Cooking with Seasonal Produce

Today Relish brings you a sweet twist on eating healthy!
Seasonal produce could be incorporated into every meal of the day.


Pineapples

Pineapples are available year-round, thanks to greenhouses. However, they will be extra sweet and tasty from March to July, when they are naturally in season. Pineapple support digestive health and immune health.


Coconut Pudding with Pineapple and Candied Cashews200612_coconutMilk

What you’ll need:

  1. 2 cups fresh pineapple, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  2. 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  3. 1 envelope unflavored powdered gelatin
  4. 1/4 cup water
  5. One 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  6. One 14-ounce can unsweetened coconut milk
  7. 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  8. 1/8 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  9. 1 large egg white
  10. 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  11. 1/2 cup salted roasted cashews, split lengthwise

What you’ll need to do:

  1. In a small skillet, cook the pineapple with the granulated sugar over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved and the pineapple is just tender, about 5 minutes. Transfer to an 8-inch square glass or ceramic baking dish.
  2. In a small saucepan, sprinkle the gelatin over the water and let stand until softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk the sweetened condensed milk with the coconut milk, 1 tablespoon of the lime juice and the vanilla.
  4. Warm the gelatin over moderate heat, swirling the pan, until dissolved. Pour the gelatin mixture into the condensed milk mixture and stir gently until blended.
  5. In a stainless steel bowl, beat the egg white until firm peaks form; fold into the condensed-milk mixture, then pour the mixture over the pineapple. Cover and refrigerate until set, at least 2 hours.
  6. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, combine the brown sugar with the remaining 1 teaspoon of lime juice and cook over moderately high heat until just melted. Add the cashews and stir to coat. Transfer to a plate to cool and harden.
  7. Carefully cut the coconut pudding into squares and transfer to plates with a metal spatula. Sprinkle each square with candied cashews and serve.

Recipe and picture from Food & Wine.

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