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Tropical Fruit Pizzas

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It has been raining a lot here in Iowa and we’ve had many baseball games and events cancelled because of it. My kids absolutely do not like rainy days spent inside but I try to find fun things for us to do indoors. Every week I have each child pick a snack or dessert to help me make for the family. This gives us something to do on those rainy days and gives them responsibility and some fun one-on-one time.

This week Priscilla chose dessert pizza. We made these semi-homemade pizzas with store-bought sugar cookies, but you could make your own as well. We made these extra tasty with a pineapple glaze and shredded coconut. We like to call them Tropical fruit pizzas! These are definitely a summer treat.

Tropical Fruit Pizzas

Luckily, the rain doesn’t last for long here and most of the summer days end up sunny so the kids can at least get outside for a little bit. As you can tell from the photos Priscilla was excited to get outside!

I love the versatility of OshKosh clothing and how it’s comfortable enough for a rainy day spent inside, a play date at the park or even dressy enough to go somewhere special, especially the tunics and leggings.

Tunic and leggings from OshKosh B'Gosh

I remember those cute baby OshKosh B’Gosh overalls I had for my son many years ago. I didn’t realize OshKosh had some fashionable looks beyond the traditional style I remember and they go up to both boys and girls up to size 12!

Tunic and Leggings from OshKosh B'Gosh #HelloSummerFun

Tropical Fruit Pizzas
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Ingredients
  • 1 dozen sugar cookies (homemade or store bought)
  • 2 cups assorted fruit
  • shredded coconut to taste
  • Frosting:
  • (1) 8 oz. package of cream cheese
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Glaze:
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¾ cup pineapple juice
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
Instructions
  1. Beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla together in a mixer until combined.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the sugar and cornstarch into a bowl.
  3. Heat a small saucepan over medium high heat and add the water and fruit juices. Whisk in the sugar and cornstarch and bring to a boil. Boil for about one minute until thickened. Let the pineapple glaze cool for a few minutes in the fridge.
  4. Spread the frosting on each of the cookies, top with the sliced fruit and drizzle a little glaze on each cookie.

 

Tropical Fruit Pizzas. Topped with a yummy pineapple glaze and shredded coconut

Don’t know if there is an OshKosh B’Gosh store near you? Check out this store locater and be sure to print this 25% off coupon below before you head out to buy some fashionable summer outfits.

OshKosh B'Gosh Summer 2015 printable coupon

What is Pitaya?

What is Pitaya and why is it good for you?

Pitaya aka dragonfruit is a fruit of the cactus species that was discovered centuries ago in Central America. Now you can find the fruit in many countries across the world, but it is totally underused in the US! This superfruit is full of antioxidants, fiber, Magnesium and Vitamin B’s.

You may not find dragonfruit in your grocery store, so these Pitaya Plus smoothie packs make things super easy. These superfruit smoothie packs are 100% raw, usda organic, non gmo verified pitaya. No sugar is added to these packs and they are vegan, kosher, gluten and dairy free!

Pitaya Plus Smoothie Packs

I was sent a few of these smoothie packs, but as soon as I heard about them I knew I wanted to post.

You guys know I’m all about social good, right?

I added Pitaya Plus to my list of 150+ social good and fair trade companies. Pitaya’s goal is to create new employment opportunities in areas where they are most needed. Pitaya Plus hires single mothers to help process the fruit, in an effort to make a positive impact in the communities in which they operate. They pay them above minimum wage, and help contribute to their social security. Pitaya Plus works directly with the farmers and producers to ensure they have proper working conditions.

Pitaya Plus is commited to bringing you products in a socially, environmentally responsible and sustainable way. I love supporting brands that commit to these causes. You can purchase Pitaya Plus here! They are also available in Sprouts stores nationwide.

Pitaya Smoothie bowl.

Pitaya Smoothie Bowl
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Ingredients
  • 2 Pitaya Plus Smoothie Packs
  • ½ cup strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 4 oz apple juice
  • Top with chia seeds, toasted coconut and fruit
Instructions
  1. Place all of the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Top the smoothie bowl with chia seeds, toasted coconut and fresh fruit.

 

Pecan Pork Chops with Strawberries, Bacon, Arugula & Goat Cheese

Pecan Pork Chops with strawberries, bacon, arugula and goat cheese.

I love making simple recipes for my family. I also love recipes that I can easily take away elements of a dish to cater to my picky eaters without making separate meals because I definitely don’t have the time or desire to make several meals. I require my kids to try everything, even if it’s a few small bites.

My kids loved these pecan crusted pork chops. I will disclose to you that one ate it with ketchup and they all had the salad on the side. My husband and I had the salad on top of the pork chops and all of the ingredients just go so well together. The pecans add heartiness and healthy fats and the strawberry and arugula bring the freshness and sweetness. I didn’t want to create a dressing for this because you could do one of three things: 1) use no dressing, 2) use a little bacon grease (oh my!) or use your own favorite dressing.

Now, I am not gluten-free nor is anyone in my family, but after doing a little research I believe this whole dinner is considered gluten-free depending on what bacon and cheese you purchase. Any crumbly cheese will taste good in this dish: feta, goat or blue.

Ground Pecans

Baking time will depend on how thick of pork chops you buy. If you buy the super thin ones they won’t take much time at all, but I recommend buying a meat thermometer if you don’t have one already. It takes the guesswork out of everything.

This is a great meal for entertaining as well because there’s only a few ingredients and prep is minimal. From now on I’m going to encrust everything in pecans, it’s so much yummier!

Baked Pecan Pork Chops with Strawberry, Bacon, Arugula and Goat Cheese

Pecan Pork Chops with Strawberry, Bacon, Arugula & Goat Cheese
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • (6) ½ inch - 1 inch boneless pork chops
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1½ cups strawberries, sliced
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked
  • ½ cup goat cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Grind the pecans in a food processor or blender.
  3. Place the egg in a shallow dish and the pecans in a separate shallow dish.
  4. Dip each pork chop in the egg and then cover with the pecans.
  5. Bake for about 15-20 minutes. (This depends on how thick your pork chops are. Internal temperature should be 140-145 degrees).
  6. Meanwhile, mix the arugula, strawberries, bacon and goat cheese in a bowl.
  7. Top the baked pork chops with the salad