Just in Time for Valentine’s Day – Do You Prefer it Sinful Too, or Just Sweet?

HeartsHere’s a quick and easy, sweet treat for you and your Valentine (and if you don’t have a Valentine – this is much healthier than laying on the couch, watching TV in your pajamas and eating a half-gallon of ice cream all by yourself!), that you can prepare in less than 1/2 hour. It is for Fruit “Salsa”. If you tend to keep a stocked pantry, then you may even have all of the ingredients on-hand.

I brought some in for my cube-neighbor at work and she liked it so much that she said I should put the recipe on the blog, so here it is.

I found the original recipes at theyummylife.com and made my usual adjustments to them.

Fruit “Salsa”

Servings: Makes 3-1/2 to 4 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup peeled, chopped mango (about 1 large or 2 small)
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries
  • 2 kiwis, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup chopped, unpeeled, Granny Smith apple (1 medium)
  • Zest and juice from 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Directions:

FruitSalsa

Chop all fruit into uniform 1/4 – 1/2″ cubes and place in a large mixing bowl. Mix in lime zest & juice – evenly coat fruit (for flavor and to prevent browning of the apples). Add honey and mix it all some more. Chill for 1 – 2 hours before eating for best flavor. Best when eaten the same day, but may last up to 4 days.

You can pretty much put in whatever fruits you like (maybe even blueberries), but the above is a good mixture and texture.

(Original recipe can be found at www.theyummylife.com/recipes/135)

So, you may ask, “What do I eat the salsa with?” Well, I’ll tell you…

Cinnamon Sugar Tortillas Chips

Ingredients:

  • 1 package 7 – 8 inch whole wheat tortilla’s
  • Pre-mixed Cinnamon Sugar – the kind that comes in a small animal-shaped shaker that you could put on top of a child’s oatmeal (or make your own by combining 1/4 cup granular sugar and add ground cinnamon to your personal taste)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400°. Brush on a very small amount of plain water all over the top of a tortilla with a pastry brush and then lightly sprinkle some store-bought Cinnamon Sugar all over the tortilla. Then cut the tortilla into 8 triangle slices with a pizza cutter, put on a baking sheet and bake it for about 8 minutes or until light brown and crisp (careful – they can burn quickly!). I repeated that process until I had enough chips for my liking. Let the tortillas cool while the salsa is being chilled.  

(Original recipe which uses pumpkin spice instead of cinnamon is at www.theyummylife.com/recipes/134).

Now, on to the sinful part!

Ok… so I never said I was any sort of “Health Saint” or anything, so give me a little break on this part…

Over the weekend I made the mistake of shopping at Costco while I was hungry (Grocery Shopping 101 – NEVER shop when you are hungry – your willpower is at it’s lowest and you will buy things you normally wouldn’t. Bad things! And at Costco you will get a lot of it!).

BrownieBrittleI walked down an aisle and glowing like the Arc of the Covenant, I saw Sheila G’s “brownie brittle.” The broken pieces may look like poop (did I really just say that?! Sorry, but it really did look like that.), but they tasted like Heaven! On the package, they are described as “Rich brownie taste with a cookie crunch). This package even had chocolate chips baked into them – because, evidently, they just weren’t chocolatey enough without them!

WARNING:
I’m telling you – have your roommate or significant-other hide the package after divvying out a couple – they are THAT addictive! They are “danger in a resealable bag!” I’m not joking.

The reason I bring them up is just for a small, gourmet Valentine treat, you might want to eat a little piece as you eat the fruit salsa. The rich chocolate would go great with the tart and sweet fruit. Heck – while you are at it – enjoy a glass of champagne… that always goes well with strawberries and chocolate (I bet you didn’t know I had it in me – but of course I can be romantic!)!

OK… I’ve got to get out of here, quick – my mouth is watering for fruit salsa and chocolate brittle!

Enjoy!

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