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Considering Adding Figs in Your Diet?

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Here are 17 Ways to Enjoy Figs:

  1. Enjoy as is – dried and fresh figs can be eaten plain. This is one of the simplest ways to enjoy the fruit!
  2. Use in baked goods – replace chopped dried figs in place of raisins or other dried fruit in baked goods. Some recipes call for fresh figs which add moisture and sweetness to the finished product.
  3. Make a trail mix – chop dried figs and mix with granola, almonds and chocolate chips for a sweet treat.
  4. Mix into rice or any grain dish – chop fresh or dried figs and add to grain dish for a deep, nutty flavor.
  5. Use in a salad – slice fresh figs into thin rounds and lay them on top of a bed of mixed greens and walnuts. Or, add quartered figs to a salad of fennel, arugula and shaved Parmesan cheese. Drizzle with vinaigrette dressing for a zesty flavor. Or, for a Mediterranean flair, add some thinly sliced fresh figs and crumbled feta cheese to a bed of lettuce and top with olive oil and lemon juice.
  6. Dip in chocolate – slit the side of whole fresh fig and stuff with almonds. Melt semi-sweet chocolate morsels in a pan and dip figs halfway. Let harden completely and enjoy.
  7. Jazz up yogurt – add a little variety to yogurt by adding some chopped fresh or dried figs along with a handful of granola.
  8. Serve with cheese – serve fresh or dried figs with a soft cheese like mascarpone and or crème fraiche.
  9. Stuff – for an appetizer or a dessert, stuff fresh figs with goat cheese and chopped almonds.
  10. Melt – remove the stems from a fresh fig and cut a small “x” shape in the top of the fig. Stuff a bit of blue cheese into the cut. Bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees.
  11. Lunch – slice figs and put them on a cheddar cheese sandwich. Consider broiling the cheese on toast first for a grilled fig-cheese sandwich.
  12. Grill – add chunks of fresh or rehydrated figs to a skewer and grill. Or, put figs on the grill (or use a grill pan indoors) and cook until slightly charred. Grilled figs are a great side dish, dessert topping, or eat-alone snack.
  13. Roast – sliced fresh or rehydrated figs and roast with sliced sweet potatoes and red onions tossed in a little olive oil.
  14. Poach – poach whole dried figs in red wine and serve as a condiment with roast poultry or pork. Or for a sweeter touch, poach in juice and serve with yogurt of frozen desserts.
  15. Broil – fresh or rehydrated figs can be broiled and served with meat, tossed in salads, drizzled with honey and served with yogurt, or served alongside wine and cheese.
  16. Stir – chopped dried figs can be stirred into peanut butter or cream cheese for a sandwich spread.
  17. Wrap – wash and dry fresh figs, cutting off the stems. Smear with goat cheese or ricotta, then wrap a piece of cooked bacon or prosciutto around the perimeter. Seal with a toothpick and serve as an elegant salty-sweet appetizer.

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