Summer Fruit Compote

Yields 2 cups

COST: $2.85

Per 1⁄2 cup

Calories: 325

Fat: 1g

Carbohydrates: 85g

Protein: 3g

Fiber: 8g

Sugar: 24g

Sodium: 21g

2 medium bananas

1⁄3 cup granulated sugar

1 cup water

1 teaspoon peeled and grated fresh ginger

1⁄4 cup lemon juice

4 5-inch cinnamon sticks

3 cups dried tropical fruit

Peel and slice the bananas.
Cook the sugar and water in a saucepan over low heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add the ginger, lemon juice, and cinnamon sticks. Increase heat to medium and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
Add the dried fruit and bananas. Return to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook at a low simmer until the dried fruit is tender. Remove the cinnamon sticks.
Let cool briefly and serve warm, or refrigerate overnight and serve cold.