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Labor Day Grilling – Go Fruity!
Health Notes from Dr. Liz
Friday, September 3rd, 2010 @ 2:32 PM
With summer coming to an end and school back in session, a backyard barbecue makes for a great celebration. Make this barbecue a sweet one and grill up some dessert. A welcome change from cakes, cookies and pie is fresh grilled fruit. By taking advantage of summer’s sweet bounty of fruit, you not only add health-boosting nutrients to your meal but also save time and money.
Check out our fruit-grilling essentials:
- Select firm but ripe fruit. The best choices include plums, nectarines, peaches, apricots, figs, pineapple and pears. Clean fruit in running water and dry before grilling.
- Cut fruit in half (remove pits if necessary), or cut into large chunks. Skewering works well for smaller fruits such as strawberries or cherries.
- Grill fruits on low heat or when coals are dying down. Plan on grilling fruits when everyone is sitting down to eat the main meal; you can put the fruit on and let it slow-cook over the fire.
- Sprinkle one side with cinnamon and a drizzle of honey and cook about 3 to 7 minutes (or until golden).
- Appeal to chocolate lovers by placing a small square of dark chocolate in the center of a pear, plum, peach or nectarine half during the last few minutes of grilling for a melt-in-your-mouth treat.
- Wrap a collection of fruit pieces in foil with flavorings (nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla) and place foil package directly into coal embers for a delicious steamed fruit compote.