In the winter in our latitudes, natural vitamins - its weight in gold. Although overseas juicy fruits are on the shelves in abundance, the use of dried fruit outshines all of their valuable qualities. What dry fruits needed by the body in the cold and tasty that you can cook from them?
Dates are the best natural cure for colds, an aphrodisiac for men and an important nutritional element for expectant mothers. The most delicious way to improve your health is muesli with dried fruits. Pour 250 g of seedless dates with ½ cup boiling water for 10 minutes and beat with a blender. Add 100 ml of apple juice, 1 tsp. cinnamon, cook for 3 minutes over low heat. Combine this mass with 1½ cups of rolled oats, 2 tbsp. l. honey, 50 g of chopped dried apricots, the same amount of raisins, walnuts and cashews. Form the bars and bake them for 15 minutes at 180 ° C. Now you have a nutritious and healthy ready-made breakfast on hand - you just need to add yogurt or kefir to it.
A treat with a twist
You can talk for hours about the benefits of dried fruits. So, raisins improve the functioning of the brain and thyroid gland, compensate for the lack of iron, stimulate metabolic processes. Raisins feel best in homemade baked goods. Beat 4 eggs with 400 g of cottage cheese, add 8 tbsp. l. flour, 4 tbsp. l. sugar, 2 tbsp. l. vegetable oil and a pinch of vanilla. Pour a cup of raisins soaked in boiling water in advance and knead the dough. We fill the muffin molds with them and put them in the oven preheated to 180 ° C for 35 minutes. Ruddy curds will appeal to all households, especially if served with freshly brewed tea and strawberry jam.
Pilaf with oriental motif
Dried apricots - a champion in reserves of potassium and magnesium, which makes it indispensable for the heart. It nourishes the eye retina, improves the condition of the skin and hair, accelerates the breakdown of fat. Sweet pilaf with dried apricots is an ideal dish for the winter menu. Fill with boiling water 20 – 30 of dried apricots, and when they swell, squeeze and cut into strips. Pass to transparency 2 onions, add a clove of garlic and dried apricots, fry for a couple of minutes and lay a glass of rice. Pour in 3 glasses of broth, put 5 – 6 Art. l raisins and spices, we simmer under the lid until the rice completely absorbs the liquid. Such a pilaf is good both as a side dish and by itself.
Plum heart roll
The vitamin bomb among dried fruits is plum. It has a beneficial effect on the digestive organs, adds strength to the immune system, slows down the destruction of cells. And prunes go well with meat. We beat off two chicken breasts, wrapped in cling film, rub with salt, spices and sour cream, leave for an hour. We spread 200 g of minced pork and carrot-onion sautéing on the beaten fillet. Put 30 g of prunes on top, sprinkle with walnuts and roll up the rolls. We send them to the oven at 50 ° C for 180 minutes and serve them hot and hot, sprinkled with cilantro. However, the chilled meatloaf will please home gourmets no less.
Salad for ease of being
To survive the winter stress without any losses will help the figs. In addition, it exerts an expectorant effect, relieves inflammation and knocks down the temperature. Even if you do not get sick, putting yourself in shape after the holidays with figs will be easier. Cut into slices of 6-8 figs and 100 g Adyghe cheese. We dry in a frying pan a handful of pine nuts. We cover the plate with leaves of arugula, lay out the cheese and 100 g of grapes. Sprinkle them with a dressing from juice ½ lemon, 2 tsp. Olive oil, 2 tsp. Dijon mustard, a pinch of salt and pepper. Add the figs with pine nuts - a light and very refined salad is ready.
Bananas are a treasure trove of valuable elements. Dried fruits from them help the brain, heart and liver to cope better with their work. These fruits contain a lot of the joy hormone tryptophan and energy glucose. Well, banana pie - you just lick your fingers. Beat 3 eggs and 250 g sugar until frothy. Pour in 300 g of flour, 1 tbsp. l. orange zest, a pinch of salt and extinguish with vinegar 1 tsp. soda. Sprinkle the greased form with semolina and lay out the mugs of fresh banana. Pour the dough over them, garnish with dried banana slices and place in the oven at 180 ° C for 30 minutes. The airy sponge cake can be supplemented with other dried fruits - your loved ones will love it anyway.
Gatherings under the pear
Pear is a dried fruit that perfectly replaces our favorite summer fruits. It stimulates the pancreas, removes toxins and helps to overcome angina. Dried pears make wonderful cookies. In one bowl, mix 450 g flour, 1 tsp. baking powder and a pinch of salt, in the other - whisk 130 g of butter, 200 g of sugar, 2 eggs and vanilla. Pour 150 g of dried pears, 50 g of candied ginger and a handful of pistachios here. Knead the dry and liquid dough, roll it into a layer and bake for 45 minutes at 160 ° C. Then we cool it down and cut into squares. For a friendly tea party in winter, you can't imagine a better treat.
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