Sweet strawberries and tart rhubarb are a classic combo. During chemo, a great way to eat fresh, seasonal fruit is to make compote with it. Preparing the compote in the microwave is quick and... easy, and you can use up fresh strawberries that aren’t quite perfect. You can also use frozen strawberries — just cook them for 1 minute or so longer than fresh. Eat the compote on its own with some yogurt or with a couple of freshly baked Oatmeal Date Cookies.
Place the rhubarb, maple syrup, and water in a microwave-safe ceramic or Pyrex bowl. Cover with a ceramic plate and cook in the microwave on high for 2 minutes.
Remove and uncover carefully — there will be steam. Stir in the strawberries, cover with the plate again, and return to the microwave. Cook on high heat for 2 more minutes, or 3 more minutes if using frozen strawberries.
Remove from the microwave, uncover very carefully and stir well. Cover with the plate again and cook on high for 1 more minute. Let sit in the microwave to steam for 5 to 10 minutes. Serve warm or chilled. Once cooled, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.