Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Twin Takes on Apples

by helpinghandstwins

This week’s shared ingredient: Apples. ‘Tis the season! Holly has an apple tree growing in her front yard and several years after planting it now yields dozens and dozens of apples. So in addition to using them to make the traditional “apple” recipes (apple pie, apple crisp, etc.) here are a couple of creative ways you can eat them as well!

Holly’s recipe: Baked apples


Ingredients: Your favorite apples, butter, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, ground clove

Fill a large pan with about and inch of water. Core each apple being careful to leave the bottom of the apple intact, and place them in a pan of water. Put a small pat of butter inside each cored apple, sprinkle the sugar, cinnamon and clove on each apple as well. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. When cooled but still warm, eat with a spoon – the peel acts like a bowl and the inside tastes like apple pie!

Heather’s recipe: Spinach Salad with Apple and Blue Cheese


Ingredients: 1 apple diced, spinach leaves, 2 oz blue cheese crumbled, 2 Tbsp safflower seed oil, 2 tsp fig vinegar, 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard, 1 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup

Whisk together the safflower oil, fig vinegar, Dijon mustard, maple syrup and a little sprinkle of salt and pepper.  In a separate bowl put in rinsed spinach leaves, blue cheese and diced apple (mine is from Holly’s apple tree!).  Pour dressing over the salad and toss to combine.  If you want to add a little crunch you can put some chopped walnuts on top.  Healthy and delicious!