Watermelon Heart Fruit Kabob

The Superbowl ended less than 12 hours ago but its time to move on to the next holiday! Valentines Day! I am taking a break from ingredient of the week to share a few Valentines Day inspired recipes. Just because I am not sharing an ingredient doesn’t mean this week’s recipes won’t feature fruits or vegetables (well, most of them will ;)).

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Today I am sharing watermelon heart fruit kabobs! Yes, watermelons are not in season and may be hard to find but if you can find them the pink color is perfect for Valentine’s day. Even strawberries aren’t in season in February but since they are synonymous with Valentine’s Day, I went ahead and broke all the rules.

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To make the watermelon hearts, I simply used a cookie cutter. I sliced a baby watermelon into small slices and then used a metal heart shape cookie cutter to cut out hearts. This is a perfect healthy activity to do with kids and a great addition to any meal or snack! I think I will eat these fruit kabobs with yogurt for breakfast!

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Grapefruit, Avocado, Quinoa, and Spinach Salad with Avocado Green Goddess Dressing

Have you heard of green goddess dressing? I have no idea where it originates from, but I am newly obsessed. According to the ever informative Wikipedia green goddess dressings typically include mayonnaise and sour cream among many other herbs and spices. I try to eat less mayonnaise and sour cream due to their high saturated fat content, so I have developed this version of green goddess dressing using a better for you green fat…AVOCADO! This dressing is so good, I want to put it on everything. It goes perfectly with the last grapefruit recipe of the week: Avocado, Grapefruit, Quinoa, and Spinach Salad.

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Grapefruit and avocado are a match made in heaven. Seriously, if you look up grapefruit salads, they almost always include avocado. I think its because the creamy texture of the avocado helps to balance out the bitter flavor of the grapefruit. I went ahead and took my avocado obsession up a notch by including it in the dressing for my grapefruit and avocado salad.

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If you’ve had green goddess dressing before, what else do you put it on?

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Chia Seed Pudding with Broiled Grapefruit & Blueberries

I have a confession… when I say I like grapefruit, I think I mean grapefruit cocktails. Grapefruit has always been my go-to when I order a drink. Last weekend I had a “Summer St. Sling” from Barcelona Wine Bar-a delicious cocktail made with Chamomile Infused Tito’s Vodka Fresh Pink Grapefruit & Lemon Juices.

So naturally I thought I would like grapefruit period. It turns out that’s not exactly the case. I even thought that if I broiled grapefruit that would change my mind, but it didn’t.

Even still, I am sharing with you another grapefruit recipe (and even one more at the end of the week). I hope those of you who love grapefruit will still find them delicious.

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Have you tried chia pudding? Like grapefruit it’s not for everyone.  It’s definitely an interesting texture, but if you can get past that, Chia is a superfood! Chia seeds are high in omega 3 fatty acids, which help reduce cholesterol and inflammation. They also are an excellent source of fiber and a good source of calcium.

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Blueberries and Grapefruit add vibrant color to this chia pudding. It’s a perfect pick me up on a cloudy winter day.

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Broiled Grapefruit Whole Wheat Muffins

I am taking broiled grapefruits up a notch with these whole wheat muffins. I am cooking & baking with grapefruit this week to add some brightness to the cold snowy weather we have been having. I cannot really complain because it only snowed about 8 inches in Boston. To the rest of you still digging out, I hope these muffins brighten your day.

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These muffins use applesauce and yogurt in place of butter or oil. I like to swap healthier foods for fat and sugar sources to feel a little better about eating a treat. The base of this recipe can be used to make lots of different muffin variations. For this recipe, I added a little lemon zest to the batter to add some freshness.

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The grapefruit sits on top of the muffins best if you only fill the muffin tins half way!

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Ingredient of the week: Grapefruit

This week I am celebrating winter citrus. Grapefruit is a one of a kind fruit that has a unique taste. It’s definitely worth a try!

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The best way to cut a grapefruit is to cut from the top. Then slice horizontally to get the pretty star on the inside.  If you try to cut a grapefruit into wedges you will likely make a big mess like me.

You should not cut a grapefruit vertical from the top. It will make it very hard to cut pieces. (I learned the hard way.)

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Either way, they make for a great picture!

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