Summer Fruit Kebabs
Why I Love This Recipe
Forget about preparing traditional main-dish kebabs! Try these refreshing fruit kebabs made with canned apricots or peaches, pears, pineapple and Mandarin oranges. As a way to put nutrient-rich fruit on the menu, these kebobs are great as an appetizer, side dish, dessert, finger-food snack -- or even with breakfast!
Ingredients You'll Need
1 can (16 ounces) apricot halves or sliced peaches, in light syrup or juice, drained, reserving ¼ cup syrup or juice
1 can (8 ounces) sliced pears, in light syrup or juice, drained
1 can (8 ounces) pineapple chunks, in light syrup or juice, drained
1 can (8 ounces) Mandarin oranges, in syrup, drained
2 cups fresh strawberries, rinsed and stemmed
2 bunches mint, for garnish
Optional: dips, nuts, coconut*
Preparation Time: Approximately 20 minutes
Thread one of each type of the fruit onto an 8-inch bamboo skewer, or make mini-kebabs by threading 2 or 3 pieces of fruit on sturdy wooden toothpicks. Refrigerate, covered until ready to serve, for up to 4 hours. Serve the fruit kebabs on a platter, lined with mint, and with dips, nuts, and coconut, if desired
1) Make a dipping sauce by whisking 1 cup (8 ounces) strawberry whipped cream cheese with ¼ cup reserved peach or apricot syrup or juice. Refrigerate until ready to serve. •
2) Serve canned chocolate syrup as another dipping sauce.
3) Serve canned sweetened coconut and chopped toasted nuts as garnishes. Tip: Coconut can be toasted in a dry skillet set over medium heat; stir continuously for about 3 minutes until golden and fragrant.
Nutritional Information Per Serving: (without dips, coconut, nuts, and mint): Calories 90; Total fat 0g; Saturated fat 0g; Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 5mg; Carbohydrates 23g; Fiber 2g; Protein 1 g, Vitamin A 25%DV**; Vitamin C 50%DV; Calcium 2%DV; Iron 2%DV; ** Daily Value
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