Spotlight Recipe: Mulled Apple Cider
Warm up with a mug of mulled cider.
This Halloween, I’m taking a break from the usual pumpkin-related suspects and immersing myself in this mulled apple cider.
This so-simple idea might leave you saying "duh!" but pop these cinnamon-dusted apples in your mouth and that will become a definite "mmm..."
Six seasonal dishes that showcase fresh apple cider.
Chutney is a simmered-down or pureed combo of fruit (or veggies), spices and herbs. Instead of deep frying or drowning your fish, pork or meat in heavy sauces, opt for a tangy bite of chutney instead.
Dig in to these delicious frozen treats that are reminiscent of Italian ices. Granita’s are harder in texture than sorbets and contain less sugar. To make a granita, cook up a simple sugar (combo of sugar and water) and add flavors such as coffee, mint, juice and wine along with fruit. Once the mixture has begun to freeze (it takes about 3 hours), scrape the ice crystals every so often as they start to form. Once frozen, scoop and serve.
Want something more exciting than bottled beer for your game-day bash? If your friends are Bloody Mary fans, this Mexican cocktail might be a winner. Lime and hot sauce liven up the flavor without adding calories.
Enjoy a refreshingly cool (and super healthy) soup this summer. Traditional gazpacho is a pureed mixture of fresh tomatoes, sweet bell peppers, onions, celery and cucumbers but don’t be afraid to get creative. Shake things up—blend a batch of watermelon, red pepper or white grape gazpacho instead.
This holiday favorite is guaranteed to get smiles out of your guests. If you’re a mulled wine virgin, no worries -- it’s super simple to whip up a delicious batch in no time.
Apples desserts top my list of favorite indulgences (besides chocolate). But many (especially pastries) pack in loads of fat and calories. Here are some apple goodies that are less than 250 calories per serving and packed with fiber and the antioxidants beta-carotene and vitamin C.
With less than 90 calories per serving and full of vitamin A (good for healthy eyes and hair), this easy carrot salad whips up in no time. Try it as a side for any sandwich or light dinner.