By far one of the most versatile ingredients known to man is the apple. While it is sweet on its own, it can be used in a whole array of sweet and hearty recipes. It tends to add some juice to an otherwise lacking dish and really helps to balance out dishes which might be too spicy or too salty. I’ll show you how you can use it throughout the day, incorporating it into all of your main meals.
For breakfast I went for something I often eat in the mornings: oatmeal. Simply toss in an apple for those extra vitamins and you’re good to go.
Ingredients (serves 1)
- 1 bag of oatmeal
- 1 apple
- Pour a bag of oatmeal in a bowl together with a filled bag (the same as your oatmeal bag) of milk.
- Heat the contents in the microwave for 2 minutes on 800 watt.
- Chop up an apple, add to your oatmeal and stir it up.
You’re ready to take on the day now!
For lunch, few things beat some delicious pancakes. Pancakes with apple are common enough although using other fruit can also be a treat. Go bananas!
Ingredients (serves 2)
- Half a pack of pancake mix
- 1 egg
- 400ml of milk
- 1 apple
- Icing sugar (or anything else you like!)
- Pour the pancake mix in a bowl and add half of the milk. Mix the contents for 3 minutes with a mixer.
- Add the rest of the milk, the egg and a chopped up apple and mix again.
- Now add some butter to your pan and add a soup-spoonful of your mixture. Cook this until golden brown.
- Repeat step 3 until your mixture is finished. Top it off with anything you like! I used icing sugar.
If that isn’t delicious, then I don’t know what is.
This dish is a personal favorite of mine as it is something my mother often cooked for us. It creates a certain nostalgic effect for me and is great comfort food, especially during this time of year when it is constantly cold and wet outside. The combination of apples and raisins with the chicken and curry is a holy combination.
Ingredients (serves 5)
- Olive oil
- 1kg of chicken filet
- 2 onions
- 2 stalks of celery
- 2 tablespoons of curry powder
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 2 tablespoons of flour
- 1 chicken broth tablet
- 2 apples
- Half a mug of raisins
- 2 chilies
- Basmati rice
- Start by roughly chopping up the chilies, celery and onions. Set these aside for now when ready.
- Chop up your chicken, and add to a pan with olive oil. Add some chicken spices to the chicken and stir well. Cook the chicken until it has a nice golden brown color. Set this aside in a bowl with a paper towel underneath so that it will absorb any excessive oil.
- Add some olive oil to the same pan you used for the chicken and add the already chopped up celery, onions and chilies. Heat this up until the celery and onions turn soft.
- Meanwhile chop up your garlic and add it once the celery, onions and chilies are done. Also add the curry powder and the flour. Stir this mixture until there is no visible curry powder and flour left.
- Boil 350ml of water, add the chicken broth tablet to it and stir well. Add this broth to your pan and heat until the mixture thickens. Add the chicken, stir and leave the pan to simmer on a low heat for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile chop up your apples and prepare the rice. Add the apples and the raisins to the pan, stir and leave to simmer for another 10 minutes.
Written by Piet