Chilled Strawberry Yogurt Soup

There were two book series that I read over and over again when I was growing up. One was the Little House on the Prairie series, and the other was the Anne of Green Gables series. I just loved Anne, her imagination, and her independence, and I wanted to be just like her. I not-so-secretly wished that my hair was red and I used to call my best friend in elementary school Diana. (For the record, she also called me Diana because she wanted to be Anne, too.) 

I was brought back to my "Anne" days when I was making this soup because of this conversation I had with my husband while I was making it:

Husband: What are you making with those strawberries? 

Me: Strawberry yogurt soup.

Husband: Yuck. That sounds gross.

Me: Really? It's really good. It's fresh strawberries in a yogurt sauce lightly sweetened with white grape juice and a little cinnamon." 

Husband: Oh, that sounds pretty good. I think the word soup was throwing me off. Yogurt soup sounds gross.

The conversation reminded me of the Green Gables books because Anne said once that she didn't think a rose by any other name would smell quite as sweet, at least if the name were something like "thistle" or "skunk cabbage." I tend to agree with her. There's really something in a name, isn't there? My husband and I have already had conversations about what we will name our future children and it's amazing what strong opinions come out when you talk about associations with names.

Unfortunately, fresh-strawberries-in-a-yogurt-sauce-lightly-sweetened-with-white-grape-juice-and-a-little-cinnamon is too long of a title to put on a blog post. If you're like my husband and don't like the "soup" label, feel free to call it whatever you want. Just don't let the name make you pass this recipe up. It's a great refreshing and simple dish. It is fast to put together and really highlights the taste of fresh strawberries. The white grape juice adds flavor and just enough sweetness. It's a great light breakfast or lunch. Or mid-morning snack. Or mid-afternoon snack. Or late-night snack. I think you get the picture. 

Call it what you want, but be sure to give it a try. 

Strawberry Yogurt Soup

1 32 oz container of nonfat plain yogurt
1 3/4 cups white grape juice
3 T sugar
2 T fresh lemon juice
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1 pint fresh strawberries
1 kiwi, sliced (optional)

In a large bowl, whisk together the yogurt and white grape juice. Add the sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon and mix until thoroughly blended. Pour into a plastic container, cover, and chill for several hours or overnight.

Before serving, wash, hull, and slice the strawberries. Spoon several berries into a large cup or bowl and pour the yogurt mixture over them. Garnish with kiwi slices, if desired. 

Serves 6-8

Recipe Source: Disney's Family Cookbook

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