Fruitful Flavors

Juicy Pineapple-Cucumber Smoothie

Juicy pineapple smoothie recipe

A cleansing fruit and veggie duo — pineapple and cucumber — combine in a light, ultra-refreshing cross between a smoothie and a juice. This goes down easy, so I’ve devised this recipe to yield about a quart. Share it, or sip it down slowly when you need a day to have more liquid and less food. more→

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Skillet Peach Crisp

Skillet peach crumble detail

Peaches are at their best from mid- to late summer. Make sure to get them already almost or perfectly ripe. Rock-hard peach that have traveled a great distance never seem to develop much flavor as they ripen, and often go to mush. This quick dessert can be enjoyed shortly after you make it — no baking or chilling required! Out of season, frozen organic peaches are a good alternative to fresh. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet. more→

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Skillet Berry-Apple Crumble

Skillet apple-berry crumble

Berries and apples are my favorite fruit combination in crumbles and cobblers. I try to have blueberries and cranberries as often as possible for their powerful antioxidant goodness. Here’s a way to enjoy a delectable crumble, minus the 30 minute baking time usually required. The twist here is that it’s made on the stovetop rather than baked in the oven. This recipe originally appeared in Vegan Express. Photo by Susan Voisin, FatFree Vegan Kitchen. more→

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Chunky or Smooth Homemade Applesauce

Applesauce with cinnamon

Homemade applesauce is the perfect thing to make after you’ve gone apple-picking, or to celebrate the first crop of apples at local farmers’ markets. Kids of all ages will love this. Please, use organic apples! This freezes well. I suggest freezing it in 1-cup capacity BPA-free plastic storage containers. Serve on its own or in recipes calling for applesauce. more→

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Watermelon Slushy

Watermelon smoothie

I tried a few different variations until I realized that, unless the melon is frozen, the texture is more of a slushy than a smoothie. But, to be sure, it is a very delicious slushy! The cool thing is that the pineapple and the watermelon combined are sweet enough so no extra sweetness is needed. The watermelon flavor is so pronounced and pure that it fuels my determination to never stoop to eating any “watermelon-flavored” creations again! Recipe contributed by Carrie Forrest, from Carrie on Vegan more→

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Contemporary Waldorf Salad

contemporary vegan waldorf salad

An American classic, Waldorf salad is a crunchy mixture of apples, walnuts and celery. This version is updated with vegan mayonnaise and a bed of baby greens. more→

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Composed Fresh Summer Fruit Platter

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Fresh fruit platters are the best kind of dessert for summer evenings, with berries, melons, and other fruits at their peak. They can also be the main feature of a light brunch served with muffins or other baked goods. Here, quantities are given just as a guideline — they aren’t as  important as arrangement—and of course, the fruit should be ripe and luscious. Vary the kind of fruit used according to what’s available. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet. more→

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Carrot-Berry Salad with Peppery Cashew Dressing

Carrot Berry Salad with Cashew Dressing from Vasanthi Raghavan

This simple salad is a summer delight — sweet berries and a peppery cashew dressing combine with greens, carrots, and tomatoes. Recipe and photo contributed by Vasanthi Raghavan, from Mixed and Tossed. more→

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