Apple Sauce Add-ins

Apple sauce works as a perfect base in which to mix other seasonal ingredients. Mix one in, and get a whole new side dish. Here are my favorites:

  • Cranberries (last time, I cooked about 1/2 a cup of these with a splash of orange juice and a few teaspoons of sucanat over medium heat until their skins burst and they made that wonderful popping noise. Good mixed with apple sauce, also good plain.)
  • Sweet potatoes (bake them at 375 until soft. Cool, remove from skins, puree, and mix in. Excellent just like that, but also good baked with a little added butter and walnuts on top. Like traditional sweet potato casserole, only lighter.)
  • Butternut squash (cut them in half, scoop out the seeds, and roast them cut side down on a rimmed baking sheet at 400 until soft. Scoop out the flesh when cool, puree, mix in)
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