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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Apple Peanut Butter Nachos

Who said nachos can’t be healthy for you? Well you can feel great about eating these highly nutritious nachos for breakfast or even a snack! One of my old favorite college snacks was apples and peanut butter–so I recreated this snack into something a bit more fun..

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Apple Peanut Butter Nachos

Apple Peanut Butter Nachos

Sweet and crunchy apple slices have a fun new twist with a comination of chocolate, peanut butter, coconut, and almonds!

Ingredients

1 large apple; sliced

1 Tbsp peanut butter; melted

2 Tbsp cup dark chocolate chips

2 Tbsp silvered almonds

1 Tbsp coconut flakes

1 Tbsp honey (optional, if you want them to be extra sweet)

Instructions

  1. Place apple slices on a plate. Drizzle the peanut butter, chocolate chips, almonds, coconut flakes, and honey (optional) on apples. Super easy, fun, and nutritious!
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2015/05/apple-peanut-butter-nachos/

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Crunchy Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola

IMG_4739Chocolate OatmealI am a granola freak. I love crunchy granola, chewy granola, granola bars, and granola that is spiced up with all kinds of yummy goodness. First off, chocolate + peanut butter= the perfect combination… ever! This granola is loaded with bursting chocolate and peanut butter flavors. There are also bits of chocolate chips that will make the granola still together for more chocolate flavor.

Crunchy Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola

Crunchy Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola

Sweet, crunchy, chocolate-yyyyy, nutty, and most importantly healthy indulgence is what makes this granola extra delicious. Enjoy as a snack, or sprinkle on your favorite yogurt!

Ingredients

3 cups of old-fashioned oats

3 Tbsp unsweetend cocoa powder

1/3 cup slightly chopped almonds (or peanuts)

3/4 cup crunch or creamy peanut butter

2/3 cup of honey

1/4 cup butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4c-1 cup chocolate chips (quantity is up to your preference)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, mix the oats, cocoa powder, and almonds until combined.
  2. In a microwavable bowl, melt the peanut butter, honey, and butter until combined. Stir until smooth then mix in vanilla extract. Pour over oats and and stir until oats are covered in the peanut butter mixture and are moist.
  3. Place in a cookie sheet lined with foil or a silpat mat and bake for 30 minutes, and flipping every 10 minutes. Once done, sprinkle in chocolate chips. Cool for about 20 minutes and enjoy!
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2015/04/crunchy-peanut-butter-chocolate-granola/

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Energy Bites

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When 3:00PM rolls around…I need a snack. My snacks are usually always pretty healthy and involve a granola bar or fruit. These energy bites make the perfect little snack wherever you may be. These little tasty bites taste like oatmeal raisin cookie dough–except they are healthy and loaded with energy and protein to get you through the day! You also have nothing to feel guilty so fill up on this healthy treat the next time your in need of a snack. I also like to top mine off with some sprinkles because why not?!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Energy Bites

35 minutes

Yield: 12 pieces

These little tasty bites taste like oatmeal raisin cookie dough–except they are healthy and loaded with energy and protein to get you through the day!

Ingredients

1/3 cup almond butter

2 Tbsp honey

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup oats

2 Tbsp raisins

Sprinkles (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a medium sized bowl, combine almond butter, honey, and vanilla extract. Mix with a spoon until combined.
  2. 2. Add in cinnamon and oats and mix until it is combined. Refrigerate for 30 minutes and then roll into bite size pieces. Mix in some sprinkles if you want to make it look extra delicious 🙂
  3. Place back in refrigerator until you want to snack on em’. ENJOY!
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2015/03/oatmeal-raisin-cookie-dough-energy-bites/

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Over Night Peanut Butter Brownie Oatmeal

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If you haven’t heard of Quest Bars or tried Quest Bars I highly suggest you do! They are an all-natural protein bar and they are simply amazing. They come in all kinds of delicious  flavors and one of my favorites is chocolate brownie, because well…it tastes like a chocolate brownie. Why wouldn’t anyone love that?! You won’t realize what all the hype about these little bars is until you actually try them. I love putting 1/2 of a bar in my overnight oatmeal, plus you get extra protein.

Yield: 1

Ingredients:
1/4 cup oats
1/2 cup almond milk (vanilla flavored)
1 Tbsp peanut butter
1 tsp honey (for an extra sweet kick)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 Chocolate Brownie Quest Bar; chopped (or rolled into pieces)
1 Tbsp almonds
Sprinkles (optional)

Steps:
1. Mix all ingredients together and place in refrigerator overnight. Top with sprinkles in the morning and waaahlaaaa! What a healthy and delicious way to start a day without any guilt.
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