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Healthy Pineapple Recipes and Cooking Tips

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Pineapple Coffee Cake

Nonfat plain yogurt stands in for sour cream to add moisture and tenderness to this lightened-up pineapple coffee cake. Best of all, you can mix the batter and have this wholesome breakfast treat in the oven in under 15 minutes—that's healthy in a hurry.

» Pineapple Coffee Cake

Pineapple Tofu Stir-Fry

At last - a sweet-and-sour dish with a fresh, not cloying, taste. Add a pinch of crushed red pepper, a splash of chile-garlic sauce or a dash of hot sauce to give it a little heat.

» Pineapple Tofu Stir-Fry

Fresh Tuna Salad with Tropical Fruits

Colorful tropical fruit contrasts with slightly bitter salad greens and fresh tuna steak to make a refreshing main-dish salad. Good-quality tuna is key to the success of this recipe. The secret to buying fresh fish is to ask to smell it: the tuna should smell briny, clean and fresh, like the ocean on a spring morning, not like the tidal flats on a hot summer afternoon. Do not use fresh pineapple juice, which has an enzyme that "cooks" the fish as it marinates.

» Fresh Tuna Salad with Tropical Fruits

Tom Yum Soup with Pineapple

We've added fresh pineapple to this spicy, sweet-and-sour Thai soup. Enjoy it as a first course before a light Thai curry or as a light lunch.

» Tom Yum Soup with Pineapple

Pineapple-Coconut Layer Cake

In this stunning dessert, two layers of coconut-flavored cake are filled with sweet pineapple curd and topped with creamy coconut frosting, chunks of fresh pineapple and toasted coconut.

» Pineapple-Coconut Layer Cake

Pineapple Empanaditas

These miniature empanadas, tender pastry dough wrapped around pineapple filling, are just the right size for afternoon tea.

» Pineapple Empanaditas

Sesame-Crusted Tofu with Spicy Pineapple Noodles

The tropical flavors of the hot chile-spiked pineapple noodles that accompany the crispy tofu in this dish will take the chill out of any cold day.

» Sesame-Crusted Tofu with Spicy Pineapple Noodles


When winter is at its darkest the bold flavor of pineapple brings astonishing versatility to savory dishes and sweet dishes alike. An excellent source of manganese and vitamin C, as well as a very good source of vitamins B1 and B6, copper and fiber, pineapple is a perfect midwinter fruit to enjoy as is, but its spiky crown and rough exterior might seem tough to tackle. See How to Prepare Fresh Pineapple for directions for preparing fresh pineapple.

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Healthy Pineapple Side Dishes

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Healthy Pineapple Desserts & Baked Goods

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