A few weeks ago, I got a coupon from Earth Fare for a FREE 3 lb. bag of (my favorite) honey crisp apples. Obviously I wasn’t going to miss out on such an awesome deal, but I had just bought a 5 lb. bag of honey crisps at Trader Joe’s the day before. Rather than miss out on 3 lbs. of free apples, I got them anyways and figured I’d find some way to use them.
Fast forward about three weeks, and there are still apples left. Apples that I might add, are starting to look a wee bit past their prime. What to with apples that are on their way out? APPLESAUCE!
So tonight, I made a quick and easy dinner, centered around delicious homemade applesauce. I started by quartering all the apples, and dicing them into large cubes.
Next they went into my rice cooker (aka the wonder machine) pot, and I added a splash of light apple juice so that they would have some cooking liquid.
And popped it into the Zojirushi! Have I not written a post about this bad boy yet? It is the appliance that has single-handedly transformed my meals, and oatmeal. Post to come – soon – I promise. Set it to regular cooking, and hit GO!
Abut 40 minutes later I had this…
And that is not bad picture quality – that is piping hot STEAM! Soooo delicious and gooey – I left the skins on to give it some texture (and fiber!), and tried to not over-stir to leave the applesauce a bit chunky.
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm, piping hot homemade honey crisp applesauce, served with simple maple roasted carrots, and my favorite baked tofu. (And a tiny bit of leftover lentils from last night.)
All together, made a super fast, completely easy, and totally satisfying dinner out of kitchen leftovers (lentils and apples) and pantry staples (carrots and tofu).