Planning to celebrate Father’s Day with a backyard barbecue? This meal plan features recipes that are both delicious and healthy, with reductions in added sugar and an emphasis on fruit…naturally sweet and chock full of nutrients.
Cherry-Stuffed Grilled Chicken
The cherries are the nutritional stars of this recipe, rich in healthful plant compounds and offering copper, manganese and potassium as well as vitamin C.
1 1/2 cups pitted and coarsely chopped sweet cherries
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 tsp chopped fresh sage
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
4 skinless chicken breast halves (4–6 oz each)
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/2 tsp coarsely ground pepper
Yields: 4 servings
Source: reprinted with permission from Northwest Cherry Growers
Strawberry Mango Salsa
This tasty salsa is not only a great accompaniment for grilled meats but would also make a sweet-and-tangy taco topping.
1 1/2 cups diced, stemmed strawberries
1/2 cup diced mango
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/3 cup diced red onion
1/4 cup roughly chopped cilantro
2 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and stir together gently with rubber spatula and wooden spoon. Refrigerate, covered, up to 8 hours.
Yields: 3 cups
Source: California Strawberry Commission
Reduced Sugar Coconut “Ice Cream”
Does Dad love dessert but has a hard time with dairy? This ice cream substitute is free of moo juice…and low in sugar to boot!
1 can (13.5 oz) unsweetened coconut milk
2 cups coconut milk beverage
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp pure stevia extract powder (can increase to 1/2 tsp to taste)
1/2 tsp liquid stevia extract (can increase to 1 tsp to taste)
1 tsp guar gum
1/8 tsp salt
Yields: 1 quart.
Source: Reprinted with permission from The Dairy-Free & Gluten-Free Kitchen (Penguin Random House)
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