A natural response to changing seasons is a change in culinary tastes. People tend to prefer heavier, heartier foods to warm their insides when they come in from the cooler fall outdoor weather. Just because you may want heartier stuff to warm your insides, that doesn’t mean that those foods have to be higher in fat or unhealthy.
By taking advantage of seasonal foods, you can enjoy some very hearty, healthy and delicious recipes that represents the essence of autumn.
♦ Baked Apples
Apples are practically synonymous with cool, crisp weather. For a different spin on apples that’s fancy enough to serve to your family or friends, try this low-fat, healthy version of a baked apple. You can make these ahead of time and refrigerate to serve later. Warm to room temperature before serving.
Choose apples that are good for cooking – especially Roma or Granny Smith. To make four baked apples, wash and core the apples. In a medium size bowl, combine ¼ cup each of chopped walnuts, dried cranberries, and brown sugar. Add ¼ to ½ (depending on your taste,) teaspoon (or more,) of cinnamon.
Mix these dry ingredients together thoroughly and then spoon ¼ of the mixture into each of the four apples. Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 40 minutes. You may want to pour about ¼ cup of water in the bottom of the pan. Cook until the apples are tender when you pierce them with a sharp knife.
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