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spiced curiosity | grilled pineapple & pineapple cilantro smoothie - from the beach to memorial day
grilled pineapple & spinach pineapple smoothie

Monday, May 20, 2013

grilled pineapple & pineapple cilantro smoothie – from the beach to Memorial Day

    grilled pineapple – serves 5
  • 1 ripe, yellow pineapple
  • 1 lime or 2 Tbsp. lime juice
    pineapple cilantro smoothie – serves 2
  • 3/4 cup ice
  • 1 lime or 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 6 stems or 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1/2-in ginger knob or 1 tsp. minced ginger

My friends and I were all in favor of celebrating this warm change of weather with a potluck picnic. After the forecast laughed and changed to a whimsical drizzle, we continued indoors with a front yard BBQ.

Grilling with friends :)

Now as a native Southern gal, I appreciate barbecue. I just don’t partake in it. I love my veggie- and fruit-laden meals, so this event was just an opportunity to be inventive with vegetarian options. After hemming and hawing at the grocery store, I spied the golden opportunity: fresh pineapple. At the shindig I sliced the fruit in thick rings, squeezed a layer of lime juice on top, and set them out to cook.

So if you plan on breaking out the grill for Memorial Day, I highly recommend buying a pineapple. It’s nice to finish a hearty meal on a fresh, citrusy note. Not to mention it’s super easy to cook.

Grilled Pineapple - Dessert for Memorial Day

Oh my goodness, this is such a treat. The tangy sweetness takes over all taste buds, and the grilling gives the fruit’s outside a firm bite. I’ve indulged in this grilled dessert twice in the past week, and I hope many more opportunities to make it come this summer!

The inspiration for the simple dessert came in part from a recent vacation to Florida. My boyfriend, his family, and I took a road trip down to Ft. Lauderdale and Key West!

Florida Trip!

Florida Trip!

Florida Trip!

I love them with all my heart. The trip was a hoot, especially the part where we drove for 18 hours straight from New York to Florida. (What?!) They’re fun like that. 🙂

Florida Trip!

Florida Trip!

Florida Trip!

Apart from soaking up every second of sunshine I could, I ate pretty much every thing on the peninsula. Key Lime Pie? Sounds like a divine breakfast. Fried plantain nachos? Don’t mind if I do. At the end of this grand vacation, I was brown and full as a coconut.

When back in New York, I aimed to work tropical flavors into a refreshing drink. Enter the Pineapple Cilantro Smoothie. The pineapple, cilantro, and avocado create a bright medley of flavors, whisking you away to a beachfront. I like adding a large amount of ginger too, for spiciness and digestive aid. The spinach just adds some great Vitamin A and C. In fact, every ingredient adds great nutrients. Pineapple and cilantro are known for Vitamin C, and avocado offers healthy fat and fiber. (By the way, I’m not a doctor, so please don’t take this as any sort of medical advice.)

Pineapple Cilantro Smoothie –– Spiced Curiosity

Pinapple Cilantro Smoothie –– Spiced Curiosity

Although this healthful drink is a treat, it is not something sweet to sip. This is the older sister who drags you out of bed at 5 AM for marathon training. It will whip you into shape. So coming back from an indulgent break, this zesty drink was welcome in the utmost. Though I do crave a slice a Key Lime Pie.

I gently borrowed the smoothie from Green Plate Rule, and shared Grilled Pineapple with 5 Ingredient Monday, Tuesdays with a Twist, Tasteful Tuesday, Allergy-Free Wednesday, Wheat-Free Wednesday, Gluten-Free Wednesday, Healthy 2Day Wednesday, Waste Not Want Not Wednesday, Well-Fed Wednesday, Tasty Traditions, Gluten Free Friday, and Wellness Weekend.

Grilled Pineapple
1. Slice a pineapple into six 1-inch rings. Place on a roaring grill. Squeeze the lime evenly over all rings. Let cook for 7 minutes.

2. Flip the rings over, and juice the remaining lime on top. Let cook for another 7 minutes, or until golden-brown on the edges.

Pinapple Cilantro Smoothie
1. Slice off the ginger’s skin, then mince the inside. Pit the avocado and cube the meat.

2. Blend all ingredients together. Serve in frosted glasses, for fun.

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