Friday, February 5, 2010

Organic Cinnamon Apples--A Simple Kid Pleaser, and they're Low Fat too!

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Have you every tried to get a child to eat a baked apple? Tough, huh? That's partly because cutting them up is a difficult job for their less-coordinated hands. Add to that the fact that many children don't like to eat the cooked skin of an apple, and you have got a wasted baked apple.

When my children were little, I set out to solve this predicament with a little ingenuity. I compromised on the skins by removing them, for starters. Then, in order to assure the kids ate as much as they could enjoy, I took the extra step of cutting up the apples before cooking them. Finally, success! And with that came a new favorite of my kids. There's nothing to it, really. You try it:

Carrie's Low-Cal, Organic Cinnamon Apples

  • 6 organic apples, peeled, sliced, cored; even over-ripe ones will do, so don't waste them (you can leave the peels on if you prefer) NOTE: Prepare the apples last so they don't turn brown!
  • Smart Balance Spray (with organic Soy)
  • 1/4 cup Organic sugar
  • 1/4 cup Organic brown sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons Organic cinnamon
  • Benefiber (pssst...don't tell my kids about this one)

*Before beginning, make up a small jar of the sugar and cinnamon mixture to use for apples, cinnamon toast or adding to raisin breads in your breadmaker. I use about 3-4 tablespoons on one recipe of these apples, but you can adjust that to your own family's taste.
  1. Add sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon to a bowl and stir well. Store in an air-tight container.
  2. Place the apples in a casserole dish with 1-2 tablespoons of water in the bottom.
  3. Add 3-4 tablespoons of the sugar mixture to the apples.
  4. Spray about 4-6 pumps of Smart Balance into the mixture.
  5. Stir well.
  6. If extra fiber is desired, stir in a few tablespoons of Benefiber.
  7. Microwave 4-5 minutes on High.
  8. Stir and test for tenderness.
  9. Cook 2-4 minutes and repeat until tender.
  10. This dish can be made ahead and rewarmed easily. Serves 4.

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