Take On The Prickly Fruit: In Season and Super Sweet

Healthy Pineapple Recipe

February 29, 2012   11 Comments

Pineapples are in season right now and costing about $2 each in my neck of the woods. YUM!

A large pineapple will give me about four large servings for dessert (a mere 50 cents each). I have advocated for canned pineapple because it is cheap and already cut up - but this time of year is a good one for the fresh pineapple.

First, you have to make friends with your pineapple. Grab a lovely green one and eat it soon after buying it - after you display it for all to admire.

"Look, ma! A REAL pineapple!"

Then, you have to get out a large knife and cut it up. Check out the video below from the Produce Geek:

Cut off the top and bottom - slice lengthwise into quarters - core - and slice along the spiky peel. I followed his directions and had 4 large hunks of pineapple in no time. If you practiced on a few pineapples - you could do this in a flash.

Now, I suggest tasting it. Is it sweet? The one photographed above was so sweet that I had trouble not eating it before shooting. It didn't need anything to be a great snack all alone (without adulteration).

If you find that it is too sour for you, then you can add some sugar to make it sweeter. I don't think that a little bit of sugar is a big deal when you are eating something as healthy as fresh pineapple.

I called this recipe "Pineapple Surprise" because it surprises me how easy, simple, and delicious a broiled pineapple can be :)

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Broiled Pineapple Surprise Recipe

(serves 4)

1 fresh pineapple
4 teaspoons dark brown sugar

Core and peel pineapple into quarters (see above instructions). Heat broiler on high and put pineapple on a baking sheet. Heat for five minutes, remove from oven, and using a spoon rub one teaspoon of sugar onto each quarter.

Serve with fork and knife and enjoy!

For one serving = 89 calories, 0.2 g fat, 23.3 g carbohydrates, 0.8 g protein, 2.2 g fiber, 2 mg sodium, 0 Points+

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only.
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11 Comments:

yummy ideas, keep em coming!

on February 29, 2012

Grilled with cinnamon is my favorite way to eat pineapple. I had it that way at a Brazilian restaurant & I've been fixing it at home since then. You can cut off the outside, sprinkle it with cinnamon & then put it on the grill whole. Oh, & we never eat it green. If you let it sit on the counter for a few days, it will turn yellowish-brown. That's when it is ripe. If you let it ripen well, no sugar is needed! My husband was stationed in Hawaii for 4 years when he was in the Army before we met and he said that Hawaiians never eat them while still green. They can have a few darker soft spots kind of like on a banana and that's when they are the sweetest.

on February 29, 2012

i love pineapple and just bought a fresh one the other day!! I use this neat tool I found on amazon to cut it up....it probably wastes some pineapple put its so easy to use. check out my post here:
http://alwayskarinacocina.wordpress.com/2011/06/22/la-pina-contra-la/

on February 29, 2012

I love grilled pineapple. YUmmy!

on February 29, 2012

My favourite fruit. Love the recipe that you have with a yellow cake mix and a can of crushed pineapple. Makes the best muffins :)

on February 29, 2012

Thanks...I usually do a terrible job in cutting up a pineapple and I wind up making a big mess...It actually does not look that hard.

on February 29, 2012

I read a hint about purchasing a ripe pineapple. I had mistakenly thought the old trick of being able to easily pull out a leaf was a sign of ripeness. Now I only buy a pineapple that smells like one! I look for the most golden one, and sniff the bottom. It should have that wonderful pineapple smell. A few days on the kitchen counter and its heavenly sweet.

on February 29, 2012

Go to Bed, Bath & Beyond and get a pineapple peeler/corer. They are wonderful!!! ENJOY!

on February 29, 2012

I love pineapple, it's so good and for some reason I love cutting them! There so good on the grill too!!

on February 29, 2012

We have lots of fresh pineapple in Australia all year around.I eat the core as well!! It contains more Bromelain which has great health benefits. Chewy but still nice.

on February 29, 2012

my FAVE-orite!

on March 2, 2012


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