Fruits are packed with essential vitamins and minerals, which is why it’s essential to consume them regularly. Eating fruits every day can reduce your risk of developing heart diseases, inflammation, cancer, and diabetes. A diet rich in fruits also keeps your heart healthy.
While fruits are usually consumed as is or as desserts, do you know that you can actually add them to your dinner meals? Fruits are highly versatile foods that you can add to a variety of dinner meals. Fruits can make any meal tastier and healthier!
Here’s how you can mix fruits into dinner meals:
Make Swedish Meatballs with Beetroot and Apple Salad
Lean pork mince (with 5% fat) is the star of the recipe. Other ingredients, such as courgette, onions, dills, cloves, and eggs, are probably in your kitchen, which is why this recipe is fast and easy to make.
For the salad, you’ll only need some apples, red onions, parsley, capers, and beetroot. These ingredients are usually affordable, but make sure to check large groceries, like Aldi, Morrisons, Costco, and Lidl, to check which one sells them the cheapest.
Try Some Easy Stewed Apple
Do you know that you can make a stew using apples? You’ll only need five minutes for prep and 10 minutes to cook this recipe. Aside from apples, you’ll only need some light brown soft sugar, lemon juice, and cinnamon for this one.
Once you have all the recipes, put everything in a small pan and add about a tablespoon of water. Cover and cook for at least ten minutes or until the apples are tender. If you want your stew to be smoother and softer, cook for another five minutes uncovered.
Prepare Pan-Fried Venison with Blackberry Sauce
Venison is the meat from any kind of deer and is usually marinated for about 24 hours before slow cooking. You can make the most flavorful venison by pouring some blackberry sauce on it.
After cooking the venison in a frying pan for five minutes, pour balsamic vinegar, garlic, and redcurrant jelly. Once everything is blended, add fresh or frozen blackberries until they smoothen. The tart flavor of blackberry works well with the rich and earthy flavor of the venison.
Serve Green Goddess Smoothie Bowl
If you’re looking for a light yet filling dinner meal, prepare some green goddess smoothie bowl. This recipe is undeniably healthy because it uses several fruits as its main ingredients.
To make a green goddess smoothie bowl, put slices of mango, avocado, spinach, some blueberries, honey, milk nut butter, and frozen banana into a blender and whizz until you have a thick smoothie consistency. Pour the mixture into a bowl and top with your preferred seeds (chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, or sunflower seeds are great options).
This recipe will make for some juicy smoothie packed with health benefits from the blueberries and raspberries that have got antioxidant effects helping your digestive system, and are even recommended for diets.
Make Courgette and Lemon Risotto
Are you looking for an easy-to-prepare vegan dish? Then the Courgette & Lemon Risotto is an excellent option. You can make this one-pot risotto in less than an hour!
The secret to making this risotto more flavorful is the lemon zest added before serving. Once the rice is creamy and tender, stir in some seasoning and then add the zest and juice of one lemon. You can also take it up a notch by adding two tablespoons of crème fraîche.
Impress Guests with Crispy Coconut Prawn and Mango Salad
Dinner meals will never be complete without salads. Salads are light but healthy as they’re usually packed with different vitamins and minerals. This is especially true if you add fruits to the mix.
Crispy coconut prawn & mango salad is easy to make. You just need to mix cooked prawns, coconut milk, limes, mangoes, avocados, and baby spinach in a bowl. For added flavor, you can add red chili and mint leaves.
Cook Curried Chicken and Mango Salad
If you’ve been preparing chicken curry the same way for years, switch things up by making this salad. For this recipe, start by coating your chicken with some curry powder and seasonings, and then bake for 20 minutes until cooked. Let the chicken cool for a couple of minutes and slice them into strips.
For the dressing, mix curry powder with yogurt, lime zest and juice, and chutney. Arrange lettuce leaves on plates, mix the chicken and dressing, and top with bite-sized slices of mangos. You can also add sesame seeds before serving.
Try Barbecued Sea Bass
Don’t be fooled. Yes, the name of this recipe might sound complicated, but it’s actually one of the easiest recipes to prepare on this list. Simply mix one zest and juice of one orange with olive oil, and drizzle over the fish. Char some orange slices on the grill and lay the fish on top of them. Barbeque the fish for about eight minutes per side or until the flesh flakes away.
For the salad, mix orange segments with lemon juice, olive oil, watercress, small capers, and green olives. Put the salad in a small bowl, serve it alongside the fish, and you’re done!
Make Turkey, Strawberry, and Avocado Salad
Another salad that relies on the sweetness of fruits is the turkey, strawberry, and avocado salad. After boiling turkey breast mini fillers, shred them using a fork and mix with spinach, avocados, and strawberries. Drizzle with lemon zest and juice mixed with maple syrup, then top with poppy seeds.
Make Mealtime More Fun
Adding fruits into your dinner meals isn’t common, but it will surely make mealtime more fun and healthier. So the next time you’re going to prepare dinner for friends or family, impress them with the recipes mentioned here. They’ll surely love eating fruits more when you serve these dinner meals to them!