How to cook with dried figs for snacks, lunch and dinner
Costco had a great deal on a bag of dried figs. So I bought one! This is why I love shopping at Costco. While we are only a two person household, we shop at Costco for a few staples that we know we can't get a better price on elsewhere, such as Seltzer, Coconut Water and Almond Milk. But this also means we look around for new products they may be carrying to try (OK I look around).
So when I saw the big bag of dried figs, I thought - why not? They will be a healthy snack plus I am sure I can find interesting recipes to use them. When I looked up the nutritional value of dried figs, I was surprised to find out that figs are highly perishable so about 90% of the world's figs are dried. Figs contain fiber, potassium, calcium, magnesium and vitamin K. Drying fruit extracts the water content out of them, so the natural sugars are concentrated. Since figs are high in soluble fiber, the sugar is released slowly into your bloodstream. (Source: HealthyEating.SFGate.com)
Now let's get cooking! The recipes below are from a variety of sources and I tried to look for family pleasing, yet healthy. I really like trying different methods of cooking when exploring one ingredient. It makes me think about how I can modify the technique and potentially use it when crafting my own recipes. If you try any of the below, let me know what you thought!
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Homemade No Bake Fig Newtons Energy Bites from The Lemon Bowl. I love this recipe because it is no bake, gluten-free and it is vegan! That's right! No eggs, dairy, or anything else that may be an issue for a vegan or someone following a mostly plant based lifestyle, like myself. Also, it only takes about 5 minutes in the food processor to combine the ingredients. So this comes together fast! Click here for the recipe.
Yogurt and Molasses Bread with walnuts and dried figs from Fool Proof Living. There are few things I like better than making bread. There is something so satisfying about baking a healthy bread that can be eaten for breakfast or lunch. Since I am dairy free, I would substitute the yogurt with a non-dairy yogurt and if you are gluten-free, you can substitute the whole wheat flour for gluten-free flour. Also, this recipe is versatile, if you don't have figs any dried fruit will do, like apricots. Click here for the recipe.
Caramelized onion, fig & goat cheese pizza with arugula from Ambitious Kitchen. This is a great dinner recipe or something fun to take to a dinner party. It has some of my favorite ingredients. Plus, I love arugula. The recipe demonstrates how to make the pizza dough but if you are short on time, you could use a pre-made dough from the grocery store. I am also going to try this on a cauliflower crust which would amp up the veggie content! Click here for the recipe.
Fig chicken salad from Curious Cuisiniere. With the weather getting warmer in NJ, I wanted to find a light recipe that could be used for lunch. I really like the adaptation of using figs in chicken salad. It is like a modern day Waldorf chicken salad, if you remember that recipe! You could eat this as a sandwich or on top of arugula as a salad. Click here for the recipe.
Fig and walnut biscotti from Brown-Eyed Baker. This recipe is a great dessert cookie that can really wow your family and friends. After all, how many people make their own biscotti? It may sound daunting but it really isn't. The recipe comes together quickly and cooks relatively fast. Click here for the recipe.
I hope this blog post inspired you to try cooking with dried figs. I know my Costco bag will go quickly with so many interesting ways to eat figs. If you try any of the recipes, let me know what you thought. For more free recipes, follow my blog on Bloglovin,