Grapefruit Brulee

“Grapefruit sweetenes under the broiler, creating the perfect healthy dessert. Topped with some honey and cinnamon, you can’t go wrong!” – Sarah Scheutz, RD

Broiled Grapefruit
credit: The People Picture Company

Grapefruit Brulee

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 6 minutes

Total Time: 11 minutes

Yield: 1 grapefruit

Serving Size: 1 grapefruit

Ingredients

  • 1 Grapefruit
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Slice grapefruit into halves and slice sections leaving inside skin.
  2. Drizzle 1 Tbsp of honey over grapefruit flesh.
  3. Place on a cookie sheet under broiler for 4-6 minutes on top rack watching closely. Flesh should be browned but not burned.
  4. Remove from oven and drizzle with cinnamon. Enjoy!
http://aroundtheplate.org/grapefruit-brulee/

Kitchen Essentials You Might Need for this Recipe: 

Roasted Cinnamon
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Roasted Cinnamon available in store at our Mt. Pleasant, MI thePlate Boutique location!

11 x 17 Nonstick Baking Sheet from thePlate Boutique

Individual Fruit Pizzas with SUPER Simple Homemade Fruit Dip

Creating party foods for kids that taste great and have nutritional benefit can sometimes be pretty darn tricky (I should tell you about my Parmesan cheese popcorn FAIL sometime!), but adding fruit to a classic dessert is usually one way to ensure success while still infusing some nutritional benefit onto their plate too. That’s why I love these individual fruit pizzas! Super easy to make, super tasty, and overflowing with fruit!” – Kati Mora, MS, RD

Individual Fruit Pizza

Individual Fruit Pizzas with SUPER Simple Homemade Fruit Dip

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: ~6-8 cookies

Serving Size: 1 fruit pizza

Ingredients

  • 1 cup non-fat, plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • Unfrosted cookies
  • Bag of frozen fruit, thawed

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix together Greek yogurt and honey to make a homemade fruit dip.
  2. Spread fruit dip across each cookie.
  3. Top with as much fruit as your cookie can hold.
  4. Repeat until all your cookies are topped or you run out of ingredients.
  5. Serve and enjoy!
http://aroundtheplate.org/individual-fruit-pizzas-super-simple-homemade-fruit-dip/

Cookies are easy and portable; however, this fruit dip would also be delicious on a whole grain waffle in the morning! Use in place of cookie and you have an even more nutrient-rich fruit pizza option.

Healthy Halloween Treats to Enjoy With Your Kids

When it comes to Halloween, its often hard to think of it from a health perspective. It almost seems cruel. After all, its only one night, right? True. But why settle just for candy when you and your kids can enjoy, yes ENJOY, healthy Halloween treats that you make or eat together?

From simple to complex, creating healthy treats for Halloween should add to the overall holiday experience, not take away from it. Since trick-or-treating and candy add so much fun to the holiday, its easy to think that by supplementing or replacing them with healthier fare will result in less fun. This isn’t the case; well, unless you let it be.

So get ready for a little healthy treat fun! And if you need some inspiration, a few of members of thePlate Community already have a few great ideas to get you started.

Chocolate Fruit Bugs from The Fit Cookie

Chocolate Fruit Bugs
credit: The Fit Cookie

Raw Peanut Butter Cups from Delicious Knowledge

Raw Peanut Butter Cups
credit: Delicious Knowledge

Chocolate Halloween Pudding from Nutrition Babes

Chocolate Pumpkin Pudding
credit: Nutrition Babes

Want more healthy Halloween treat ideas? Check out our Pinterest board for some more great ideas!

5 Creative Ways to Make Good Use of Your Pumpkin

Pumpkins in a Grocery CartAlthough pumpkins are a big part of the fall season, we’ve sort of become pumpkin obsessed over the last few years. For good reason too. Pumpkins are tasty, versatile, and nutrient rich. You can add them to just about any sort of dish and with each bite you can maximize your health. Of course, you have to get creative with your pumpkin and figure out ways to incorporate both the flesh and the seeds of this fall time treat.

Due to its versatility, making good use of your pumpkin goes far beyond the pie. We asked our community members and our Facebook friends to share a few of their favorite healthy ways to add pumpkin to their day. Here are 5 creative ways to do just that:

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds. Whether you’ve just carved yourself a Jack-o-Lantern or are purchasing a pumpkin just to get to the seeds, our Facebook friend Tina R knows that these little crunchy morsels are a great way to enjoy some of the health benefits associated with pumpkin. Plus, they are a seasonal, crunchy treat you can munch on in between meals. Get creative with your seasonings too for a little extra fun or consider sprinkling them on top of your yogurt or mixing them into your homemade trail mix.

Read More: A Healthy Way to Eat Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer. If you’re a fan of Pumpkin-flavored beverages, then you’ll love this homemade dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan pumpkin spice coffee creamer from our Healthy Eating Champion, Lisa Lately. Its a cheaper alternative than some similar drinks out on the market and its sure to be a taste bud pleaser. Plus, you’ll still be getting some of the health benefits associated with our beloved pumpkin.

Read More: Dairy Free Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

Pumpkin Protein Balls. Lisa also has a fabulous recipe for pumpkin protein balls and we love this recipe because its unique, quick, and easy! Those are really the best kind, right? In her post, 10 Words or Less, you’ll learn a little more about Lisa and discover that pumpkin can be a versatile everyday ingredient. That’s right, you don’t need to break it out only on special fall-inspired occasions.

Read More: 10 Words or Less

Roasted Pumpkin and Sage Risotto Cakes with Truffle and Honey Fresh Cream. If you have a more developed palate and are looking for a pumpkin-inspired meal that might be worthy of a special occasion, this recipe from Recipe Guru Lynda Benson of Fitnessmomwinecountry may fit the bill. Its still a relatively uncomplicated dish, but one that is sure to make a memorable impression.

Read More: Truffle Oil, Sage, and Pumpkin? 

Pumpkin Cranberry Oatmeal. Breakfast is another great place to fit in a little extra pumpkin. In fact, pumpkin can really take your oatmeal from “blah” to “ah-mazing” with very minimal extra work. Earlier this month Ashley Galloway, MS, RD, from the Fresh Beet shared one such oatmeal creation with us. We know you’ll love the amazing flavor blend.

Read More: Pumpkin Cranberry Oatmeal 

Do you have a favorite pumpkin-inspired dish? Share it with us in the comments!

Great Veggie Challenge Day #9: Reasons to Love Fennel

Grape, Fennel, and Celery Salad
Grape, Fennel, and Celery Salad
photo credit: Natalia Stasenko, MS, RD, CDN

by Natalia Stasenko, MS, RD, CDN

If you still choose to ignore these funny looking vegetables on the supermarket shelf or at the farmer’s market, time to shake things up! Although it looks a little intimidating, fennel is incredibly easy to prepare.

If you need a little inspiration in order to give fennel a try, just imagine that fennel dates back to ancient Greek times – 1500 BC! It is even reflected in mythological traditions. Greek myths state that fennel was not only closely associated with Dionysus, the Greek god of food and wine, but that a fennel stalk carried the coal that passed down knowledge from the gods to men. This sounds pretty inspirational, doesn’t it?

The best way to slice fennel is to do so vertically through the bulb. If your recipe requires chunked, diced, or julienned fennel, it is best to first remove the harder core that resides in the center before cutting it. The stalks of the fennel can be used for soups, stocks and stews, while the leaves can be used as an herb seasoning.

Fennel is an excellent source of vitamin C, dietary fiber, potassium, manganese and folate. Fennel also contains a unique phytonutrient compound, anethole, which has been shown to reduce inflammation and prevent the occurence of cancer. And all this amazing nutrition is packed into only 27 calories per 3 oz serving!

Some easy ways to enjoy fennel include:

  • Roast fennel with olive oil and balsamic vinegar for a vegetable side dish
  • Incorporate grilled fennel into a salad with grilled chicken, goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, and granny smith apples
  • Combine thinly sliced raw fennel with grapefruit or orange segments for a fruity salad
  • Add sliced fennel to a sandwich (instead of lettuce and tomato)
  • Caramelize fennel on a pan with some olive oil and a pinch of sugar and serve with fish
  • Bake fennel seeds into breads
  • Grill fennel stems with fish, meats, and vegetables

This recipe for fennel, grape, and celery salad is a hit with my family, including kids and may be another great way for you to incorporate fennel into your day. I find that many children prefer raw, crunchy vegetables over their cooked version. The sweet grapes and toasted almonds add to the appeal, too!

Natalia Stasenko, MS, RD, CDN is the owner and lead dietitian of Tribeca Nutrition. Specializing in both child and family nutrition, Natalia is a great resource for any parent looking to incorporate healthier eating habits and new ingredients into their daily meal plans. For more information on Natalia and her services,  be sure to check out her website and follow her on Facebook and Twitter