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Nix the Fruitcake, Bring on the Fruit Salad

I love cake, I’ll admit it.  I love baking cakes, making icing, frosting cakes, eating cakes, smelling cakes, okay I’ll stop now.  But, really, I love cake.  But in my baking career, which started my junior year of college when I moved into my apartment, I’ve noticed that I gravitate toward baking mass quantities of goodies.  Cookies, cakes, muffins, cupcakes, pies, cakes… notice a trend?

For example, here’s what happens when I have a free Sunday afternoon:


[Yes, Cookie Monster cupcakes: Chocolate cupcakes, vanilla frosting dipped in blue sprinkles, half a chocolate chip cookie in the mouth, canada mints with black gel frosting dots for eyes. 🙂 Go bake!]

Okay, now that we’ve established how much I love cake, I’d like to point out that in my house growing up, we rarely had dessert.  We would have dinner, which consisted of rice or a choice of Indian bread (Chapathi, naan, roti, etc.), two or three kinds of curry (there’s 5-6 servings of vegetables right there!), daal (a thick, high-protein soup made from lentils or beans) or sambar (a thick, lentil-based, vegetable soup), and homemade plain yogurt.  Dessert, we regarded as a delicacy, to be enjoyed on holidays, birthdays or other special occasions.

Introducing desserts in high quantity into my diet formed a habit I should start reversing.  Don’t get me wrong, I love cake and I won’t stop eating it.  But, I have been looking into healthy alternatives to cake to serve as the “dessert” portion of my meal.

Some good options are fresh fruit:

  • Sliced champagne mangoes (my favorite mango variety, usually imported from Mexico)
  • Sliced apples with a spoonful or two of peanut butter
  • Sliced apples sprinkled with cinnamon sugar
  • Peaches/plums

Here are some good, non-fruit options:

  • Yogurt cups (Dannon Light is my favorite)
  • Wheat thins and peanut butter
  • Ritz crackers and peanut butter

Now, finally, for a recipe.  If you’re going to the trouble of slicing up the fruit, turn it into a fruit salad!

Fresh Fruit Salad with Cool Whip

  • Cool Whip (Get the Cool Whip brand, not the dinky “Whipped Topping.” Trust me on this one.)
  • Pineapple chunks
  • Sliced melons (I prefer watermelon, you might not)
  • Peaches, peeled & sliced
  • Sliced strawberries
  • Seedless green grapes
  • 1 banana peeled & sliced
  • 1 Mandarin orange, peeled & sliced

Mix the fruit with enough Cool Whip to cover all of the fruit lightly.  Refrigerate for 30-45 minutes, then enjoy cool fruit and Cool Whip (pun mostly intended) as a delicious complement to a flavorful dinner.

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