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Broiled Grapefruit

Most people think I’m pretty strange when I tell them I cook grapefruit.  But the truth is, this is absolutely the best way to eat it.  I had this once at a B&B in Taos, NM and I’ve made it like this ever since.  The combination of heat and brown sugar makes for a sweet, juicy treat.  No sour faces.  And it works well with any kind of grapefruit.  This is the perfect addition to any breakfast or brunch, and not bad for a yummy snack either.

This hardly qualifies as a recipe since there are only two ingredients, but that doesn’t make it any less delicious.  Make it today.

Broiled Grapefruit and Scrambled Eggs

Broiled Grapefruit and Scrambled Eggs

Broiled Grapefruit

Brown sugar (about a teaspoon for each grapefruit half)

Preheat broiler.  Slice a bit off each end of the grapefruit so there is a little flat spot for it to sit on so it won’t roll around.  Cut grapefruit in half and set the halves in a baking dish.  Sprinkle the top of each half with a teaspoon or so of brown sugar.


Broil for about 3-5 minutes, until edges begin to brown and the brown sugar has melted over the top.  Remove from oven and eat.

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Island Tacos

I could live on an island.  Blue skies, palm trees, hammock, sunshine, umbrella drink and a stack of books.  And fish and fruit for dinner all the time.  It doesn’t sound too bad.  Okay, I’d probably be sick of it after a few weeks and miss the trees and rain, but I’m a little crazy like that.  But sometimes on rainy days (in June!) I pretend I’m on an island and cook something tropical.  And it makes me smile.

Island Fish Tacos

Island Fish Tacos

3 tilapia filets
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
Salt & pepper
1 cup pineapple, diced
1/2 orange bell pepper, diced
1 jalapeno, minced
1/4 cup diced red onion
Juice of one lime
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Corn tortillas
Salsa (optional)

Make pineapple salsa by combining pineapple, pepper, jalapeno, onion, lime juice and cilantro in a bowl.

Pineapple Salsa. Use on tacos or eat by itself!

Sprinkle fish with seasonings on both sides.  Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat.  Cook the fish 1-2 minutes per side until browned and cooked through.  They cook quickly, so keep an eye on them.

Tilapia cooking

To build tacos, put a piece of the fish (each filet will make 2-3 tacos) on a tortilla and top with pineapple salsa.  For some extra zip add a spoonful of your favorite tomato salsa on top.  Take a bite and let your taste buds dance the hula!


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Project Veggie: Day 25 – Blueberry Banana Smoothie

I ate meat yesterday. We went to a birthday party and ate some lasagna. No need to be rude, and I like lasagna. I found that I had not missed the meat much. The lasagna was good but by that time I had been grazing on goodies for quite some time, so I ate a few bites and gave the rest to Luke.

Since we were gone for dinner, for my post today I decided to highlight some yummy smoothies I made the other day when Luke was home from school. Claire was very upset I made these when she was gone, but I made it up to her by making them again when she was sick too. Not to say these are only good when you’re sick. We make them quite a bit for breakfast or snacks.

I like bananas, but only during a very narrow window, when they are no longer green, but still not very ripe. I dislike squishy bananas, preferring them a little on the crunchy side. Once they go over to the dark side they are promptly peeled and stuck in a freezer bag until it’s time to make smoothies. Same goes with any other fruit that’s getting overripe. That way whenever I am in the mood for smoothies, I’ve got the stuff on hand and I’m not throwing things away just because it’s over the hill for munching.

There are many different smoothie recipes out there, and I even have a whole book of them…that I hardly ever use. I prefer my simple little recipe. I like the tang and added protein of yogurt, and the fizz of club soda – it reminds me of Orange Juliuses I used to drink at the mall. If you don’t eat dairy, you can leave the yogurt out, or if you want more protein you can substitute silken tofu. I know that sounds disgusting (well it did to me) but it actually doesn’t change the flavor at all, just adds some body and protein, making it a good choice if you are eating a smoothie for a meal.

Blueberry Banana Smoothies

Blueberry Banana Smoothies

1 frozen banana
1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries (or other berries or fruit)
1/2 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
1/2 -1 cup club soda

Blend all ingredients in a blender.   Start with 1/2 cup of club soda and add more for a thinner consistency.  This makes one big smoothie or 2 small ones.

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