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Roasted Caramel – Glazed Cinnamon Apples

Even though I didn’t feel so great over the weekend we still managed to enjoy some really good eats. Food makes me happy – I don’t apologize for it either! Since I was playing couch potato for much of Saturday and my lap top was – well- on my lap (isn’t that why it’s called a lap top?) I had plenty of time to browse food blogs. Or as Jan from Writing to Wellness wrote in one of the comments she left here – she enjoys “window shopping” recipes even if they don’t fit her current diet plan. Me too Jan! After just a few minutes of “window shopping” recipes on Three Many Cooks I was drawn to this recipe for Roasted Caramel – Glazed Cinnamon Apples – the name alone drew me in but then I saw how simple the recipe was and I had all four -yes just four ingredients on hand to make it. I got up off the couch and had this amazing dessert baking in the oven in record time! I made one ingredient swap – using coconut butter instead of regular butter since I am trying to keep my cholesterol intake down. It was a fabulous swap – delicious! Read all about coconut oil and coconut butter here.

This recipe would be easy enough to cut in half (but why would you) or to double and make two pans for a large group.

You end up with this perfectly baked sweet and delicious hot apple that is glazed with a cinnamon infused caramel sauce. This is TDF – To Die For! We ate them just like this, bare naked with nothing added and it was pure joy.

My imagination has gone wild thinking of all the incredible variations you can use to kick them up a notch should you choose to do so. Anything apple is always over the top when served a la mode – using your favorite low-fat vanilla or praline frozen yogurt, ice cream or one of the light coconut milk frozen ice creams. A sprinkle of a few toasted walnuts, pecans or coconut shreds. For breakfast top it with some fat free Greek yogurt and a little of my home made Granola. Cut one up and add it to a hot bowl of oatmeal.So now you see why you really do need to bake up a pan of these and enjoy the possibilities all week long.

Roasted Caramel – Glazed Cinnamon Apples

  • 3 tablespoons butter or coconut butter
  • 4 each apples — firm, halved and seeded.  Use firm apples like Braeburn, Royal Gala, Granny Smith or Fuji
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 4 each cinnamon sticks — halved or 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon mixed with the brown sugar

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 400 degrees.

Place butter or coconut butter in a 9 x 13 baking pan and set the pan in the preheating oven to melt the butter while you prepare the apples.

Wash the apples, cut in half, leave the apple peel on and using a melon baller scoop out the seeds.

Remove the pan from the oven, sprinkle brown sugar over the melted butter. Arrange cinnamon stick halves evenly over brown sugar. If using ground cinnamon combine it with the brown sugar before sprinkling it over the melted butter.

Place apple halves, cut side down over cinnamon sticks or the brown sugar mixed with ground cinnamon. Bake uncovered until apples are tender, about 25 minutes.

Remove pan from oven, turn apples cut side up and spoon sauce over apples. Return pan to oven and continue to roast until golden brown, about 5 minutes longer. Remove from oven, let cool slightly. Note: I skipped this step as my apples were cooked at this point and didn’t need any more baking time.

To serve, spoon an apple half into a shallow bowl, sticking a cinnamon stick in the core, pour pan sauce evenly over apples serve as is or garnish with a small dollop of low fat vanilla ice cream , frozen low fat yogurt, Vanilla or honey low fat Greek Yogurt.

Yield: 8 Servings  Serving Size: one apple half with pan sauce

With Butter Per Serving : 148 Calories; 5g Fat (26.5% calories from fat); trace Protein; 29g Carbohydrate; 6g Dietary Fiber; 12mg Cholesterol; 51mg Sodium. WWPP 4

With Coconut Butter Per Serving : 145 Calories; 4g Fat (21.6% calories from fat); 1g Protein; 31g Carbohydrate; 6g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 9mg Sodium. WWPP 4

I also calculated just the ingredients for the caramel glaze minus the apple since fruits are free on Weight Watchers Points Plus Plan – would you count the apple since it’s cooked or not?

With out counting the apple, using butter; Per Serving : 108 Calories; 5g Fat (34.8% calories from fat); trace Protein; 19g Carbohydrate; 4g Dietary Fiber; 12mg Cholesterol; 51mg Sodium. WWPP 3

With out counting the apple, using coconut butter; Per Serving: 104 Calories; 4g Fat (28.0% calories from fat); 1g Protein; 20g Carbohydrate; 5g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 9mg Sodium.WWPP 3

Recipe adapted from Pam Anderson’s Blog, 3 Many Cooks

Two Birds Are Better Than One

Hubby Tom took it upon himself to make lunch for the family Saturday. While at Safeway he decided to buy two whole chickens that he masterfully cooked on his Traeger grill/smoker. Instead of smoking them this time he roasted them and the result was a tender, moist chicken with just the slightest hint of a smoke flavor. He oven roasted broccoli and made some quick garlic instant mashed potatoes – easy for him and perfect for my sore mouth!

The extra chicken will be de-boned and I will use the meat for some other dishes this week. We usually cook ahead like this since it makes good use of our heat source, doesn’t take much more work and it makes for quicker meals later in the week.  We like the flavor of these so much better than the ones from Costco or the grocery store. The extra meat can be used in soup like White Chili, Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup, Chicken Cheese Enchiladas, Baked Chicken Chimichangas, Quick & Easy Pierogie Casserole, Chicken & Pasta Bake with Basil, Cheesy Chicken & Spinach Shells, or Easy Chinese Chicken Salad – just to mention a few of my favorites! If you have a slow cooker you can also create a pretty good deli style chicken see the recipe here.

Nutmeg Notes

My hair cut (the highlight of my weekend) went well but I think I want to go even shorter next time. It does feel fresh, lighter and bouncy -love it! We had dinner with some friends and they made the most awesome short rib chili served over polenta. Dessert was homemade cream puffs filled with a vanilla custard. Oh my – talk about delicious! I have never made cream puffs but they are now on my list of things to try.

Just a reminder that I have an awesome Recipe Navigation Page (thanks to son David) if you click on the recipe tab at the top of this page it takes you to a well organized navigation page. All of the recipes have a photo, nutritional information and are printable with or with out the photograph. If you click on the My Pantry tab at the top of this page you have access to my shopping list for Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods and all items highlighted in blue are a link to where I posted about that item.

This last (I hope this is the last one) oral surgery to remove too much gum tissue has been a killer-pain wise. I have a pretty good tolerance for pain but there are so many nerve endings in your mouth that everything going on in there seems to be amplified! The stitches are driving me crazy. This too shall pass – just not quickly enough for me. Enough whining – thanks for letting me vent!

Since I have not exercised since last Wednesday I am looking forward to going for my walks again starting today. It’s a great mood booster as well as a good calorie burn. Win! Win!

Happy Monday!

Tami

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  1. Ann says:

    I’m not a huge cooked apple fan. At least, I never liked apple pie. I don’t care for apple juice or cider. But, last fall I did try a simple baked apple recipe I saw on a blog (probably yours) and I like it. This looks absolutely fab. I’ve never tried coconut butter or milk although I wouldn’t mind. I’ll have to try this recipe for sure.

    Last week we tried the almond chicken tenders recipe. We used chicken breasts instead of tenders because that’s what we had. The kids and hubbie LOVED it. Just another reason why your blog is on the top of my must read list.

    Sorry you’ve had so much pain with your last surgery. I hope you are done for good with that! Can’t wait to see your new hair.

    Lately I want to try a zumba class, but between TKD and the gym I just don’t know when I can. As far as food goes, I’m really craving soup so I’m looking for some new soup ideas. Maybe a taco or enchilada soup. Something warm and spicy…..

    1. Tami says:

      Wow Ann you are such the athlete! Sumba and TKD plus the gym – are you sleeping at all? Just kidding, I think it’s awesome that you are so active.

      Glad to hear the kids and hubby loved the Almond chicken, it isn’t always easy to please everyone’s taste buds with one dish.

      I had to bake another pan of these apples today per my daughter’s request! Delicious goodness in every bite!

  2. Andrea@WellnessNotes says:

    My mom used to make baked apples a lot. The recipe is similar. I’ll have to make some soon!

    Sorry you are in pain. Hope you get to enjoy your walk today!

    P.S.: Your recipes page is truly amazing!!!

    1. Tami says:

      Glad you enjoy the recipe pages Andrea! I did get my walk in and just got sprinkled on a little bit but got back home before the big rain hit.

      I hope this baked apple recipe tastes like the one your mom use to make. So many memories are associated with food aren’t they?

  3. Roz@weightingfor50 says:

    OOOH…baked apples. Bring ’em on. Hats off to your husband’s double chicken roast. Hope you have a bright, energetic week ahead. Take care.

    1. Tami says:

      Thank you Roz!

  4. Sharon says:

    Those apples do look good, but right now, apples are so fresh and wonderful, I wouldn’t dare to anything to them except eat them right off the core!!

    Isn’t is nice to feel cared for by hubby when you don’t feel good?

    1. Tami says:

      Sharon a fresh crisp apple is hard to beat!

  5. Cammy@TippyToeDiet says:

    One my list of recipes to try: this one! 🙂 Thanks, Tami!

  6. Jan says:

    I bet apples would taste good baked even without the brown sugar, hmmm. Think I will try that when the weather gets cool again – November? LOL

    On my list of places to travel is New Zealand and also Fiji, Tahiti, other islands in the South Pacific. First someone is going to have to drug me for those flights though! My knuckles can’t stay white that long.

    1. Tami says:

      Those sound like amazing places to visit Jan! What a pity you are a white knuckle flier. I don’t mind flying but I hate the long flights sitting next to a stranger. I’m shy-what I can say I don’t enjoy making small talk with a fellow stranger sitting next to me.

  7. erica says:

    Those apples are such a great idea. I think i`m going to go make one right now!

    xo

  8. Jody - Fit at 53 says:

    Tami, so sorry about your poor mouth BUT I do understand! I will have to go back for more work on my right side – a post since they did bone graft last time & that was the side that hurt like no tomorrow. Yes, like you, I have tolerance for pain but this was way beyond that! Glad you are on the mend!

    As for that apple recipe – YUM!!! Yup, got to try!!!!!

    1. Tami says:

      Jody there is something about pain in the mouth that is so awful – you just can’t seem to get away from it. Hubby thinks it’s because there are so many nerve endings there. Sorry to hear that you have more dental work ahead of you. That’s a bummer!

  9. Carol says:

    Those apples look amazing and will be on my to-make list very soon. We’re apple lovers here! I use your recipe navigation quite often.
    Hope your mouth is soon back to normal so you can enjoy chewable foods!

    My list of things to try…more diabetic friendly recipes even though B is officially NOT diabetic. We hope to keep it that way! Also planning to try some new exercises that will strengthen my lower back muscles.

    1. Tami says:

      Carol I would think that with the way you already cook Bryce will not become officially diabetic. But then of course I know it all depends on how good he is about what he chooses to eat or how much. New exercised to strengthen your back is a good one. I know the few things I learned in physical therapy have helped me.

  10. Lori says:

    Yum – those apples look good! I love coconut butter, too. I will confess to eating it plain, too ::D I put it on everything!

    1. Tami says:

      Lori I haven’t done that yet but it would be kind of like having a spoonful of peanut butter and I have been know to do that!

  11. Biz says:

    I love all things apple! That looks amazing, but what I really want to do now is find a recipe for short rib chili served over polenta – yum!

    1. Tami says:

      It is a Giada recipe, I found a link to the video but haven’t found the recipe yet. Here is the video link
      http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/44645175/ns/today-food/t/celebrate-chili-giadas-favorite-recipes/#.TpOee5viGU8

      1. Tami says:

        I found the recipe for you Biz http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/short-rib-chili-recipe/index.html

        1. Biz says:

          Thanks again Tami! I can’t wait to try it – my store sells short ribs on sale pretty often, but I wasn’t really sure what to do with them! 😀

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