October 7, 2010

Snack - Criss Cross Applesauce!

Total Prep Time: Approximately 30 minutes

1 Vegetables & Fruit (1/2 cup applesauce)

Autumn is here and Ontario's vast number of orchards are filled with juicy apples just waiting to be picked!  Take advantage of the beautiful fall weather we're expecting this weekend, pack up the family and head out for some apple picking fun.  You may even find a farm with a pick-your-own pumpkin patch!

For a listing of Ontario apple orchards, follow this link: http://www.allaboutapples.com/orchard/on.htm.

The simplest apple recipe that I use is for homemade applesauce.  It's perfect for a school snack, or to go with a school lunch in place of a piece of fruit.  Add some cinnamon for some extra flavour.

Homemade Applesauce

4 large apples
1/2 cup of cold water or apple juice
  1. Wash, peel, core and quarter the apples.
  2. Place apples in a small pot and add water or juice.
  3. Turn stove on high heat until apples start to steam.  Lower temperature to med-low.  Stir apples every couple of minutes.
  4. Once the apples have broken down (mushy), the applesauce is complete.
  5. Refrigerate and use within 4 days.
1.  If you have an infant or preschooler, fresh applesauce is a perfect snack or dessert.
2.  Stir applesauce into warm oatmeal for a delicious, healthy breakfast.
3.  Applesauce is a perfect pairing with pork.  Roast a pork loin and serve applesauce on the side for a meal that your family will drool over!

Click here for a printable version of this recipe!

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