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Simple Recipes for Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe Soup Recipe

One of the best pairings that I've come up with for this delicious fruit is with coffee creamer. I like the Italian style creamer which comes in either low fat or regular varieties. French or regular vanilla also works well.

The Recipe Ingredients

1 cup of cantaloupe melon balls or cubes
2 servings of your favorite coffee creamer
Ground Cinnamon
Light Whipped Cream [15 calories per serving]

How to Prepare

Simply scoop out the melon into balls and place them in a pretty clear wine glass. Dust them with the ground cinnamon - or you can leave them plain - however you prefer.

Pour on the creamer. Spray the top with the light whipped cream - yes, the kind in the can in the refrigerated section at the market.

You can also sprinkle with other favorite complimenting spice[s] if you wish, such as cloves, ground nutmeg, allspice, pumpkin pie spice mixture, or add crystallized ginger than has been cut into tiny bits. Personally speaking, I think that ground cinnamon goes best with cantaloupe.

Add Another Layer to This Cantaloupe Recipe

1. A bit of vanilla extract or imitation vanilla also livens up the flavors. Simply contain a 1/2 teaspoon with the creamer before adding it to the fruit.

2. Another lovely combination of flavors and textures is adding crumbled feta cheese and either pumpkin or sunflower seeds to the melon balls.

Prosciutto Wrapped Cantaloupe Recipe

I've never attended a fancy wedding where these weren't served as appetizers for the guests - and they are so easy to make, yet they look so elegant.

When the wedges are cut thin and lengthwise, simply wrap in prosciutto. Not only tasty - but oh-so-gourmet!

Cantaloupe Soup Recipe

The Recipe Ingredients

1 small Cantaloupe, fully ripened and at its peak sweetness
1 teaspoon of Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 small container of reduced fat whipped topping, in the frozen section at the market

How to Prepare

1. Allow the whipped topping to thaw thoroughly.

2. Cut the fruit in half, and remove the seeds and membrane. Remove the peeling and wash the cantaloupe.

3. Cut into chunks and put into your blender, food process or other blending tool or machine until the fruit is smooth. Add the pumpkin pie spice and blend until incorporated.

4. Remove the pureed fruit and place into a bowl. Carefully spoon in the whipped topping and stir. It's totally okay if it melts because this will assist in forming the tasty soup.

This is a light recipe that is wonderfully refreshing during those warmer months of the year.

How much beta carotene in cantaloupe?

This fruit is packed with nutritional benefits. It's a very rich source for potassium and dietary fiber benefits. And it holds impressive beta carotene values which fight against cell damage. 1 cup of diced cantaloupe contains about 3151 g's of beta carotene.

Beta Carotene Content of Fruits

Data Based on g & 1 Cup Raw Unless Noted

Pumpkin, canned

17003

Melons, cantaloupe, raw - melon balls

3232

Apricots, canned

2464

Plums, canned

1396

Mangos, raw - one

1325

Watermelon, raw, 1 wedge

867

Grapefruit, raw, pink and red, all areas - one

1688

Papayas, raw - one

833

Plantains, raw - one medium

818

 

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