Apple Fest is this Saturday in Lincoln Square. There will be plenty of apples, jams, pies, cobblers, jellies and cider on hand. What's not to love about apples? They're sweet, loaded with Vitamin C, one of the richest sources of flavonoids, full of fiber, and some even call them "nature's tooth brush". For vegans or dairy-free eaters click here for a yummy caramel sauce. Also, you'll be keeping the doctor away for a long time if you make this nourishing dessert below:
Maple Fruit Compote with Honey-Ginger Toasted Nuts
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
2-3 peaches or pears
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 cup raisins
Juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup walnuts or nuts of your choice
1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
2 tablespoons honey
- Wash, core and chop fruit into slices or chunks.
- Place in a large saucepan with 1/3 cup of water. Add the maple syrup and raisins.
- Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.
- Add lemon juice and cinnamon. Cook for another 10 minutes, until soft.
- While fruit is cooking, place chopped nuts in a skillet over medium heat and toast, stirring often, for 5 minutes.
- Drizzle honey over the nuts and add ginger, but keep stirring since the honey can easily burn.
- Top warm fruit with toasted nuts and enjoy!
Adapted from "The Cane Mutiny," New Age Magazine, March/April 1999. Reprinted with permission from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition