Sunday, August 09, 2015
SWEET & SAVOURYTickles my taste buds
If you’re a fan of dishes that combine sweet and savoury, you may thank me for this simple meal idea. Some of you will know that although I’m a nutritionist and self-proclaimed foodie, I’m not a fan of spending copious amounts of time in the kitchen following recipe instructions to create finicky dishes which require distinctive ingredients and skilful culinary techniques; I want to make/cook something that is as easy as preparing a ready-meal, but that ticks all my nutrition and health-related criteria.
I’d never really entertained the idea of eating figs until recently, mainly because I've never found them in my local supermarket. When I finally managed to get my hands on some at a food market, I had only considered incorporating them into a fruit salad or using them as a topping for my breakfast granola, but then I happened on a recipe where they had been used in a sandwich and decided to make a version to suit my taste using wholemeal pita bread, mature cheddar cheese, spinach, extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar - and that’s it!
WHAT I DID
*Create a salad by tossing together a good handful of spinach (I’d recommend tearing it into smaller pieces), some roughly chopped pieces of cheddar cheese, 2-3 sliced figs, a good glug of olive oil and a generous splash of balsamic vinegar in a bowl - here, we are combining the heart-healthy fats of the olive oil, fruit and vegetables, a low salt dressing with tangy and sweet properties by using balsamic vinegar, and some protein and calcium in the form of cheese
*Lightly toast the wholemeal pita bread – wholemeal is a good source of wholegrains compared to white pita, and evidence is growing that eating wholegrains regularly as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle may help to reduce the risk of many common diseases. Recent UK recommendations have also suggested we need to increase our fibre intake (to 30g/day)
*Toss the fig salad mix on top of the toasted pita and devour with your hands like a pizza (and be prepared to get all that oil and vinegar dripping down your mouth), or eat it with a knife and fork if you’re feeling prim and proper!
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