What’s for Dinner? Fruits
Fruits as a main dish
Fruit can be served as a main dish. Improving the state of your health and managing your daily intake requires planning and nutritional knowledge.
Incorporating fresh fruit into your meals could be a great way to achieve your health goals. I am not talking about grabbing an apple before you run out the door. Being healthy is all about feeding your body the right fuel in order for it to perform at its best. There are many deserts recipes out there but in this article I’d like to focus on some savoury dishes you can incorporate into your diet. I’ve also noticed that there are two camps when it comes to cooking savoury dishes with fruit. Some are for it and others think it’s ludicrous.
The nutritional benefits of using whole foods as a source of sustainability is outstanding. We are becoming more aware of the importance of consuming less meat and more fruit and vegetables. There are a number of vegetarian recipes on the internet, including right here at Gastronomer. We have to move away from the idea that fruit can only be used as a snack or desert. Here are some great ways to start incorporating some yummy, juicy fruit into your main dishes.
I am not talking about your traditional fruit salad here. One of my favorite recipes include strawberries, spinach and feta cheese. If you are trying to consume less meat, this is a great option to try. Add some chickpeas for protein and drizzle some balsamic vinegar and olive oil over and you have a delicious meal.
If you are looking for something a bit heartier, yet still light and healthy, you can use fruit in a pasta salad. Boil your favorite pasta and let it cool down, add some roasted plumbs and a variety of your favorite herbs and you have a satisfying meal. If you are okay with eating chicken, add this to your salad. If not, it tastes just as great without. Add some crumbled blue cheese with a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar and you are good to
There are of course many salad recipes to try with fruit as the base. Watermelon, peaches and mango are great choices
Hear me out before you dismiss the idea of using fruit in curries. The base of most curries are the same and usually the main ingredients are a choice. We know the basic curries (chicken, beef, lamb, etc.) and though they are delicious, often times these curries are not the healthiest options. You can always substitute your meat with beans, lentils or vegetables.
What if I told you to use grapes and apples in your next curry? It’s sweet, tangy and with some coconut milk and the right spices, you can create a tasty meal.
If you want to boost your immune system or just feed your body the most nutritious foods, it is important to try new recipes. You might just love something you thought you never would. Fruit is so versatile that you can do a complete curry with just a variety of fruit. Serve this over some coconut basmati rice and an onion and tomato salad.
Don’t let the traditional way of doing things stop you from experimenting with healthier options.
Instead of making garlic bread the next time you feel like treating yourself, try some blueberry and rosemary focaccia bread instead. It will change your life. Berries are always great options to pair with soft and fluffy baked bread. We are constantly told that bread is bad for us. Now you can enjoy your delicious sandwiches with some strawberries, avocado, and goat cheese and prove everyone wrong.
Take your time to research and experiment with various bread recipes because there really is no wrong way to do it. If you love bread but your health is also important to you, try and combine the two and everyone wins.
Cooking and is so versatile and creating new and unconventional recipes will help you become a better cook. We all love different things and these options mentioned are just the tip of the iceberg. There are so many recipes to try and so little time. Be adventurous, break the rules and live your life, one fruit at a time!