My good friend and fellow foodie Frank brought me a box of fresh dates the other day. They were so delicious I’ve been inspired to seek out some new and interesting date recipes!
Dates are an impressively nutritious fruit. They’re rich in fiber, iron, calcium and copper. They contain vitamins A and B-complex, and have more potassium than bananas. They’re also very high in natural sugars, so be careful not to eat too many!
Here’s a recipe I modified from one on The Guardian website. I used navy bean tortillas for a healthier version, and substituted roasted butternut squash for sweet potatoes. Absolutely divine!
Roasted Butternut Squash & Date Pizza
- 4 navy bean tortillas (available at Pomme Market on Davie St)
- 1/2 cup cubed butternut squash, roasted in olive oil
- 1/4 cup cubed feta cheese
- 4 dates, pitted and chopped lengthways
- 2 jalapeño peppers, chopped and seeds removed
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
- 1 small can tomato paste
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tbsp honey
- Extra olive oil, sea salt and black pepper to taste
- Make the sauce by frying the garlic in the olive oil. Add the tomato paste, salt, honey and black pepper. Cook on low, stirring often, for 15 min.
- Place tortillas on a baking sheet and toast at 400 degrees about 8 minutes or until crisp.
- Spread the sauce over the tortillas. Top with the butternut squash pieces, feta, dates and peppers. Add salt and pepper to taste and drizzle with olive oil.
- Bake 5-7 minutes in the 400 degree oven. Serve warm with a green salad.