Grilled Pineapple

Grilled Pineapple

Grilled Pineapple

Are you looking for a healthy but nutritious dessert?  If you like pineapple, you will really enjoy this grilled pineapple recipe.

Cooking the pineapple over high heat caramelizes the pineapple’s natural sugars which brings out its natural sweetness and gives it a golden color.  Pineapple is high in Vitamin C and is also a great source of  manganese, a trace mineral that may help prevent osteoporosis and which is mostly found in whole grains, nuts and seeds.

When selecting pineapples at the grocery store, look for a pineapple that seems heavy for its size, with dark green leaves that come out easily with a sharp tug. Avoid pineapples with soft or dark spots and dry-looking leaves.

All you need is one pineapple.   Peel, core, and slice the pineapple.  Grill in the oven or outside until each slice has grill marks.  Flip, and grill the other side. You can grill the pineapples plain, or add cinnamon and red pepper for a sweet and spicy kick . I grilled these on the outdoor grill last night and they were super sweet and wonderful.  I had some left over and used them in my smoothy this morning.  It added a nice sweetness without using sugar.

There is no need to always think of dessert as something with added sugar when nature produces such wonderful natural sugars.  So, if you have the grill going this weekend, throw on some pineapple and serve up some natural sweetness.  Enjoy!