Tips & Tall Tales

Father’s Day Pineapple Grilling

Pineapple’s Health Benefits

Finding the right Father’s Day recipe can be challenging. What’s even harder is finding one that is nutritious and will make the whole family feel great. Luckily, you came to the right place. We believe in the power of fruits AKA nature’s candy. Fire up the barbecue, it’s time for some pineapple grilling.

Pineapple is especially nutritious and has many health benefits. According to the BBC, pineapple supports immunity and aids digestion. There is even research by registered dieticians to prove that pineapple is anti-inflammatory. That means your skin and pains & aches will thank you!

You really can’t go wrong with a pineapple recipe for your annual Father’s Day grill. Plus, pineapple can be added to various types of cuisine, which we’ll dive into next.

Pineapple Grilled Chicken

Let’s start off with a simple recipe that is sure to WOW your guests. This filling entrée from The Clean Eating Couple gets an A+ from us.


  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts pounded and thin cut
  • 1 8 oz can pineapple rings drained–set juice aside
  • 1/4 cup canned pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup Hawaiian barbeque sauce
  • 2 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder


  1. Heat grill to medium-high heat.
  2. In a large bowl, mix pineapple juice, barbecue sauce, low sodium soy sauce, olive oil, brown sugar, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, and onion powder to make a marinade.
  3. Set ¼ cup of your marinade mixture aside for basting the chicken before serving.
  4. Place your chicken and pineapple rings into your marinade and let sit covered in a refrigerator for 10-20 minutes. Do not marinate for more than 20 minutes. Pineapple juice can break down chicken.
  5. Grill marinated pineapple rings and chicken breasts for about 4-5 minutes on each side, making sure that they all reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  6. Serve hot with extra marinade and optional green onion garnish.

Grilled Pineapple and Tofu Kebabs

This recipe from Simply Quinoa is made vegetarian-friendly by replacing meat with firm tofu. You can pair it with some yummy barbecue sauce as well.


  • 1 block extra firm tofu
  • 2 cups fresh pineapple
  • 1 orange bell pepper
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 package mushrooms
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 cup vegan BBQ sauce
  • Fresh parsley to garnish


  1. Start by pressing the tofu for about 15 minutes. Place the tofu on a paper towel-lined plate, cover the tofu with another paper towel and put something heavy on top of it (a cookbook works well). Set aside.
  2. While the tofu is pressing, cut the pineapple, peppers and onions into 1″ pieces, and remove the stems from the mushrooms.
  3. Once the tofu is done, cut that into 1″ pieces as well.
  4. Skewers the pineapple, tofu and veggies onto metal skewers and place the skewers on a baking sheet.
  5. Cover the skewers with a layer of sauce on all sides.
  6. Turn the grill on medium heat and grill the skewers for about 10 minutes, flipping halfway through. After you’ve flipped, brush with another layer of sauce.
  7. Remove the skewers from the grill and brush with any remaining sauce. Sprinkle with a garnish of fresh parsley and serve immediately.

Grilled Pineapple Guacamole

This guacamole is a stand-out recipe with its infusion of delicious pineapple. Guac-lovers unite! Thanks to Two Peas and Their Pod for spicing up our next Taco Tuesday.


  • 1/2 pineapple cored and cut into spears
  • Olive oil for brushing pineapple
  • 3 large ripe avocados peeled and pitted
  • 1/3 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 small jalapeño pepper seeds removed and finely diced
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  1.  Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  2.  Brush pineapple spears with olive oil. Place spears on hot grill and grill until pineapple is browned and juicy, turning occasionally so all sides are grilled. Remove grill and set aside to cool to room temperature.
  3. When the pineapple is cool, chop into small pieces.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the avocado flesh, red onion, cilantro, jalapeño, and lime juice. Mash together with a fork until desired consistency is reached. Gently stir in the grilled pineapple. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Serve immediately with tortilla chips.

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Vegetarian Memorial Day Recipes You’ll Love

Grilling Season is Upon Us

Everyone loves having a barbecue, bringing friends and family together for a day full of delicious food and even better memories. As the weather begins to warm and we near summer, most families will begin breaking out their grills. Nearly 20% of the United States population grills several times a month. However, how many of those barbecuing are offering options for their vegetarian Memorial Day recipes for those following a specific diet?

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Pineapple Pizza: Is Pineapple a Good Pizza Topping?

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Let’s settle the debate over pineapple pizza.

There is no doubt that pizza is one of the most popular foods around the world. Warm bread, rich marinara and melty cheese — you can’t go wrong! Or can you? Today we are tackling one of the greatest food debates of all time: does pineapple belong on a pizza?

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Breakfast Pineapple Recipes to “Wow!” Mom

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Nothing Says Mother’s Day More than Breakfast in Bed

Today, we’re dishing out some delicious Mother’s Day breakfast recipes featuring the one and only queen of fruits: pineapple! From waffles to smoothies and everything in between, we’ve got a bunch of fruit options that are sure to make your mom say, “you’re the zest!” 

So, peel yourself away from any distractions and let’s get ready to make this Mother’s Day the sweetest yet.

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The Truth About Sugar

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Is Sugar Found in Fruit Good or Bad for Your Health?

Nutrition can be a fickle beast. With countless fitness bloggers, nutrition gurus and exercise experts out there on the web, it can be difficult to decipher what foods will benefit your body and what foods will do more damage than good. Let us make it simple for you: think back to your younger years; to the years filled with nap times, gold stars and crayons. Now picture yourself spilling out those crayons to create a masterpiece in your art class. What if the box was entirely black and white crayons instead of a wide array of dazzling tones? That wouldn’t create a very pretty picture at all.

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Traditional Seafood Boil With Pineapple

A Brief History of the Seafood Boil

With spring in full swing, people are digging out their biggest pots and calling up their local seafood suppliers to begin the seafood boil season. Just as the flowers are in bloom, so are the people gathering around a boil to enjoy a good meal and quality time together. In some parts of the United States, a seafood boil is as common as a backyard BBQ. Seafood boils vary by region, some with more spice and some with different types of seafood, but they are most common in the Southern Gulf Coast as well as the New England area. Although the exact origination of seafood boils has been a subject of debate, it is thought that the Cajuns brought it over to Louisiana when they were exiled from Canada in the 1700s. 

Traditionally, seafood boils are a communal meal! The South is notorious for participating in a pot-luck culture, with someone bringing the fixins, someone bringing the seafood, and someone bringing the boil mix and seasonings. Prop up a few fold-out tables in a neighbor’s backyard, grab trays to lay the food out on, and let’s get to boiling!

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Bring on Spring: 4 Pineapple Recipes Featuring the Season’s Best

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Welcome in the Warmer Weather with These Spring-Friendly Recipes

As spring approaches, seasonal produce is coming into season, and pineapple is a versatile fruit that pairs perfectly with spring options. Though Costa Rican pineapple is ripe and available year-round, incorporating it into your spring recipes is a great way to add a healthy and flavorful touch to your meals. Pineapple is rich in nutrients such as vitamin C, bromelain, and fiber, which promote digestive health, reduce inflammation, and protect against cellular damage. Chestnut Hill Farms produces sustainably grown pineapple that is exceptionally sweet and nutritious, ensuring that their pineapples arrive fresh and flavorful while reducing waste, conserving water, and promoting biodiversity. Try classic combinations like pineapple and mango or more original ones like pineapple and peas to bring an extra bit of brightness and flavor to your table this Spring. Read on for the perfect pineapple pairings.

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Whole 30 Breakfast Ideas to Kickstart Your Day

New Year, New You!

With the holidays at an end, many look to take on their New Year resolution. According to a survey from Statista, almost 40% of adults choose to eat healthier in the coming New Year as their resolution. Whole 30 is a fantastic program to help kickstart that resolution! Whole 30 is not your typical diet or detox program, but a reset of your entire diet. It entails 30 days of eliminating food that are typically bad for you, such as sugars and carbs, then slowly reintroducing them for 10 days, taking note of what foods negatively affect your mood and your body.

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Pineapple Ham: Easter’s Favorite Entree

A Savory and Sweet Easter Tradition

With deviled eggs as the opening act, pineapple ham is the main event at Easter dinner. Juicy, sweet and festive, pineapple and ham join forces to make an iconic holiday dish. Have you ever stopped to wonder – why ham? Just like turkey on Thanksgiving, ham and Easter tend to go together. As it turns out, there’s a bit of history behind this tradition.

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Pineapple Statistics and Fun Facts

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Check out Some Unbelievable Pineapple Statistics!

Pineapple is indisputably one of the most delicious fruits that exist. The flavor is synonymous with good vacations, delightful desserts, and unforgettable moments with friends and family. It’s no wonder that we can’t stop writing about it. Whether it’s used as a tropical drink garnish or as part of your beauty routine, there are endless possibilities for pineapple.

Now, as much as we think we know about this tasty fruit, do we really? Have you ever thought about pineapple by the numbers? How big the world’s largest pineapple might be? Does it take long to grow a pineapple from a seed to a full plant? How many pineapples are harvested every year?

Prepare to have your mind blown as we explore fascinating pineapple statistics!

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