I believe that every person has a secret list of “would-be-nice-to-have” qualities he or she hopes the person he or she falls in love with possesses. I’m not talking about things like has a job, went to a respectable college, and has all of his/her teeth. Those are requirements (at least in my book). I mean the silly, frivolous stuff you hope he or she has that you may or may not admit to your closest friends.
Well, I’m about to admit a big, fat “would-be-nice-to-have” quality to you that I always hoped my guy would possess: It would be nice if he really, really likes frozen yogurt. I know. It’s absurd. And ridiculous. But that’s exactly why, deep down, I always hoped my special someone loved fro-yo as much as I do–because the fro-yo obsession is absurd and ridiculous and stupidly overpriced so it would be so much more fun if we could share it together. (And by share I mean share the experience, not the bowl of fro-yo. That would just be crazy.)
I can’t remember the exact moment Robert first told me he loved all “cold white stuff,” but I’m pretty sure my heart skipped a beat. (It may have skipped just as much as when he told me that he snowboards—another quality on my would-be-nice-to-have list.) I can, however, remember thinking, so this guy isn’t going to judge me for dropping $7 on a vat of frozen yogurt with four different toppings and then polish off every last bite? He’s going to do the exact same thing? And let me tell you, as awesome as this would-be-nice-to-have quality was in my mind the reality is even better. I love how any time one of us asks the other if we want to get cold white stuff the answer is always, always “duh.” (Thank goodness for our stockpile of Groupons, YouSwoops, and Google Offers.)
So with our shared love of fro-yo in mind I knew I needed to make this homemade strawberry frozen yogurt recipe the moment strawberries were in season and I had just a little bit of time. That moment finally arrived last weekend. And let me just say this about the recipe: It was so fantastic—the perfect combination of ripe strawberry flavor and creamy texture—that I whipped up a second batch as soon as I finished making the first one. Bonus: It only contains four simple ingredients. Enjoy!
1 lb. fresh strawberries, stems/leaves removed, sliced
½ cup sugar
1 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
Place sliced strawberries in a bowl with sugar and mix to combine. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit at room temperature for about 1 hour. Combine strawberries, Greek yogurt, and lemon juice in a food processor or blender (I used the VitaMix) and pulse/blend until smooth. Pour mixture into a bowl, cover, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Proceed to freeze in your ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.
Adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod