Three ways to broil winter’s best fruit, the grapefruit. My favorite is to mellow a grapefruit's natural acidity with a bare sprinkle of brown sugar and a heady mix of cinnamon and cumin. Weight Watchers, just 1 Weight Watchers point! Choose Broiled Grapefruit as a healthy breakfast recipe, sure, but for dessert on a deep-freeze January night? Only a lawn chair tucked under the shade of the thick leaves of a grapefruit tree could be more enticing.
I’m hear to tell ya, cooking can be hazardous to your health. Exercise too, but that’s another story.
You see, when you love to cook, it’s easy to fixate on food, plotting lunch while finishing breakfast (who me?), strategizing supper while fixing lunch (who you?).
The upside of focus is Home Management 101, a smart strategy for wellness, balance and frugal living. Thinking ahead ensures there’s milk in the fridge, chicken thawed for dinner and that too-ripe pears don’t go to waste. But. But. BUT. (And Butt.) The downside is that focus places altogether too much attention on food.
So many days, I want food to be an afterthought, not a forethought. Banish, please, the fascination with the breadths (did someone just mention bread?) and depths of food preparation, its origins, its endless variations.
Progress is simple morning grapefruit embellished with only an ingredient or two already in the spice drawer, pantry and refrigerator.
Tis the season for citrus! Starting late in the year, oranges, tangerines and grapefruit roll in from Florida. Texas and other warm climes. Thank goodness we don’t take this whole ‘eat local’ idea so seriously as to forgo citrus!
RECIPES for BROILED GRAPEFRUIT
Time to table: 10 minutes
- 1 grapefruit, halved crosswise
THE SPICY WAY (my favorite)
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar (raw ‘demerera’ sugar and cane sugar are especially good, what are these sugars?)
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
THE FRUITY WAY
- 1 – 2 tablespoons applesauce (or something like Apple Cranberry Compote)
THE YOGURT WAY
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar (raw ‘demerera’ sugar and cane sugar are especially good)
- 1 – 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt (what is Greek yogurt?)
Move an oven rack to the top (or second top) position and set the broiler on high. Line a baking sheet with foil or use an oven-safe dish.
SPICY WAY With a back of a spoon, mash the sugar and spices until a sandy mixture, then spill evenly onto each grapefruit half. Broil for 3 to 6 minutes or until the grapefruit begins to puff and the sugar begins to caramelize.
FRUITY WAY Spoon applesauce over top of the grapefruit. Broil for 3 to 4 minutes until the grapefruit begins to puff and the applesauce warms through.
THE YOGURT WAY Sprinkle the grapefruit with sugar and broil for 3 to 4 minutes until the sugar begins to caramelize. Spread yogurt over top.
Serve and savor!
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