Yes. We have been on an extra clean eating kick this month. But if you recently started following Zest & Zeal, you will find our recipes will not change dramatically in the future. Why? Because we prefer eating this way 90% of the time. For more on our personal food philosophy, check out our manifesto here. :)
Grapefruit is extremely cleansing and is a food I enjoy year round. If I lived in tropical conditions (which WILL happen someday), grapefruit trees will be planted along with my lemon and orange trees. I really cannot get enough citrus. In the winter, it gives a burst of color and flavor to combat winter dullness and in the summer it contains that light, zesty freshness I crave on a 95 degree day when the thought of turning an oven on is unbearable--I do live in the south, y'all. This is a winterized grapefruit recipe as it does require roasting; I thought it would be a fun twist on my regular raw grapefruit routine.
A few healthy tidbits on this delicious "fruit of paradise." Grapefruit is:
- full of antioxidants
- loaded with vitamin C and vitamin A
- helps to lower "bad" LDL cholesterol and triglycerides
- a source of fiber
- produces fresh collagen to give your skin a healthy boost and plumpness
This recipe for Roasted Maple Rum Grapefruit with Ginger works as a light dessert, would be a delightful treat to wake up to for breakfast, or lovely served at brunch. Nowwww...it is grapefruit. So, it is not super sweet. The maple syrup adds a touch of sweetness but the bitterness of grapefruit is still present. I happen to love this tart, tangy, and lightly sweet combo and I hope you will too!
With Zest & Zeal,
Roasted Maple Rum Grapefruit with Ginger (gluten-free, no refined sugar, vegan)
- 1 Ruby Red grapefruit* cut in half and in segments
- 1 Tablespoon real maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon rum (I used light but dark would be fine -- my hubby likes this one)
- 1/8 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
- 1 generous dash of ground cinnamon
- Place cut and sectioned grapefruit on a baking sheet.
- Mix maple syrup, rum, fresh ginger and cinnamon in a small bowl.
- Evenly distribute to the tops of the grapefruits to glaze.
- Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes.
*Note: Grapefruit is known to increase the potency of some prescription drugs. Please check with your doctor.
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