Snack Time!

It’s a holiday week, which probably means you’ve got at least one meal lined up where you anticipate eating to the point where you will swear off food for a week. When you realize that you are hungry later that same day, wouldn’t it be nice to have

In an attempt to put my excess of apples to creative use, I sat flipping through a stack of Food Network Magazines, searching for inspiration. I caught a recipe for fruit leather out of the corner of my eye and almost passed right over it because, who the heck eats fruit leather? Then I remembered how much fun I had with Fruit Roll Ups as a kid and decided to give this recipe a try. I made some modifications and was super pleased with the results (aside from some minor swearing when I discovered that my tin foil is not non-stick after all). This recipe does take quite a while to bake, but that’s not hands-on time, so pop it in the oven and go get sucked into a marathon of Axmen on Netflix or something.

Also, remember those apple chips from last week? Well, I wanted a sweet and salty snack, so scroll on down the page to find a ridiculously easy, healthy snack mix recipe I made up using those chips and some other ingredients.

Apple Fruit Leather

Ingredients:

Ingredients

Doesn't get much simpler than this!

  • 6 apples (I used Ida Red from Strawberry Acres)
  • 1 lemon (it felt so strange to buy citrus!!!)
  • 1/4-1/2 c. sugar, optional
  • cinnamon, ginger or other spices, to taste and optional

Directions:

  1. Peel, core and slice apples (it’s moments like this when I am oh-so-grateful for my apple peeler/corer/slicer that looks like a medieval torture device).
  2. Place apples, sugar and spices in food processor or blender and squeeze juice from lemon over top.
  3. Purée apples.

    Apple/sugar/lemon juice purée

    Apple/sugar/lemon juice purée

  4. Transfer apple mixture to saucepan and cook, stirring occasionally, over low heat until thick and dark, with most liquid having evaporated, about 40 minutes. Keep a close eye on it towards the end so it doesn’t burn, and be careful—It will spit when it bubbles!
  5. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 200°.
  6. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with nonstick foil and spread fruit mixture evenly over both.
  7. Bake for 3-3.5 hours, or until surface is barely sticky.
  8. Remove from oven, cool and peel off foil. If the bottom is still sticky, flip it over and return to oven for 15-20 more minutes.

    Apple Fruit Leather

    My lack of non-stick foil left me with this large piece of fruit leather that looked vaguely like the USA! It tastes like an applesauce fruit rollup!

Curried Popcorn Snack Mix

Ingredients:

[This was such an impulse concoction that I didn’t even take a picture of the ingredients.]

  • 2 c. air-popped popcorn
  • 1/2 c. dried cranberries
  • 1/2 c. roughly broken apple chips (recipe here!)
  • 1/4 c. spicy roasted chickpeas (Cardamom & Curry)
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. garam masala

Directions:

  1. Mix popcorn, cranberries, apple chips and chickpeas in large bowl.
  2. Drizzle olive oil over popcorn mixture and toss to coat.
  3. Sprinkle garam masala over mixture and toss again.
  4. Chow down!
Curried Popcorn Snack Mix

Sweet, spicy, tangy, crunchy, chewy—Everything a snack mix should be!

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