One of my family's favorites, and a popular contribution at company potlucks, is something we call "Orange Stuff."
My grandfather, in an unusual romantic turn, referred to it as Ambrosia when he was introduced to it at a family gathering.
Unfortunately, that name never stuck and it is just called Orange Stuff.
It is simple and wonderfully refreshing in hot weather.
1 16-ounce container of cottage cheese
1 8-ounce container of whipped
1 20-ounce can crushed pineapple
2 small cans mandarin oranges
1 full cup pecan pieces (reserve small part for topping)
1 4-serving box orange-flavored gelatin
Empty containers of cottage cheese and whipped topping in a large bowl. Drain fruit and add with most of the pecans to cottage cheese mixture. Sprinkle whole mixture with dry gelatin and stir gently until combined.
Top with reserved pecans and chill for at least 30 minutes.
Using reduced or sugar- and fat-free ingredients makes this dish very low calorie without reducing its flavor.
With different flavors of gelatin this recipe can also be very flexible (no pun intended). Try it with strawberry-flavored gelatin and sliced strawberries; peach-flavored with peaches.
Other citrus-flavored gelatin would probably work with the mandarin oranges and pineapple, or use only one or the other of the fruits, increasing the amount accordingly. For instance, if using only the mandarin oranges, you will probably need four or five cans, with only pineapple, a second can would be enough.
My family uses pecans because that is our preferred nut. Other nuts would work just as well, such as walnuts or macadamia nuts.