First off, if the title of this recipe scares you, I’ll give you an option below that includes only sweet stuff so as not to frighten your palate. But for grown ups, this version is a little more fun, a little more adventurous, and a great way to get some nutritious apples into your diet.
I was lucky enough to be able to participate in this month’s Kitchen Play which was sponsored by the U.S. Apple Association. Sometimes we take for granted how nutritious apples are and don’t really think about them as power foods. Apples are one of our family’s favorite fruits. It’s the one fruit that everyone likes. They are perfect to pack in a lunch, and they are great at room temperature or chilled in the fridge. Things we don’t think about are that they provide essential vitamins, minerals and fiber that help to protect us from chronic diseases. This helps promote a healthy lifestyle too!
You might want to take some time and browse around the U.S. Apple Association’s website. They have tons of educational information, nutrition facts, and recipes too! You’ll learn all about the different varieties of apples and what they are perfect for, whether it be for snacking, baking or cooking.
The US Apple Association is also sponsoring a wonderful giveaway here at Kitchen PLAY. Simply recreate any one recipe from this month’s Progressive Party, post about the experience on your blog and provide a link to your post on Kitchen PLAY to enter. All qualifying bloggers in each course will be entered to win $100 (6 prizes total). The deadline is September 30, 2011. Please review the complete contest rules before entering. Good luck!
I was presented with a challenge to come up with a salad recipe using my favorite apples. Well my favorites happen to be Red Delicious, and my daughter’s favorite is Golden Delicious. We always have both of these varieties in the house. I wanted to try something different but keep it fairly low in fat but packed with flavor.
I realize that this combination might make some a bit leery, but believe me, the combination is actually terrific! However, if you prefer to leave out the onion, potato and mayonnaise, this will still make a delicious fruit salad that your kids will go crazy for. If you decide to try it, the mayonnaise and onion add a little bit of tang, while the vanilla yogurt, raisins and apples balance that out with their sweetness.
4 cups cubed red potatoes
1 Golden Delicious apple
1 Red Delicious apple
1/3 cup low fat mayonnaise
1/2 cup vanilla low fat yogurt
1/2 cup diced red onion
1 tablespoon of cinnamon sugar (or 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon and 1/2 tablespoon sugar)
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup chopped pecans
Bring the potatoes to a boil in a medium saucepan. Cook for about 10 minutes, or until potatoes are tender but still firm. Drain and cool.
Place cooled potatoes into a large bowl. Add mayonnaise and yogurt and stir to combine. Add onion, raisins and pecans and stir to combine. Finally, core and cube the apples* and stir them in, then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and give it a final stir.
Optional: You can drizzle a small amount of caramel sauce over the top if you like!
* Waiting until this point to core and cube the apples will keep them from browning. if you cut them up first and they sit and wait, you’ll want to sprinkle them with lemon juice to deter browning.
Variation: Omit potatoes, onions and mayonnaise and add in 2-3 more apples, and if you like, some sliced grapes.
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