SUGAR-FREE POPSICLES

Needed something to quench summer’s thirst. Didn’t have to venture far. Thanks to the refreshing and super-sweet fruits of summer I was able to satisfy and temper the sizzling temperatures.

I was happy to turn to my little stash of surplus fruits in the freezer. Secured them at a relatively inexpensive rate when there was a glut on the market. Those wholesome fruits were just perfect for the picking.

  • pineapple
  • mango
  • blueberries

Needed no added sugar as my fruits were loaded with enough natural one. Also added:

  • lime juice
  • ginger root
  • over-ripened banana

Placed all ingredients in a standing blender with a splash of cold water and blended and pureed my summer fruits to a refreshing finish. This was placed in popsicle holders and set. Felt like a kid in a candy store as I beamed with excitement with my choices.

 

 

GRILLED PINEAPPLE WITH VANILLA ICE CREAM

Couldn’t  wait to devour. As soon as vanilla ice cream hit extra-warm and decadent grilled pineapple, it began a slow melt and mingled into the delicious goodness of the tropical fruit. Made it even more delectable  by drizzling left-over pineapple rum sauce.

That took my dessert to another level. Guys, that’s what beautiful things are made of.

A POTASSIUM STACK FOR EASTER MORN #BANANA PANCAKES

Easter Sunday morning found me in a perfect place. Started the day with fresh pineapple with blueberries.  Had a few over-ripened bananas and decided to make a stack of pancakes.

To the batter, I also incorporated:-

  • old-fashioned oats, whole-wheat flour,baking powder, olive oil, ground cinnamon and ginger, egg, and a pinch of salt.

All ingredients were combined and cooked in skillet until cooked. These were served with a drizzle of pancake syrup and topped with fresh grapes. I could not resist, I a few strips of crispy bacon on the side.

Delicious ripe banana pancakes were paired with freshly squeezed Florida (red) grapefruit juice.

A REJUVENATION OF MY HOUSE SPECIAL LO MEIN

I wasn’t in the mood to stir up a major pot from scratch. Had to find a way to feed the need within. So glad that I don’t toss left-overs. As a result, I doubled-back on some ‘House-special Lo Mein’. Bought same approximately a week ago and placed left-overs in the freezer.

Wish I could tell you that it had enough chicken, beef, shrimp and pork. I do think they stood all the way from Shanghai, China and tossed in those bits of protein. Anyway, it was tasty enough and didn’t consist of too much sodium.

Got creative and restored my lo mein to a healthy and youthful appearance. With the drizzle of olive oil in a skillet, I sautéed a few spears of asparagus, onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, and crushed garlic. I made sure to season along with a pinch of salt, black pepper and a dash of low sodium soy sauce. I even tossed in a few pieces of fresh pineapple I had on hand. After all, it’s a ‘House-special’.

Under low heat, I added left-over lo mein(well, noodles) and combined all ingredients. The assorted vegetables and pineapple absorbed all the oriental flavors from the dish.

I was a happy camper.