!”
Now that I’ve tried this, I may never go back to making parfaits again. Why would I when making it this way saves a precious eight seconds?
Simple Strawberry Fluff
- 8 ounces softened cream cheese
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 Tablespoons lime juice
- ¼ cup sugar or 3 Tablespoons real maple syrup or liquid stevia to taste
- 1 pound fresh strawberries, washed and cut into bite-sized pieces
- Wash and cut strawberries into a large mixing bowl.
- In a high-power blender mix cream cheese, whipping cream, vanilla, lime juice, and sweetener of choice until well combined and smooth.
- In a bowl, fold strawberries into the whipped mixture.
- Chill for at least one hour before serving.
The folks at the mission said lovely things about this salad. (One 12-year old girl at fourths. Her love for the salad made me happy but our sweet conversation gave me even more joy.)
I will now and forevermore go back and forth between these Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits and this Simple Strawberry Fluff. They are both incredibly delicious, and they are both super easy to make.
Pack this fun salad/dessert into a jar to take in your lunch box and you’ve got one more to-go option!