I find it difficult to Eat A Rainbow on a daily basis and have been seeking out recipes to help me do that. Remember in school, ROY G. BIV? Each letter stands for a color in a rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. It was ole Isaac Newton that introduced indigo and orange to the original five colors to make it an even or is it odd seven. All to match the days of the week, the musical notes, and the seven known planets in his time. Another reason to love Newton. Today I am going to start with Red, the longest wavelength in the rainbow.
Red fruits and vegetables include red apples, cherries, cranberries, raspberries, red grapes, strawberries, red pears, watermelon, beets, red peppers, radishes, red onions, rhubarb and tomatoes. These have the powerful antioxidant lycopene which helps us fight heart disease and some cancers.
I think this recipe will help us all get those reds in. Oh and a little green too.
Of course some sugar helps the medicine go down now doesn’t it?
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
Wash and stem the grapes. Pour out on a towel and pat dry. In a bowl with mixer, mix on low speed cream cheese, sour cream, vanilla, and sugar for 30 seconds then increase speed to medium-high for 3 minutes until light and fluffy. Gently fold in grapes. Pour grape mixture into a large bowl and top with pecans and brown sugar. Cover and chill overnight. Mix the topping in prior to serving. Serves 8-10.
Note- One of my guests did not like the crunchiness of the brown sugar, the rest of us did. I have looked at other recipes where some have solved this by decreasing the nuts and brown sugar, using candied pecans and sprinkling them on just before serving, stirring in the topping before chilling, or just using the nuts. It is up to you but I am sticking with the crunchy sugar high thank you very much.
Next Week in BRK: The final “Car Picnic” post: My favorite crock pot dinners. Some more great recipes. And another wavelength in the Rainbow- Orange.
Have a yummy weekend!