Monday, May 24, 2010

Monday: Stuffed Syrupy-Sausage Apples with Simple Greens

I LOVE how simple and kid-friendly this Rachel Ray recipe is. Minimal ingredients, my kids devour it, and I'm not spending more than 10 minutes prepping this meal. This has become a popular dish with several of my friends that have kids. Hooray for kid meals!

Stuffed Apples Recipe
4 servings

4 large golden delicious apples, halved crosswise and cored

1 lb chicken or italian sausage, casings removed, chopped
1/3 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
2 TB purse maple syrup
olive oil for drizzling 

1. Preheat oven to 375* Fahrenheit. Add apples, cut side up to a greased 9x13 baking dish.
2. Combine sausage through maple syrup in a medium bowl. Stuff each apple half with sausage mixture, and mound it on top of each apple. Drizzle with extra maple syrup and olive oil. Bake for 40-45 minutes.

Simple Greens Recipe   
 4 servings

4 cups mixed greens
2 TB apple cider vinegar
2 tsp honey mustard or Dijon mustard
1/4 cup olive oil 

1. In a salad bowl, combine vinegar and mustard. Whisk in olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss greens with the dressing and serve with stuffed apples. Bon Appetit!


Plan and Prep Ahead

Here are some helpful techniques to make life a little easier once dinner time hits. These tips will especially help those that work full-time and don't have a lot of time to prepare dinner.

~Combine the sausage, parsley and maple syrup in a bowl and keep in fridge until ready to use.
~Halve and core the apples. Store in fridge until ready to use. 
~Mix together salad dressing, and store in fridge until time of use.


Who likes to CHANGE IT UP? 

~Try sprinkling a little Parmesan cheese over each apple half. 
~Instead of parsley try cilantro.
~Add chopped bell pepper to sausage mix to add a little color. 
~Replace sausage with chorizo for a little spicyness.


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