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Easy Baked Apples

Last night it got down to 58 degrees. Burr…Fall is upon us! I’m ready for scarves and spiced cider and mittens and leaves.

Fall brings to mind comfort foods, hot desserts and turkey. And this is one of my favorite (not so healthy-involves butter, but appears healthy-also involves apples) desserts. Printable recipe card found at the bottom of this post.

Easy Baked Apples are one of my favorite go-to’s when last minute guests arrive. To really push it over the top, add a little french vanilla ice cream. Yum….

 


Here’s what you’ll need to make these Easy Baked Apples:

4-6 Jonathan Apples
6 TBS butter-room temperature
1/4 C Raisins
1/4 C finely chopped Walnuts or Pecans
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Lemon juice (only needed if you are making these ahead and cooking them later, as I did)
1 TBS sugar (if desired to make the dessert a little sweeter, but can be left out)

 


By using either an apple corer or a paring knife, remove the center of the apple, including all seeds.

 


Take a moment to make a face with your cored apples.

 


Place your apples in a sprayed/greased microwavable baking dish.

 


In a medium sized mixing bowl, add the 6 TBS room temperature butter to the 1/4 C of raisins.

 


Add the 1/4 Walnuts or Pecans.

 


Next, add the 1/4 tsp of Nutmeg.

 


And then add the 1/2 tsp of Cinnamon.

 


If you are making this dessert hours ahead of when you might want to actually consume it, add the 1 tsp of lemon juice. The lemon juice allows the apples to maintain their color and crispness, but gives you the option of cooking the apples several hours or even a day later.

 


If you enjoy sweeter desserts, add 1 TBS sugar to the bowl. I opted not to do this, allowing the ice cream to sweeten the deal.

 


Mix everything together using a fork.

 


Using a baby spoon or a knife, fill the apples completely full and a little overflowing with the mixture.

 


Tightly saran wrap the top of your baking dish. (If cooking the apples later, place them in the fridge until you are ready.)
Microwave for about 6 minutes, or until the apple skin is pliable and easily cut with a butter knife.

 


Let the apples cool slightly for 1-2 minutes, leaving the saran wrap on the baking dish.

Transfer to your serving plate and liberally spoon the excess juices over the apples (and over the ice cream, if desired). Serve the apples whole or sliced up for easy eating.

Enjoy!

Easy Baked Apples
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Home Cooking
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Serves: 6
 
Easy Baked Apples are a great go-to dessert when last minute guests arrive.
Ingredients
  • 4-6 Jonathan Apples
  • 6 TBS butter-room temperature
  • ¼ C Raisins
  • ¼ C finely chopped Walnuts or Pecans
  • ¼ tsp Nutmeg
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Lemon juice (only needed if you are making these ahead and cooking them later, as I did)
  • 1 TBS sugar (if desired to make the dessert a little sweeter, but can be left out)
Instructions
  1. Core each apple, carefully removing all seeds.
  2. Place your apples in a sprayed/greased microwavable baking dish.
  3. In a bowl, add the ¼ Walnuts or Pecans.
  4. Next, add the ¼ tsp of Nutmeg.
  5. And then add the ½ tsp of Cinnamon.
  6. If you are making this dessert hours ahead time, add the 1 tsp of lemon juice.
  7. If you enjoy sweeter desserts, add 1 TBS sugar to the bowl.
  8. Mix everything with a fork.
  9. Fill apples completely full and a little overflowing with the mixture.
  10. Tightly saran wrap the top of your baking dish. (If cooking the apples later, place them in the fridge until you are ready.)
Microwave for about 6 minutes, or until the apple skin is pliable and easily cut with a butter knife.
  11. Let apples cool for 1-2 minutes, leaving the saran wrap on the baking dish.
  12. Transfer to plate and spoon excess juices over apples-or over ice cream topping, if desired.
  13. Serve apples whole or sliced up for easy eating.

 

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Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

I shared this recipe last year and I have never recycled a post before. But I’ve had so many people asking me how I “made those awesome tomatoes”, that I thought I’d share it with you again with a BONUS feature.

At the bottom of this post, you now have the ability to print off a recipe card, rather than trying to write down all the details on some scrap of paper.

Score!


So, hello there. Don’t you look delicious? Let’s get started on this easy and very pleasing process of roasting cherry tomatoes, shall we?

 


Here’s all that you’ll need to make Oven Roasted Cherry Tomatoes:

Prep time: 5 minutes, Cooking Time: 1-1 1/2 hrs, Skill Level: Easy
1/2 tsp Basil
1/2 tsp dried Garlic
Cherry Tomatoes-enough to fill a pan
Cooking Spray
9 x 13 pan

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

 


Spray the 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray and pile in the cherry tomatoes. Sprinkle basil and garlic on top, adding more than the 1/2 tsp of each, if necessary.

 


After about 30-45 minutes, when the tomatoes are becoming soft, carefully turn the tomatoes over once.

 


Place back in the oven for another 30-45 minutes, or until most tomatoes have turned brown on at least one side.

 

Garnish crackers with your delicious oven roasted tomatoes and “Laughing Cow” spreadable cheeses. Or use as a pizza or salad topping, on a sandwich or by themselves. They are delicious no matter what you do with them.

From my garden to your brain. I hope you enjoy!

 

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
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Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Garden Fresh
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Serves: 4
 
Garnish crackers with your delicious oven roasted tomatoes and "Laughing Cow" spreadable cheeses. Or use as a pizza or salad topping, on a sandwich or by themselves. They are delicious no matter what you do with them.
Ingredients
  • ½ tsp Basil
  • ½ tsp dried Garlic
  • Cherry Tomatoes-enough to fill a pan
  • Cooking Spray
  • 9 x 13 pan
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray the 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray and pile in the cherry tomatoes.
  3. Sprinkle basil and garlic on top, adding more than the ½ tsp of each, if necessary.
  4. After about 30-45 minutes, when the tomatoes are becoming soft, carefully turn the tomatoes over once.
  5. Place back in the oven for another 30-45 minutes, or until most tomatoes have turned brown on at least one side.

 

 

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Delicious & Easy-Roasted Squash

The bees are pollinating and doing their thing in my garden. In turn, those creative little buzzy guys are making some UGO (unidentified ground objects) for me to play around with.
Roasted Squash-Whole
Take this mix of zucchini/butternut squash. To understand the enormity of this squash, that is a beefsteak tomato next to it (about the size of a baseball).

 

Roasted Squash-Halved
This hybrid offered yellowish skin with a beautiful zucchini coating.

 

Roasted Squash-Halves
I had to taste it-in the raw-and the flesh was sweeter than your average zucchini. I decided then and there, it must be cooked! Or roasted. And eaten. And enjoyed. And boy was it enjoyed.

 

Roasted Squash-Ingredients
Here’s all that you need to roast your very own zucchini-hybrid or not (printable recipe on the bottom):

1-2 Sizable Zucchinis
4-8 Cloves Garlic
1 Medium Onion
1/4 C Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to Taste

Preheat the oven to 400.

 

Roasted Squash-Cut
Start by slicing the zucchinis into rounds, then cut the rounds in quarters.

 

Roasted Squash-Onions

Slice the onion into large rings and then in half.

 

Roasted Squash-Garlic
Disrobe the garlic and smash each clove (a little bit) with a spoon or the palm of your hand.

 

Roasted Squash-In pan, Onions
Line one or two 9 x 13 pan(s) with aluminum foil and add the zucchini, onions and garlic. Drizzle the olive oil over the top of the vegetables.

 

Roasted Squash-Finished 1
Roast at 400 for 40 minutes, stirring once halfway through the roasting time.

 

Roasted Squash-Finished Far
Enjoy as a side, or as a full meal-as Biceps did.

Below is the printable recipe for those of you that like that sort of thing.

 

Delicious & Easy-Roasted Squash
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Vegetable
Prep time: 
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Serves: 4-6 sides
 
Ingredients
  • 1-2 Sizable Zucchinis
  • 4-8 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Medium Onion
  • ¼ C Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • Preheat the oven to 400.
Instructions
  1. Start by slicing the zucchinis into rounds, then cut the rounds in quarters.
  2. Slice the onion into large rings and then in half.
  3. Disrobe the garlic and smash each clove (a little bit) with a spoon or the palm of your hand.
  4. Line one or two 9 x 13 pan(s) with aluminum foil and add the zucchini, onions and garlic. Drizzle the olive oil over the top of the vegetables.
  5. Roast at 400 for 40 minutes, stirring once halfway through the roasting time.
  6. Enjoy

 

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No Fuss, No Sugar Applesauce

It’s getting colder-both inside and outside of my home. Before my little toes hit the barn wood floor in my bedroom, I locate my robe and house shoes, while still underneath my comforter. (Things change in the middle of the night when you own two naughty kitties.)

I love this time of year-hot tea is a must while watching the leaves changing. And of course, heartier meals are on my dinner table, along with desserts filled with spices-like my Skinny, Ginger Puff Cookies.

 


One of my favorite things to make this time of year is a No Fuss, No Sugar Applesauce. With a few ingredients and a crockpot, I have chunky, spicy, yummy applesauce without any fuss. Have it as a dessert or as a side dish. Get crazy. Do what you want!

Biceps would like to try it warm over ice cream. We’ll see about that-kind’ve defeats the purpose….

 


Here’s all that you’ll need to make your No Fuss, No Sugar Applesauce (printable recipe at the bottom):

10-13 Apples (I had Gala’s on hand in the freezer)
1 tsp liquid Stevia or to taste (you can add more later)
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1/8 tsp Ground Cloves
1 1/2-2 Cups Water

Crockpot

 


After thoroughly washing the apples, core the center.

 


Then cut each apple into quarters.

 


Throw all of your apples in the crockpot, and add 1 tsp of liquid Stevia.

 


While adding the 1 tsp of Cinnamon to the crockpot with one hand, try taking a picture of it with the other hand, so that your picture looks like this. Nice and shaky.

 


Next, add the 1/4 tsp Nutmeg.

 


Now, add the yummy 1/8 tsp of Ground Cloves.

 


Pour 1 1/2-2 Cups of water into the crockpot. You’ll need enough water so that the crockpot is half full of water. It doesn’t need to cover all of the apples.

 


Put the lid on the crockpot and turnn on “Hi” for 5-6 hours, or on “Low” for 9-10 hrs.

After a few hours of allowing the apples to cook, I use a hand potato masher and squish the apples every hour or so. Add more water if necessary.

 


The applesauce is finished when it’s still a bit chunky but has the consistency of, well, applesauce. Serve warm or cold. You can freeze half for later or eat it all in one sitting. (Although, I will warn you that since the peels are on these apples, you can over-apple. If you know what I mean.)

This No Fuss, No Sugar Applesauce is so tasty that you’ll feel like you’re indulging each time you eat it-you can even trick the wee ones into eating their daily dose of fruit.

I hope you enjoy this spicy No Fuss, No Sugar Applesauce as much as we do. And boy howdy, do we ever enjoy it.

 

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No Fuss, No Sugar Applesauce
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Recipe type: Side Dish
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Serves: 20
 
Make a No Fuss, No Sugar Applesauce simply by using your crockpot and a few spices.
Ingredients
  • 10-13 Apples (I had Gala's on hand in the freezer)
  • 1 tsp liquid Stevia or to taste (you can add more later)
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp Nutmeg
  • ⅛ tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1½-2 Cups Water
  • Crockpot
Instructions
  1. Wash, core and quarter each apple. (Leave the peels on.)
  2. Add the apples to the crockpot.
  3. Add the spices.
  4. Pour the water over the top until crockpot is half full of water.
  5. Turn the crockpot to "Hi" for 5-6 hrs, or on "Low" for 9-10 hrs.
  6. Use a hand potato masher after the apples have cooked for several hours to mush them up a bit. Do this every hour or so.
  7. Serve warm or cold.

 


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