Strawberry Muffins

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When the seasons change and all the new crops of fruits and vegetables return to our farmer's market, I get totally excited - and when strawberries start showing their face again, I feel like I've gone to heaven.

Yes, beautiful strawberries are back and they're tasting sweet, juicy and delicious (and getting better week after week). When strawberries are in season, I love making the family Strawberr-wee Popsicles and Strawberry Preserves, but this year I wanted to add a new strawberry recipe to my repertoire. When I suggested to Kenya the idea of making strawberry muffins for breakfast the other morning, he begged me to do it.a!

You may be pleasantly surprised to hear that these big red berries contain more vitamin C than some citrus fruits as well as being high in fiber, folate and potassium. A 1 cup serving provides kids with a whopping 140 percent of their recommended daily dose of vitamin C! Now, I'm not suggesting that you let your little one scarf down half of this recipe in order for that to happen, but in the event they do love these muffins that much, at least you'll know that what's baked inside these sweet little gems is doing their bodies good!a!

Strawberry Muffins (Makes 24-28 Mini Muffins)

2 Cups All Purpose Flour 3 Tsp Baking Powder 1/2 Tsp Salt 1 Large Egg 3/4 Cup Milk (low fat or whole cow's milk, almond, rice or soy milk will work) 1/4 Cup Vegetable or Canola Oil 1/2 Cup Honey or Agave Nectar 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract 1 Tsp Lemon Zest 1 1/2 Cups Strawberries, chopped

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 2. In a bowl, combine the first 3 ingredients. 3. In a separate bowl, whisk egg and add milk, oil, honey, vanilla, and lemon zest and stir. 4. Using a standing mixer or hand mixer, slowly combine the dry ingredients with the wet until incorporated (try not to over mix the batter). 5. Add the strawberries to the batter and slowly combine. 6. Line or grease muffin tins and fill 2/3 of the way with batter. 7. Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick tester comes out clean. 8. Cool and serve.

* If you want to make regular sized muffins, fill 12 muffin cups and bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Catherine McCord is a model, actress and mother-of-two. She launched Weeliciousin 2007, providing a solution to parents' hectic lives by showing them how to cook recipes that are kid-friendly, quick and nutritious. With a background at New York City's prestigious Institute of Culinary Education, and a passion for food, Catherine has developed recipes that appeal to a range of ages - from infants starting on solid foods, to school kids and adults. Weelicious focuses on educating kids and involving them in the process with how-to cooking videos featuring her 3-year-old son, Kenya, and 1-year old daughter, Chloe. With a new recipe or tip debuting daily, Weelicious is a wealth of information for parents, and a visual delight for foodies of any age.