By: Heather Tallman, Basilmomma
When the temperatures start to dip and the leaves begin to drop it means that fall is upon us. What better way to usher in this new season than to brush up on a few in-season recipes!
Right now apples are not only plentiful at the grocery store- they are reasonably priced! From everyday varieties like Golden Delicious to the popular Granny Smith, there is an apple for every application in the kitchen. Not to mention just every day snacking!
Apples pack a nutrient dense punch and come conveniently packaged in the perfect “to-go container”. Simply wash and eat! Apples are actually in the rose family (fun fact) and can be cultivated around the world. Most apples in the United States are grown in Washington, Oregon, Michigan and- Indiana! There are over 2,500 varieties of apples grown in the United States alone but only about 100 are commercially available.
In our Door to Wellness class this month we focused on this cancer fighting rock star and made a quick and easy apple crisp. I say you should use whatever apple you like to eat but keep in mind how the apple tastes raw. A more tart apple may need a bit more sugar in the crisp. For our crisps we used a combination of Jonagold and Pixie Crunch. I purchased these apples from my local apple orchard- Apple Works.
Whether you buy from a grocery or take a trip out to pick your own at a local orchard, take advantage of this perfect fruit. Apples are a very versatile cancer-fighting food!
Quick and Easy Apple Crisp
- 4 medium apples, peeled and sliced
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 1/2 C quick oats, uncooked
- 1/3 C brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 4-6 TB unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts (optional add in with oats)
- Preheat oven to 375
- Combine cinnamon, sugar and nutmeg; toss lightly to coat apples.
- Place in an 8-inch square baking dish coated with non-stick spray.
- Combine oats, optional nuts, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
- Sprinkle over apple mixture.
- Top with sliced butter.
- Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until apple is tender and topping is lightly browned.