Get fruity. Summertime favorites like peaches, mangoes or apricots are all delicious plucked from the fruit bowl. Take it a step further. Cooking with fruit is a great way to add flavor to your meals and to put you further down the path of eating a day's worth.
The Food Guide Pyramid suggests two to four servings of fruit each day. A medium-sized piece of fruit, a 1/2 cup of chopped, cooked or canned fruit or 3/4 cup of fruit juice counts as a serving.
Fruit is a rich source of essential vitamins and minerals, fiber and other substances that are key for good health like vitamin A, vitamin C, folate and potassium.
Quench your thirst and cool your brow with a Georgia Peach Cooler, a yummy combination of peaches and bananas. This cooler has a secret ingredienttofuthat delivers more than flavor. Soy foods are an excellent source of disease-fighting phytochemicals and can help reduce cholesterol levels.
Or wet your whistle with Light Cantaloupe Smoothies. The sweet, juicy flavor of the beloved orange melon shines in this smoothie.
Sweet Main Courses
Chilean Sea Bass with Tropical Fruit Salsa and tortillas is a delicious way to four a day. Pineapple, pear, peach, kiwi and mango diced with cilantro and red onion add pizzazz to poached fish. Or head for the islands with Rhum and Pepper Painted Fish with Mangoes. The fruit is a great foil for the spicy sauce.
The tangy taste of rhubarb is a natural with pork, as you'll soon find out when you make Roast Pork Loin with Rhubarb Sauce and Onion Relish.
If you're a poultry lover, Apricot Roasted Cornish Hens is a knockout. Fresh apricots are used to make a sweet glaze that coats the herb-crusted birds.
Fruit in Salads
Green Papaya Salad
is a Thai classic that's crunchy, tart, and a tad fiery, all at the same time. It's made with under ripe papayas.
For a continental delight, try the elegant and flavorful Greens and Figs with Blue Cheese. The sweetness of the figs is a nice counterbalance to the sharp, distinctive taste of blue cheese.
Last but not least, Cucumber, Mango and Red Onion Salad is a great union of crunchy, tangy and sweet flavors. This unusual salad is simple to make and bright-lookinga definite crowd pleaser.
Apricot lovers won't want to miss the flavor burst of Apricot Cake with Apricot Sauce. Apricots are baked into the top of light, white cake and then garnished with an apricot sauce.
You really capture summer with a dessert like Raspberry Sauce with angel food cake. Kids especially love the way the raspberry sauce jazzes up this fat-free, fluffy cake, both taste-wise and look-wise.