These simple stewed apples and pears are a nice alternative to a grainy breakfast that is easy to make and wipped up in minutes.
Simple but good is what this breakfast provides. It’s a nice alternative to a breakfast full of grains, and even though it’s only fruits, I feel this breakfast always fills me up nicely until mid-day. Cooking time and prep doesn’t take long, which is always a winner in the morning. I usually get up, chop my fruits and cook them on a low heat while I jump into the shower. Out the shower: voila – breakfast is ready!
Cooking your fruits slowly is important:
Stewing your fruits is best when you add a little water and or lemon juice to the bottom of the pan. Heat the fruits on low heat and cook slowly, stirring frequently if you can. This way you’re breaking down the fibre slowly and by not overheating keeping those important health benefits that you want from the fruit.
If you cook fruit too hot and too quickly. you’ll loose lots of the vitamins and minerals by destroying them in the fast and hot heat. Therefor go steady and take your time, leaving a lid on whilst your stewing your fruit slowly bit surely.
Feeling Vata: add some lemon juice to the pot when you start cooking the fruits. Experiment with adding some freshly chopped ginger and more warming spices such as cinnamon and cardamom.
Feeling Pitta: sweet fruits for breakfast work well for you. Enjoy!
Feeling Kapha: If you’re Kapha is very strong, I’d avoid sweet fruits for breakfast as this can make you tired and lethargic. However if you want to go for it, add at least a thumb sized knob of ginger (minced) when cooking your fruits and add more cinnamon and cardamom to boost that metabolism of yours.
- 1-2 apples, depending on your appetite, diced
- 1-2 pears, depending on your appetite, diced
- 5 whole cloves
- about 60ml water
- 1 x star anise
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- maple or date syrup to serve
- optional: oat or millet porridge
- Add the apples and pears to a small heavy bottom sauce-pan, together with the cloves, water and star anise, and bring slowly to a boil.
- Then turn heat down to a low and simmer, lid on, for about 10 minutes or until the fruits have reached their desired consistency. I like it very soft!
- Add the cinnamon, and take off the heat. Let cool for about 10 minutes, than serve.
- Optional: cook yourself some nice oat or millet porridge, than topp with your stewed fruits, drizzle with syrup and serve, voila!