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Easy Meals For Kids: Grilled Fruit

We’re men and we love meat. When spring hits, the grill comes out and anything in the meat department is fair game; but the grill can be for so much more. If you’re looking for an easy meal for kids, then try grilling some fruit. The heat caramelizes the sugars and adds to the smoky flavor for a taste we won’t find anywhere else.

Fruits Perfect For Grilling

Just like you can cook almost any meat from cow to caribou on a grill, almost any fruit can have a grilled counterpart. We know how good apples are inside of a pie, but imagine how good it can be with some grill marks and a smoky aftertaste that compliments the sweetness. You can cut bananas lengthwise on the grill for some out of this world banana splits. Peaches, pears, strawberries, cantaloupe, coconut and the list goes on and on. There is no limit to what fruits we can grill and each one has a unique flavor. The best way to find out what we like is experimentation. We’re like the Dr. Frankenstein of grill masters.

How to Grill Fruit

Fruits like apples, peaches, and watermelon should be cut into slices. Berries are too small to grill individually, but put them on a skewer and we’ve got a fruit meal on a stick. Each piece should be brushed with olive oil. This not only adds to the taste, but also keeps the flesh from sticking to the grill. Once the grill is ready, place the fruit on indirect heat. Fruit isn’t like meat and will cook quickly. Stay near the grill and occasionally turn the fruit. Once the fruit has become soft, they’re done. Cooking times depends on the fruit and its thickness. Kabobs of berries may only take 5-10 minutes, but thick apples can take half an hour. As for peels, it’s your choice to peel the fruit or keep it on.

More Than Just A Dessert

While images of grilled peach cobblers are likely filling our heads, grilled fruits can be for much more than just a dessert. Add some grilled pineapples or apples to our pork tenderloin or other meats and get that perfect mix of sweet and salty. Salsa can be pure heaven when we add some grilled apricots or other fruits to give it a little sweet smoky flavor. Once again, the only limit is imagination.

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