When I lived in London, I experienced some very nice dishes despite being a vegetarian at the time. One of my fondest recollections is the postprandial cheese and fruit tray. It always felt so civilized to finish up a meal with some palate cleansing fruit and/or cheese.
That brings me to, as Monty Python would say, “Something new and completely different.” Back in August I wrote about The Dark Side of Apples and confessed to my weakness for apple pie, apple turnovers and apple cobbler. In that item, I also mentioned that I still try to eat ‘an apple a day.’ Last April I wrote about how Eating an Apple a Day Improved Cholesterol Levels.
The something new and completely different is a simple variation on the European cheese and fruit tray.
For the past few days I have been including gorgonzola cheese with my apple snack. I cut the apple into about eight parts and then spread gorgonzola cheese on each part as I eat it. I love the combination of tastes and textures as the sweet apple meets the biting taste of gorgonzola and explodes on my taste buds. I would like to recommend this to anyone looking for a very healthy and nutritious snack or dessert. Although I have a picture of a wedge of gorgonzola here, I prefer it crumbled. I think it combines better with the apple that way. Of course, you can get crumbled gorgonzola by the tub at Costco.
This is a classic Mr. Lazy Cook dish; utter simplicity.
The apple amounts to 95 calories, 0.3 grams of fat, no cholesterol, 1.8 mg of Sodium, 25.1 grams of carbohydrates, 4.4 grams fiber and 0.5 grams of protein.
One and a half ounces of gorgonzola yields 150 calories 12 grams of fat, 7.5 grams of saturated fat, 45 grams of cholesterol, 420 mg of Sodium, no carbohydrates, no fiber and 9 grams of protein.
Okay, there is a lot of saturated fat there and a fair slug of Sodium too. But, it is also a good chunk of protein. Don’t miss The Dark Side of Apples.
You can decide for yourself if this fits your nutrition template. I think it works well with mine – and tastes great, too!
As the old song goes, I don’t care if it rains or freezes, as long as I’ve got my crumbled cheeses.
Although I have specified Gorgonzola, you can use any blue cheese for this snack. Gorgonzola is Italian blue cheese. I am Italian.