Fall brings many seasonal delights, like PSL’s (OK, pumpkin spice ANYTHING!), hay mazes, apple picking and delicious spiced sweets and treats.
A better way to snack (and use the fruits of the apple picking outing) is our *NEW* All-Natural Homemade Applesauce! Low in sugar, yet naturally sweet, this chunky applesauce is a smart snack with fewer calories and more nutrients than other ubiquitous fall sweet treats like cookies and pies! With seasonal spices, like cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, you can indulge in the season without overindulging!
Sweet & Spicy Applesauce
Serves 4 heartily
4 medium apples of any variety (preferably also organic), peeled
1 medium apple of any variety (preferably also organic), unpeeled
1/3 c water (more if needed)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
Optional: 2 Tbl brown sugar, maple syrup, date syrup, etc
Cut apples into rough 1/2-inch chunks.
Add to a two-quart pot or larger.
Add all ingredients to pot.
Bring to a low boil, stirring occasionally to avoid burning or sticking.
Note: If you added any sort of sugar, you will need to stir every few minutes.
Remove from heat and let cool.
As many of our dishes, this treat can be served for breakfast as a stand-alone dish or atop oatmeal or yogurt or as a snack! (We have a couple of clients who add a small dollop of Cool Whip and call it dessert!) Anytime you choose to enjoy, it’s a bowl of deliciousness!
How do you satisfy your sweet tooth with healthy sweets? Share your ideas with us below!
Have we got a dish for you! This Lemon Basil Salmon will knock your socks off.
If you’ve been along for this wild ride with us for any length of time, you have likely caught on to our passion and penchant for eating healthy without spending a lot of time in the kitchen and infusing as much nutrition as we do flavor into each of our creations.
Lemon Basil Salmon is no different!
This cornerstone recipe is the perfect example of how food can be fuel and medicine. Because of the simple goodness that resides in this simple recipe, I want to take a minute to break it down…
Salmon, a good source of protein and for its healthy omega-3 fats, is a hearty base for any meal – whether a brunch, dinner party or party-of-one rice bowl! It’s a foundational item on our weekly shopping list, in fact. Steelhead trout has also been recommended as a good and sustainable seafood option and a delicious substitute in this recipe. (To find the best seafood in season, use the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood app found in Resources below.)
Basil, an MVP herb as far as we’re concerned with its anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties on top of combating depression, cancer and disease, adds a savory flavor that blends with a wide range of cuisine, from Italian to Asian, making this dish easy to incorporate into any menu plan.
Lemon, with its tangy delight, is full of vitamin C, and as any Whole30’er knows, provides the acid necessary for good digestion, not to mention a little alkaline boost, as well!
Sea salt is more than just a flavor-enhancer, but actually contains high levels of micronutrients and minerals and only about 70% of the sodium found in normal table salt. PS. Once you go sea salt, you’ll never go back to normal salt due its chemical aftertaste. PPS. Some table salt brands contain sugar as an anti-caking agent, so read your labels.
Last, but not least… Garlic! Anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, cold-fighting and overall magical for the flourishing of healthy gut bacteria, the garlic rounds out this flavorful dish. Use it minced or as a powder, and increase or decrease to your liking!
S&R Lemon Basil Salmon
Refreshing, savory, light and chockfull of healthful goodness! Perfect for a staying-in date night, a dinner party, or a party for one!
2Salmon Steaks or Filet
1tspSea Salt or Himalayan Salt
1/2tspgarlic powder or minced garlic
Preheat the oven to 350F.
Oil your cooking sheet with the olive oil.
Lay the salmon onto the cookie sheet and sprinkle with seasonings and spices.
Slice your lemon and place one slice onto each serving of salmon.
Cook for 10 minutes or until medium-rare, then broil until lightly browned or desired temperature is reached. (You can also opt to broil the fish as the cooking method; if you do so, set a timer for five-minute increments to avoid overcooking.)
The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch app (found here)will help you identify best sources of salmon for you and the planet
Dr. Axe has a great write-up on all the goodness of basil found here.
We love hearing how you adapt these recipes to your own liking, share them with friends on the good journey of healthy, and include them in your snacks and soirees! Leave us a comment and share how you do Lemon Basil Salmon or tag us in your social post so we can see it IRL!
As always, raising a fork to your health and happiness!