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At the Table: Using Apples in Your Meals

Posted at 9:02 AM, Sep 11, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-17 09:48:36-04

In today’s edition of At the Table, Chef Amy Sherman has tips on how to incorporate apples into your meals.

Below are some recipes that include apples, as well as some other recipes that Chef Amy supplied.

Homemade Hummus

Making your own hummus allows you to control the quality of the ingredients, as well as having a healthy, protein rich snack on hands for the kids.   Head to Family Fare and grab some fresh spices and extra virgin olive oil to make an extra delicious batch.

2 large cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained

2-4 cloves garlic, peeled

2-3 TBLS tahini paste

juice and zest of one lemon

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp paprika

1 tsp oregano

1 TBLS fresh parsley

salt and pepper

water

Place all of the ingredients except the water in the bowl of a food processor.  Blend until starting to smooth out.  Add the water as necessary to thin out the hummus to a very smooth consistency.  Check your seasoning, add salt and pepper if needed.  Serve with veggies or crackers.

Family Fare Fall Salad

Try roasting butternut squash to make it sweet, kids love it!  Michigan apples add a crunchy crisp note to this salad, which also has protein rich quinoa in it.

1 large butternut squash, peeled and cubed

2 TBLS olive oil

salt and pepper

3 Michigan apples, peeled and cubed

1 1/2 cups quinoa, rinsed

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

extra virgin olive oil

balsamic vinegar

splash of maple syrup

Preheat oven to 400.  Toss the squash cubes with olive oil, salt and pepper.  Roast the squash for about 20-25 minutes or until just turning soft.  Add the apples.  Roast in the oven until carmelized and starting to brown.  Meanwhile, place the rinsed quinoa in a saucepan and cover with 3 cups of water.  Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes with a lid on.

Mix the quinoa, vegetables, parsley, cranberries together.  Drizzle with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and maple syrup.  Season with salt and pepper.

Monster Cookies

Every kid loves a treat in their lunch box…so give them one you can feel good about!  Pack these up in reusable plastic containers from Family Fare, and they’ll stay fresh for your little one.

3              eggs

1¾          cups packed light brown sugar

¼             cup granulated sugar

½             tsp. salt

½             tsp. vanilla extract

1½          cups crunchy peanut butter

½             cup butter, softened

1              cup chocolate chips

¼             cup golden raisins, optional

2              tsp. baking soda

4½          cups rolled oats

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a very large mixing bowl, cream the eggs and sugars together with an electric mixer. Add salt, vanilla, peanut butter, and butter. With a spatula, mix to blend well. Add chocolate chips, raisins, baking soda, and oats. Stir until everything is combined. With a tablespoon, scoop up cookie batter and drop onto cookie sheets, 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Let stand about 3 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool.