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)

Mindful Menus – Week of 8/30/10

Mindful MenusHubs has inexplicably decided that cutting out processed foods and eating less meat would be a good idea. It only took 10 years of me telling him this, but apparently persistence pays off. I’m elated about not having to worry about fixing some sort of meat item every night.

Rees menu for week of 8/30/10

  • Monday: Mahi mahi with lemon butter, corn on the cob (We’ve decided that each Monday will be fish night. Will let you know how this goes.)
  • Tuesday: Potato cakes with homemade applesauce
  • Wednesday: Homemade veggie burgers (inspired by Luna Burger)
  • Thursday: Taco salad
  • Friday: Beans and Rice, per hubs request