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A guide by Katie Rider (Los Angeles)

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Five Ways to Flirt with Fruit

The pressure of being thin is always there if youíre female and overweight. You may say that youíre comfortable with the way you look, as Iíve done, but youíre lying, as I was. I learned this early and knew it to be a truth when I went back to school my senior year, looking like a different person. Before Iíd been kind of a lardo, now I was not.

I was beautiful.

And the boys flocked around me as they never had before.

But what sacrifices. Iíd gone that summer without dessert, without my grandmaís delicious Spanish cooking, without my mamaís scrumptious Mexican feasts, without, without, without, what a horrible way for someone who loves eating to live.

I was voted homecoming queen. Went to the senior prom with a very popular guy. Then came the summer before college and I had to face the hard facts. My body had grown up and it wanted to be fat. No longer could I pig out, but I couldnít go on eating only two skimpy, tasteless meals a day, either.

I drove up to Santa Barbara alone to start college. Itís a lovely drive and there is this gorgeous stretch of the highway that is lined with tall trees. It was there that I made a promise to myself. I was going to start eating again, but I was going to do it differently.

I cut out red meat entirely with only one exception, Dadís chili. No more candy bars, ice cream, junk food, fast food, in-between-meals food. Cakes and pies I left in, but only as dessert after a healthy meal and only a couple times a week. I wasnít going to be a calorie counter, never ever that, but I reasoned I didnít have to be if I used a little common sense and stuck to my promises. Also I told myself that Iíd eat a big breakfast, a tiny lunch and a reasonable dinner. Start the day off right, I told myself, finish it that way too.

Till then I was never a big fan of fruit, but you can eat a lot of that stuff and not gain weight, so I started experimenting with different ways to use the stuff that grows on trees and came up with a lot of ideas. Like this delicious coleslaw recipe.


Captain Katieís Fruit and Sour Cream Coleslaw
4 cups shredded cabbage
2 thinly sliced apples
1 can pineapple chunks,juice drained
1 cup green grapes or half cup green and a half cup red

Dressing

1 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
4 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon sugar or to taste
1 dash salt and pepper
1 dash ground cinnamon or to taste

Shred cabbage very fine, place into covered bowl or plastic bag and chill.

Dressing: Blend together the mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar, lemon juice, salt, pepper and cinnamon. Chill. Drain pineapple very well, wash grapes and add to pineapple; chill. Just before serving, wash, core and slice apples into thin slices, then in half again. Mix apples along with grapes and pineapple into cabbage. Toss to blend well. Add dressing and toss to coat. Don't add dressing all at once in case you don't need it all. This is a little different than the usual coleslaw, but very good and easy to prepare. Prepare ingredients ahead of time, then put salad together whenever you wish.

Comments: I know there is mayo (and not low fat, yuck that stuff is awful) and sour cream in the above recipe, but remember I said I wasnít going to count calories, just apply a little common sense to my eating habits. Iíll have a bowl of this for lunch and nothing else.

Though not a dedicated fan of fruit, Iíve always liked grapefruit and as you can see from the next two recipes, grapefruit isnít just for breakfast anymore.


Captain Katieís Avocado and Grapefruit Salad
1 large pink grapefruit
1 large avocado

Peel and section grapefruit, removing all of membrane and seeds. Cut sections into 1/2-inch pieces. Peel avocado and cut into 1/2-inch slices. Cut slices into 1/2-inch pieces. Toss avocado and grapefruit pieces together in bowl. Yields 4 servings.

Comments: Yes I know the bad rap avocadoís have gotten, but I donít gorge myself on them. Iím not into calorie counting, remember?


Captain Katieís Grapefruit Tequila dessert
2 large pink grapefruits
3 ounces tequila

Peel grapefruits with sharp knife and cut into 1/4-inch slices. Sprinkle with tequila and marinate 20 to 30 minutes. Yields 4 servings.

The next two flirtations with fruit are Caribbean-style desserts and both are scrumptious. They both use honey instead of sugar, but again, Iím not into counting calories. I donít eat Frozen Snickers, Eskimo Pies or Hagan Das anymore, so a few times a week I can eat a dessert that I whipped up myself without whipping myself about it.


Captain Katieís Caribbean Plantain Dessert
2 semi-ripe plantains
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon margarine
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup sour cream

* Select large plantains that are almost ripe, but not completely; they should not be mushy.

In a saucepan, bring 2 cups water to a boil. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt. Immediately add the plantains which have been washed, cut into 4 pieces each, unpeeled. Cook until tip of sharp knife will pierce skin easily, about 7-9 minutes. Transfer to colander to drain and let cool briefly. Peel plantains and place into blender. Add margarine, honey, cinnamon and nutmeg. Puree coarsely, not completely smooth. Divide among 4 serving dishes, top with sour cream and sprinkle with more fresh ground nutmeg if desired.


Captain Katieís Caramelized Rum Bananas
6 bananas
4 tablespoons butter
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup honey
1 1/2 tablespoons dark rum
ground cinnamon

Butter a baking dish with 1 tablespoon of the butter; or use solid margarine, not the soft diet type. Peel bananas and leave whole or cut into 3-inch pieces. Place in a single layer. Sprinkle with the juice of 1/2 lemon. Pour honey on top evenly and dot with remaining 3 tablespoons butter. Bake in preheated 350-degree oven for about 20 minutes. Turn bananas once or twice as they are baking. Sprinkle with cinnamon or a few grains of nutmeg if you prefer. Just before serving, heat rum carefully and ignite. Pour over bananas and serve immediately.

So I suppose youíre wondering how I look now and have I ever eaten red meat again. The answer, I look pretty darned good, and no, not unless Iím eating my Dadís chili with him and Mama and that usually only happens once or twice a year.

Next Guide, ďTwo Ways to do the Chili.Ē Do you think doing up my Dadís Atlantic Crossing Chili might be one of them? Till then, Happy sails to you and healthy eating, too.


You can look below & see some cookbooks that are chucky jam full of delicious fruit recipes.
Kiwi Fruit: From the Seed to Your Plate
The Great Exotic Fruit Book: A Handbook with Recipes
Tropical Fruit
Sweet Simplicity: Jacques Pepins Fruit Desserts
The Great Mango Book: A Guide with Recipes
Tropical Desserts: Recipes for Exotic Fruits, Nuts, and Spices
Peaches and Other Juicy Fruits: From Sweet to Savory, 150 Recipes for Peaches, Plums, Nectarines and Apricots
The Berry Bible: With 175 Recipes Using Cultivated and Wild, Fresh and Frozen Berries
The Citrus Cookbook
Perfect Fruit Desserts (Perfect Cooking)
Wild in the Kitchen: Recipes for Wild Fruits, Weeds, and Seeds
A Passion for Fruit
Ripe for Dessert: 100 Outstanding Desserts with Fruit--Inside, Outside, Alongside
Nicole Routhier's Fruit Cookbook
The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest: 150 Recipes for Freezing, Canning, Drying and Pickling Fruits and Vegetables
Delicious Fruit Desserts: More than 150 Delicious Recipes for 12 Favorite Fruits (Dorothy Jean's Home Cooking Collection)
A Feast of Fruits: More Than 340 Mouth-Watering Recipes for Everything from Apple Chutney to Orange Zabaglione
Chez Panisse Fruit
Pomegranates: 70 Celebratory Recipes
True Blueberry: Delicious Recipes for Every Meal
Very Blueberry
The Joy of Blueberries: Nature's Little Blue Powerhouse
The Joy of Rhubarb: The Versatile Summer Delight
The Joy of Cherries: The Taste-Topping Fruit
The Joy of Cranberries: The Tangy Red Treat
Very Cranberry
Fig Heaven: 70 Recipes for the World's Most Luscious Fruit
A Is for Apple: More Than 200 Recipes for Eating, Munching and Cooking with America's Favorite Fruit
Romance of the Mango: The Complete Book of the King of Fruits
The Mongo Mango Cookbook
Williams-Sonoma Collection: Fruit Dessert
Roger Verge's Cooking with Fruit
Fruit: Recipes for Lunch, Brunch, Desserts, and More
The Vitality Cookbook: Eating for Great Taste and Good Health-Easy Recipes Abundant With Fruits and Vegetables
Sweet Simplicity: Jacques Pepins Fruit Desserts
The Essential Baker: The Comprehensive Guide to Baking with Chocolate, Fruit, Nuts, Spices, and Other Ingredients
175 Fruit Desserts
From Fruit to Jelly (Start to Finish (Lerner Hardcover))
Maurice's Tropical Fruit Cookbook


Because of my Spanish heritage, I use a do a lot of Spanish cooking, desserts too. Here's a good Spanish fruit book.
Postres De Fruta/Fruit Deserts (Spanish Edition)


Would you like your kids to take an interest in fruit and veggies, check out this book.
Gimme Five!: Kid-Friendly Recipes and Tips for Helping Your Child Enjoy Eating Fruits and Vegetables


One delicious thing you can do with fruit is make a smoothie. In case you can't figure it out for yourself, check out these seven books, you won't be sorry.
Jamba Juice Power
The Smoothies Bible
Ultimate Smoothies: Delicious Recipes for Over 125 of the Best Smoothies, Freezes, and Blasts
The Best 50 Smoothies
Smoothies for Life! Yummy, Fun, and Nutritious!
Slim Smoothies: Over 130 Healthy and Energizing Recipes Without All the Calories
Smoothies (Klutz)


Here's a book on juicing. I thought I should have at least one here.
Juicing for Life: A Guide to the Benefits of Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Juicing


And lastly a book on what you can do with Maple Syrup. It is, technically a fruit, I think.
Very Maple Syrup

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Would you like your kids to take an interest in fruit and veggies, check out this book.
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One delicious thing you can do with fruit is make a smoothie. In case you can't figure it out for yourself, check out these seven books, you won't be sorry.
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Here's a book on juicing. I thought I should have at least one here.
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