After the holidays it seems like I crave sweets more than normal. My resolution for 2013 is to try to make better food choices. So one way to do that is to eat fruits and vegetables are in season. This is the list of produce that is in season during the month of January.
- blood oranges and other citrus fruit
The following recipe is one of my favorites treats. It is a fruit pocket. It reminds me of pie and cobbler, but with a healthier twist. It is easy enough for kids of all ages to make a simple snack that’s full of fruit and flavor!
Pocket Fruit Pies
Level: Easy Serves 4
4 (8-inch) flour tortillas
1 large apple or 2 medium peaches
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons milk
Remember to wash your hands!
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Warm tortillas in microwave or oven to make them easier to handle.
3. Peel and chop fruit into small pieces.
4. Place 1/4 the fruit on each tortilla.
5. In a small bowl stir together brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.
sprinkle over fruit.
6. Roll up the tortillas with the fruit.
7. Place on an ungreased baking sheet and make small slashes to allow
steam to escape. Brush with milk and sprinkle with additional sugar,
8. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes or until lightly brown.
9. Serve warm or cold.
Helpful Hints: This easy snack helps work fruit into a daily diet. Tortillas,
with a variety of toppings, make great snack builders!
Safety Tip: Allow pie to cool slightly before tasting – the steam and sugar
Serving Size 1 fruit pocket (140g)
Servings per Container 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 300 Calories from Fat 50
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 5 g||8 %|
|- Saturated Fat 1.50 g||7 %|
|Cholesterol 0 mg||0 %|
|Sodium 350 mg||15 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 55 g||18 %|
|- Dietary Fiber 4 g||16 %|
|- Sugars 14 g|
|Protein 7 g|
|Vitamin A 0 %||Vitamin C 6 %|
|Calcium 10 %||Iron 15 %|
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher of lower depending on your calorie needs:
Calories per gram:
Fat 9 – Carbohydrate 4 – Protein 4
Although it is a touch early for pear season yet, I suspect that we’ll be seeing some pears ripening earlier than usual. I know that I’ve seen a couple trees around town where the pears look like they are getting close to ready to pick. Here’s a video about how to tell when a pear is ready to pick.
Yeah, in hindsight, I should have saved yesterday’s post for today, and posted a video on the regular day. Oh well. Today’s video may or may not be timely for you, because I’m not sure how many pears there are on the trees this year. There should be some, but since last year was such a bumper crop, the harvest will likely be smaller this year.
If you aren’t familiar with harvesting European pears (what we traditionally think of as pears), it is sometimes a surprise that you don’t want to let the fruit ripen on the tree. This video tells about getting your pears to the point where they are tasty to eat!