Sunday, October 3, 2010

Pineapple Strawberry Punch

This punch is absolutely delicious!  Every time I make it people rave!  It is easy to make with ingredients that are easy to get.

Pineapple Strawberry Punch

Ready in 15 minutes or less

2 pkgs (10 oz each) frozen sweetened sliced strawberries, thawed

1 can (46 oz) pineapple juice, chilled
4 cups lemon-lime soda, chilled

In a food processor or blender, puree the strawberries.  Pour into a large punch bowl.  Stir in the pineapple juice and soda.  Serve immediately.  Yield: 12 servings (3 quarts)

Nutritional Analysis:  One 1-cup serving (prepared with sugar free soda) equals 99 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 9 mg sodium, 25 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.  Diabetic Exchange:  1-1/2 fruit.

Make ahead trick - for each of the events that I made this punch for I had three batches ready to go.  That way once the party started it was very easy to make each additional batch.  The soda and pineapple juice were already in correct portions, so the sliced strawberries were the only thing I had to have ready.  I needed 30 oz of frozen sweetened sliced strawberries - thawed.  I put them in the blender and pureed them.  I divided the mixture between three containers.  Then as each batch was made I simply got one strawberry container, 1 pineapple juice and 1 lemon-lime pop out and mixed together!  So easy and so good!

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