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Watermelon: Beyond the slice


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Don't let the kids have all the fun when it comes to watermelon. Serve up this summer staple in all sorts of forms at the dinner table and the picnic.WATERMELON LIME POPSMakes 10 to 12 (3-ounce) pops.Note: Depending on your blender, you may want to mash up the watermelon with a spoonbefore you put it in the blender so it will blend more easily. From "Top Pops," by Emily Zaiden.Ingredients:6 cups cubed seedless watermelon (about one 4-lb. watermelon)2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juiceZest of 2 limes¼ cup agave nectar or sugarDash of sea saltDirections:In a blender, add the watermelon, lime juice and zest, agave or sugar, and salt. Blend on high until watermelon is completed liquefied.Pour mixture into molds, insert handles and place in freezer. If using sticks, insert them after 30 minutes or when the mixture is firm enough for them to stand upright. Freeze until solid, 4 to 5 hours minimum.Nutrition information per each of 12:Calories 44; Fat 0 g; Sodium 13 mg; Sat fat 0 g; Carbohydrates 11 g; Calcium 6 mg; Protein 0 g; Chol 0 mg; Dietary fiber 0 g.Diabetic exchanges: 1 other carb.---WATERMELON SOUPMakes about 3 cups.Note: If your child doesn't like tomatoes, serve more watermelon, which contains many of the same nutrients. From "Parents Quick & Easy Kid-Friendly Meals," by the editors of Parents magazine.Ingredients:4[1/2] cups watermelon cubes½ teaspoon salt¼ teaspoon ground coriander1/8 teaspoon pepper¼ cup plain Greek yogurt2 tablespoons raisinsDirections:Place the watermelon, salt, coriander and pepper in a food processor or blender (split into2 batches if necessary). Cover and purée until smooth. Mix in yogurt just until combined.Serve soup in bowls and top with raisins to look like seeds.Nutrition information per ¾-cup serving:Calories 76; Fat 1 g; Sodium 298 mg; Saturated fat 0 g; Carbohydrates 17 g; Calcium 31 mg; Protein 3 g; Dietary fiber 1 g.---WATERMELON MARGARITAServes 4.Ingredients:1 ½ cups cubed watermelon1 cup tequila½ cup lime juice½ cup orange liqueur (such as Grand Marnier, Cointreau or triple sec)1 tablespoon powdered sugar½ teaspoon salt.Directions:Purée watermelon, tequila, lime juice, orange liqueur, sugar and salt together.Nutrition information per serving:Calories 240; Fat 0 g; Sodium 300 mg; Sat. fat 0 g; Carbohydrates 18 g; Calcium 8 mg; Protein 0 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Dietary fiber 0 g.---WATERMELON SALSAMakes 3[1/2] cupsNote: This is a good salsa for any meat. From "The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen Cookbook."Ingredients:1 lime2 cups (1/4 -inch) cubes watermelon½ English cucumber, unpeeled, cut into ¼-inch cubes1 green onion, minced¼ teaspoon salt1/8 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepperDirections:Grate 1 teaspoon peel from lime and squeeze 2 tablespoons juice.In medium bowl, toss lime peel and juice with watermelon, cucumber, green onion, salt and pepper. Refrigerate up to 2 hours if not serving right away.Nutrition information per ¼-cup serving:Calories 9; Fat 0 g; Sodium 43 mg; Saturated fat 0 g; Carbohydrates 2 g; Calcium 5 mg; Protein 0 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Dietary fiber 0 g.Diabetic exchanges: free food.---GRILLED SPICY WATERMELONMakes 8-10 servings.Transform watermelon from sweet to savory with this mouth watering Thai-inspired sauce. Watermelon wedges are grilled until caramelized, drizzled with garlic chili sauce and garnished with cilantro. Serve as a side dish along with ribs, chicken or shrimp. From the National Watermelon Promotion Board.Ingredients:1 tablespoon lime zest1/4 cup lime juice1/4 cup honey2 teaspoons garlic chili saucePinch salt1 watermelon, medium sized1 tablespoon fresh chopped cilantroDirections:Preheat grill to high. In bowl, whisk together lime zest, juice, 3 tablespoons of the honey, garlic chili sauce and salt.Cut watermelon into 1-inch thick wedges. Lightly drizzle each side with remaining honey and place on grill. Grill until just browned, about 2 minutes per side. Place watermelon slices on a plate and drizzle with lime dressing. Garnish with cilantro.---©2013 Star Tribune (Minneapolis)Visit the Star Tribune (Minneapolis) at www.startribune.comDistributed by MCT Information Services-----TO SUBSCRIBE TO ENTERTAININGItems in the Entertaining package are not included in your MCT News Service subscription. You can subscribe to the Entertaining package or purchase the items a la carte on MCT Direct at www.mctdirect.com. To subscribe, please call Rick DeChantal at 866-280-5210 or rdechanta

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