Baked Chèvre Log with Honey & Granola

Disclosure: By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Raisin Marketing Board and I am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Serves 12     adjust servings


Ingredients

for the granola

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 2 Tablespoons Red Quinoa, rinsed
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1 Tablespoon fennel seed
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 1 Tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 cup golden California raisins

for the baked Chèvre Log

  • One 6 ounce Chèvre cheese log
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup granola (recipe above)

Instructions

  1. 1 Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. 2. In a medium bowl combine oats, quinoa, pine nuts, fennel seed, sea salt, and honey. Stir.
  3. 3. In a small bowl whisk together egg white and oil. Add to oat mixture. Stir well to combine.
  4. 4. Spread mixture in a thin layer onto a nonstick foil lined baking sheet.
  5. 5. Bake, stirring every 10 minutes until golden (about 20-25 minutes).
  6. 6. Cool. Add golden raisins. Mix to combine. Use right away or store in an air tight container.
  7. 1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
  8. 2. Place 1/2 cup granola in a shallow dish. Roll the cheese log in the granola, using  your fingers to gently press the nuts, grains and raisins into the cheese.
  9. 3. Place cheese log into a small, rectangular baking dish. Drizzle with honey.
  10. 5. Bake for 15 minutes. Serve immediately with crackers, pita chips or bread. Serves 12.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 142kcal Calories from fat 70
% Daily Value
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 94mg 4%
Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 8g
Protein 5g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g


Sautéed Spinach with Sweet & Savory Granola

Inspired by the dish indigenous to Rome and Southern Italy, this classic sautéed spinach is reinvented with  the addition of a sweet and savory granola  including California Raisins, Fennel Seeds and Pine Nuts.Sautéed Spinach with Sweet & Savory GranolaDisclosure: By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Raisin Marketing Board and I am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

From blinking lights to glittery tops, life gets more  festive this time of year. For me, this excitement carries over to the kitchen with plans for holiday food favorites mixed in with new culinary traditions. Speaking of which, here’s one we should all adopt:

Festive recipes that are both delicious and include more nutrition for a less indulgent holiday.

It just so happens to be the theme of the Recipe Redux‘s holiday contest sponsored by California Raisins. But is it really possible during the holidays? Absolutely, and one way is to include wholesome ingredients, such as California raisins, in your holiday foods and baked goods. This dried-by-the-sun fruit is the all natural  way to add flavor and healthfulness, and  the ingredient label says it all: Raisins.

The nutrition label reads: zero fat, zero cholesterol and no added sugar. Plus raisins contribute 9% of your daily fiber and potassium, and 6% of your daily iron (per quarter cup).

Because raisins are both portable and convenient, I also like them as a to-go snack  (a healthier alternative to candy and chocolate). Talk about a good value, according to  the USDA, raisins are the most economical dried fruit.

So let’s talk holidays and ideas for festive food. Woot! Woot!  While I paged thru my coveted new book, Plenty, by Yotam Ottolenghi,  I  craved  to show YOU how to add sparkle and good nutrition to YOUR holiday table with vibrant vegetables. So today’s recipe begins  with these simple ingredients… Sautéed Spinach with Sweet & Savory Granola…and it was  inspired by the classic dish found in Rome and Southern Italy, sautéed spinach with golden raisins and pine nuts.  It’s so easy to  sautée spinach. Top it with the satisfiying crunch of a ‘make ahead of time’  granola that includes fennel, pine nuts and golden California raisins, and your done.  But you won’t be done with this granola, trust me! You’ll want to sprinkle it on more vegetables, like an arugula salad ; add it to soups instead of crackers, like this California Sweetpotato Fennel Soup; use it on  soft cheese for a delightful and fun appetizer (say tuned for my next post);  and share with friends and co-workers a for wonderful DIY foodie gift. Please be sure check out the links at the bottom of this post for more ideas to add a festive, yet healthy touch, to your holidays!

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Sauteed Spinach with Sweet & Savory Granola

Serves (serves 4)     adjust servings

Ingredients

(serves 4)

  • 12 ounces tomato puree
  • 1/2 cup skinless, seedless cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onion
  • 1/4 cup diced carrot
  • 2 drops hot sauce, or to taste
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Juice from 2 limes (about 4 Tablespoons)
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 whole avocado, divided, chop one half and slice second half
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

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    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    Amount Per Serving As Served
    Calories 169kcal Calories from fat 69
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat 8g 12%
    Saturated Fat 1g 5%
    Sodium 455mg 19%
    Carbohydrate 26g 9%
    Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
    Sugars 16g
    Protein 3g

    Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

    Calories 2000
    Total Fat Less than 65g
    Sat Fat Less than 25g
    Cholesterol Less than 300mg
    Sodium Less than 2,400mg
    Total Carbohydrate 300g
    Dietary Fiber 25g


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