Thanksgiving Dinner: Easy Recipes With the Fresh Fruit Bouquet

A party platter sized fresh fruit bouquet makes a spectacular centerpiece for the Thanksgiving Day Dinner, at least until it’s time to carve the turkey. Before the big meal, allow guests to snack on the fresh fruit platter. It shouldn’t ruin anyone’s appetite.

After dinner, instead of allowing the last skewers to go to waste, consider these easy Thanksgiving Day Dinner recipes with the fresh fruit bouquet remnants:

Fruit Bouquet Parfait Recipe

The remaining pieces of the fruit are ripe for an ice cream parfait.

Ingredients:

  • Pieces of the fruit bouquet
  • Ice cream
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar (optional)
  • Whipped cream

Cut the remaining pieces of fresh fruit bouquet into smaller cubes, discarding any brown pieces. In a parfait glass, spoon in a heaping tablespoon of fruit. Next, top the fruit with a layer of ice cream, alternating layers of fruit and ice cream until the parfait glass is full. Finally add whipped cream on top.

Fresh Fruit Bouquet Smoothie Recipe

The remnants of the fruit bouquet are juicy and healthy in a smoothie.

Ingredients

  • Pieces of the fresh fruit bouquet
  • 1/4 cup of chopped ice (use 1/3 cup of chopped ice for every cup of fruit
  • ½ cup of vanilla ice cream

smoothieToss the remaining cubes of edible fruit into the blender. Add chopped ice and a spoon of vanilla ice cream. Then, press the puree button for 20 seconds. Change the blender’s setting to ‘whip’ for 30 seconds. Pour the edible fruit bouquet contents into several high ball glasses. Place a straw in the center of each glass and place in the freezer until ready to serve – 1- 2-hours. (Don’t allow the smoothie to freeze.)

Frozen Fresh Fruit Bouquet Cup

The same idea is applicable to creating frozen snacks for children. Instead of using a glass, divvy up the contents of the soon to be frozen, fresh fruit bouquet into several plastic cups. Then freeze for four hours and – ENJOY!

Fruit for Thanksgiving?

When you think of Thanksgiving dinner, turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, green bean casserole, corn and rolls usually come to mind, but what about fruit? We all know that fruit is an important part of any healthy diet and should be offered at every meal, but for some reason it’s frequently missing from the Thanksgiving table. What can we do about that? How can we add fruit to the Thanksgiving menu?

Turkey

Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

Cranberry Relish – combine fresh cranberries, an orange, an apple and a carrot, grind them all together and mix in a little sugar or sweetner to taste.

If you offer a salad bar, be sure to include fruit such as pomegranate seeds, dried cranberries and Mandarin orange slices.

Many families enjoy a fruit salad at summer reunions, why not add one to the Thanksgiving menu? Here are a few links to recipes you might want to try:

For dessert or an appetizer offer a fruit tray with sliced pineapple, banana, apple, Clementines, kiwi, pears and something more exotic like maybe papaya or star fruit.

For dessert consider an angel food cake or cheesecake with a variety of fresh fruits to add as toppings.

When setting the table consider using fruit as the centerpiece. You can order a fresh fruit bouquet or you can simply use beautiful fresh fruits from the market. Martha Stewart recommends fruit as a Thanksgiving centerpiece here.

 

Is a Pumpkin a Vegetable or a Fruit?

With Halloween and pumpkin carving fun upon us, many kids are asking if a pumpkin is a fruit or a vegetable. This question sometimes leaves parents stumped and wondering the same thing themselves. It grows on a vine so does that make it a vegetable? It has seeds, does that make it a fruit?

Botanists, the scientists who study plants, say that pumpkins are in fact not a vegetable but a fruit, interestingly a berry. They belong to the Cucurbitaceae family along with cucumbers, melons, squash and guards. The Cucurbita genus includes gourds, winter and summer squash and all the different varieties of pumpkin.

Pumpkins

Pumpkins are native to North America and are grown commercially for food consumption as well as decoration and carving. They are a good source of nutrition. Pumpkins are low in calories, fat and sodium while being high in fiber and Vitamins A & B. Pumpkin seeds are nutritious as well being high in protein, iron and Vitamin B.

A Fresh Fruit Bouquet for Bosses Day? – A Reader’s Question

Edible Fruit was recently contacted by a reader with the following question:

QUESTION:

What are good gift options to give your manager on Bosses Day? Does a fresh fruit bouquet serve as an adequate Bosses Day gift?

I work in an office that is comparable to NBC’s Dunder Mifflin on “The Office.” My boss is an eccentric, macrobiotic vegetarian. Despite his fixation with the history of the food he consumes and how it is cultivated, he has a heart of gold. I’d like to show my appreciation without sending the wrong signals or appearing like a brown noser among my colleagues. Do you have any tips or suggestions for a nice Bosses Day Gift?

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ANSWER:

October 16th, 2014 is National Bosses Day in the United States. It’s an opportunity for employees to show their appreciation to bosses for being kind and fair and to thank the boss for all he/she has to do to keep the business in operation.

Unless the team chips in for a bouquet of flowers, sending the boss an order of roses borders on the questionable intentions. Flowers tend to be a personal gift usually reserved for Mom, a significant other or a hospitalized associate. As a group gift flower bouquets are a normal stand-by idea.

Since you mentioned that your boss is a health nut, a great gift that ensures satisfaction is a fresh fruit bouquet. As you mentioned that your boss is picky about where the food he eats comes from, consider giving a fresh fruit bouquet comprised of organic fruit.

Foods with the USDA Organic label are at least 95% percent organic. We suggest you call around and try to find a local farmer or market that sells local organic fruit bouquets. If organic isn’t available locally then try Cherry Moon Farms or Harry and David who both offer organic options. Your boss is sure to appreciate such a kind gesture which has clearly been thought out.

Fruit Makes You Feel Better the Scientific Proof – News

AppleA study was recently conducted by researchers at the University of Warwick which found that high and low mental wellbeing is consistently linked to an individual’s fruit and vegetable intake. The more fruit and vegetables a person consumes the lower the chance of having low mental health. The study findings indicate that eating fruits and vegetables not only benefits a person’s physical wellbeing but also their mental wellbeing.

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