April 18, 2014
Delicious, juicy apricots may be one of the most delectable fruits to use in cooking healthy recipes. (And another reason why it can be found in our That’s It Apples + Apricots Fruit Bar!) This sweet, seasonal selection is easy to incorporate into a variety of cuisines. The following are some favorite dishes with a spin on modern cooking for a healthy lifestyle.
Zesty Apricot Salsa
1 lb. Apricots in 1/2″ dices
1/2 cup minced red onion
1/2 red jalapeno (seeded and minced)
1 teaspoon seeded and minced habanero pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Combine all diced produce into mixing bowl. Drizzle with oil and juice. Refrigerate for up to two hours. Serve with brown rice chips.
Apricot & Cashew Wheat Stuffing
1/4 cup salted butter
1/3 cup chopped apricot
1/3 cup gold raisins
1/2 cup chopped salted cashews
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 cloves minced garlic
1/4 red onion minced
Combine ingredients in a large skillet and sauté over medium heat until soft, but not browned. Add 4 cups of wheat croutons and fold together. Spread stuffing into buttered baking dish and bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
Sriracha Apricot Glazed Meatballs
2 lbs. ground turkey
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 bunch finely minced green onion
1 tablespoon grated ginger
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Combine all ingredients well and roll into walnut sized balls. In a large skillet, brown meatballs over medium heat until completely cooked and set aside to cool slightly.
In a shallow skillet heat 1 tablespoon of butter. Add 4 minced apricots and 3 tablespoons of sugar. Cook over medium-low heat stirring frequently until the fruit is rendered into a jam like consistency. Add 1 tablespoon of cooking Sherry, 2 tablespoons of soy sauce and 2-3 tablespoons of Sriracha whisking together until a nice glaze forms. Dip meatballs 3/4 of the way into glaze and serve.
Apricot Glazed Chicken
1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs
6 apricots halved, and pureed
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove minced garlic
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper
Heat olive oil in large skillet. Salt and pepper thighs and place into hot skillet. Cook chicken until slightly browned.
In a mixing bowl whisk pureed apricots, garlic, and vinegar. Place chicken in a baking dish and cover with sauce. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until the glaze is slightly sticky.
Fresh Mozzarella and Apricot on Grilled Sourdough
4 slices sourdough bread
2 apricots sliced thin
4 slices fresh mozzarella or Daiya cheese
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Butter one side of each of the 4 pieces of bread. Placing butter side down on a flat skillet top with apricot, sugar, cinnamon and mozzarella. Place remaining bread slices butter side up on top. Cook four minutes on each side.
As you can see there are several varieties of recipes that incorporate this lovely fruit. Whether you like something on the spicier side or mild, sweet or salty, there are sure to be a multitude of choices out there for you to explore and enjoy. Happy eating!