It’s been a great holiday season, full of fun with family and friends and great food at every gathering. So much great food, in fact, that I’m not only feeling like it’s time to think about shedding a few pounds…I’m also genuinely tired of sweet treats and heavy meals. Salad and fruit is sounding great! There are so many fruits and vegetables out there that have satisfying and distinctive tastes, it’s a lot of fun to remember that a satisfying breakfast can be centered around something as simple and natural as a piece of fruit.
Grapefruit is one of those citrus fruits that’s really bursting with flavor.
It’s often pictured as a simple side dish (part of this complete breakfast!) hiding off in the background with mounds of toast, bacon, and eggs piled up in front of it. I’m all for bacon and eggs, too, but doesn’t grapefruit deserve to be found center stage every now and then? I mean, grapefruit has a wonderful taste, and is has some really amazing health benefits. Did you know that there are chemical compounds found in grapefruit that help keep arteries healthy, elastic and free of fatty buildup? They are also high in lycopene, which is a tumor-fighter. Grapefruit can help regulate estrogen, lower cholesterol, and reduce inflammation. Pretty amazing, for a simple little fruit that can be found in any grocery store, all year round!
Still, I seem to forget that I love grapefruit and enjoy eating it.
It doesn’t occur to me to buy it all that often, and honestly I’d really only eaten grapefruit as a side dish for breakfast…cut one in half, toss it on a plate, and eat it with something else. I’d never even considered cooking a grapefruit! But I have been noticing all sorts of rave reviews about recipes for broiled grapefruit. Broiling brings out the delicious flavor while keeping the nutrients in the fruit (it only stays in the oven for a few minutes). Some recipes call for a hefty sprinkle of sugar and butter on the fruit, which leaves a nice crispy crust on top. I really wasn’t too interested in another way to eat sugar, though, so I’ve substituted the sugar and butter for a bit of coconut oil and honey brushed on before broiling, and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon.
Honey broiled grapefruit makes a wonderful breakfast.
Top your honey broiled grapefruit with a dollop of homemade Greek yogurt and a dash of ground flax seed… yum! But it’s not limited to breakfast! Try broiled grapefruit halves as a dessert, or as an after-school snack. It only takes a few minutes to prepare, from fridge to table…and there’s something elegant about this simple but unusual twist on an old favorite.
- 1 organic chilled grapefruit, halved (cut the fruit in the middle, between the stem ends)
- 1 teaspoon organic coconut oil, melted (buy it here)
- 2 teaspoons organic raw honey
- organic ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons organic Greek yogurt, any flavor (here's how to make it yourself)
- 1 teaspoon organic ground flax seed
- Preheat the oven to broil.
- Place the chilled grapefruit halves, cut side up, in a baking dish. You may want to cut a small piece off the bottom of the halves, to keep them from tipping. Cut around the fruit to loosen it from the peel, then cut through each segment to loosen the pieces from each other.
- Whisk together the melted coconut oil and honey, and brush it on the cut sides of the grapefruit. Sprinkle the top with ground cinnamon.
- Broil the grapefruit halves 3-5 minutes, until they start to brown. The time will vary depending on your oven, so keep an eye on it.
- Allow the grapefruit to cool slightly, then top with yogurt and flax seed as desired.
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Do you have a recipe for grapefruit?
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