What a lovely day I’ve had! It’s 8 PM on a Monday evening and I’m relaxed! I don’t remember the last time this happened!?
My afternoon snack held me over pretty well, so I kept dinner light with an “everything-but-the” salad.
In the mix:
- Red pepper
- Artichoke hearts
- Roasted turnip
- Pomegranate arils
- Leftover Nasoya noodles
I had some free time tonight, so I got busy in the kitchen! 😉
A few weeks ago, I received an email from Challenge Dairy, a dairy company in California, asking if I would be interested in participating in a holiday recipe showdown.
The deal was that Challenge Dairy would send me some free goodies, and then I would use those goodies to create a recipe using Challenge Butter in a category they would choose for me. They picked DESSERT for me. Perfect!
Here’s what I came up with…
Cherry-Coconut Baked Apples
Recipe inspired by Martin Breslin
- 4 large apples (I used Macoun, but just about any would work)
- 1/2 cup dried cherries
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 tsp Challenge Butter
- 1/4 cup bread crumbs
- 2-3 tsp agave nectar
- 1 egg
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Remove core from each apple.
- Combine all ingredients (minus apples) in a mixing bowl. Blend well.
- Place apples in a lightly greased 8-inch square baking dish.
- Fill center of each apple with mixture.
- Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until apples are tender.
- Serve warm with vanilla ice cream (optional).
Amazing baked apples!
Carrots ‘N’ Cake on FitSugar
A reader emailed to let me know that she saw an article for Oatmeal, Dark Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins on FitSugar— and she was happy to see that Carrots ‘N’ Cake was referenced as the inspiration! So cool! I love FitSugar!
Campbell’s Giveaway Winner
Thanks to everyone who entered the Campbell’s Giveaway! There was a crazy number of entries!
Stay tuned for more giveaways this week. There are at least a couple on the agenda! 😉
Here’s your random winner: 265
Congrats to #265! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name and mailing address.