Cooking with fruits can be a fun and healthy way to cook for your family. Using fresh, natural ingredients is the best way to produce flavorful dishes that are good for you and easy on your wallet. Cooking with fruits can be a great way to introduce your children to new flavors and expand their palate without them even knowing it! It can also be a fun way to teach your older children basic cooking skills.
Most of us think of fruits as good for our bodies because they are packed full of vitamins and nutrients, so they make great desserts during the summer months.
But why not use them in other dishes too?
Fireless Cooking With Fruits And Vegetables
There’s no reason you need to resort to canned (or even dehydrated) fruit when you cook. You may want to mix dried or frozen fruit into certain dishes – like rice – but fresh is always best!
Try using your blender or juicer on some fresh fruit and enjoy it as a healthy smoothie for breakfast instead of grabbing an unhealthy fast food breakfast (Most people don’t realize how many calories and fat grams are hidden in most chain restaurants’ breakfasts!)
#2. Vegetable Soup Or A Stew
Fruits are a great, healthy way to cook vegetables too. When you’re making a vegetable soup or a stew to go along with your bread or rice, consider adding whatever fresh fruit you have to hand instead of canned tomatoes. It gives the dish a fantastic flavor and also means that you don’t need as much salt or any unhealthy additives like MSG. You can do this with soups and stews but also with spaghetti sauce – try using fresh tomatoes rather than canned ones for a bright, colorful taste without all the artificial ingredients!
#3. Baked Apples
One of our favorite things to make is baked apples – they’re great for dessert after any meal but we enjoy the most as a breakfast treat. All you need is some apples (any kind will do but we prefer Granny Smith apples), cinnamon, raisins (or any other dried fruit you like), and brown sugar. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and wash your apples. Cut a small slice from the top of each apple and core them using an apple corer or a sharp knife. Mix together the cinnamon, raisins, and brown sugar and stuff the mixture into each apple. Put the apples in a baking dish, pour some water in the bottom of the dish, and bake for about 45 minutes or until the apples are soft.
Serving cooked fruits as a side dish is a great way to make sure that everyone in your family gets their 5-a-day! And it’s a great way to make your meals a little more exciting and flavorful. Be creative and have some fun with it – the possibilities are endless!