For most people the New Year brings in the hype of Christmas clean-up, newer resolutions, could-of-should-of-would-of, gym passes, let’s pick a word of the year (what is that, anyway?) and a handful of other inspirational checklists. For me, the passing of yet another year of my life bring both hope and sadness. The holidays are over, its dark and even a little dreary outside. The feeling of snow surrounds me, as it waits to make its self known in the coming days or even hours. This is problematic, as I don’t own a shovel.
As I started skimming over January’s seasonal produce guide, I was delighted to find that the winter months didn’t bring a lack of familiar comfort food options. Sweet Potato Turkey Shepherd’s Pie, Farro and Sausage Stuffed Roasted Acorn Squash, Low Fat Creamy Mushroom Soup, and Roasted Heirloom Carrots with Feta, Truffle and Lemon Zest all effortlessly brought back the remaining warmth of the passing holiday season.
Mind you, no winter’s eve would be complete without filling my home with the enchanting smell of Warm Baked Apples. Topped with a dab of fat free whipped cream, low fat ice cream, or my preferred choice vanilla greek yogurt. This healthy, but simple recipe consistently hits my craving spot every time. More importantly, my grandmother approves.
DELIGHTFULLY BAKED APPLES + Recipe
- 2 large apples, cut in half
- 2 tbsp butter, melted
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tbsp flour
- 4 tbsp quick oats ( I tend to use more )
- pinch of cinnamon
- --- Optional ---
- 2 tbsp raisins
- Preheat oven to 350º.
- Cut apples in half and remove core and seeds with a small pairing knife or spoon.
- In a small bowl combine butter, brown sugar, flour, oats and cinnamon. Spoon on top of the apple halves and sprinkle with cinnamon. Place on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven for 30 minutes. Serve warm with fat free whipped cream or low fat ice cream.