This week’s theme is pineapple, and boy am I excited! I do try to eat locally grown foods, but some things are too good to give up, and besides, that’s hard during the winter months. Perhaps that means I should move to somewhere like Hawaii and to get a year round pineapple fix. In addition to being thoroughly yummy, pineapples are a great source of manganese, Vitamin C, and fiber.
I generally have pineapple plain, because really, can you get any better than fresh pineapple? I do use them in baking, such as in these Carrot Muffin Cakes, and sometimes use it as a tenderizer for chicken, too. I’d love to see how everyone else uses pineapple!
Homemade chicken veggie soup
Quinoa with arugula pesto
Baked salmon and roasted peppers
Pineapple for dessert!
Garam Masala chicken with roasted cauliflower and papadams (or dal and papadams from the freezer if I’m feeling super lazy)
Baked good of the week:
to be honest, I haven’t been feeling that well and so I haven’t been doing much baking myself. DH has requested a cake, so who knows what will happen. A chocolate orange cake could be in the forecast.
Just an FYI, I’m hosting a healthy recipe contest, so if you’re interested in submitting a recipe and winning some fun prizes, go on over and check it out! Due to the cost of shipping, winners must be in the US or Canada (sorry!)
Now, what about everyone else?
Book of Yum graces us with an international menu, of course, but with a twist from our very own back yards (more or less)…sweet potato biscuits. She’s promised us a veganized version in the future, and I for one can’t wait!
Fresh Ginger joins us with a local menu, as usual. Her Moroccan chicken looks amazing, and mac and cheese…really, do you need to say more?
Asparagus Thin has a very cute Superbowl commercial on her page, and she teases us with mention of a breakfast pineapple curry, too.
Thrifty GF mom joins us through the cold and snow. She’s got a Kale Potato soup on the menu, and maple salmon, too. Sounds healthy and delish, too!
Esther of Lilac Kitchen has been hit by the weather, too. She shares her “best stir fry ever”, which is quite a title to live up to! And the pineapple upside down cake sounds worth trekking across the pond.
Sorry it took so long to get the posts up. My internet was down much of the day.
A chocolate orange cake sounds wondrous 🙂 Can’t wait to hear how it turns out!
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I love pineapple just as-is, too! I find peeling and cutting a whole pineapple into chunks is somehow meditative. . . weird, I know! (I do enjoy eating it more, though). Love that contest! I will have to start thinking about what to make. . . ! 🙂
if I make the cake, I’ll post a pic.
you are welcome to come and meditate at my house! I always have to talk DH into chopping up my pineapples ’cause I don’t like to.
I have to have hubby butcher the pineapple, too. My menu is up. I must be sending to the wrong email addy for you.
My menu is at the link below. I love pineapple but fresh ones are rarely available here.. We eat tinned quite a lot though.
Hi Cheryl! Great ingredient! I have been waiting to make tacos al pastor and almost made it a few weeks ago, but didn’t have pineapple and now I do! Thanks for hosting the swap for all of us! http://freshginger.org/chicken/menu-of-the-week-feb-2-pineapple/
I’m like you – I try not to eat out of season and far away fruits & veggies, but pineapple is such a sweet treat! I do love it!
pineapple is one of those fruits that should be enjoyed as is. in nz, i remember fish and chips shops selling pineapple fritters (fried in batter). since living in the med, i have come to realise that some things are not supposed to be eaten so weirdly!