Meatless Monday - Smoked Fruits

Happy Monday Friends!! I hope you all had a great weekend. Nick and I had a pretty peaceful weekend. We learned that my mom would be safe from the flood waters and that most of the water was, at least a little bit, receding. The recovery process is going to be a pain, just like most recovery processes.

Other than that, our peaceful weekend included date night out on Saturday and a day full of smoking foods on Sunday. It was quite spectacular yesterday. It’s so much fun to involve Nick in the cooking process, but he usually makes more of a mess, which frustrates me.

I am a perfectionist by nature and any clutter or mess really starts to get under my skin; boys make a lot of mess, so I’ve learned. And, unfortunately for ME, Nick does not usually clean up his messes. I have my own opinion about where he learned NOT to clean up after himself, but I will keep it all to myself.

Back to him cooking…

He got a smoker for his birthday and, in his opinion, we have not used it far enough. So yesterday he whipped it out and we smoked everything we could get our hands on. He was in heaven. I love to watch him get excited about things; he is so cute.

Nick has wanted to smoke fruit for a very long time. And since we were smoking everything but the kitchen sink yesterday, fruit was one of the first options. So for this Meatless Monday segment, I have Smoked Fruits.

Nutritional Value:
Serving Size: 1 Nectarine, ¼ Pineapple
Calories: 183
Fat: 1.5 g
Carbohydrates: 46.5 g
Fiber: 5 g
Protein: 2.2 g
Points+: 0*

If you like the distinct flavor of the smoker then this is the right recipe for you.

Here is what you need:

  • 1 pineapple, cored and sliced in large chunks
  • 3 or 4 nectarines, halved
  • Bananas, halved

Directions:

  • Preheat the smoker to 275 degrees F for about 20 minutes and then reduce temperature to 250 degrees F

  • Station the fruit on several racks in the smoker

  • Allow the fruit to smoke for about 30 minutes

  • Eat, eat ,eat!

*Note: If you want to add a balsamic reduction to the nectarines, it may work very well. I know Nick soaked some of these in Balsamic Vinaigrette over night.

I am not bashful about my distaste for the smoker.  However, smoking fruit was fun. I was very impressed that the fruit maintained its juicy, delicious flavor. I hope you all give this a try. It’s a healthy snack, breakfast or a nice side dish for lunch or dinner.

I hope you all enjoy!

Until Next Time,

Happy Fruit Smokin’