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Sweet & Spicy Pineapple Dip

Recipe Image: Sweet & Spicy Pineapple DipAloha warmer weather! As we approach Summer, we find ourselves craving more tropical fruits. Who doesn’t love cold, juicy pineapple in the warm sunshine? Along with a satisfying sweet, tropical flavor, this fruit also boasts a variety of nutrients and minerals! 

Pineapple is perfectly fine to enjoy all on its own and goes great on fruit trays and platters for BBQs and outdoor eating. It’s even great to throw on the grill and enjoy warmed and slightly charred. For those looking to take their pineapple game to another level, we encourage you to give this sweet and spicy pineapple dip a try! We’ve replaced the calorie and fat-laden mayonnaise dip base with protein-rich cottage cheese. And if you’re not a cottage cheese fan - don’t panic - you’re going to run it through the blender to break up those cheese bits and give it a much smoother and more “dip-like” consistency. With the sweetness of the pineapple and the spice from hot sauce, you won’t even know there’s cottage cheese in there!

This recipe is great to enjoy just as it is - simply grab a spoon and have at it. It also looks great sitting on an appetizer table with some crackers for dipping! For individuals following an MRC menu, be sure to check your menu and see how this recipe best fits into your daily meals.

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. low-fat Cottage cheese
  • 1 C. pineapple
  • 1 TBSP hot sauce
  • ¼ tsp. Sea salt
  • Paprika (to sprinkle on top)

Instructions:

  1. Cut pineapple in half lengthwise (top to bottom). Carve out the insides, leaving ½ inch in tact (you will refill the pineapple halves with the dip).
  2. Dice pineapple and strain excess liquid. Set aside.
  3. In a blender, blend cottage cheese and hot sauce. Add more hot sauce to your taste preference.
  4. In a bowl, combine the strained pineapple, cottage cheese mixture, and salt to taste.
  5. Fill hollowed out pineapple bowls with mixture, sprinkle paprika overtop, and enjoy!

Makes two servings | Serving size: ½ pineapple | 1 serving replaces: 1 carbohydrate, 1 protein

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