Fall Perfect Meal…Chili and Baked Apples

A beautiful fall day requires the perfect fall meal!

This evening my Aunt and Uncle from Dubuque were Jeremy and I’s guests for dinner. Their daughter Lisa was playing a volleyball game at West.
What a perfect opportunity to serve up a warm cozy meal!

1 can black beans
1 can garbanzo beans
1 can chili beans
1 can corn
1 can stewed tomatoes Italian flavor
1 can Rotell’s
1 half jug Vegetable juice to add liquid (I add the whole things and let it simmer down
1 lb browned ground turkey breast
1 lb browned lean ground beef
1 green pepper
1/2 onion
dash of chili powder
pour all into big pot, bring to boil, and then simmer for half the day

Dish up with all the fixins…cottage cheese, baked tortilla chips, pickles, cheese, corn bread, and the list goes on

Baked Apples with Walnuts (recipe from DSM Register with my healthified modifications)
1/4 cup walnuts crushed
zest and juice of one orange (or a squirt of lemon juice)
3/4 t cinnamon, divided (or just add liberally 🙂 we like cinnamon)
4 baking apples (I used McIntosh)
1 T Smart Balance butter
2 C unfiltered apple juice (I used Simply Apple…YUM…only ingredient…apple)
2 T Splenda brown sugar
2 t cornstarch
1T cool water
In small bowl, stir together the walnuts, half the cinnamon, and lemon or orange juice and zest.
Core apples, leaving a half an inch on the bottom and peel the top edge. Stuff apples with the walnut filling, brush top with butter.
Arrange apples in 8×8 inch baking pan. Add apple juice to bottom of pan. Cover pan with foil, tightly. Bake until apples are tender….about 35-45min. (I like mine more mushy than tender).
Transfer to serving plates. Transfer juice in baking pan to saucepan over medium hear. Simmer for 5 minutes until it has reduce to half. Add brown sugar and remaining cinnamon. Simmer and stir constantly until sugar is dissolved. In small glass mix cornstarch and water and add to saucepan. Heat until thickened. Drizzle over apples.
We served the apples with DQ reduced fat soft served ice cream…my favorite!
bake at 350 for 35 minutes

to come…meaty veggie egg dish and ground beef, brown rice stuffed cabbage!

Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good


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