Happy Valentine’s weekend! And fear not if you can’t stand soppy romance; this #SundaySupper is all about Heart Healthy recipes! Hosted by Lori of Foxes Love Lemons and Ethel of Eating In Instead, we’ve got delicious healthy recipes to keep you motivated after the January detox. I’m offering Baked figs with vanilla and honey.
I can’t bear life without dessert, but I’m trying hard to cut back on sugar – all the more difficult when Valentine’s Day rolls around with its chocolates and sweets in abundance, and no let-up in sight until after Easter. So I’ve created a guilt-free dessert, full of natural goodness and sweetness.
Figs have been a luxurious food for thousands of years, especially in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine, areas of the world where they grow in abundance. As well as being utterly delicious, with a fragrant sweetness that makes your taste buds smile, they are fantastically good for you. High in fibre and potassium, they help with digestion and can help to lower blood pressure – great news for your heart. I also discovered recently that many types of fig are fertilized by a species of wasp – which gives me one reason to actually be grateful to the little blighters! Figs are also incredibly versatile – I love roasting them with goat cheese and drizzling with balsamic vinegar for a savoury starter – and they are equally good as dessert.
As a sweet dish, baked figs are often paired with mascarpone cheese, which is a combination made in heaven, but that rich velvety taste of mascarpone comes with a lot of cholesterol. So I decided to do a more heart-healthy version, using low-fat Greek yoghurt, which has a similarly decadent texture, whilst being very good for you.
To add some flavour impact, I added vanilla seeds to the yoghurt, and a small drizzle of honey to the figs. The result is a little, light dessert, which tastes heavenly, and you can demolish it, knowing that it’s doing you and your heart some good.
Now be inspired to whip up some heart-healthy meals by the other recipes on offer this week:
Better for you breakfasts:
Jump start your health with these appetizers and snacks:
Soups that’ll win your heart:
Veggies, Sides, & Salads your heart will thank you for:
Healthy is the center of attention in these main courses:
Staying healthy doesn’t mean giving up desserts!
We heart wine.
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