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Tips for Grilling Fruit

Written by: Famous Foods | 2019-08-01 | no comments

Grilling fruit is a simple way to add flavour and interest to the summer fruit harvest. Whether you’re including it in a savoury dish or a sweet dessert, grilled fruit has a taste all its own.

For some, the idea of grilling fruit may seem daunting, but the technique is quite straightforward, especially if you apply these tips.

  1. Use the right oil.

When you’re grilling fruit, it’s best to use a neutral oil that won’t alter the flavour of whatever it is you’re cooking. Safflower and grapeseed oils are great for this, especially since they can withstand high grilling temperatures. You can also use melted butter.

  1. Kick up the heat.

It might be tempting to turn the heat down so that you don’t overcook the fruit, but that can result in mushiness instead of fruits infused with grilled flavour (which is the result you’re after). For the best char, the grill should be between 350-450 degrees Fahrenheit or 176-232 degrees Celsius.

  1. Prep your fruits.

You can grill fruits of any size. However, if you’re using melons or bananas, bigger is definitely better. The grilling process caramelizes the fruit sugars, so you want to ensure that the pieces hold their structure.

Bigger fruit slices can be placed directly on the grill, but smaller ones like berries should be placed in a basket.

  1. Set a timer.

To achieve beautiful grill marks, sear fruit on high heat for approximately three minutes on each side. Aim for six to eight minutes’ total cooking time.

Ways to Use Grilled Fruit

You can use grilled fruit in a variety of dishes or simply enjoy it on its own. Seared fruits pair well with both sweet and savory meals, so the possibilities are nearly endless.

Here are a few ideas to inspire you:

– Grilled watermelon salad with mint and feta

– Grilled fruit sangria

– Banana splits

– Pulled pork and pineapple

– Fruit kebabs with creamy yogurt dip

– Grilled pound cake with ice cream and grilled peaches

Here at Famous Foods, we carry a variety of delicious fruits for you to put on the grill, including those of the organic variety. Happy grilling!

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Simple and Healthy Breakfast Ideas for the Family

Written by: Famous Foods | 2019-07-23 | no comments

Breakfast is the meal that helps jumpstart and fuel our days. For many families, breakfast means quickly throwing something together such as a bowl of cereal or porridge. To boost nutrients and make something that everything in the family will appreciate, consider trying these special breakfast recipes.

Deviled Egg Sailboats

Ingredients:

12 hard-boiled eggs

2 tbsp. mayonnaise

2 tsp. Dijon mustard

2 tsp. fresh lemon juice

1/4 tsp. kosher salt

1/8 tsp. Freshly ground black pepper

Tortilla Chips, Celery Leaves, or Sliced Peppers for Topping

Directions:

  1. Slice the eggs in half and separate the yolks into a large bowl. Mix in the mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
  2. Pour the yolk mixture into a sandwich bag. Clip the corner and slowly pipe the mixture into the egg whites
  3. Use tortilla chips, celery leaves, sliced peppers, or a number of other healthy and tasty veggies for the sails on top.

Banana Oatmeal Cookies

 

Ingredients:

 

2 ripe large bananas

1 cup oats

1/2 cup raisins

Directions:

  1. Using a fork, mash up the bananas in a large bowl. Once mashed well, add in the raisins and oatmeal and mix well.
  2. Use a rounded tablespoon to place drops on a parchment covered cookie sheet.
  3. Bake at 375F for 10 to 12 minutes. Allow to cool before serving for a quick and tasty breakfast.

Ham and Cheese Scones

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tbsp. baking powder

2 tsp. sugar

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1/2 tsp. black pepper, plus more for sprinkling

4 tbsp. cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

3 oz. sharp Cheddar cheese, grated (about 1 cup)

3 oz. thinly sliced ham, torn into pieces (about a ¾ cup)

1 tbsp. fresh thyme, plus more for sprinkling

1 cup plus 1 tbsp. cold heavy cream

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F and line a cookie sheet or baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
  3. Add in the butter by cutting it into the flour mixture using two knives or a pastry cutter, and add in cheese, ham, and thyme. Stir in cream.
  4. Roll out dough, cut into triangles and place on sheet. Sprinkle with thyme and pepper. Bake 18 to 22 minutes.

 

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10 Easy & Simple Keto Snacks

Written by: Famous Foods | 2019-07-15 | no comments

Olives

The keto diet is set up to restrict carbs and increase fat intake. Olives are a great source of fat, while also being relatively low in calories. It’s easy to keep a few olives handy for when the snack urge hits.

Avocados

Showing up on toast, in sandwiches and even in beer, avocados are having a moment. Packed with nutrients and healthy goodness, avocados are another great snack to have handy when you’re on the keto diet.

Eggs

Eggs are a staple of the keto diet. Much of the nutrient is found in the egg yolk so be sure to eat the entire egg for the greatest benefits.

Fish and Seafood

Not all fish and seafood is Keto-friendly. Some types of fish and shellfish contain very little carb content, while other types contain higher quantities. Always check and factor these things in.

Beef Jerky

Who doesn’t love a tasty strip of beef jerky to quell their midday hunger? Being that it is low in carbs and high in protein, beef jerky can be a delicious treat to help curb hunger or snack cravings.  Just be sure to read labels carefully as not all brands and flavours are made the same.

Cheese

The Keto diet is perfect for cheese-lovers as most types of cheese are Keto-approved (they are high in fat and low on carbs.) Pair cheeses with a high protein treat for best results.

Berries

Unlike many other fruits, berries are low in carbs and high in fibre. They easily fit into a Keto diet and can be kept as a handy snack.

Nuts

Nuts can be a perfect treat for those making the switch to a Keto diet. Easy to keep handy, most nuts are high in good fats, and low in carbs and fibre.

Pork Rinds

While they can go by many names, including Chicharron, these very low carb treats are another perfect treat for those switching to a Keto diet.

Coconut Oil

This is just great to have around the house for nearly everything, whether it’s used for cooking or as a beauty treatment. Coconut oil has special properties that can actually increase ketone levels in dieters.

Shop all of your Keto diet needs at Famous Foods.

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