Grilled fresh fruit slices
Fresh fruit is a healthy way to treat your palette with lively snacks, side dishes, desserts and meals. For these recipes, choose fresh fruit or fresh-frozen fruit, which has been quickly frozen at the peak of freshness.
Starting off this visual tour is a side dish of grilled fresh fruit slices. Cut fresh fruit, such as apples, pears or peaches, into wedges or cubes. Brush the fruit lightly with canola oil and sprinkle with cinnamon. Place the fruit on skewers (soak wood skewers in water at least 10 minutes first) or wrap in foil. Grill on low heat for 3 to 5 minutes, then enjoy. Here, thawed frozen peaches were added to fresh apples, pears, peaches and plums.
Romaine and strawberry salad
For this fresh fruit salad, combine 2 cups romaine lettuce and 1/2 cup sliced strawberries in a bowl. Drizzle with 1 1/2 tablespoons raspberry vinaigrette dressing and toss well. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon cashews. You can enjoy this fresh fruit salad as a snack, side dish or even as a light meal.
Mango salsa pizza
Make this fresh fruit main dish by mixing together 1 cup chopped red or green bell peppers, 1/2 cup chopped onion, 1/2 cup chopped mango, 1/2 cup chopped pineapple, 1 tablespoon lime juice, and 1/2 cup fresh cilantro. Spread over a 12-inch prepared whole-wheat pizza crust. Bake at 425 F until the toppings are hot and the crust is browned, about 5 to 10 minutes. Serve and enjoy.
Broiled fruit kebabs
Start this fresh fruit snack or side dish by placing skewers in water and soaking well — at least 10 minutes. Meantime, cube or slice cantaloupe, pineapple, mango, honeydew or other favorite fruit. Thread the fresh fruit onto the skewers when they're done soaking. Place the skewers on a baking sheet and sprinkle the fruit lightly with brown sugar. Broil in the oven until the fruit is slightly browned and bubbly, about 2 minutes on each side.
If desired, serve with a dipping sauce, such as this one: In a small bowl, whisk together 4 ounces low-fat, sugar-free lemon yogurt, 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice and 1 teaspoon lime zest. Cover and refrigerate the dipping sauce until you're ready to serve the fruit skewers.
To make this refreshing meal in a glass, combine in a blender 2 fresh or frozen bananas, 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries, and 1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt. Blend until smooth. Garnish with fresh blueberries and a wedge of star fruit (carambola fruit) if desired, and enjoy.