Healthy Meals – SOS September Challenge

Now with school started and cooler weather upon us, thoughts turn to re-setting goals again. One of our earlier goals, “eating healthy” may have slipped a little with cook outs, reunions, picnics and other activities. Fall also makes us think of different foods to prepare.

Let September be a time to link back to those good resolutions. Are we making sure the family is eating well balanced meals? Are there enough fruits and vegetables in the meals? Planning is the key. When the kids were young I liked to have the week’s menu on the refrigerator so whoever came home first could see what was supposed to be for supper and could get it started.

Yesterday I wrote about apples, one of my favorite foods and a good fall food. Today I want to share with you one of the recipes from the cookbook, Apples, Apples Everywhere – Favorite Recipes From America’s Orchards. This one comes from The Ridge Orchards in Bourbon, Missouri. It is a great way to begin the day – with a healthy and sustaining dish.

Breakfast Apples

8 to 10 tree ripened apples, sliced (not peeled)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 cup water

1 to 2 cups oatmeal

honey or maple syrup (not necessary as tree ripe fruit is really sweet)

Place apples in frying pan and add one cup water. Cook gently on stove-top until apples are tender. Add cinnamon. Place apples in four bowls and top with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of uncooked oatmeal, either quick or old fashioned, according to your taste.

Makes 4 servings.

You can order this cookbook with over 150 apple recipes here. This recipe comes from the Main Dish section, but there are also recipes for Beverages, Breads, Salads, Cookies, Cakes, Pies, Desserts, Jams, Preserves, etc. and Special Treats.

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