Date: 19 November 2021. Apple Options.
Of late the apples found at local grocery stores have been delicious. Like
many I enjoy snacking on apples, however there are ways to notch up
the plain old apple. Today I will share my three favorites. Two are
healthy, while the other is not.
Unfortunately I do not always make wise eating choices:
Winn Dixie is a grocery store chain that sells apple turnovers.
Frankly the dessert treats are "too sweet" however they are easy.
Those apple turnovers are part of the reason I regained most of the
weight I had kept off for years. Remember the article
A Day of Reckoning...
Well, I am back on that plan again and slowly (turtles walk through
molasses in a snow storm at a faster pace) the weight is coming
off. I am feeling a bit better too.
The problem is
that I like lots of things that are not particularly good for me.
One component of my getting healthier program is eating fruit, and not in the form of an
First I peel the apple. I
have an old fashioned peeler and it works great.
I have been told repeatedly the skin of an apple contains the most
nutrients and vitamins, I have never been fond of that part. One of
the benefits of being an adult is I don't have to eat the icky
After peeling I cut into
slices and chunks as if I were baking an apple pie.
Next I dust with
ground cinnamon. Cinnamon is also good on sweet potatoes/yams.
Then I sprinkle a teaspoon of
sugar across the apple slices.
You might note that the sugar seems chunkier than
that white stuff most folks use.
The sweetener I prefer is
called Demerara (aka Turbinado) Sugar. It is more flavorful than regular sugar.
This *sugar is definitely chunkier. I often find this
near the Spanish foods in the grocery store.
*There are two similar
sugar products. I'm not enough of an expert to tell the difference
between the two. What I have noticed however is that whichever one
is placed near the Spanish food section is less expensive than the
one found on the sugar/baking aisle.
If you purchase dried lentils, definitely look for them in the
Spanish food section. Lentils cost less than a dollar a pound over
there versus where all the fancy "American" dried beans are
shelved. Should you want to know what I do with lentils, read the
Growing Lentil Sprouts
sprinkling the apples with cinnamon, sometimes I forgo the sugar.
Certain apple varieties are sweeter than others. For instance, both
Gala and Fiji are much sweeter than Red Delicious apples. Gala and
Fiji are in my opinion fine with zero added sugar.
If you prefer tart apples, you will want the green
Granny Smith variety:
Katja's galley ↑
is so cozy. I have a similar oil lantern above my sink too.
This batch has zero sugar and
is heavily spiced with cinnamon.
I have come to prefer more cinnamon than when I was younger.
I have opted to purchase Red Delicious from the grocery
those get microwaved with both sugar and cinnamon added.
is the smallest sold at Walmart, requiring just 700 watts. Often I
opt for an item simply because it requires less power than another.
My *installed inverter is rated for 1000 watts, so that is my limit.
*I do have a 1200 watt pure sine wave inverter in my locker. That
unit is not
installed as of yet. Both were bought from
The Inverter Store.
But I digress...
With my 700 watt microwave I nuke (cook in the microwave) the apples
under a cover for 4 minutes. Those with larger, more powerful
microwaves should try three minutes on high. Then test for
consider the fancy apples a dessert.
Nuked apples are one component
in my eating
healthier program. I described that plan in my
A Day of Reckoning
article. Because fresh apples are so plentiful during autumn I hope you will
enjoy my methods of preparing them for yourself.
Mother made the
absolute best apple pie I have ever tasted. The only person who
has come close to the apple part is my friend Lynn. She gifted
me a jar of apples that tasted the same.
Lynn's Apple Sauce:
at replicating the flavor of Lynn's apples were tried. I yearned for
an easy way to make Mother's apple pie filling. My microwaved efforts
are not quite as good as Mother's however they are definitely close
Aboard our 40'er we seldom used sugar. Often
store-bought items are too sweet. The peel and spice with cinnamon
makes a treat worthy of being called dessert without the necessity
of an oven. And no, I do not have an oven aboard Seaweed.
a while I consider getting a toaster oven however there really is
not space. When living aboard all but the largest of yachts, space
is always a consideration. Choices are the key... what do I
want more? For me that meant a microwave versus a toaster oven.
Unfortunately I have too
often chosen apple turnovers rather than a more healthy option. Argh!!! I'm working on that.
Wish me luck.
Thank you for reading.
What is your favorite way to eat apples?
If you have both a microwave and a toaster oven, which do you prefer?
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