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Sunday, August 18, 2013

RECIPES WITH FRUIT

I love fruit!  Veggies on the other hand, I have to work on...but fruit-absolutely love it!  Especially summer fruit; the variety is awesome.  So, I thought I would share some of the things I do with fruit.

First, I love a simple fresh fruit salad. Just slice up a variety of fresh fruit and sprinkle on some cinnamon.  It adds a unique flavor to the fruit and is oh so yummy!  I've been using this technique for years and whenever I make it for guests, they love it and are surprised it's just a little cinnamon that gives it that extra flavor.  This bowl is filled with blackberries, strawberries, grapes, cantaloupe, raspberries, kiwi and mango.  Makes my mouth water just writing about it.

Next, I add fruit to my tuna salad.  For this open faced sandwich I added: low fat miracle whip, grapes, apples, sweet pickles, dried onion bits,black  pepper, dried cranberries and almonds (the packaged kind that you toss on salads). Oh, and of course a side of bing cherries.
Last weekend, I made a chicken salad.  I picked up some shredded chicken in the deli section of King Soopers, added some low fat miracle whip and sliced mangos.  It was so good!  No bread needed for that one.

Another favorite is green salad with fruit.  I've thrown all sorts of fruit on my salads like strawberries, blueberries, pineapple.   But, my all time favorite is blackened salmon, romaine lettuce, dried cranberries and feta cheese. Just top with your favorite dressing and toss on a few almonds and you're good!  (McCormick salmon rub is awesome)
I go crazy during the summer with fruit since the variety becomes very limited in about September/October in Colorado.  Although, I have noticed in the last year or two a bit more to choose from...it seems the grocers are bringing in fruits from other countries.  As Martha would say, "that's a good thing!".

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