Healthy Ingredient of the Week – Apricots

If you’re like me, you’re probably most familiar with apricots in their dried form. These stone fruits have a very short growing season, so it’s often difficult to find them fresh. However, dried apricots are easy to find, and even easier to cook with, as they add great flavor and texture to sweet and savory dishes. They also pack a lot of nutrition into a small package; apricots are a good source of fiber and potassium and are high in Vitamins A and C. I like to chop up dried apricots and add them to cooked cous cous or quinoa, but they’re also great as the main ingredient of a dish, like the appetizer below.

Apricot Canapes

16 dried apricots
8 teaspoons crumbled blue cheese
2 ounces chopped shelled pistachios
½ teaspoon honey
Freshly ground pepper

1. Top each apricot with ½ teaspoon cheese.
2.   Sprinkle with pistachios and drizzle with honey; sprinkle with pepper. 

Recipe from EatingWell


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