4 Ingredient Homemade Applesauce

Last Friday night in our “frenzy” to use up some apples, K suggested that we make some applesauce. In my experiences growing up apple sauce always seemed like such a hard thing to make. There was coring, peeling, cooking, mashing/grinding, then more cooking. But thanks to my wonderful Betty Crocker cookbook, I found a very simple and fairly quick way to make apple sauce! I will tell you, this is more of a rustic applesauce and not the same consistency you get from the grocery store BUT it taste a million times better!!!

4 Ingredient Applesauce

4 medium cooking apples (1 1/3 lb), peeled, cut into fourths and cored
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup packed brown sugar or 3 to 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Combine apples and water in a large pot and bring to a boil. Add remaining ingredients, stirring to break up the apples. Reduce heat and let simmer to continue cooking apples. The apples will become very tender and break up. If you want to have smaller chunks, use a potato masher to mix up the apples. Enjoy!

4 Ingredient Apple Sauce

The apple mixture simmering away! Our house smelled heavenly!

Seriously one of the easiest recipes ever! It took about 25-35 minutes for my mixture to get cooked, but I also tripled the recipe. It would probably be less time if you just do the 4 apples. We enjoyed some that night over ice cream and then froze the rest in some mason jars (yes you can freeze food in jars!). For those watching your calories, you can have a 3/4 cup serving for about 100 calories! Healthy and delicious!

The Country Wife

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Lightened Up Apple Crisp

Those of you that are my friends with me on Facebook may remember a few weeks back when I posted that K won Best Dessert at my families Christmas cook off this year…he did not make this recipe! His recipe has a lot more sugar and butter; probably why it won! Well Friday night we were both craving something sweet and had a lot of extra apples from the local FFA fruit sale. He suggested I make his apple crisp recipe, but being a competitor in my work’s Biggest Loser competition, I knew I needed to make a healthier version. I browsed the internet for a recipe that seemed better and here’s what I came up with. Its pretty close to the recipe I found except that I made mine in individual ramekins (a present from a white elephant gift exchange).

Lightened Up Apple Crisp

4 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
2 tsp. cornstarch
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
1/3 cup + 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) melted butter

Mix apples, cornstarch, cinnamon, and 2 Tbsp of brown sugar in a bowl. Once coated, place apple mixture equally into to large ramekins or 4 small ramekins. Next mix oats, flour, remaining brown sugar and butter until crumbly. Spoon mixture on top of the apples. Bake at 375 for 20-25 or until apples are fork tender. Enjoy!

Lightened Up Apple Crisp

Fresh from the oven!

We served ours with a little bit of ice cream (would have done frozen yogurt, but we didn’t have any). These are not my any means a fat free dessert! But compared to drenching the apples in a sugar syrup, this is much healthier. This was a special treat and definitely satisfied my sweet tooth…at least for a few days. In the next couple days I will share K’s original recipe for Apple Crisp!

The Country Wife

*Here is the link to the original recipe: http://foodfitnessfreshair.com/2013/09/30/prevention-rds-lightened-up-apple-crisp/

 

Monday Moments: End of 2013

This post is supposed to be done on Sundays as a way to stop and reflect of the past week. Like usual I never remember to do this until Monday. This week I’d like to think that because I was sick I forgot to do it…either way here is my Sunday Stills/Monday Moments.

today: slept a lot. took down the Christmas tree ( not because I’m a scrooge…we have a small living room! I wanted some space back! )

want to be: feeling better! ready for whatever 2014 throws our way.

blessings: family time. a wonderful christmas season.

thinking: all the things to come in 2014; the things we know are coming and the unknown.

planning: my nutrition and workouts for 2014. goals for 2014.

writing: my 2014 bucket list.

loving: my husband. long story short: I was sick yesterday and wasn’t sure if I would make it to the big Wensink Christmas, but my husband offered to drive 2 hours to take our presents and food. In the end I went, but just that offer made me love him even more! Not many guys are willing to drive 2 hours to spend the afternoon with his wifes family!!!

grateful: for a roof over our heads, a warm house and plenty of stuff…this time of year always make you think a little of the less fortunate.

picture:

kyles apple chrisp trophy

Kyles trophy for winning best dessert at Wensink Christmas!

The Country Wife

Happy Fall Ya’ll!!

This weekend has been a perfect fall weekend so far! It rained Friday night but by Saturday morning here the rain had passed, the sun was out and it was a cool morning. Earlier in the week my sister in law decided we needed to have a family dinner since we hadn’t all been together since our wedding. I decided to male my aunt Barbs beefy cheeseball and some slutty brownies. We ate chicken and noodles with mashed potatoes; comfort food for a cool fall day!

I decided since I missed my high five Friday I would post about some fall favorites today. Below are picture of two things I love about fall.

#1. Hedge Apples
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Until I met Kyle, I never knew the benefits of hedge apples actually I don’t think I even knew what they were! They come from a hedge tree and have the magic to keep spiders and bugs away. I’m not making this up; there is something in the scent that spiders and some bugs don’t like. Today on our way home from town Kyle showed me the honey hole for these. We picked a bag full and are now scattered around the house. I tried to make them decorative by putting them in pretty containers.

#2. Moms Snack Mix
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I’m sure my mom wasn’t the first to make this treat but she gets the credit on this one. This mix is the perfect combo of sweet and salty; peanuts and candy corn. Yummy!

Happy Weekend!

The Country Wife