Sweeten Up Your Life with Pineapple
I freakin’ love pineapples- everything about them; from their decorative look, to what they symbolize, to their health benefits, to their always deliciously sweet taste. When I started to write this post I was thinking about how truly versatile these tropical little buggers are and how incorporating them into my life has given it that extra ~sugar and spice~, and if you know me you know I’m ALL about that. Adding an extra pop to average everyday activities and tasks transforms mundane life into a special little moments. An example in relation to pineapples- add some frozen pineapple chunks to your seltzer water (which I always have stocked in my freezer, love me some Trader Joe’s frozen fruit). Or how about you are having a night in watching your favorite new show? Pour your drink into your pineapple shaped cup! I’m drinking from mine as we speak, linked here. (Side note: Trader Vics is an awesome site to find unique and good quality tiki cups for an affordable price, but I digress.) Basically what I’m trying to say is don’t be afraid to add a little extra ~sugar and spice~ into your life, I find joy in doing this all the time, no matter how simple it may be!
Okay I hate to be that person who gives an intro before the darn recipe but don’t worry I’ll keep it short and sweet (OK ENOUGH pineapple puns..) and given this is part I of the pineapple chronicles I want to divulge a bit into some super random facts about me and pineapples. I can actually pinpoint the exact moment my love for pineapples began: when I was in the 5th grade my family and I took an extremely memorable trip to Hawaii, and while there, we visited the Dole Plantation branded as Hawaii’s ultimate “Pineapple Experience.” Sounds kinda boring right, think again, it was incredible; there was a giant maze on the property (shaped like a pineapple of course), followed by an old fashion train ride on the “Pineapple Express” around the property (I wonder if that’s where that name came from…?), topped off with a grand taste testing consisting of pineapple infused recipes at the conclusion of it all. Check this place out here. The pineapple at the Dole Plantation in Hawaii was truly one of the most delicious things I’ve ever tasted to this day, and from then on I was hooked.
Fun Fact in 2008, Dole Plantation’s giant Pineapple Garden Maze was declared the world’s largest maze!
Okay SO back from that trip down memory lane, clearly I could go on and on about pineapples so I decided I’d break it up into a series of posts.
The first way to SWEETEN UP YOUR LIFE with pineapple is with this recipe:
Crowd Pleasing Pineapple Pico De Gallo!
This recipe is super easy and delicious, and most importantly you serve it in the freakin’ pineapple so automatically you get bonus points for style. In my experience it’s a fun summer app to bring to a party with that little extra ~sugar and spice~! It has a very light and fresh taste to it, unlike most of the store bought pico de gallo’s I’ve tried. My mom passed it down to me and I’ve tweaked it a little along the way.
|Crowd Pleasing Pineapple Pico De Gallo|
🕑 Prep Time: about 45 minutes
🍴 Yeilds: about 10 servings
|🍍 Whole Pineapple (1 and 1/2 cups of pineapple from inside will be used)|
🍍 1 cup of chopped peppers (combine 1 red and 1 orange pepper)
🍍1 cup of chopped roma tomatoes (2-3 roma tomatoes)
🍍1/3 cup chopped red onion
🍍1/3 cup chopped cilantro (you will likely need to buy a whole fresh bunch of cilantro)
🍍 5 tbs lime juice (about 2 limes)
🍍1/3 cup canned corn
🍍 salt and pepper to taste
|1. First make the pineapple bowl, cut about 1/4 of the front face of the pineapple off leaving the stem attached to the larger portion. Cut around the edge of the larger piece and make square shaped cuts across and down (video below). Scoop out the loose pineapple and any excess juice and set aside for later.|
2. Dice pineapple, peppers, tomatoes, onion, and cilantro. Mix in a bowl with lime juice, corn, salt and pepper. For additional taste add ginger and garlic powder.
3. Transfer into the pineapple bowl then refrigerate and let flavors rest for 20 minutes before serving!
|Important to note- you can prepare this app ahead of time to let the flavors mingle a little more, but I definitely recommend serving it same day because if you store it overnight the pineapple bowl doesn’t look nearly as fresh the day after! If you HAVE to make the day before, wrap the entire pineapple up tight in saran wrap. 🙂|
The cool thing about this recipe is that you can switch it up in so many ways!!
- Want it to be more sweet?
- Add mango!
- Want it to be more spicy?
- Add chopped jalapeno peppers!
- Want to add a summer flair?
- Add cucumber!
- Want the aesthetic to be even more extra?
- Grill the pineapple chunks!
I am a MAJOR proponent of switching up recipes and making them your own (this doesn’t always work out well for me but hey, trial and error!) As always, have fun with it!
IMPORTANT: ALWAYS put the extra pineapple juice and chunks aside…… maybe blend them up into a homemade pina colada!? 🍹 NOW we are talking!!! (I blended the pineapple juice and chunks solely with Blue Chair Bay coconut rum and ice for a simple, delicious, healthy Pina Colada recipe!)
I also put the extra chopped veggie mix aside and stored in the fridge for an entire second meal the next day! (I sauteed them with some chickpeas and a little coconut simmer sauce, I debated between that and putting them on top of baked plantain nachos.)
Till next time fellow tropics 🙂