When I make posts like these, it’s because I want my own personal bookmark of easy recipes. Since we’re knocking on fall’s door, I wanted to roundup a few easy recipes to make with figs. If you’re looking for a few ways to incorporate figs into your meal plan, this post is for you.
When are figs in season?
Of course it totally depends on where you live, but where I’m from, figs are in season late summer into fall. Now I’m no gardener so I had to do a bit of research to tell you this next part. If you’re interested in growing your own figs, they say it’s best to plant them in the spring and as potted plants.
When planting them into the ground, you want to make sure the soil isn’t too wet. Also, carve out a pretty big hole and put top soil back in the bottom of the hole. They also say to not use fertilizer in the hole. Here’s more information about growing figs in Kentucky.
Nutritional Value of Figs
We are a Levitical-diet kind of family. In the most recent months, we’ve even tried to cut back on the amount of meat we eat. All the more reason to experiment with more fruit and veggie based meals. Since this will be my first full rodeo cooking with figs, I thought it’d be a good idea to note its nutritional value.
Shockingly, my husband is more of a calorie-counter than I am so knowing that figs are relatively low in calories is a plus. Dried figs seems to offer a higher concentrations of energy, minerals, and vitamins. And fresh figs contain an antioxidant value that is comparable to apples.
Figs are also a good source of a variety of vitamins such as A, K, E, and the B-complex group. Lastly, dried figs are excellent sources of minerals like calcium, copper, potassium, manganese, iron, and zinc.
Now that we know the benefits, let’s look at a few must-try recipes!
7 Easy Recipes to Make with Figs
Similar to other fruits of this nature, figs are sweet and filled with lots of tiny little seeds. It can be eaten when ripe or dried. Although we call it a fruit, it’s actually not. It has something to do with it not flowering and instead doing an inverted flowering thing. (That would make a good homeschool lesson!) Anywho, let’s dive into some recipes.
Easy Fig Jam
I’ve always wanted to make a jam and this one seems easy enough to make. Figs, sugar, lemon, vanilla, water, and a little cooking seems right up my alley! Not to mention, it only takes about 30 minutes! Even better for our busy, large, always-on-the-go family.
Greek Yogurt Topped with Fresh Figs
I can’t believe I hadn’t considered this sooner! We are a Greek yogurt eating family and have it several times a week. Typically we’d top it with granola from our favorite online shop club and fresh fruit from our favorite grocery store, Aldi. Now that figs are in season, I’m definitely going to give it a try.
Fall Fig & Chicken Sandwich
Although this recipe calls for fancy ciabatta bread, I’ll most likely go for any bread I have on hand. The other ingredients are pretty classic to a homemade chicken salad. I’m pretty excited about making these. The added sweet flavors of the figs seems like it will be a hit with my kiddos (versus the purple grapes).
Sheet Pan Chicken with Fig
This recipe had me at sheet pan. Anytime I can add all the ingredients in or onto one dish, I’m sold. My Instant Pot turned out to be a dud so I’ve fallen in love with my air fryer and one pan dinners. Chicken drum sticks, dried figs, and a few handfuls of arugula are the highlight of this dish. I may substitute the drum sticks for chicken thighs or make two separate pans with both kinds of meat cuts.
Calling for just bacon and figs, I can’t pass this combination up. I’m not sure how it will turn out since we purchase turkey bacon; however, I can try to find some beef bacon and give it a go. This seems like the perfect brunch and/or potluck type of meal. Regardless, it’s going on my all-things-fig try list.
A recipe I found said to combine honey, butter, and figs in a pan, cook until soft, and serve hot. Another recipe that sounds so yummy! The Spruce Eats suggests putting this yummy goodness on top of ice cream or topped with a dollop of yogurt or whipped cream.
Fresh figs seem to be a go-to salad topper. We typically go for mixed salad greens, but I also like my fair share of kale. Perhaps the hubby would like the kale if it were topped with figs?? I don’t know, but it’s worth a try!
Although fall typically ushers in soup and all things pumpkin spice season, I’m gonna be adding figs to my shopping list and meal plan. Apparently they’re only in for a short amount of time, so I gotta jump on it! I’d love to know if you’ve cooked with figs before. If so, what are some of your favorite recipes? Let me know in the comments below!