This beautiful Blackberry Balsamic Baked Brie is everything but paleo. I mean, it is essentially a brick of molten cheese.
Let’s talk briefly about balance.
All of my beliefs that center around food and nutrition are deeply rooted in the idea that our bodies are designed to eat a large variety of whole, unprocessed meats, fruits, and vegetables. I know my body feels at it’s best when I give it whole foods, and reduce inflammatory agents. Generally, I try to eat foods that I know nourish and agree with my body. This is not an all or nothing practice. In our society, we try to moralize food. Food is not innately good or bad. Food is just food. You are not a good or bad person based on how you eat. Eating foods that promote health is desirable, but you are not a bad person if you eat Cheetos. You are just a person who made the choice to eat Cheetos. Are Cheetos nutritionally dense? No. Can you have Cheetos every once in a while and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Absolutely yes. That is the definition of balance. The more food restrictions you have, the more triggers you develop which initiate overeating and binging. Allowing yourself to have whatever foods you want, but consciously trying to choose foods that make you feel your best is the healthiest and most maintainable approach to “dieting”. You should love your food, and your food should love you back.
With that being said…
How about that blackberry balsamic baked brie?
Not entirely healthy, but still moderately nutrient dense and composed of simple ingredients. This type of food, to me, is a practice towards honoring cravings, occasional indulgence, and balance. Always.
Blackberry Balsamic Baked Brie
An appetizer that is both simple, and indulgent. This blackberry Balsamic baked brie unites the flavors of sweet maple syrup, tart blackberries, balsamic vinegar and walnuts all over a molten wedge of brie.
- 1 wheel brie
- 2 tbsp blackberry jam
- 1 tbsp balsamic
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 5-6 walnuts crushed
- 1/2 cup blackberries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cook brie for about 10 minutes.
While brie is cooking, combine balsamic vinegar, maple syrup and jam in a sauce pan over low heat. Stir consistently until mixture is smooth.
Top brie with the sauce, crushed walnuts and blackberries. Serve immediately.