A Healthy S’mores Recipe!

“Who doesn’t love sitting around the campfire, enjoying an ooey gooey s’more? My family and I don’t have a fire pit in our backyard, but we do have a small charcoal grill! So we converted it into a small fire pit and roasted away. I wanted to created a healthier version of the summertime classic, and decided to swap out the marshmallow for a couple slices of banana. It was the perfect upgrade and resulted in a great tasting healthy s’mores recipe I hope you and your family will love as much as mine.” – Kati Mora, MS, RD

For optimal results, treat the banana slices just like you would marshmallows. Put two slices on a stick and hold over the flame. You’ll want to leave them there until the bananas start to get a little darker in color.

Banana Slices over a fire

 

After the bananas have roasted over the fire a bit, you’ll want to place them directly on top of the chocolate square resting on top of one graham cracker square.

Banana S'more

 

Top with the other graham cracker square and viola! One deliciously upgraded s’more!

Delicious S'mores

 

A Healthy S’mores Recipe!

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 6 minutes

Yield: 1 s'more

Serving Size: 1 s'more

Ingredients

  • 2 Banana Slices
  • 2 Graham Cracker Squares
  • 1 Square of Chocolate

Instructions

  1. Get your s'more ready! On a plate, place to graham cracker squares next to each other. On one square, place the chocolate square. Set aside.
  2. "Roast" banana slices on a skewer over a fire until banana slices begin to get darker in color.
  3. Place your banana slices on top of the chocolate square. Top with remaining graham cracker.
http://aroundtheplate.org/a-healthy-smores-recipe/

Have you ever upgraded your s’mores before? Share your healthier s’more recipe or idea!

Power Green Quinoa Salad

“Quinoa has to be one of the most versatile foods. Great hot or cold, savory or sweet. For those new to this ancient grain, our Power Green Quinoa Salad recipe is an easy yet flavorful way to give quinoa a go.” - Sarah Schuetz, RD

Power Green Quinoa Salad

 

Power Green Quinoa Salad

Ingredients

  • ½ c quinoa dry
  • 1 avocado cubed
  • 1 cup spinach, chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • Dressing:
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp light Olive Oil
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Cook quinoa to package directions.
  2. Whisk dressing ingredients all together in small bowl
  3. Combine cooled quinoa, spinach, tomatoes and onion with dressing.
  4. Add avocado and almonds last.
  5. Refrigerate for an hour for blended flavor, or serve immediately.
  6. Enjoy!
http://aroundtheplate.org/power-green-quinoa-salad/

Recipe inspired by this recipe for Quinoa Avocado Spinach Power Salad by the Garden Grazer

Want to make this recipe with us? Sign up for our Ancient Grains 101: Quinoa Class in Grand Rapids, MI! 

Honey Lime Glazed Fruit Salad

Need a quick, colorful salad for your next summer BBQ?  Try this sensationally sweet Honey Lime Fruit Salad! Not only does it satisfy your sweet tooth, but it is loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients!  Mix and match your own blend of fruits and don’t forget the glaze – it’ll make you the instant hit of the party!  -Stacey Potter, AtP Intern

Honey Lime Glazed Fruit Salad

Honey Lime Glazed Fruit Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of each:
  • Sliced Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Sliced Mango
  • Red or Green Grapes
  • Kiwi
  • Honey Lime Glaze:
  • ¼ cup Honey
  • 2-3 Tbsp. Lime Juice
  • Optional: Chopped fresh mint to taste

Instructions

  1. Mix all fruit in a large bowl.
  2. Mix honey and lime juice in small bowl.
  3. Add honey lime glaze to fruit mixture until completely covered.
  4. Serve and enjoy!
http://aroundtheplate.org/honey-lime-glazed-fruit-salad/

Kitchen Essentials You May Need For this Recipe: 

Market Fresh Colander Set from thePlate Boutique

Confetti Mixing Bowl, set of 4 from thePlate Boutique

Rainbow Wooden Spoon, 2 Tbsp from thePlate Boutique

Summer Italian Bruschetta

“This recipe for Summer Italian Bruschetta makes it easy to incorporate tomatoes into your day. Rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium, your body will thank you for making more room for them on your plate!” – Anne Marie, AtP Intern

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Summer Italian Bruschetta

Ingredients

  • Baguette Whole, sliced
  • 3 Roma Tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 chunk of mozzarella, unsliced
  • 1 bunch of basil, chiffonade
  • 1 Bottle Balsamic reduction glaze, drizzle to taste
  • 1 bottle of Olive Oil

Instructions

  1. Cut baguette, brush with olive oil.
  2. Toast or grill pieces of baguettes.
  3. Cut up slices of roma tomatoes and mozzarella.
  4. Roll up basil leaves, cut across making a chiffonade.
  5. Assemble bruschetta. Place Roma tomato, mozzarella, and some basil on top.
  6. Drizzle the glaze on top and enjoy!
http://aroundtheplate.org/summer-italian-bruschetta/

Kitchen Essentials used:
10.5″ Cast Iron Grill Pan from thePlate Boutique
Chef’s Knife from thePlate Boutique

My Recipe for the Welch’s Recipe Contest: Apple, Grape and Brie Sliders

“If traditional burgers just aren’t cutting it, perhaps its time to get fruity with your offerings! Seriously – fruit can make a great addition to your burger both from a nutritional standpoint and a flavor standpoint. Keeping it simple, I created this slider recipe so that family’s could utilize basic, simple ingredients in a way the whole family would love. My secret ingredient? Welch’s 100% Grape Juice!” – Kati Mora, MS, RD

Apple Grape & Brie Sliders

 

My Recipe for the Welch’s Recipe Contest: Apple, Grape and Brie Sliders

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 3 servings

Serving Size: 2 sliders

Ingredients

  • 6 whole wheat slider buns
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 cup 100% Welch's grape juice
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 oz Brie cheese
  • 1 Green apple, thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat grill to medium high heat.
  2. While grill is warming up, heat Welch's 100% grape juice in a medium sauce pan, bringing to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for about 10-12 minutes or until juice is reduced to about 1/2 cup.
  3. Once juice has reduced down, combine ground beef (reserving small amount to top slider with), Worcestershire sauce, Welch's 100% grape juice, and salt and pepper in a large bowl. Form 5-6 small patties. Patties will be loose.
  4. Place patties on grill and cook for approximately 4 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Using a food thermometer, patties should reach an internal temperature of 160 degrees F.
  5. Remove patties from grill and place on top of a whole wheat slider bun. Top with thinly sliced apple slices and a drizzle of remaining Welch's 100% grape juice reduction. Top with other bun.
  6. Serve and enjoy!
http://aroundtheplate.org/my-recipe-for-the-welchs-recipe-contest-apple-grape-and-brie-sliders/