Woo hoo! Its not often we get to share a recipe with two ingredients. You read correctly – only two!
Those two ingredients are super stars in the world of flavor, though. Rich, sweet, juicy pineapple often stars on it own, but with the addition of a crystallized ginger it becomes a knock-out. Pineapple not only tastes great plus, its full of bromelain. It is bromelain’s ability to keep blood thin and prevent it from clotting, as well as its anti-inflammatory properties that makes it a good immune booster for the body. Pineapple is also full of Vitamin C.
Then there is the zing of ginger that rounds out the sweet and spicy flavor of this easy dish. Ginger has been used for centuries as a home made remedy for upset tummies because it interrupts the communication between the stomach and the nausea center in the brain. Crystallized ginger is fresh ginger that has been preserved in sugar. Just a little bit will make this dessert fantastic, and a cup of tea even more delicious. There is lower sugar crystallized ginger available – try to find it in speciality stores or online (www.gingerpeople.com is a great resource). Ginger is being studied all over the world to fight obesity, build one’s immune system, and help sore muscles. For a cancer patient, we recommend making a few easy ginger recipes and teas to use when you have a bought of nausea. This is a great recipe just for that reason!
Warm Gingered Pineapple
1 Whole Pineapple cut into chunks
2 TB Chopped Crystallized Ginger
Turn the oven to broil. Toss the pineapple and ginger together in a bowl and let sit on the counter while the oven comes to temperature. When the oven is hot, spread the pineapple with the ginger on a sheet tray lined with aluminum foil. (We like the nonstick kind of foil for this recipe.) Cook for 5 – 7 minutes or until the pineapple gets browned around the edges, stirring at least once. Remove from the oven and serve warm or at room temperature.