(Family Features) Supplementing meals and snacks with powerful, versatile ingredients can take healthy eating from bland and boring to delicious and adventurous.
Take your breakfasts, appetizers, dinners, and desserts to new heights while maintaining nutrition goals with naturally nutritious and surprisingly versatile California Prunes. Rich and smooth with an ability to enhance both sweet and savory flavors, they can expand your menu with nearly endless powerful pairing options.
One serving of 4-5 prunes packs a powerful punch of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. Together, these nutrients form a web of vital functions that support overall health.
Whole, diced, or pureed, the versatility of prunes allows you to enhance the flavor of recipes from morning to night in dishes like Citrus Breakfast Toast, which brings together vitamin B6 and copper from prunes and vitamin C from citrus to support a healthy immune system.
Find more recipe ideas at CaliforniaPrunes.org.
Citrus Breakfast Toast
Prep time: 13 minutes
Cook time: 2 minutes
16 ounces pitted California Prunes
1/2 cup hot water
1 large citrus fruit, peels and piths removed with knife, sliced into rounds
1 1/2 tablespoons raw sugar
4 tablespoons sunflower butter
2 slices whole-grain sourdough bread, toasted to desired darkness
2 tablespoons prune puree
1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
2 California Prunes, finely diced
To make prune puree: In a blender, pulse prunes and water to combine then blend until smooth, pourable consistency forms, scraping sides, if necessary.
Store in an airtight container for up to 4 weeks.
To make bruleed citrus wheels: Place citrus wheels on a baking sheet and divide sugar evenly among each piece.
Using a circular motion, pass the flame of a culinary torch repeatedly over the sugar until it boils and turns lightly charred and amber.
To build toast: Spread 2 tablespoons of sunflower butter on each piece of toast. Top each with 1 tablespoon prune puree spread evenly across sunflower butter. Sprinkle each evenly with sunflower seeds and diced prunes. Top each with half broiled citrus and serve.
Alteration: Use a broiler set on high instead of a culinary torch to caramelize the sugar.
Source: California Prunes