This week, Marcia of Marcia's Healthy Slice told me to eat more pineapple. Conveniently, they were on sale at Kroger, where I stopped after the gym. My husband wants brinner tonight and having just run 6.5 on the TM (with hills and fartleks, of course) a day after 20 miles on the bike outdoors (insert look of shock) I figured I'd see how a dose of pineapple would help my muscles stop their bitchin'.
Of course, when I run for 52 minutes I don't exactly want chunks of fruit. I much prefer something else with chunks in it...
BUT, I was a good girl and made this for myself instead:
Doesn't it look delicious? I was going to wait to share my recipe of the week but I just can't withhold this kind of precious information from you so here it is:
Sauteed Pineapple & Pine Nuts with Maple Yogurt
(for one serving)
1-2 cups pineapple (fresh is best), cut into bite-sized chunks
A small handful of *pine nuts
2 tsp butter
pinch of salt
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (I used Fage 0% fat to make up for the butter)
2 tsp pure maple syrup
* I realize pine nuts are $400/lb. but buy a bag and keep it in your freezer, taking out a little at a time as you need it. I like to toast them dry and add them to salads, pasta, or to garnish soups. Pine nuts are a great source of manganese, which the body needs for nutrient absorption, bone development and wound healing. Paired with the pineapple, I think this makes one awesome recovery dish. Well, let's go ahead and call it dessert. Anyway -
- Heat non-stick skillet over medium-low heat. Add pine nuts and keep a close eye on them, moving them around with a wooden spoon every minute or so. Continue until they start to toast ever so slightly.
- Add butter and when melted, the pineapple. Stir/toss every few minutes, allowing the pineapple to cook slow and gently brown on the edges.
- Add a pinch or two of salt. If you sweat like me, you can add salt to anything. If you are watching your sodium, simply skip this step. I like a little salt on my sweets to contrast the sugar and slight tartness of the pineapple.
- Once everything looks golden delicious, remove from skillet and place in a bowl to cool for just a moment while you make the topping.
- Whip the plain Greek yogurt with maple syrup using a small whisk. This will only slightly aerate the yogurt but it will create a silky texture. Spoon maple yogurt over pineapple and pine nuts while still hot.
- Eat and thank me later.
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What's your favorite not-so-healthy post-workout meal / snack?
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