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Fruit for dinner: Freshen up your plate

Sarah Kelsey is a lifestyle writer, editor and spokesperson based in Toronto. She was the editor of AOL/The Huffington Post Canada’s StyleList, Style and Living sites. Today, she's a freelancer writing for some of North America’s top pub...

Make dinner a little bit sweeter

From SheKnows Canada
If you're looking for ways to lighten your food load late at night, why not infuse some of your post-work meals with fruit? Not only are these sweet, seedy goodies jam-packed with vitamins and minerals, but they're also rich in fibre.
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Pizza

We get that you're probably comfortable topping your pizza with traditional ingredients (pepperoni, peppers and cheese), but there are dozens of delicious ways to whip up this ooey-gooey meal that involve — and complement — the sweet taste of fruit. Try pear slices, arugula and Canadian blue cheese or roasted grapes, garlic cloves and a creamy Canadian brie. The options are endless, so get creative with your favourite fruits.

Pasta salad

If you're craving a big ol' bowl of pasta, you don't have to resort to the same old spaghetti with tomato sauce to sate your appetite. Why not dig into a bowl of cold pasta instead? A dish like this is easy to create: Simply boil your pasta, then let it chill in the fridge before adding your ingredients. Mix in dried fruits like cranberries or golden raisins for a subtle burst of sweet flavour. Pair sweet, fruity flavours with strong Canadian cheeses like blue cheese for a perfectly balanced palate that is savoury enough for dinner.

Soup

Say "see ya!" to brothy bases and "hello!" to thick, creamy soups. This kind of meal is hearty but also low calorie. It might seem strange, but pureeing a mild-flavoured fruit like pear into a soup with strong flavours like Canadian cheese, garlic and onion can provide a refreshing and delicious flavour combination. You'll get extra nutrients and fibre, and no one will even know there's fruit in the mix. As the weather warms up, cold fruit soups are another option to try. Puree melon, berries and any other fruit of your choice, and serve the soup cold in a big bowl.

Cheese plate

Keep it simple and light by having a cheese plate for dinner. Dine alfresco on your patio with a platter of Canadian cheeses, crusty breads or crackers and slices of fresh fruit. If you want your platter to be more hearty, add cured meats like prosciutto, salty olives and vegetables like roasted red peppers.cheese isolated

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