I’m a grazer. Yup. I don’t eat 3 meals per day, I simply graze throughout and it seems to work for me. For others, maybe not, but I definitely need my snacks.
What are some of your go-to snacks?
Crackers and cheese?
Apple slices with peanut butter?
Sometimes it’s nice to give a face-lift to the standard snack fare. How about dried figs stuffed with goat cheese, asiago and walnuts? A nice grown-up treat packed with creamy flavorful cheese, a nutty bite and sweet dried fig. It doesn’t end, it’s drizzled with a reduced balsamic vinaigrette. Oh my!
You don’t have to feel guilty about snacking on these figgy babes. Here’s why…
Nutritional perks –
- Dried fruit – Rich in Vitamin A and B1, as well as calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium. Note, in comparison to fresh fruit, the serving size of dried fruit has a higher sugar and caloric value than regular fruit because the fruit shrinks during the dehydration process making the serving size much smaller and condensed. Eat dried fruit in moderation.
Walnuts – A handful provides 4 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber. There are 10 different antioxidants found in walnuts!
– Dried figs
– 2 oz soft goat cheese
– 2 oz grated Asiago cheese
– 1/4 cup raw walnut halves
– 2 cups balsamic vinaigrette
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the balsamic vinaigrette. When it begins to boil, reduce the heat and simmer. The 2 cups of balsamic will reduce down to a thick syrup.
Place a walnut half into the opening of the dried fig. Push it in but make sure to not break through the top. In a small bowl, mix the goat cheese and asiago cheese. Plug the dried fig with the cheese mixture.
Place the stuffed figs on a plate and gently pour the reduced balsamic vinaigrette over the figs. Another way of eating these is using the reduced balsamic vinaigrette as a dipping sauce and dipping the figs into the dark, sweet, syrupy nectar!