Top Ten Fruit-filled Weeknight Dinner Ideas

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Top Ten Fruit-filled Weeknight Dinner Ideas

By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen

Spring is here, which means it’s time for the annual comeback of all your favorite fruits and vegetables.  Tangy strawberries, juicy grapes, and eventually those famous Georgia peaches will start flooding the displays at the market.  Fruits offer natural sugars and nutrients, and are delicious enough that even kids don’t need much convincing to eat them.  But even if you love fruit, sometimes it’s hard to incorporate it into your daily meals. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of easy recipes featuring fresh fruit.  We’ll give you tips to add variety to the basic recipe ideas and shortcuts to save you time and money.  And the best part: almost all of these recipes can be made in less than 30 minutes of active prep time!

The Top Ten:
1. Apple and Grilled Chicken Pizza
Tip: Apples, pears, and figs go great with cheese, and therefore pizza! Try with fontina and provolone for flavor variation, or pre-shredded blends for time crunches.

2. Apple Onion Soup
Tip: Slow cook, then broil the cheesy toast last-minute.

3. Blueberry and Grilled Chicken Salad
Tip: Subbing deli turkey or ham will save time and money.

4. Hot Curried Fruit
Tip: Take 10 minutes to throw these ingredients in a baking dish before dinner, and serve with yogurt or ice cream.

5. Mahi-Mahi Lettuce Wraps
Tip:  Try this in taco shells, with tilapia or salmon, peach or pineapple, and top with diced hot peppers or scallions.

6. Corn and Watermelon Salad
Tip: Cheat with canned corn, or try it with feta and mint!

7. Pork Chop and Pineapple Pie
Tip: Assemble in individual foil packets, and refrigerate or freeze for later.

8. Fruit Soup
Tip: Swap in honeydew and lime.

9. Grilled Peach Salad
Tip: Stone fruits like plums and apricots are great for grilling, and go well with other cheeses like mozzarella or crumbled bleu, and any toasted nuts!

10. Strawberry Tiramisu Bites
Tip: Any berry or sliced fruit will do!

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