“Try these with ice cream,” says Sarah Poten, Education and Special Projects Coordinator, Greenmarket (CENYC). Or you can try ‘em with diary-free sorbét. A great dessert to finish off our Thanksgiving collection of recipes, these sautéed apples are always in season and sure to please even the most discerning kiddy connoisseurs. Sarah has even included fun nutritional facts about apples — who knew that apples help strengthen bones?
3 tablespoons butter∗^
4 large apples (about 2 1/4 pounds)∗
2 tablespoons golden brown sugar (optional)
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Makes 2 cups
∗Ingredients available at Greenmarket
^Inhabitots suggests a margarine substitution to make this meal vegan
Cutting board and knife, measuring spoons, saute pan (frying pan).
Inhabitots note: There are great dining accessories for kids that are intended to be around long past the last bit of Thanksgiving desert is gobbled up! There’s Naoto Fukasawa‘s DINNER Project (pictured, $82 at driade miami), Stokke’s Tripp Trapp high chair that accommodates diners from babies to adults ($249 at Magic Beans), Fisk and Fern’s hand-dyed kitchen aprons ($16 at Etsy), and French Bull’s colorful BPA-free dinner plates ($8 at French Bull).
1) Have a grown-up help you core the apples and cut them into ½ inch pieces.
2) Have a grown-up help you cook the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until beginning to brown.
3) Add apples and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes.
4) Measure the spices and sugar with the measuring spoons and add to the pan.
5) Stir the pan to blend.
7) Cover and chill. (Can be made 2 days ahead.)
Fun Nutrition Facts
Have you heard the old saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away?” Here are some of the reasons why:
• Apples have Vitamin C, an antioxidant that is good for your immune system and helps fight disease.
• Apples have Vitamin A, which is important for good vision and strong bones.
• One apple provides as much dietary fiber as a bowl of bran cereal. That’s equal to 1/5 of the recommended daily amount of fiber.
• Apples are loaded with pectin, a soluble fiber that aids digestion and may help reduce illnesses like cancer and heart disease.
• The complex carbohydrates in apples give your body a longer, more even energy boost compared to high-sugar snacks. Snacking on apples can keep you going throughout the day.
• Apples provide boron, an essential trace element that helps harden bones. Strong bones help prevent osteoporosis.
Sauteed apple photo by Crackerandcheese.