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8 Easy Ways To Add Hawaiian Flavor To Your Meals

As a mom, I tend to get stuck in certain ruts and I am always looking for new ideas to make meals more appetizing, fun, and nutritious. While visiting Hawaii and Disney’s Aulani resort, I was inspired by all the delicious food I tried. The fruits and vegetables were so fresh that I ate healthier while I was there. My trip also inspired me to try new things, such as macadamia-encrusted Mahi Mahi, which is crunchy and so tasty. Pineapples, papaya, tomatoes, shaved coconut, and brightly colored peppers all gave each dish a unique flavor that you can bring home. That way you can say Aloha (goodbye) to boring dinners!

If you’d rather drink your fruit , try mixing up passion fruit, orange, and guava for your own POG juice. I couldn’t get enough of this juice cocktail while I was at Aulani.

Here are a few easy ways your can give a Hawaiian touch to your everyday meals without having to hop on a plane.

  • How to bring Hawaiian flavor to your meals 1 of 9
    A taste of Hawaiian food

    Click through for ways to add Hawaiian flavor to your everyday meals.

  • Enjoy more tomatoes 2 of 9
    Tomatoes

    Every single tomato I tried in Hawaii was absolutely delicious, whether is was a Kamuela, heirloom cherry, or regular. There were different colors, sizes, and types, but they all reminded me how the add a fresh and juicy touch to any salad. 

  • Savor tropical fruit 3 of 9
    Tropical fruit salad

    Hawaii is known for its pineapples, but it is also blessed with other tropical fruits that are mouthwatering, like papaya and mango. Add cubed tropical fruit to salads for an instant flavor makeover or shaved coconut to your fruit salad.

  • Incorporate peppers 4 of 9
    Peppers

    There are all kinds of peppers that can suit your own family's tastes, either to add some spice or to add some color to your meal. For the less adventurous, simply sauté sliced green and red peppers and add to rice or toss with chicken. 

  • Try the Loco Moco 5 of 9
    Loco Moco

    Native Hawaiians enjoy a hamburger patty with a fried egg on top, covered with onion gravy. It's called Loco Moco and if you're in the mood for something new but not crazy about the onions, try adding just a fried egg on top of a hamburger patty.

  • Eat more fish 6 of 9
    Fresh fish tacos

    Fish is a very healthy protein and can be a rich source of Omega 3 oils in your diet. During my stay at Aulani, I tried the sustainable catch of the day fish tacos and they were so light and fresh that I want to savor them again. Fresh tuna, Mahi Mahi, and snapper were also delicious when simply grilled. Need more inspiration? In Hawaii you also notice oriental influences, so try adding soy sauce, honey, ginger, and pineapple to your salmon the next time you bake it. 

  • Cool off with shaved ice 7 of 9
    Hawaiian shaved ice

    To stay cool, Hawaiians love shaved ice. Think of it as a refreshing, tropical-flavored sno cone. During the warmer months, try adding fruit-flavored syrup to your shaved ice for a colorful and fat-free treat.

  • Go bananas 8 of 9
    Banana French Toast

    Try adding bananas to bread pudding as they do at the Aulani resort, or slice it and insert between French toast for a delicious twist on this breakfast staple. At Ama Ama restaurant they serve it with a side of chocolate and peanut sauces, along with syrup. It is worth every single calorie.

  • Find new ways to use pineapples 9 of 9
    Pineapple creme brulee

    Pineapples are juicy and sweet on their own, but in Hawaii, I learned that they can add variety to tried and true dishes. Try incorporating pineapple into a Crème brûlée, your baked salmon, or simply to a glass of iced water. 

Watch my interview with Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde about the story behind Aulani here.

Read more of Jeannette´s writing here or check out her blog in Spanish on Hispana Global.

And reach out to her on Twitter and Facebook. She loves it!

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