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10 Tropical Recipes: Cheer Up Winter Weather!

tropical recipes for winter

tropical recipes for winter

Stuck inside for a snowstorm? Piling on layers of clothes before stepping outside? Sick of staring up at a gloomy grey sky with no warmth in sight? Need a boost of sunshine? Seek solace in your kitchen and put some sunshine on your plate! Take a tropical vacation getaway just by stepping in your kitchen to whip up one of these very cheery, sunny recipes with flavor accents of banana, coconut, pineapple and papaya. Try some Pineapple Fried Quinoa or a warm coconut tea latte on a chilly winter morning. These sunny, healthy recipes are sure to perk up your spirits and put you in a very summer-y mood! Get ten tropical recipes to cheer up your winter day!..

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  • Grilled Banana Waffles 1 of 11
    Grilled Banana Waffles
    This fluffy breakfast waffle is accented with sticky-sweet, caramelized banana flavor in every tropical bite. Drizzle on some maple syrup, add some macadamia nuts and a few sprinkles of coconut flakes for a getaway vacation on your plate! photo: Kathy Patalsky
    Make grilled banana waffles
  • Pineapple Avocado Breakfast Smoothie 2 of 11
    Pineapple Avocado Breakfast Smoothie
    Blend up this creamy, dreamy tropical breakfast smoothie with accents of pineapple and avocado in every sunny sip. photo: Bellalimento
    Make an avocado pineapple smoothie
  • Pineapple Fried Quinoa 3 of 11
    Pineapple Fried Quinoa
    Break out the pineapple to make this very cheerful recipe that screams sunshine, aloha, tropics and is overflowing with some serious islander attitude. Quinoa and pineapple merge to create a fun spin on a classic recipe. Serve in a pineapple boat for optimum cheer-inducing results. photo: Kathy Patalsky
    Make Pineapple Fried Quinoa, recipe on Healthy. Happy. Life.
  • Coconut Spiced Tea Latte 4 of 11
    Coconut Spiced Tea Latte
    This silky tea latte is warming and spiced, accented with exotic flavors of coconut and cardamom. photo: Kathy Patalsky
    Make a Coconut Tea Latte
  • Big Kahuna Salad 5 of 11
    Big Kahuna Salad
    Have a luau in your salad bowl with this exotic blend of pineapple, greens, papaya and plantain chips. Macadamia nuts and a pineapple-tahini dressing on top. photo: Kathy Patalsky
    Make a Big Kahuna Salad, recipe on Healthy. Happy. Life.
  • Banana Bread Quinoa Breakfast Bowl 6 of 11
    Banana Bread Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
    This sticky banana bread quinoa bowl is a fun alternative to oatmeal as a warm breakfast cereal. This banana-infused recipe is bursting with tropical appeal. photo: Kathy Patalsky
    Make a Banana Bread Quinoa Bowl, recipe on Healthy. Happy. Life.
  • Banana Cupcakes 7 of 11
    Banana Cupcakes
    These banana cupcakes are sweet and exotic with plenty of island flavor in each moist bite. Topped with avocado chocolate frosting, these are sure to add some sunshine to your chilly winter day. photo: Kathy Patalsky
    Make Banana Cupcakes, recipe on Healthy. Happy. Life.
  • Maui Bagels 8 of 11
    Maui Bagels
    Do you love peanut butter melting over top a warm toasted bagel? Well add a grilled banana and things get even tastier! You can even add chocolate spread and chia seeds for more deliciousness. Some toasted coconut for more tropical flavor appeal. photo: Kathy Patalsky
    Make Maui Bagels, recipe on Healthy. Happy. Life.
  • Cherry Coconut Breakfast Risotto 9 of 11
    Cherry Coconut Breakfast Risotto
    Whip up this coconut cherry breakfast risotto and bask in the steamy warmth of each vanilla-accented spoonful. photo: Kathy Patalsky
    Make Coconut Cherry Risotto, recipe on Healthy. Happy. Life.
  • Papaya Donuts 10 of 11
    Papaya Donuts
    If you can find a papaya during a snowstorm you are in for a sunny treat with these lime and agave accented donut-shaped rounds. Healthy, tropical flavor in every bite! photo: Kathy Patalsky
    Make Papaya Donuts, recipe on Healthy. Happy. Life.
  • Tomato Rice Soup 11 of 11
    Tomato Rice Soup
    ..And if all that tropical yumminess doesn't quite do the trick, give this old fashion route a try: warm, steamy soup! This tomato rice kale veggie stew should warm you up in no time. photo: Kathy Patalsky
    Make Tomato Rice Kale Soup, recipe on Healthy. Happy. Life.

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