Fall Farmer's Market Picks: Apples!

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Nothing says autumn like the abundance of fresh, crisp, juicy, colorful apples. I get giddy when I go to my neighborhood farmer's market and see the beautiful display of barrels filled with red, yellow, and green apples!

I usually end up buying bags (yes, plural) of apples and still never have enough the upcoming weeks! Between snacking throughout the day on crisp apples, making apple pies & apple puree and using in numerous recipes like pancakes. It's the most versatile, healthy, loved fall fruit at the market! And the most amazing thing about apples are they actually have such great health benefit. We all grew up with the phrase, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" and it kinda does! Apples are a good source of fiber and loaded with protective phytonutrients.

Here's a sneak peek from my new book, THE SPEEDY SNEAKY CHEF (due out Jan 2012):

HOT APPLE PIE PARFAIT (5 minute recipe)
The aroma of apples sautéing in butter and cinnamon on an early school morning is a sure way to get things moving! This dish will lure even the grumpiest kid—or hubby—out of bed with a smile.

Makes 2 parfaits
2 teaspoons unsalted butter
1 large apple, cored, and thinly sliced, ideally unpeeled
2 teaspoons brown sugar
Pinch of cinnamon or apple pie spice
1/2 cup low-fat granola
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed and/or wheat germ
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt

Add butter to saucepan and melt over medium heat. Mix in the apple slices, brown sugar, and cinnamon or spice, sautéing for about 5 minutes. Add a tablespoon of water to pan, if necessary, if apple mixture gets too dry.
In parfait or serving glasses, layer granola/flax/wheat germ, yogurt, and apples as desired, and serve.


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