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Squash, apples and leaves, oh my

October 13, 2014
Hannah Haughey , MOV Parent

It's that time of year again! School is in full swing, weather is beginning to change, and leaves are starting to fall. With the busy school year ahead, it's important to ensure quality family time makes it on the schedule. Here are some ideas to make the most of the healthy opportunities fall has to offer:

Homemade Applesauce

Ingredients:

6-8 medium apples, cored, and cut up** (Mix it up! Use sweet and tart apples for the best flavor)

1/4 cup water

1/2 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon cinnamon (or to taste)

**Keeping the peel on packs lots of extra nutrients like vitamin A and C and even fiber**

Directions:

In 1 1/2 quart glass casserole dish, combine all ingredients. Microwave on high for 4 to 6 minutes, or until apples are tender. Use a fork to test the apples tenderness. Add a little water at a time if needed. You may have to microwave them for another 4-5 minutes to get them to the right consistency.

For a chunkier applesauce, mash apples with a fork or potato masher. For a smoother texture, put cooled mixture through a blender or food processor until you have the desired consistency.

You can even freeze the applesauce for the delicious fall flavor all throughout winter!

Whether it's playing outside in the crisp weather or enjoying all the healthy ways to use the season's bounty , fall is the season to do it all!

Hannah Haughey is a CAUSE intern at Children's Hunger Alliance from The Ohio State University.

 
 

 

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