Sunday, February 27, 2011

Our Food Journey and a Family Favorite Fruit Salad

A large part of our food journey has been because we had no choice.  When we found out that the little guy had intolerances to gluten, corn, refined sugar, food colorings, and soy, it left us in a position of finding a new way to eat.   As we took that journey with him, I discovered that his food intolerances where inherited from me.   I never realized that my migraines, my joint and muscle aches, my constant reoccurring bronchitis, and my digestive issues could be due to food allergies.   So his journey became our journey.  By healing his body,  I discovered I was also healing my own.   We are still learning, but the healing we've experienced so far has been incredible!

Speaking of incredible (Haha - how's that for a segue?), this is an incredible fruit salad!  Often, when we are asked to bring a dish to pass to a gathering, I bring two - so that we have some foods there that we can safely eat.   Yesterday was the Little Guy's Blue & Gold Banquet for Cub Scouts.  I made a green salad, brownies, and this fruit salad.  It's always amazing to me when people ask for the "recipe". 

Family Favorite Fruit Salad

8-10 Cups of cut fruit.   Use whatever fruits you'd like.  Yesterday, I used cantaloupe, papaya, strawberries, pineapple, and red grapes.    Other good additions are apples, blueberries, watermelon, peaches, kiwi...
1 Cup Apricot Nectar.  Use a good brand - check to make sure that it doesn't include high fructose corn syrup.  I like Ceres or RW Knudsen brands.
1 Tablespoon arrowroot starch (or cornstarch if you can use corn.)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Cut fruit into bite sized pieces (we like ours a bit on the large side) and place into a large bowl.
Heat apricot nectar on the stove until simmering.  Make a slurry of of the starch, with a couple tablespoons of water, and stir into the nectar, continuing to stir until it thickens. Remove the nectar from the heat, and stir in vanilla.    Let this cool to room temperature, and then pour over fruit, stir to mix thoroughly,  and chill until serving.    Add some fresh whipped cream on top, and this is dessert!

Makes 10-12 servings.

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