Do you struggle with trying to change your child?s eating habits or with reinforcing healthy ones? Here are some healthy snack ideas from Red Prince Apple.
- Red Prince Apple Celery Root Salad: Wash, and core two Red Prince apples. Cut skin off one celery root. Wash and grate apples and celery root, combine in bowl. Add 1/2 cup (125 mL) of raisins or dried cranberries to the bowl. In a second, smaller bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup (125 mL) of low fat mayonnaise, juice of one lemon, 3 tbsp (45 mL). chopped parsley and 1 tbsp (15 mL) chopped garlic. Gently fold the dressing into the apple mixture. Enjoy as an afternoon snack or as a healthy school lunch.
- Baked Red Prince Apple Skewers: Wash and core two Red Prince apples, cut into 1-inch cubes (you can leave the skin on for added antioxidant benefits). Whisk in a small bowl 1/2 cup (125 mL) lime juice, 1/8 cup (30 mL) agave syrup and 1tbsp (15 mL) cinnamon. Thread the apple cubes onto skewers. Place apple skewers on a parchment lined baking sheet and brush lime juice syrup mixture onto apple pieces. Bake in oven for 5 minutes at 400?F (200?C).
- Asian Red Prince Apple Coleslaw: Wash one napa cabbage and cut into long thin pieces. Wash and peel two carrots, then grate. Wash one bunch of green onion and cut into small rings. Wash two Red Prince apples and grate. Whisk together 1/8 cup (30 mL) rice wine vinegar, 2 tbsp (30 mL) Dijon and 1 tsp (5 mL) garlic. Slowly whisk in 1/3 cup (75 mL) olive oil until all is combined. Toss all vegetables and Red Prince apples with the dressing. Sprinkle coleslaw with 1/4 cup (50 mL) sesame seeds.
- Red Prince Apple Raisin Chutney with Baked Cinnamon Pita Chips: Wash and peel three Red Prince apples, remove the core and dice. Dice 1/2 onion. Place Red Prince apples, onion, 1/4 cup (50 mL) red wine vinegar, 1/8 cup (30 mL) agave syrup, 1/2 tsp (2 mL) lemon zest and 1/2 tsp (2 mL) grated ginger in small pot. Bring to boil and then turn the heat to low. Cook on low heat for 20 minutes. Add 1/2 cup (125 mL) raisins and cook for 5 more minutes. Cool in fridge. Preheat oven to 350?F (180?C). Cut two pieces pita bread into triangles, brush lightly with 1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil and place on baking tray lined with parchment. Sprinkle 1/2 tsp (2 mL) cinnamon on the pita triangles and bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until crispy. Dip the pita chips into the chutney and enjoy!
- Homemade Red Prince Applesauce: Wash and peel 3 lbs (1.5 kg) of Red Prince apples, remove cores then dice. Place 1/8 cup (30 mL) agave syrup, 1 tsp (5 ml) lemon zest, 1 tbsp (15 mL) cinnamon and 1 cup (250 mL) water in a sauce pot with apple pieces and cook over medium heat for 30 minutes. Cool down in a fridge then blend until smooth.
- Red Prince Smoothie: In a blender, combine one washed and cored Red Prince apple (with skin on), half of one peeled banana, one cup of skim milk and one ice cube.? If lactose intolerant, substitute rice or soy milk for skim milk.? A perfect blend for a quick breakfast or an afternoon snack.
- Regal Apple Triangles: Wash, core and slice one large Red Prince apple and set aside.? On one whole wheat tortilla, spread 1 tbsp (15mL) of smooth peanut butter.? Arrange apple slices on peanut butter spread and cover with a second tortilla. With a pizza cutter or knife, cut into small triangles and serve.? If desired, sprinkle with a little cinnamon. These regal apple triangles can be savoured cold or grilled in a panini press for a warm treat.
- Red Prince Apple Skewers: Wash, core one Red Prince apple and cut into small cubes, leaving skin on. Slice some cheddar cheese into similarly sized cubes. Skewer the apples and cheese alternately on toothpicks. If packing for a school lunch, squeeze a little lemon juice on the apple to prevent it from browning.
- Regal Trail Mix: Wash, core and dice three large Red Prince apples into 1/4-inch (5 mm) cubes (skin on).? Spread apples on parchment lined baking sheet (or use food dehydrator and follow manufacturer instructions). Bake for approximately 1 hour 30 minutes or until apples have achieved the consistency of raisins.? Let cool. Toss with dried apples with desired quantities of raisins, peanuts, nuts, seeds and other dried fruit to make your own unique trail mix. This is great for hiking adventures!
- Add diced apples to tuna or chicken salad for an antioxidant boost.
- Add Red Prince apple slices to salads for a delectable sweet tart flavour.
- Enjoy a few apple slices with a handful of walnuts as an energizing afternoon snack.
The Red Prince is a premium apple, locally grown in Thornbury, Ontario, available from winter through to summer. Recognized for its antioxidant-rich red skin, the Red Prince has inherited the sweetness and juiciness of the Golden Delicious and the crispness and tanginess of the Jonathan.
The Red Prince is ideal for fresh eating, in salads or in baking and pairs particularly well with sharp cheddars and blue cheeses.