Fresh Fruit Salsa

April 2017 – Theme

Easy Ways to Reduce Food Waste

In honor of Earth Day on April 22, we’re challenging ReDux members to show how they reduce food waste. Whatever you would normally toss, use it up. Share tips for reducing food waste in meal planning, prep or using up scraps.

As part of this month’s theme, I decided to whip up this quick sweet treat! I always buy too much fruit at the grocery store and I always almost end up throwing some away or it starts to rot by the time I get to it. I had a carton of strawberries left over from Easter so I was thinking of making a jam out of it,  but I also found and apple and a couple kiwis that were extra ripe. I knew they weren’t going to last too much longer so a fruit salsa seemed like an even better plan. The best thing about this recipe is you can add any fruit that you have laying around in your fridge! All kinds of fruit can be added to this recipe! Since I was using fruit that was already ripe, I didn’t need to sweeten it too much because it was already naturally sweet.

I try my best to prevent food waste but sometimes it just happens, just like it does for many people. That’s why I try to never go to the grocery store hungry because I always get more than I need! Or sometimes my vegetables and fruits get forgotten in my refrigerator drawers. Check out the Recipe Redux link below to find other recipes on how to reduce food waste.

 

Fresh Fruit Salsa

Fresh Fruit Salsa

Ingredients

12 strawberries; diced

3 kiwis; peeled and diced

1 apple; peeled and diced

1 Tbsp. honey

2 tsp. low-sugar fruit preserves ( I used strawberry)

Cinnamon-sugar Pita Chips

Instructions

  1. Dice all fruit and place in a large bowl. Add honey and fruit preserve and mix until all fruit is evenly coated.
  2. Place in refrigerator and let sit for about 20 minutes.
  3. Serve with cinnamon-sugar pita chips for dipping and enjoy this sweet treat!
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2017/04/fresh-fruit-salsa/

I think cinnamon-sugar pita chips make a great addition to this salsa! Banana chips or cinnamon graham crackers would work as well too! This light dessert is perfect for saving all of your over ripened fruit that you don’t want to throw away. It makes for a healthy sweet treat that is fun to eat. 🙂

 
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Breakfast Apple Cookies

Apple cookies are the easiest treats to make! Thanks to Peace Cereal who sent me a few samples of cereals to try and this was one of my creations. It is quick, easy, healthy and the best part; it’s delicious!  (Also, if anyone has any tips or tricks to making peanut butter look pretty when spreading, let me know!)  The most common way to eat cereal is to pour it in a bowl, add milk and eat it with a spoon. This is a great way to get more out of your cereals by using it in different ways. You can find Peace Cereals by HERE. They have tons of healthy breakfast cereals. This cereal in particular has whole rolled wheat, rye, barley & oat mixed with dried dates, raisins, sunflower and flax seeds, almonds & walnuts. It is a great combination of crunchy, chewy and sweet in a bite! It also has plenty of whole grains, fiber & protein in one serving. You can try this with any type of cereal in your pantry, enjoy!
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Breakfast Apple Cookies

Breakfast Apple Cookies

Ingredients

1 Fuji apple; sliced into 1/4 inch slices

2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter

Fruit, Seed & Nut Muesli Cereal by Peace Cereal

Instructions

  1. Spread peanut butter on smoothly on to apple slices.
  2. Sprinkle Fruit, Seed & Nut Muesli Cereal on each slice. Enjoy!
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2017/01/breakfast-apple-cookies/

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Caramel Apple Toffee Dip

Okay everyone, I am back! I apologize for the delays in the past few months..I moved and I have been busy with my [real job] so blogging and sharing recipes has been a bit difficult. BUT, I am back at it! 🙂

I am excited to post this delicious recipe I brought to my friend’s BBQ this summer (Sarah Mitchell), this recipe is especially for you). It is light and it is the easiest recipe to whip up in minutes. You can also serve it with fresh apples, pretzel, or Nilla wafers. I prefer sliced apples (green apples, because they are super tart) because the tarty-ness and sweet caramel and toffee make this the perfect combination. Just dip, scoop, and bite into perfection!

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Caramel Apple Toffee Dip

Caramel Apple Toffee Dip

This creamy and sweet dip is topped with tons of luscious caramel & crunchy bits of toffee!

Ingredients

8 ounces of cream cheese (I used reduced-fat)

8 ounces of cool whip

1/2 cup powdered sugar

16 ounces of Old Fashioned caramel dip

1 Cup Heath pieces/toffee bits

4 large Granny Smith apples; sliced thin

Nilla wafers (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese, cool whip, and powdered sugar until fluffy. Spread mixture evenly onto a platter. Spread caramel sauce on top of cream cheese layer. Sprinkle the top generously with toffee bits. Serve with apple slices, and or Nilla Wafers. Enjoy!
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2015/12/caramel-apple-toffee-dip/

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Healthy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

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Pumpkin Pie is my all-time favorite pie. There is only one short season where I can enjoy it and that would be fall.. It’s not quite fall yet but I thought I would get a head-start on creating and eating some of my favorite pumpkin recipes. Aside from pumpkin pie, pumpkins (plain, unsweetened) have a TON of great nutritional value to them such as vitamin A and antioxidants.  This recipe has no added sugar so it is naturally sweet and it is a great clean treat! This is one of my new favorite breakfast creations because every sip is filled with the goodness of pumpkin spice and everything nice.

Yield: 2

Ingredients:
1/2 cup pumpkin puree (plain, unsweetened)
1 banana
1/2 apple
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cup oats
1 Tbsp chia seeds (or you can use flax seeds)
1 cup almond milk (I used vanilla flavored)
1/2 cup ice cubs
2 scoops protein powder (optional)

Steps:
1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend for about 2-3 minutes, or until texture is smooth. Enjoy and stay healthy!

Healthy Apple Crumble

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Do you ever buy too many apples at the grocery store like me!? I believe in the saying “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away” so I tend to always have one too many apples laying around. When this happens, this is always the first thing I love to bake because its so easy and delicious! If you love apple pie (like me) this is the perfect alternative for a healthy version of course 🙂 You can even enjoy this for breakfast like me and my fiance did!

Yield: 6

Ingredients:
6 small apples; sliced
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup honey
3 Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup raisins
For the crumble:
1 cup oats
1/2 cup cinnamon graham crackers; crushed
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup cold butter; cubed
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a mixing bowl add sliced apples, lemon juice, honey, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and raisins. Mix until apples are coated evenly.

2. Pour apple slices in a pie dish and set aside. Using the same mixing bowl combine all ingredients for the crumble topping! (this part is easy!)..Mix with a fork until it has a crumby consistency. Pour on top of apples and let bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.
*The is best if served with vanilla ice cream..or vanilla frozen yogurt if you are trying to be extra healthy 🙂