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Piña Colada Smoothie

When I was in Clearwater, Florida two weeks ago, I went to the beach one day with my friend Lori while my other two friends went golfing.  The beach had a little tiki bar which we ponied up to while we contemplated lunch. After seeing the bartender hand a piña colada to the guy next to us, sinfully rimmed in honey and shredded coconut, we decided to forget our diets and forgo lunch for one of those decadent drinks. As we slowly enjoyed the high-caloried rum cocktail and licked the honey off our fingers, we talked about how a low-caloried Piña Colada Smoothie could easily be made at home, even as a cocktail with a shot of rum. With today being Lori’s birthday, it seemed only fitting that I post this in honor of her and our memories of the tiki bar that sunny day.

I’m weird about my smoothies and prefer them made with frozen fruit instead of ice. Frozen fruit tends to blend easier whereas with ice, I can never get it as smooth as I like.  I already had frozen pineapple in my freezer and also had leftover coconut milk from the mahi mahi dish I made last week so all I had to add was a banana.  The coconut milk adds the slightest coconut flavor without adding sweetness but if you like more coconut, consider adding in a little shredded coconut (but keep in mind, it will add more calories).  A shot of white or coconut rum will make this a low-fat piña colada that you don’t have to feel guilty about.

Piña Colada Smoothie (makes 1 smoothie):

  • 1/2 cup frozen chunk pineapple
  • 1/2 small banana, sliced
  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk

Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Garnish with a pineapple wedge and a maraschino cherry. To get even more decadent, rim your glass with honey and dip in shredded coconut for a fun presentation (like they did at the tiki hut – it was worth the sticky fingers!).

The ingredients:

Blend all of the ingredients in a blender.

Garnish with a pineapple wedge and maraschino cherry (or honey and shredded coconut).

Source: Me! 🙂

Hawaiian Chicken

Is everyone as happy as me that it’s spring? I was in Florida on vacation this past weekend and even though I took a few days off from my diet, I think I must have eaten pineapple nearly everyday. There is something about spring that makes me want to eat tons of fresh fruits and veggies as well as eat better! (Maybe it’s the impending bathing suit season?) When I came home, I went to the grocery store and nearly went crazy with all of the produce on sale for only $1! Mangos, nectarines, carrots, peppers, avocado, broccoli! It got me in the mood to stay in a “tropical” state of mind with my eating so I made Hawaiian Chicken and ate it with a homemade fruit salad of mangos, nectarines, cilantro and lime juice. Yum! The glaze for this chicken is super easy – soy sauce, ketchup, garlic, ginger, and pineapple juice. The chicken marinates in the refrigerator for a few hours and is grilled. I’m sure this would be a million times better on an outdoor grill but I’m not complaining with how mine turned out. This especially tasted great with mango. I think I mmm-ed with every bite. This delicious chicken dish puts me right in the mood for springtime!

The ingredients:

Combine the ketchup, soy sauce, pineapple juice, garlic and ginger in a small bowl.

Reserve 1/4 cup of the marinade and pour remaining marinade in a zip-top plastic bag. Add the chicken and chill for 4 hours.

Place chicken on a grill or grill pan coated with non-stick spray. Discard marinade. Using reserved marinade to baste the chicken as it cooks over medium-high heat. Cook for 6 minutes on each side or until completely cooked through.

Serve with fresh fruit and brown rice.

Additions: None

Omissions: None

Substitutions: None

Overall Rating: Love It

Source: Cooking Light Magazine

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Martini

Okay, so maybe when you are thinking of drinks and cocktails for a Super Bowl party, a martini isn’t exactly what you have in mind.  To me, football means beer.  And lots of it.  But not everyone loves beer and sometimes people just want something with a little more flavor that just might put them on their butt faster.  Well, let me introduce you to Pineapple Upside Down Cake Martini

First of all, I’m guessing most of you like martinis because the Birthday Cake Martini I posted back in September is still my most popular post to date!  So, please, please, please try this.  I love this martini SO MUCH MORE!  It’s sweet, fruity, strong, and oh-so-flavorful.  Second of all, it tastes like pineapple angel food cake in a glass.  So, maybe you don’t like football that much but you are having a party because your honey is obsessed and you have ten people coming over.  Get some pineapple juice, cake vodka, and amaretto and make this.  Nothing else will matter.

The ingredients:

Mix pineapple juice and vodka in a shaker with a splash of amaretto and serve.

Additions:  None

Omissions:  None

Substitutions:  None

Overall Rating:  Love It

Source:  Three Olives website

Caribbean Chicken Kebabs with Lime-Cayenne Butter

I’ve been wanting to make these Caribbean Chicken Kebabs for a while now but since I live in a condo and can’t have a charcoal grill on my deck, I decided to pull out my Cuisinart Griddler and do a little indoor grilling.  I’m sure the taste is much better on an outdoor grill but I’ll tell you what, these were still pretty darn good.  The marinade of fresh orange juice, soy, ginger and garlic gives the chicken a little flavor and the grilling brings out the natural flavors of the crisp peppers, sweet pineapple and juicy cherry tomatoes deliciously.  The Lime-Cayenne Butter gives these kebabs the slightest bit of acidity and heat but there is something about smothering fresh vegetables and lean chicken with a stick of butter that just doesn’t seem right to me.  A sprinkle of cayenne and a squeeze of a few limes before grilling still would have provided flavor with much less fat.

Additions:  None

Omissions:  None

Substitutions:  None

Overall Rating:  Love It

Source:  Coastal Living Magazine

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