Food Challenge: Pineapple

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One of my favorite parts of military life is being able to enjoy local cuisine everywhere we are stationed. Whether you are overseas or Stateside, each location will introduce you to delicious new nosh. Eating local foods can be very beneficial, but not many of us are so lucky to have locally grown pineapple. Do you need another reason to be a bit envious of those good friends you have stationed in Hawaii? Right now it’s pineapple season out there.

I was surprised to find out that pineapple is actually seasonal to spring, but not surprised by its many nutritional benefits. A food this sweet and yummy in nature is surely a good thing! It pairs very well with meats and even contains bromelain. This helps tenderize meat, like in a marinade, and break down the protein, which will help to aid your digestion. It can also make your mouth feel kind of funny, but it’s completely safe.

If you are intimidated by the large, spikey looking fruit, than feel free to start out with frozen pineapple instead. They can pack just as much nutrition and can make some recipes a little easier if you are short on time. However, once you’ve cut up a whole pineapple you may see how simple and fast it really is and keep some on hand all season long.  You can also buy pineapple corers, a great investment if you use a lot of fresh pineapple!

How to prepare pineapple

Chipotle Chicken Tacos With Grilled Pineapple Salsa

via Drizzle and Drip

This recipe is deeee-li-cous! Tofu also pairs great with the pineapple instead of chicken.

Fresh Pineapple Salsa

via This Silly Girl’s Life

This salsa is a great alternative to the usual chips and salsa combo found at parties and get-togethers.

Mint & Pineapple Ice Pops

Mint & Pineapple Ice Pops

Addison Barker

Ingredients

  • 3 cups chopped pineapple (fresh or frozen, organic if possible)
  • ¼ cup mint (loosely packed)
  • ¼ raw local honey
  • 2 cups almond or coconut milk

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend well.
  2. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for at least two hours.

*Alter the sweetness of these to your tastes. Just remember when frozen, fruits are not as sweet as unfrozen. 

Tip: These also make a refreshing smoothie if you do not want to wait for the freezing part!