Lastnight’s dinner was simple and basic. We had a new fish I found at Costco called Baramundi. Anyone heard of it? I hadn’t, but it’s a flaky white fish and I thought it would be good to have around for those easy dinner nights. It’s already seasoned and sauced, so I just had to bake it for about 20 minutes and voila. We had that with some roasted okra tossed in olive oil and Lawry’s salt.
I wanted an easy dinner because I wanted to make a yummy, bit more labor-intensive dessert. Dessert after dinner is not common when we are just chillin at home on a normal weeknight, but I found this recipe for stuffed baked apples in the Clean Eating mag and couldn’t resist. Warm apple with almondbutter, honey, cinnamon, hazelnuts, and some dried fruit. Can’t miss!
Amazing Bake Apples – Serves 4
1 medium lemon
4 large firm apples cored and hollowed out leaving bottoms intact
2 T unsalted nutbutter (I used almond)
1 T unsweetened dried apricots chopped
1T unsweetened dried prunes, chopped
1 T unsweetened raisins
2 T toasted shaved hazelnuts (it says to divide them reserving some for the garnish at the end, but I just mixed them all in the stuffing)
2 t honey
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 375. Juice the lemon, yielding about 2T juice, then rub the inside of the juiced lemon on the outside of the apple (I skipped this step. It just keeps them form turning brown and I wasn’t concerned about the presentation this go round). Drizzle about1/8 teaspoon lemon juice inside each apple cavity. In a bowl, combine the nutbutter, apricots, prunes, raisins, hazelnuts, honey, and cinnamon. Divide mixture between the 4 apples and stuff into the cavity. Place apples cavity side up in a baking dish. Mix remaining lemon juice and bout 1/4c water and pour around the base of the apples. Place dish in the oven for 40-45 minutes.
Top each apple with about 1T vanilla honey yogurt (1c low-fat plain yogurt, 1/2t pure vanilla extract, and 2t honey)
Nutrition: Cal: 188 Fat: 9.5g Carbs: 25.5 Fiber: 4g Sugars: 16g Protein: 3.5 Sodium: 12mg
Not sure what was up with the lighting, but you get the idea. It was delicious! It was like a pumped up almond butter apple combo and was just sweet enought for a satisfying dessert. The hubby loved it, too.
30 days of Insight
Day 11- Favorite picture ever taken of yourself.
I love this picture from our honeymoon. We went to Belize and Guatamala and this picture was taken at Tikal in Guatamala. We had climbed to the top of one of the Mayan temples and you could see forever. All the stress of the wedding planning was over. The hoopla of the wedding day had passed (I loved that day more than any so far, but it was eventful with lots of people to hug and say hi to). It was now just us. For a whole week. We were finally MARRIED! This was the first day.