Adventures in Cooking – Week 12

What a dreary week it has been in Kansas City!  Like most people, when it’s raining outside I just want to take a nap or curl up with a good book and waste the day away.  Because I’ve been pretty lethargic after work this week, most of my meals have been easy to cook with little experimentation.  Luckily for all of you, I remembered a favorite treat that I would make myself when I was on my diet.  Baked apples (or as I like to call it, reverse apple pie)!  This recipe is from the Living the G.I. Diet book by Rick Gallop, along with many other delicious recipes and helpful information if you want help on eating healthy.  I highly recommend that you read this book.  One of the main ingredients in this dish, other than the apple, is muesli.  Muesli is usually a breakfast food, but it perfectly mimics a crust in this recipe.

Muesli Ingredients (makes 3 1/2 cups):

One cored red delicious apple

  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup oat bran
  • 3/4 slice almonds
  • 1/2 cup shelled unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp wheat germ
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions:

  • In a large resealable plastic bag, combing the oats, oat bran, almonds, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, and cinnamon.
  • Use a rolling-pin to crush the mixture into coarse crumbs.  Shake the bag to combing the mixture.
  • Keep the dry mix in a resealable bag or airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month.

Baked Apple Ingredients (1 serving):

Ready for the microwave

  • 1 apple, cored  (you can also use a pear, but with a shorter cooking time)
  • 3 tbsp muesli
  • 1 tbsp non-hydrogenated soft margarine
  • 1 tbsp raisins
  • 2 tsp sugar substitute
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg

Instructions:

  • Place the apple on a smale plate or a bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the muesli, margarine, raisins, and sugar substitute.  Stuff the mixture into the center of the apple, pressing any excess filling on top of the apple. Dust with cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • Cover loosely with plastic wrap (makes sure it’s microwaveable!) and microwave on high until the apple is tender when pierced with a knife, about 3 minutes.

If you’re feeling more daring, you can also drizzle a little bit of caramel on top of the baked apple.  I hope you guys enjoy this recipe as much as I do, it’s one of my favorites!

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