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In the Kitchen

Bake and Grill Your Produce

By Chloe Schweinshaut
Dietetic Intern at BIDMC

Have some fun with your produce … try these baked and grilled recipes for some new twists on favorite and popular fruits and veggies. 

baked kale chipsBaked Kale Chips

Serves 6


1 bunch kale
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp sea salt 


Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

With a knife or kitchen shears, carefully remove kale leaves from the thick stems and tear into bite-sized pieces. Wash and thoroughly dry kale with a salad spinner. Drizzle kale with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning salt.

Bake until the edges brown (but not burn), 10 to 15 minutes.

Adapted from

Grilled Fruit Salad with Creamy Goat Cheese Topping

Serves 4


grilled fruit with cream topping2 peaches, cut in half, pit removed
3 plums, cut in half, pit removed
2 bosc pears, cut in half, core and stem removed
2 fresh figs, cut in half
1 pink grapefruit, cut in half
Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
2 Tbsp fresh basil, finely chopped
2 Tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped

Goat Cheese Topping
2 Tbsp goat cheese
2 Tbsp fat-free plain Greek yogurt
1 scoop vanilla-flavored whey protein powder


Preheat outdoor grill to very high heat; while grill is heating, prep all fruits. Set them face up on a cutting board and sprinkle with a tiny bit of freshly cracked black pepper.

When grill is hot enough, place fruits face down and cook until grill marks appear, about 3 to 5 minutes.

Remove fruits from grill and set on cutting board. Cut peaches, plums and pears into bite-sized pieces, (you might want to keep a few pear slices to garnish), and transfer to a medium-sized mixing bowl.

Using a teaspoon, remove the flesh from the grapefruit and add to the rest of the fruits. Squeeze as much of the juice as possible over the fruits. Toss in basil and mint leaves and mix until well combined. Set aside.

In a small mixing bowl, combine goat cheese, Greek yogurt and protein powder. Mix with a spoon until well incorporated. (It might look like there is too much powder at first, but it will come together eventually. Same goes for the "lumpy" feeling.) Let the mixture rest for about a minute and give it another quick stir. It will become nice and smooth.

When ready to serve, divide fruit salad between 4 bowls and top with goat cheese mixture. Garnish with fig halves, slices of pears and mint leaves, if desired.

Adapted from:

Above content provided by the Weight Loss Surgery Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. For advice about your medical care, consult your doctor.

June 2015

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Weight Loss Surgery Center
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Shapiro Clinical Center, 3rd Floor
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

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