CARAMELIZED GRAPEFRUIT

Rise and shine!  How is everybody doing today?  I was planning on posting yesterday, but time got away from me, and I didn't get a chance.  Ooops!  I'm glad to report that I'm back to my normal routine, and today is looking to be a lot more mellow for me.  I like mellow. Anywhooooo...Raise your hand if you like grapefruit.  I am visualizing lots of hands, and both of mine are up, too!  I LOVE grapefruit.  Something about the tartness mixed with sweetness have my taste buds dancing around.  Plus, as an added bonus they are SUPER good for you! Let's take a peek at just a few of my favorite benefits of grapefruit:

  • Vitamin C -  This is a given with many citrus fruits, but grapefruit has one of the highest properties.  Vitamin C is an excellent immune booster, which helps to rid off colds and so much more.
  • Lycopene - Lycopene is an antioxident found in pink and red grapefruits which appears to have an anti-tumor activity.  What this means is, Lycopene has one of the highest capacities to help fight oxygen free radicals, which are compounds that can damage cells.  Good stuff!
  • Limonoids - Limonoids are an enzyme that spark a reaction in the liver, and help to make toxic compounds more water soluble.  Therefore, they leave the body quicker.  Natural detoxifier?  Yes, please!

I have seen a few varieties of this recipe going around the internet, so I thought I would give it a shot!  This caramelized grapefruit is not only unique and delicious, but it only has two simple ingredients, too.  I like that!  Now on to the recipe!

photo 1

photo 1

Caramelized Grapfruit

1 grapefruit (I used a Ruby Red variety) 1 tsp. cinnamon

photo 2

photo 2

Slice grapefruit down the middle, and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with cinnamon, and bake at 375° for about 20 minutes, or until cinnamon is dark and caramelized.  Seriously, that's all!  The cinnamon get's harder, and to me it tastes like the top of crème brûlée.  However, if you prefer a sweeter taste, add a little brown sugar mixed in with the cinnamon.

photo 3

photo 3

This is great for breakfast or a snack, and can be easily duplicated.  Think you'll try it?  Let me know how you like it!

xo.  Jen