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Posted by on Oct. 29, 2013 at 12:59 AM
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As a dessert:

Ingredients:

1 to 1 1/2 pounds of seedless grapes, any variety

1 large can pinapple chunks

1 to 1 1/2 cups of raisins

2   6 or 8 ounce servings of any berry yogurt-the amount of sugar makes a difference. If you use a yogurt with 26 grams of sugar, it's really sweet, and I like it that way the best, but for more healthy eating use yogurt with 10 grams of sugar.

Drain the pineapple chunks (I make the juice into a syrup or just drink it later). Mix the fruits together with yogurt.

Put in the fridge to chill and serve.

As an accompaniment to pork dishes or a snack:

Use low-sugar yogurt and add enough small cubes of a good quality SHARP cheddar cheese, like Cracker Barrel to even out through the fruit. I''m sure you could use goat, feta or any tangy cheeses that go well with wine and fruit, I just haven't tried it that way.

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DissieDothe
by Bronze Member on Oct. 29, 2013 at 10:50 AM

I've never had anything with a combo of grapes & raisins. Do the raisins start to plump? I usually have vanilla yogurt. I'm guessing that you could add some fresh berries like blackberries if you have them.

sweetheart4171
by Peggy on Oct. 29, 2013 at 1:48 PM

sounds interesting, and something I would try out....thank you for sharing

Honeygator
by on Oct. 29, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Dissie, yes, the raisins plump. It takes me about 6 days to eat this recipe and by day 3 the raisins are fully plumpified.

 

As far as using plain yogurt, it wouldn't be sweet or a dessert substitute and I don't think that adding berries would change that character of the dish. I use plain yogurt instead of sour cream in a lot of things, so I may be biased. I am using this recipe as a better alternative compared to fattening desserts.

 

You're welcome sweetheart4171.

 

I am hooked on a daily dessert. I live alone and I make one dessert a week, like a pie, cake, cookies or whatever. It takes me about 6 days to eat a whole dessert. I don't pig out or have huge servings, but I just have to have a dessert every day.

 

One day I didn't want to go to the store or make cookies. I had just bought some grapes, I had a can of pineapple chunks in the pantry, some raisins that needed using and some high-sugar yogurt and I thought why not. It was so good that I am not getting the cravings for the cakes and pies and cookies and ice cream that I usually have. It's a lot healthier for sure.

 

Then, this week I had bought some sharp cheddar cheese on sale and threw smaller chunks of it  into the mix, and that was really good too.

 

It's a pretty dish too and I plan on serving it with the cheese and a medium dry red wine for a appetizer. You could use all kinds of sturdier (not mushy like ripe peaches) fruit for a wine pairing dish and any tangy or sharp cheese like feta, goat's cheese or havarti. The combos are endless.

michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Oct. 29, 2013 at 3:38 PM
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Quoting DissieDothe:

I've never had anything with a combo of grapes & raisins. Do the raisins start to plump? I usually have vanilla yogurt. I'm guessing that you could add some fresh berries like blackberries if you have them.

You shared a recipe in the meal planning group a while ago of which this recipe reminded me. It has pineapple, walnuts, cream cheese, whipped cream. My family loves it as a fruit salad or dessert!


Rhonda

DissieDothe
by Bronze Member on Oct. 30, 2013 at 10:56 AM

 


Quoting michiganmom116:

Quoting DissieDothe:

I've never had anything with a combo of grapes & raisins. Do the raisins start to plump? I usually have vanilla yogurt. I'm guessing that you could add some fresh berries like blackberries if you have them.

You shared a recipe in the meal planning group a while ago of which this recipe reminded me. It has pineapple, walnuts, cream cheese, whipped cream. My family loves it as a fruit salad or dessert!

I'd forgot about that ... I've been looking at some pineapple casseroles. They all call for cheddar cheese ... it's a little late to be springing something new at a holiday meal.

 

Honeygator
by on Nov. 1, 2013 at 5:38 PM

http://www.healthcentral.com/multiple-sclerosis/cf/slideshows/10?ic=obnetwork#slide=9

Grapes

A 2004 study found that people with stable coronary disease lowered the amount of inflammatory markers in their blood by drinking Concord grape juice. This finding was likely due to the presence of resveratrol in the grapes’ skins, which inhibits inflammation and may even help to fight cancer. Eating grapes – and not drinking them – also adds fiber to the grapes’ benefits and eliminates any added sugar. - See more at: http://www.healthcentral.com/multiple-sclerosis/cf/slideshows/10?ic=obnetwork#slide=9

Lauren486
by Lauren on Nov. 3, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Thanks for sharing!

Honeygator
by on Nov. 3, 2013 at 8:09 PM

I want to prefice this comment with the disclaimer that I am not wanting to debate this comment about pharmeceuticals vs. food and naturo/homeopathic treatments and cures for illnesses and diseases. That website I posted is full of information about food and its properties that can compliment any treatment for many diseases and illnesses. That's all folks!

terri76
by Gold Member on Nov. 3, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Sounds yummy minus the raisins. I am not a fan of them. but i am going to totally try this..And, adding the cheese sounds delicious!!

Honeygator
by on Nov. 3, 2013 at 8:23 PM
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Terri, last night I tried it with queso fresco cheese, that's a really mild Mexican cheese. While it was not as awesome as the addition of a sharp cheese, it was still great!

If you don't like raisins, any dried fruit would work well, dried cranberries, dried pineapples, dried apples, dried apricots, dried strawberries, currants...like I said, the combos are endless.

The cheese and the higher-sugar content yogurt really take away from it's healthy qualities. BUT!!! It's still healthier than other desserts at that.

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