This delicious, slow cooker recipe is a cool day delight! Encompassing some of autumn’s favorite flavors, it is easy to put together, and thanks to a slow cooker; effortless to cook! The rich flavors of sweet potatoes and apples meld seamlessly with the sweetness of maple and ginger, and the spices give it an almost pie-like flavor. This is a wonderful, warming recipe that you will want to return to again and again.
Diff: Easy Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hrs. Serves: 6-8
1 ½ # sweet potatoes, peeled & cut into bite-sized pieces (about 5 cups)
2 medium tart cooking apples, chopped
¼ c. dried cranberries
1 ½ t. grated fresh ginger
½ t. kosher salt
1/8 t. pepper
½ t. cinnamon
¼ t. nutmeg
½ c. water
¼ c. maple syrup
In a slow cooker, combine all ingredients except for water and syrup.
Mix syrup with water and pour over everything in slow cooker.
Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours or on high for 1 ½ hours.
This is an excellent recipe to take to a potluck. This could also serve as a nice side dish on a Thanksgiving table, as it’s flavors would complement many other dishes. As well, this could be a lovely dessert served alone or with whipped cream. I hope you and your family enjoy this dish, as my family has.
Until next week, wishing you all of God’s blessings, good health and good eating!
Healthy Organic Dried Apple Chips
I was recently gifted with a basket of organic apples by dear friend Lisa, the founder of abeautifullifeministry.org. Thrilled, I took them home and quickly found numerous recipes to use them in. This is just the first of several using these that I will feature here.
I have always loved getting apple chips in salads when I go out to eat, so I decided to make them myself. (Plus, have you noticed how expensive apple chips are? Not on my food budget!) The recipe is simple, but it takes your oven a long time to dry out the apple slices out. I’ don’t own a food dehydrator, so yes, I had to take the oven route, So, be sure to do this when you’re home, and have 2-5 hours to leave the oven on.
Apple chips are healthy, low fat, and not only make a great topping for salad; they also are a healthy snack for yourself or your family. So, get your aprons on, wash up those apples, find a sharp knife and an apple corer, and let’s get going!
Diff: Simple Prep: 1 hr Time: 7 hrs
30 apples (any variety), washed thoroughly
1/2 c. lemon juice
Core apples. It is not necessary to peel the apples; you will save yourself lots of time if you don’t! (Plus, the red peel looks pretty…)
Slice apples thinly, 1/8 – ¼ inch. (Thinner is better!) You can slice them horizontally or vertically, it’s a matter of how you want them to look.
Put slices in large bowl of water (4 cups) with ½ c. lemon juice to prevent browning. Make sure slices are covered with lemon water; I had to keep dunking mine because the slices kept floating to the top!
After apples are sliced, drain water and press as much moisture as you can from apples using paper towels; this will speed the drying process.
Place apple slices in a single layer on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Oops! Looks like a few of my apples got a little brown, those must have been the ones that were floating on the top.
Place baking sheets on first and third racks in oven and bake for one hour. Turn apples and bake for one more hour, then test to see if chips are dry enough; if not, continue baking one more hour.
Turn off oven, open oven door and let cool for one to two hours. Remove chips from oven.
Store dried apple chips in a sealed container or plastic bag for up to a week. If storing more than a week, store chips in refrigerator for up to one month.
Well, this is when my camera battery ran out…so no pix of finished product before we scarfed them down. But take my word for it, they were delicious!
I hope you and your family will enjoy these wholesome chips. Yummy in yogurt, chopped into granola, stirred into oatmeal or baked into cookies or cakes, these will help you get your “apple a day”!
Wishing you and yours all of God’s blessings, good health and happy eating!