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Alexander showed viewers how to integrate grapes into their summer menus.
California grapes are in season May through January.
4-½ ounces very thinly sliced prosciutto, cut into 36 relatively equal strips (about 1-½ inches wide by 3-inches long, if possible)
36 black seedless grapes
36 decorative toothpicks
Wrap a strip of prosciutto around each grape. Arrange them on a large plate or platter and place a toothpick in the center of each grape. Serve immediately.
Makes 6 servings. Each (6 grape) serving has: 66 calories, 6 g protein, 6 g carbohydrates, 2 g fat,
Great Grape Baby Green Salad
12 cups mixed baby greens
2 cups halved red, green or black seedless grapes
¼ cup walnut pieces
3 ounces (about ¾ cup) crumbled reduced-fat blue cheese
6 tablespoons light balsamic vinaigrette or light honey mustard dressing (I used Newman’s Own Light Balsamic)
1 pound grilled boneless, skinless chicken breast strips or shredded rotisserie chicken
Add the greens, grapes, walnuts, and cheese to a large glass or plastic mixing bowl. Add the dressing and toss well. Divide the salad among 4 serving plates and top each with ¼ of the chicken. Serve immediately.
Makes 4 entrée-sized servings. Each serving has: 329 calories, 34 g protein, 19 g carbohydrates, 13 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 77 mg cholesterol, 3 g fiber, 738 mg sodium
Grape Skewers with Cheesecake Dip
96 red seedless grapes
16 6-to-8 inch skewers
1 recipe Cheesecake Dip (see below)
Skewer 6 grapes lengthwise onto each of the skewers so they touch. Spoon the dip into a medium, decorative bowl. Place the bowl in the center of a large serving plate or platter. Arrange the skewers around the bowl so they point outwards. Serve immediately.
Makes 16 servings. Each (1 skewer plus 1-½ tablespoons dip) serving has: 66 calories, 2 g protein, 10 g carbohydrates, 3 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 8 mg cholesterol, trace fiber, 43 mg sodium
For the Cheesecake Dip:
8 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, at room temperature
¼ cup sugar
1 tablespoon fat-free vanilla yogurt
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Add the cream cheese and sugar to a medium mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer fitted with beaters, beat the cream cheese and sugar until well combined. Add the yogurt and vanilla and mix on low until just combined.
Makes 16 servings. Each (about 1-½ tablespoon) serving has: 46 calories, 2 g protein, 4 g carbohydrates, 2 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 8 mg cholesterol, 0 g fiber, 43 mg sodium
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