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Good eats with grapes

Make a heart-healthy menu with flavorful fruit

Family Features | 6/23/2017, midnight
Heart-healthy foods can play a role in healthy aging. Whether you enjoy them by the handful as a refreshing snack ...

Heart-healthy foods can play a role in healthy aging. Whether you enjoy them by the handful as a refreshing snack or use them to add color, crunch and a touch of sweetness to a meal, grapes are a heart-healthy option that make eating better easy.

Grapes of all colors—red, green and black—are a natural source of beneficial antioxidants and other polyphenols. At just 90 calories per serving, they also contain no fat, no cholesterol and virtually no sodium.

With a juicy burst of flavor, grapes show how simple it can be to make good-for-you-dishes that also taste great. Even though California grapes are a snacking staple in most kitchens, you may not realize how versatile they can be for cooking. For example, grapes add a sweet touch to a crunchy yogurt salad and complement the bold spice on a skewer of grilled shrimp. Fresh, flavorful grapes even put a tangy, fresh twist on a soothing glass of iced tea.

Find more delicious recipes to make healthy eating easy at GrapesfromCalifornia.com.

Zahtar Shrimp and Grape Kabobs

Servings: 6

2 tablespoons zahtar

1 clove garlic, minced

1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon honey

1/8 teaspoon sea salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

36-40 large shrimp (about 2 pounds), shelled and deveined

1 cup whole green California grapes

1 cup whole red California grapes

In medium bowl, combine zahtar, garlic, thyme, vinegar, honey, salt, pepper and olive oil. Whisk to combine. Add shrimp and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours.

Thread shrimp and grapes onto skewers. Heat grill or grill pan to medium-high.

Grill skewers, turning once, until shrimp are lightly charred and cooked through and grapes are caramelized but firm, about 2-3 minutes per side.

Nutritional information per serving: 190 calories; 20 g protein; 12 g carbohydrate; 6 g fat (28% calories from fat); 1 g saturated fat (5% calories from saturated fat); 180 mg cholesterol; 870 mg sodium; 1 g fiber.

Savory Yogurt with Grape and Cucumber Salad

Servings: 4

Dukkah:

1/3 cup raw cashews

1/3 cup hazelnuts

1/4 cup sesame seeds

2 tablespoons cumin seeds

2 tablespoons coriander seeds

2 tablespoons dried thyme

1/2 teaspoon salt

Yogurt:

3 cups plain, nonfat Greek yogurt

1/2 cup green California grapes, halved

1/2 cup red California grapes, halved

1 cup English cucumber, diced

1 tablespoon minced shallot

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar

salt, to taste

pepper, to taste

4 tablespoons dukkah

1 teaspoon lemon zest

To make dukkah: Heat oven to 350 F. Spread cashews and hazelnuts on baking sheet and toast 6-8 minutes. Transfer to food processor and set aside. In skillet over medium heat, toast sesame seeds, cumin seeds and coriander seeds until fragrant, 1-2 minutes, then transfer to food processor. Add dried thyme and salt. Pulse mixture until coarsely ground. Makes about 1 cup that can be stored in an airtight container.

Divide yogurt into four 3/4-cup portions. In small bowl, combine grapes, cucumber, shallots, olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Top each bowl of yogurt with 1/2 cup grape mixture, 1 tablespoon dukkah and sprinkle of lemon zest.