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Always Ripe and "Pear-fect"
Milder weather not only means blue skies and blooming flowers, it's the start of outdoor gatherings. It's also a great excuse to switch up the menu.
Canned Pears: Always Ripe and "Pear-fect"
Milder weather not only means blue skies and blooming flowers, it's the start of outdoor gatherings. It's also a great excuse to switch up the menu. Salads and kabobs are favorites during warmer months and canned fruit can easily enhance a Recipe, Preparation, Serving, Food Cooking Menu. Canned Bartlett pears are always ripe, ready to eat and contain virtually no fat or cholesterol. So next time you host a get-together, add a little sweetness to the feast with this pantry staple. Try serving Blueberry, Pear and Apricot Salad with Almonds or Barbecued Pear and Chicken Kabobs to family and guests.
Blueberry, Pear and Apricot Salad With Almonds
Makes 12 Servings
1 can (15 ounces) Bartlett pear halves in extra-light syrup
1 can (81/4 ounces) Bartlett pear halves in extra-light syrup
1 can (15 ounces) blueberries in light syrup
1 can (83/4 ounces) apricot halves in extra-light syrup
Juice of 1 small lemon
1/2 cup sliced almonds, roasted
Drain both cans of pear halves; slice into bite-sized pieces. Drain apricots; halve. Drain blueberries; divide among salad plates and arrange; arrange pears and apricots as well. Top salads with lemon juice and almonds; serve.
Nutritional information (per serving): Calories: 78, Protein: 1.5g, Carbohydrates: 14.5g, Fiber: 1.5g, Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 6mg.
Barbecued Pear and
Makes 4 Servings
1 can (15 ounces) Bartlett pear halves
1/2 cup bottled barbecue sauce
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, minced
8 kabob skewers
1 red, green or yellow sweet bell pepper, cut into 11/2-inch squares
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into 11/2-inch chunks
Preheat grill or broiler. Drain pears, reserving juice. Cut pears into 11/2-inch chunks; set aside. In a bowl, stir together barbecue sauce, honey, mustard, garlic and 3 tablespoons of the reserved pear juice. On 4 skewers, alternate the pear and bell pepper pieces.
On remaining skewers, place chicken pieces. Brush all skewered ingredients liberally with the sauce mixture. Grill chicken skewers over medium coals for 10 minutes (or broil for 5 minutes), brushing occasionally with sauce.
Add pear-pepper skewers; grill for 5 to 7 minutes (or broil 2 to 4 minutes) more, or until chicken is no longer pink and pears and peppers are heated through. Serve one chicken kabob and one pear kabob per serving.
Nutritional information (per serving): Calories: 241, Protein: 25g, Carbohydrates: 29g, Fiber: 1g, Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 63mg, Sodium: 407mg.
A "pear-fect idea" for outdoor gatherings is a Blueberry, Pear and Apricot Salad with Almonds.
Never Too Young to
Enjoy California Avocados
Just like adults, most children can benefit from getting at least five servings of colorful fruits and vegetables evey day; many children, however, fall short. Incorporating California avocados into your children's diet is a great way to give them a healthy start.
Never Too Young to Enjoy California Avocados
Just like adults, most children can benefit from getting at least five servings of colorful fruits and vegetables every day; many children, however, fall short. A study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association reported that 23 to 33 percent of infants and toddlers studied did not even get a single serving of fruit in a day.
Most children need to more than double their daily intake of fruits and vegetables. Keeping your kitchen stocked with a wide variety of produce, including fresh California avocados, is one way to get children to increase their daily consumption of fruit.
Incorporating California avocados into your children's diet is a great way to give them a healthy start. This delicious fruit is not only great tasting, but easy to prepare. A single serving of California avocado (about 1/5 of a medium avocado or about two tablespoons mashed) is 55 calories and contributes essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that solid foods may be introduced to infants between four and six months of age; and that for the first year foods be mashed or pureed. For a quick snack, just mash a California avocado with a spoon and feed directly to baby.
When you are introducing avocados to older children you can offer it with other foods or alone as a great- tasting snack. Just remember, children often refuse to eat new foods, but persistence with fruits and vegetables will pay off with a healthy diet for your child.
For older children, you can try this easy and delicious Recipe, Preparation, Serving, Food Cooking Menu, featuring California avocados:
Pick Up Sticks
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12 long, thin pretzel sticks
1/4 ripe California avocado, seeded, peeled and cubed
6 oz 75% light Cheddar cheese, cut into twelve 1/2 -inch cubes
1/2 large red apple, cored and cubed
12 red grapes
Cube avocado and apple.
Use a wooden skewer to poke holes in avocado, apple and grape.
Using a pretzel stick as a skewer, thread on one grape, one cheese square, one apple cube and one avocado cube.
Repeat process making 12 "Pick Up Sticks."
Nutrition information per serving: calories: 212, total fat: 7.7g, saturated fat: 3.3g, % of calories from fat: 32%, % of calories from saturated fat: 14%, protein: 19g, carbohydrates: 17g, cholesterol: 20mg, dietary fiber: 2g, sodium: 402mg
With Asparagus, Red Pepper and Avocado
This pasta dish is just marvelous! And if you live somewhere that you can find farm fresh asparagus in early spring, it makes this dish simply to die for!
The vinaigrette brings out the tanginess of the red peppers, and the hearty avocados add a modest coating to the fettucine noodles.
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1 16 oz. package organic fettucine noodles
1 pound fresh organic asparagus (try to obtain local, farm fresh!)
2 organic red peppers
2 organic avocados
One half organic onion
One quarter cup organic olive oil
One half cup organic balsamic vinegar
Fresh ground salt and pepper to taste
Bring one large pot of water and one smaller saucepan of water to a boil. Meanwhile, chop asparagus into one-inch chunks. Dice peppers and avocados. To dice the avocado, carefully cut around the entire circumference with a knife. Twist the two halves in opposite directions until they come apart. Squeeze the half holding the pit until the pit pops out. (If you rinse the pit off, it makes a silly temporary cat toy.)
Use a knife to cut long parallel lines into the avocado, then cut lines perpendicular to those. Use a spoon to pop the cubes out of the skin. Slice onion very thinly, then cut each thin slab in half and separate layers to create slivers. Whip oil and vinegar together in a smaller bowl; adjust ratio of vinegar to increase tanginess if you like.
When smaller saucepan of water boils, add asparagus and cook for only two minutes--no longer! The water may not return to a boil, which is just fine. You want the asparagus to be quite firm. Drain asparagus, then place back in saucepan and cover to keep warm.
Cook fettucine in large pot of water until it’s al dente; in other words, until it’s just done and still firm--not overcooked and mushy. Pasta is healthier if it’s not overcooked.
Drain pasta, then place in large bowl. Add vinaigrette to noodles and mix until noodles are thoroughly coated. Whip up more vinaigrette to add if you like. Add asparagus, peppers, avocado and onion. Fold mixture until vegetables are evenly distributed throughout the pasta.
If you want a little protein to accompany this dish, serve it with a light-colored organic or local semi-hard cheese on the side, such as raclette. This dish also pairs nicely with white wine. It easily serves six.
This dish is addictive, so there won’t be any leftovers--which is a good thing, because the avocados won’t keep anyway!