SpongeBob Squarepants! If you have children you probably know SpongeBob all too well. Even though I despise SpongeBob, he definitely has encouraged my children to eat pineapple, just for the pure sake of singing that song while eating it.
We ate at Brazas last weekend, which is a little Brazilian restaurant that brings large slabs of exotic meat to your table on a rotisserie skewer and slices it on your plate with a sword.
An honest to God sword.
This was thrilling to my kids to say the least. Too bad that the sword wielding waiter was only one of two good things about the dining experience. Their prices were high, the cloth napkins were falling apart, they didn’t have all the meat they promised (I was hoping they would have the ostrich they promised) and they actually added 18% gratuity to our tab without telling us, so we double tipped! While I can’t recommend eating at Brazas, I have to say that their dessert was phenomenal.
They speared an entire pineapple, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, on a rotisserie skewer and cooked it over an open flame until it formed a sweet, golden crust. They sliced the pineapple (with the sword) at the table right on our plates. It tasted like heaven. The crisp sweetness of the cinnamon sugar tasted like candy and the natural juicy flavor of the pineapple burst through. It was absolutely decadent.
I wanted to try this recipe out at home, even though I don’t have a rotisserie oven. I bought a whole pineapple and cut off the skin and sliced it into thick chunks. I then sprinkled cinnamon sugar on the pineapple and placed it under the broiler on low for five minutes. It turned out great! I know that pineapple is naturally sweet and doesn’t really need the extra sugar, but boy is that a delicious treat! My kids gobbled it up like candy (while singing SpongeBob of course.)
Pineapple is great to eat after a big dinner because it contains bromelain, which is a powerful digestive enzyme that can relieve indigestion. Did you know that the bromelain is often extracted from pineapple as a key ingredient in most over-the-counter digestive enzymes? Bromelain also is a natural blood thinner and can speed wound healing and reduce inflammation. It also has cancer-fighting power, blocking the growth of breast, lung, colon, ovarian and melanoma tumors.
If that wasn’t enough, a cup of fresh pineapple has almost 100% of the Daily Value for manganese. Manganese is an essential trace mineral needed for bone and cartilage formation, healthy skin and glucose tolerance. Pineapple also has a hefty serving of vitamin C and fiber.
Try out my recipe for a pineapple parfait. This is super easy and kids love it too!
- 1 cup pineapple
- 1 container non-fat yogurt
- 2 Tbsp Fat-Free Cool Whip
- Put the yogurt in the bottom of a tall glass, followed by pineapple and then 1 tablespoon of Cool Whip. Repeat once more and top with Cool Whip.
What is your favorite way to eat pineapple?