By PAMELA REDWINE
Every season has its own wonderful fruits and vegetables, but summer has the very best and a multitude of choices. Summer fruit is a wonderful snack, just eaten out of hand. Be sure to have a bowl of washed, chilled fruit in the refrigerator for warm weather snack attacks.
Fresh fruit is enjoyed the most when eaten at the peak of ripeness. Fruit that has gotten a little bit too ripe is very useful, if not for snacking, then as an ingredient. One of the best things to do with ripe fruit is to prepare a sauce called coulis. A coulis is nothing more than a fruit or vegetable puree that has been sweetened or seasoned. A coulis is beautiful in color, wonderful in flavor and contains little or no fat or sodium. Here are some tips on making coulis:
— Puree berries with cantaloupe or peaches.
— Use Splenda® brand sweetener, honey or maple syrup for added sweetness.
— If you’d like to make your coulis creamy, puree a small amount of banana with the berries.
— Use coulis as a sauce for fresh fruit salads, sorbets, or fruit ice, as a dipping sauce for grapes or other berries, or as the start of a great fruit smoothie.
— You can freeze your coulis and make your own fruit ice.
— You can also stir coulis into orange juice for a fun breakfast beverage.
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Recipe of the Week
1 (16-ounce) container vanilla fat-free Greek yogurt
2 cups 1 percent low fat milk
1 cup cubed frozen mango
2 tablespoons measures-like-sugar calorie free sweetener
1/4 cup coarsely chopped pistachios
Combine first 4 ingredients in a blender; process until foamy. Pour yogurt mixture into serving glasses. Top evenly with pistachios. Yield: 4 servings (serving size about 1 1/3 cups lassi and 1 tablespoon pistachios)
— Cal 195
— Fat 4.9
— Protein 16.7g
— Carb 22.1g
— Fiber 1.4g
— Cholesterol 6mg
— Iron 0.4mg
— Sodium 97mg
— Calcium 297 mg
Recipe Source: Weight Watchers, Five Ingredient, Fifteen Minute Recipes
Article provided by the Oktibbeha County Extension Service, for more information please call 323-5916.