An Apple A Day Keeps the Doctor Away

I’m sure you’ve heard your mom or dad or grandparents say, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Apples are sweet and crisp and yummy, but did you know that they are also healthy too?

There are many different colors and varieties of apples.

Apples are full of healthy minerals like potassium and calcium. They also have tons of great vitamins like Vitamin A, Vitamin B1 and even Vitamin C. They are full of fiber and low on calories. Apples are nature’s sweet treat.

There are red apples,

 

Apples grow on trees and are naturally ripe during the cooler months of the year. Most apple growers have huge orchards filled with rows and rows of apple trees. These growers hand pick the apples when they are ready and sell them so that people all around the world can enjoy them.

Green apples,

If you love apples then right now is the perfect time to enjoy them because fall is apple season! That means that right now is the perfect time to make all kinds of delicious delicacies with this tasty and versatile fruit!

Red and green apples,

Apples can be baked in pies or tarts, tossed in fruit salad, mashed into apple sauce or even grilled in a grilled cheese sandwich!

 

And even yellowish-greenish apples,

 

Next time you want a sweet treat, ask your mom or dad to help you make homemade apple sauce! Here’s the step by step picture how-to but the printable recipe for this tasty dish is below.

Step 1: Wash and peel the apples

 

Step 2: Core them (this is fun when you use an apple slicer/corer)

Step 3: chop the apples.

Ask an adult to help with using a knife.  Using a knife is better than a chopper because the pieces come out the same size.  That’s important for cooking.  See the difference in the picture above and below?  The apple below was chopped with a small chopper.

Step 4: Put the chopped apples in a pot, add enough apple juice or water to come half way up the apples. (Don’t cover the apples with liquid)

Step 5: Cover and cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes, or until the apples are soft.

Step 6: Add the sugar and lemon juice and cook 5 more minutes.  Then remove from heat and mash with potato masher or press through a strainer.  Mash or press until the applesauce is as chunky or smooth as you like.  (I like mine a little on the chunky side)

Why don’t you try cutting this recipe in half to make some just for yourself? Or, double the recipe and share it with your friends!  Cutting in half or doubling…who knew math was involved in cooking?

Dessert

Easy Applesauce

all apples

Ingredients

  • 12 apples, Gala and Red Delicious
  • 1/2-1cup apple juice or water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)

Directions

  • 1. Wash, peel, core and chop apples.
  • 2. Place them in a large pot and add the apple juice (or water).
  • 3. Cover and cook over medium heat until they are nearly soft, about 15 minutes.
  • 4. Add the sugar and lemon juice and cook 5 more minutes.
  • 5. Remove from heat and mash with a potato masher or press through a strainer. Add cinnamon to taste.
  • 6. Count your blessings and be thankful for apples!
Servings: 5 cups

This entry was posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 3:37 am and is filled under Intermediate.

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  1. Lucero says:
    February 25, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    These recipes are delicious. I love apples they are a big part of my diet and they taste so good. Instead of eating sweets apples take the place of the candy, the soda, and the junk food which I used to eat. Its nice to have a website that can help young parents like myself show their children the right way to eat and promote a healthy lifestyle for them.

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    • Lori says:
      March 11, 2015 at 1:36 PM

      Thank you! We are proud of you for choosing a healthier way of eating! Happy Cooking :)

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