June 3, 2007
In Season: Strawberries
Buying tips: Purchase strawberries that are shiny, firm and very fragrant. A strawberry should be almost completely red, though some whiteness near the leafy cap is acceptable.
Storage tips: Refrigerate unwashed strawberries with the caps on until ready to use. Just before using, wash and hull.
Watermelon-and-Kiwi Skewers with Starry Strawberry Cream
The watermelon and kiwifruit can be cut up one day in advance. Thread the fruit onto skewers a few hours before the party. The strawberry cream is best when prepared only a few hours prior to serving.
3/4 cup sliced strawberries
1/2 cup vanilla low-fat yogurt
1 tablespoon 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon powdered sugar
24 (1/2-inch) watermelon balls
2 kiwifruit, each peeled and cut into 12 pieces
Place first 5 ingredients in a blender; process until smooth. Cover and chill.
Thread 1 watermelon piece and 1 kiwi-fruit piece onto each of 24 skewers. Serve with sauce.
Note: To shape the kiwifruit as in the photo, cut a thin vertical slice off both ends of fruit, revealing the flesh. Peel by cutting vertical strips from one end to the other. Cut each kiwifruit lengthwise into quarters. Cut each quarter crosswise into thirds.
Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 3 skewers and 2 tablespoons sauce)
CALORIES 40 (18% from fat); FAT 0.8g (sat 0.4g,mono 0.2g,poly 0.1g); PROTEIN 1.3g; CHOLESTEROL 2mg; CALCIUM 34mg; SODIUM 18mg; FIBER 1.1g; IRON 0.2mg; CARBOHYDRATE 7.6g
Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Crisps
1 pint fresh strawberries, chopped
1 large banana, chopped
1 Red Delicious apple, chopped
1 kiwifruit, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
4 (7 1/2-inch) flour tortillas
Vegetable cooking spray
2 tablespoons sugar
Combine first 4 ingredients. Stir together lemon juice, 1/4 cup sugar, nutmeg, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon; toss with fruit. Chill.
Cut each tortilla into eighths. Arrange pieces on baking sheets. Lightly coat with cooking spray. Combine remaining 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 2 tablespoons sugar. Sprinkle over tortilla chips.
Bake at 350° for 6 to 8 minutes or until lightly browned. Serve with fruit salsa.
Yield: 4 servings
CALORIES 310 (11% from fat); FAT 3.8g (sat 0.8g,mono 1.5g,poly 0.7g); PROTEIN 5.6g; CHOLESTEROL 0.0mg; CALCIUM 122mg; SODIUM 168mg; FIBER 4g; IRON 1.6mg; CARBOHYDRATE 67g
Posted by Lisa at June 3, 2007 7:19 AM
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