Pineapple & Mint Popsicles

Pineapple and Mint Popsicles

For me, dessert in the Summer is a simple equation: copious amounts of fruit + other fabulous ingredients + blend + freeze = cold, fruity heaven. I love the fact that popsicles are a great cool item that doesn’t feel too indulgent and often helps with the heat during Summer.

I also love the fact that these can be made on-the-go, don’t require too much planning and can be modified for many different purposes. I don’t have the exact recipe with quantities for these Pineapple and Mint Popsicles because I made these in a hurry and just taste-tested from the blender until I found the right flavor. But, the main point of this particular post is just here to inspire and celebrate Summer!

As you can see from this blog, I love desserts and have tried a few different recipes that I’ve documented here:

What’s your favorite popsicle recipe?

Cheers!

Watermelon Mint Popsicles

Watermelon Mint Popsicles

Who doesn’t love an inexpensive dessert? Beyond the fact that homemade popsicles can be affordable and easy to make, they are also delicious and many can require just a few ingredients to make a tasty treat.

These specific popsicles, Watermelon Mint Popsicles, only call for four ingredients: watermelon, mint, lemon zest and sugar (*five ingredients if you count the ‘pinch of salt’!). This recipe reminds me of a classic watermelon mint salad, except it just takes the the best flavors from that salad and puts it into dessert form through a popsicle.

What’s your favorite fruit popsicle?

Watermelon Mint Popsicles

Pomegranate Mint Relish

Pomegranate Mint Relish

I absolutely love tradition – especially as it relates to food. One of these favorite traditions is eating cranberries as a side dish during Thanksgiving. However, every now and then, I do embrace the opportunity to try something new. Now this is not to say that I will replace the turkey at Thanksgiving. That will never happen. But, I was definitely looking to reinvent some of the other side dishes present in that meal.

This particular side dish, Pomegrante Mint Relish from Bon Appetit Magazine, presents a nice alternative to the classic side dish of cranberries. The colors from the pomegranates in this side dish are particularly beautiful while the side dish itself provides a nice contrast of fresh flavors with the mint.

Step 1: Chop Pomegranates and Seed

Cutting pomegranates for Pomegranate Mint Relish

Step 2: Combine Pomegranates
with 
Olive Oil, Red Wine Vinegar,
Lemon 
Juice and Lemon Zest

Pomegranates for Pomegranate Mint Relish

Step 3: Add Chopped Mint to Pomegranates

Mint for Pomegranate Mint Relish

Step 4: Add an Extra Sprig
of Mint, Scoop and Serve!

Pomegranate Mint Relish

Pomegranates on their own pack a punch of flavor, but the mint used in conjunction with this fruit amplifies this side dish while providing a fun way to reinvent the classic serving of cranberries. But, who says you can’t just use this as an alternative to cranberries at Thanksgiving? Why not use this as a topping to put on other recipes throughout the year? On top of a salad perhaps?

Cheers!

Pomegranate Mint Relish

Grilled Pitas with Feta, Red Onion, Olives & Tomatoes

I don’t dine at Greek restaurants or try to make Greek-inspired dishes very often, so when I do, I really savor the chance and opportunity to do so. This recipe, Grilled Pitas with Feta, Red Onion, Olives & Tomatoeslooked liked a perfect dish with Greek flavors and I especially liked the fact that I would get a chance to utilize the outside grill yet again this week.

This is very simple to make. All it requires is a few minutes for prep/cutting, patience for the grill to heat up, and a penchant for feta cheese!

Step 1: Cut Tomatoes, Onions, Garlic and Olives 

Step 2: Toss Prior Ingredients Together
with Olive Oil and Fresh Mint

Step 3: Brush Pitas with
Olive Oil and Grill

Step 4: Grill Pita and Add Tomato Mixture

Step 5: Cut and Eat!

I happen to like feta cheese, but I realize that not everyone does. I made this with my boyfriend and quickly learned he is definitely not a fan. It’s not fun when he won’t eat any, but at the same time, I get to have more. In these situations, I guess it’s a good thing because I get to have more… unless I just eat the whole thing. In that case, perhaps it’s not the best, but oh well!

Cheers!