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Mango-Pineapple Popsciles with Pomegranate seeds

Mango-Pineapple Popsciles with Pomegranate seeds

Whenever I eat Ice Popsicles, I instantly think of my grandpa, who’d use to buy these for us when we use to visit him in summer. A thought of this bring a smile on my face.

Same with mangoes Like when I eat first mangoes of the season, I instantly think of my uncle’s house where in backyard we use to spend whole afternoon eating mangoes one after another. I know I’ve so much memories associated with summer. I love summer besides the fact that it really gets unbearable because of scorching heat.

To me summer without popsicle not happening. I love to eat these pretty ice pops and if its homemade then you can control the quality of ingredients. As with anything homemade,you know what goes into your food and can customize it to suit your liking.

This popsicle recipe is so simple with just 3-4 ingredients and you can enjoy making these with your kids. I love the bright color of these pops and I can guarantee you this, it taste so good and delicious! That you can’t limit yourself to just one. Coming back to the recipe, which is just grind,  mix and freeze. Couldn’t get simpler than this!

Mango-Pineapple Popsciles with Pomegranate seeds

Mango-Pineapple Popsciles with Pomegranate seeds

Ingredients:

  • 1 big mango, skinned removed and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup pineapple juice, adjust the amount of juice according to your mixture, you need thin consistency..it gets little thicker because of the mango flesh.
  • 2 tbsp good quality honey
  • 1 teaspoon of lime juice
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate seeds

 Method:

  • Combine the ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
  • Place ½ tablespoon of pomegranate seeds in the bottom of your popsicle molds. Press the seeds lightly and fill to the top with mango-pineapple mixture. Insert sticks and freeze until solid, preferably overnight.
  • To remove the popsicle from the mold, just run warm water around the mold and pull on the sticks to remove the pops. OR else Let the mold stand at room temperature for about 2-3 minutes and pull the sticks to unmold.
Mango-Pineapple Popsciles with Pomegranate seeds

Note:

  • If using wooden ice pop sticks, soak sticks for 30 minutes in warm water before inserting into pops, this helps keep them from floating up when inserted into molds.
  • Taste for sweetness and add more honey if necessary (it should be too sweet as it will lose sweetness after freezing.)

Breakfast and smoothie goes hand in hand in my house. When I am tired of eating regular bowl of cereals and want some exciting and nutritious breakfast, I go for smoothies. I love smoothies…they are so versatile and incredibly easy to make.

I make my smoothie with all the fresh fruits in season but you can definitely go with the frozen ones, its doesn’t make any difference.  And let me tell you, this is the best way to include fruits in your diet. If you have kids, you know how difficult it is to feed them fruits and veggies. So, you can sneak in some veggies in their smoothie and they don’t even know what is in there…believe me it works! As I said, smoothies are so versatile and easy to make that you don’t have to go with an exact recipe – just little bit of this and that.

I keep thinking of all kinds of fruit combos to try , seriously the flavor combos are endless, so be creative.

Ingredients:

  • 1 green apple, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
  • 1 banana, peeled and broken into pieces
  • 1 ripe pear, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 orange, peeled and cut into segments
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 4 tbsp greek plan yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 cup milk (I used 2% milk)

Method:

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender, and puree until smooth. And serve! Doesn’t get easier and healthier than this…Cheers!!

Colors of Ice pops take you back to your childhood, the time when the bell of the Ice Cream vendors push cart would get you all excited. You would wait for his usual time of arrival in your neighbourhood on a hot Indian Summer afternoon. Take the money from parents and run to the vendor, peek into the ice box and pick ice pop from riot of color going on. The dripping of melting ice, sugar and color in your mouth and hands, what a wonderful time was that.

The higher the mercury goes, the more often I feel like whipping up some frozen treats  to enjoy with family and friends. I was thinking of making some Popsicle at home since the summer started. Not only are they delicious, super pretty, and easy to make, but there’s so much room for creativity when you make them! In the heat of summer this is the best way to keep yourself hydrated and cool without even feeling guilty.

What I love about these frozen treats is that you have complete control over the ingredients and can make it as healthy as you want them to be. With all the fresh fruits in season, I can think of about a million other delicious flavors combination to make in coming months.

Watermelon-Lemon Pops

Watermelon-Lemon Pops

Ingredients:

For Watermelon-Lemon Pops:

Makes 6-8 Ice Pops

  • 3 cups chopped watermelon
  • 1 cup watermelon rind flesh(scoop out the flesh  from the rind), chopped
  • 2 teaspoon plus 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon plus 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • pinch of salt

Method:

  • In a blender, combine the watermelon flesh with 2 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, salt and blend until smooth. You can add a couple of tablespoon of water if needed. Transfer to a large glass measuring cup. Set aside.
  • Place the watermelon rind  with 1 teaspoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice, water, salt and blend until the mixture is completely smooth.
  • Pour watermelon flesh mixture into ice pop /ice cream molds, filling them three-fourths full. Freeze until partially frozen, about 1 hour.
  • Insert sticks and top with the watermelon rind mixture, filling the molds until full.
  • Freeze until ready to enjoy!
Watermelon Pops

Watermelon Pops

Ingredients:

Makes 6-8 Ice Pops

  • 3 cups chopped ripe cantaloupe
  • 2 teaspoon powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • pinch of salt
 Cantaloupe Pops

Cantaloupe Pops

 Cantaloupe Pops

Cantaloupe Pops

Method:

  • In a blender, combine the cantaloupe with 2 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, salt, water and blend until smooth. Transfer to a large glass measuring cup.
  • Pour the  mixture into ice pop /ice cream molds, filling the molds until full. Freeze until partially frozen, about 1 hour.
  • Insert sticks when the pops are partially frozen.
  • freeze until ready to enjoy!!
 Cantaloupe Pops

Cantaloupe Pops

Mango-Pineapple Juice

Posted: July 21, 2010 by incidentalcooksuman in Juice/cooler
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Recipe Yields: 3 servings

Mango-Pineapple Juice

The fruit mango needs no introduction, everyone knows what mango is and everybody indulges themselves with its deliciousness once in a while. In India during the mango season you will get to see different varieties of this fruit in market. And you cannot pass through without buying some. Sometimes it happens that both mom and dad gets some kilos. In hindi we call this Aam and it is also referred to as phaloo ka badshah which literally means king of fruits.

I had some mangoes and pineapple lying on counter for couple of days , So thought of make this refreshing drink which is very simple yet tastes divine with the taste of this fruits together. In every sip you will smell and taste the mangoes and pineapple..Ahh just awesome.

Mango-Pineapple Juice

Mango-Pineapple Juice

For the juice:

  • 1 large ripen Mango, peeled and diced in cubes
  • 1 medium-sized sweet pineapple, peeled and diced in cubes
  • 1 tablespoon sugar( you can adjust depending upon how sweet the fruit is)
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup water

Grind all the ingredients mentioned above and serve with some ice cubes on top and enjoy.

Mango-Pineapple Juice

Mango-Pineapple Juice

Strawberry-Banana Smoothie

Posted: July 16, 2010 by incidentalcooksuman in Juice/cooler
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Recipe Yields: 2 Servings

Strawberry-Banana Smoothie

This is the most common smoothie you will find in every home, restaurant and places you can think of. Everyone makes this smoothie either with the frozen berries or with the fresh ones. So, there is nothing to share the recipe here but still wanted to post this as the name itself makes me feel like having a glass of this refreshing drink. Also, summer is the time you can have this kind of smoothies, drink or juices to cool off the excessive heat and use those fresh berries.

Last weekend when we were grocery shopping at BJ’s, I saw this beautiful, fresh strawberries on shelf which I could not pass; we grabbed that 2 lb box. But 2 lb is a bit more to just eat it like a fruit. Hence made this smoothie.

Strawberry-Banana Smoothie

Strawberry-Banana Smoothie

For the Smoothie:

  • 10 fresh strawberries
  • 1/2 cup low-fat yogurt
  • 1 ripen banana
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • water if needed

Grind everything together in a blender and add water if needed to loosen the consistency like smoothie. I have added couple of tablespoon of water to it.

Strawberry-Banana Smoothie

Strawberry-Banana Smoothie

And Enjoy this drink!

Have a lovely weekend guys!

Kiwi Cooler

Posted: June 9, 2010 by incidentalcooksuman in Juice/cooler
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Recipes Yields: 3 Servings

Kiwi Cooler

As the summer is here we get to treat us with refreshing drinks. I am going to make this juice with 7 up soda as I thought it will give a wonderful refreshness to the juice.

Kiwi fruit is rich in vitamin C, vitamin E and small amount of Vitamin A. When cut open it looks beautiful, sometimes I just scoop out the flesh and eat it but in order to eat that it has to be little ripen so that it tastes sweet.

Coming back to the recipe for the juice:

Kiwi Fruit

Kiwi Fruit

Ingredients:

  • 3 ripen kiwi, scoop out the flesh
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 can of 7 up soda

Blend Kiwi, orange juice and honey. Fill the serving glass with half of this Juice and top it off with 7-up soda and serve.

Kiwi Cooler

Kiwi Cooler