Diabetic Side Dish of the Week – Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash

February 7, 2021 at 6:02 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetes Self Management, Diabetic Side Dish of the Week | Leave a comment
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This week’s Diabetic Side Dish of the Week is a Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash. To make this week’s recipe you’ll be needing Raisins, Acorn Squash, Cooking Spray, Sucralose No-Calorie Sweetener, Ground Cinnamon, Fuji Apples, and Light Butter. There’s 87 calories and 17 net carbs per serving. The recipe is from the Diabetes Self Management website where you can find a huge selection of Diabetic Friendly Recipes, Diabetes News, Diabetes Management Tips, and more! You can also subscribe to the Diabetes Self Management Magazine. Each issue is packed with Diabetes News and Diabetic Friendly Recipes. I’ve left a link to subscribe at the end of the post. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2021! https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/

Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash
When hunger strikes mid-morning or mid-afternoon, gather your seasonal ingredients and whip up this simple snack — it will hold you over till the next meal while tantalizing your taste buds and warming you from the inside out.

Ingredients
1/4 cup raisins
2 acorn squash (about 4 inches in diameter)
Butter-flavored cooking spray
2 tablespoons sucralose no-calorie sweetener
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 medium Fuji apples
2 tablespoons light butter

Directions
Yield: 8 servings

1 – Cover raisins with warm water and soak 20 minutes. Preheat oven to 375°F.

2 – Cut squash into quarters; remove seeds. Place squash on baking sheet. Spray inside of each squash quarter with cooking spray. Combine sweetener and cinnamon in small bowl; sprinkle squash quarters with half of cinnamon mixture. Bake 10 minutes.

3 – Meanwhile, cut apples into quarters; remove cores. Chop apples into 1/2-inch pieces. Drain raisins. Melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add apples, raisins, and remaining cinnamon mixture; cook and stir 1 minute. Top partially baked squash with equal amounts apple mixture. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until apples and squash are tender. Serve warm.

Nutrition Information:
Calories: 87 calories, Carbohydrates: 20 g, Protein: 1 g, Fat: 2 g, Saturated Fat: 1 g, Cholesterol: 4 mg, Sodium: 28 mg, Fiber: 3 g
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One of America’s Favorites – Caramel Apple

October 15, 2018 at 5:02 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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Caramel apple with peanuts

Caramel apples or taffy apples are created by dipping or rolling apples-on-a-stick in hot caramel, sometimes then rolling them in nuts or other small savories or confections, and allowing them to cool. Generally, they are called caramel apples when only caramel is applied and taffy apples for when there are further ingredients such as peanuts applied.

For high-volume production of caramel apples, a sheet of caramel can be wrapped around the apple, followed by heating the apple to melt the caramel evenly onto it. This creates a harder caramel that is easier to transport but more difficult to eat. Caramel apple production at home usually involves melting pre-purchased caramel candies for dipping or making a homemade caramel from ingredients like corn syrup, brown sugar, butter, and vanilla. Homemade caramel generally results in a softer, creamier coating.

Bags of caramels are commonly sold during the Autumn months in America for making caramel apples.

In recent years, it has become increasingly popular to decorate caramel apples for holidays like Halloween. Methods used to do this include applying sugar or salt to softened caramel, dipping cooled, hardened apples in white or milk chocolate, or painting designs onto finished caramel apples with white chocolate colored with food coloring.

Classically, the preferred apples for use in caramel apples are tart, crisp apples such as Granny Smith or Fuji apples. Softer, grainy-textured apples can also be used, but are not preferred.

In addition to caramel apples, manufacturers and consumers have started to coat apples in chocolate syrup, peanut butter, etc. and adding toppings such as crushed peanuts, pretzels, mini M&Ms, Reese’s Pieces, coconut flakes, and mini chocolate chips. Candy apple shops and candy apple bars have started to pop up in bigger cities, at weddings and parties to allow people to enjoy the apple with the dipping sauces and toppings they prefer.

* I always think of these around the Halloween Season. When I was growing up my Grandparents owned a small neighborhood store. Every Halloween Season my Grandmother would just make endless amounts of Caramel Apple with crushed Peanuts on them. So Good!!

 

Apple of the Week – Fuji Apple

August 6, 2015 at 4:56 AM | Posted in Apple of the Week | Leave a comment
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"Fuji" on a tree

“Fuji” on a tree

The Fuji apple is an apple hybrid developed by growers at the Tohoku Research Station and brought to market in 1962. It originated as a cross between two American apple varieties—the Red Delicious and old Virginia Ralls Genet (sometimes cited as “Rawls Jennet”) apples. According to the US Apple Association website it is one of the fifteen most popular apple cultivars in the United States.

It is named for the town of Fujisaki (the location of Tohoku Research Station).

 

 

Fuji apples are typically round and range from large to very large, averaging 75 mm in diameter. They contain between 9–11% sugars by weight and have a dense flesh that is sweeter and crisper than many other apple cultivars, making them popular with consumers around the world. Fuji apples also have a very long shelf life compared to other apples, even without refrigeration. With refrigeration, Fuji apples can remain fresh for up to a year.

In Japan, Fuji apples continue to be an unrivaled best-seller. Japanese consumers prefer the crispy texture and sweetness of Fuji apples (which is somewhat reminiscent of the coveted Nashi pear) almost to the exclusion of other varieties and Japan’s apple imports remain low. Aomori Prefecture, home to the Fuji apple, is the best known apple growing region of Japan. Of the roughly 900,000 tons of Japanese apples produced annually, 500,000 tons come from Aomori.

Outside of Japan the popularity of Fuji apples continues to grow. Fuji apples now account for 80% of China’s 20 million tons grown annually. Since their introduction into the U.S. market in the 1980s, Fuji apples have gained popularity with American consumers—as of 2003, Fuji apples ranked number 4 on the US Apple Association’s list of most popular apples, only trailing Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, and Gala. Fuji apples are grown in traditional apple-growing states such as Washington, Michigan, New York, and California. Washington State, where more than half of America’s apple crop is grown, produces about 135,000 tons of Fuji apples each year, third in volume behind Red Delicious and Golden Delicious varieties.

 

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