Happy Monday! I hope you all had a most marvelous weekend. I took it easy, for the most part, trying to ensure I’m not celebrating Coldiversary 2 later this week. I’m beginning to think that might be a welcome possibility.
Since I was stuck indoors, I decided to get caught up on some freezer cooking. I now have enough chicken entrees in my freezer for the next three weeks. Cluck, cluck, cluck. While my slow cooker was doing its thing, I played around with making mini-apple pies:
Inspiration for this recipe came from Simply Learning & Living. She made her own homemade crust. I cheated. Here’s how:
100-Calorie Mini-Apple Pie (Cammy Version)
- 4 wonton wrappers (I only have about 100 or so left to use)
- 1 apple, peeled and diced into bite size pieces
- 1 tsp cinnamon-sugar
- 2 tsp butter (I skimped with 1 tsp. and learned my lesson.)
- 2 tbsp oats
- 1 tsp brown sugar (I skimped with a 1/2-tsp. and it seemed okay.
1. Preheat oven to 400°.
2. Prep apples and toss with cinnamon-sugar. Set aside.
3. Mix oats, butter, and brown sugar to a crumbly consistency.
4. Place each wonton wrapper in a muffin tin cup, pressing to the bottom and up the sides.
5. Fill each cup with chopped apples, then top with a spoonful of oat crumblies.
6. Bake for 12-15 minutes until top is golden brown.
Verdict: Almost heavenly. If I hadn’t skimped on the butter, the crumb topping might have created more of a streusel-like topping and that would have been heavenly. Also, this might be one of those times when quick oats would be a better choice. Or I could, you know, drag out the food processor and pulse the steel-cut oats a few times. Or, duh, try it with the oat bran I have on hand. Ack! So many options, so little room in my waistband.
As for the 100-calorie part of the pie, that’s a generous estimate. It works out to about 325-350 calories for all four cups, which equals about 75 calories each! But I like to round up on these indulgences–it leaves a little wiggle room in case I want to add a topping. Like this, for example:
Chobani Apple Cinnamon Yogurt, for that a la mode experience. I can tell you from experience that Fage Plain doesn’t add a lot to the experience. Vanilla might have been good, though. Or honey. Ooh! Or I could add a few of those Kraft Caramel Bits I have in my freezer!
Damn, I’m gonna need new pants.
Another indulgence from my weekend:
I never got around to buying candy corn for Halloween, so when I was restocking my Kleenex supply at Walgreen’s and saw these small-ish bags for $0.14 each, I plopped a couple of bags in my basket. (I also scored a small can of baking powder for $0.24!) Never fear, I put the candy in a mason jar (one of those with a 2-part lid) and stored them out of sight in the pantry. Candy corn is one of those treats that satisfies me after 2-3 pieces, but we don’t need to leave it out for idle hands to find.
A non-food item I didn’t indulge in over the weekend:
The suit on the right is the one that caught my eye. As much as I have longed for a skin-tight, see-through body suit, I resisted the urge to stop at this store. The temptation would have been too much. Maybe after the candy corn is gone and I’m over my apple pie fury. Or maybe never.
Well, I’ve rambled on enough. I was going to share my newest pet peeve with you, but you don’t want to read about how recipes that purport to be 2-ingredient whatever and then have a box of cake mix (which contains about 47 ingredients) as one of the two ticks me off. Mightily. (Not that I wouldn’t try it, mind you. I just want them to call it ‘Easy Whatever with Cake Mix’.) But I won’t rant about that today.
Wishing you all a very happy Monday and all the days ahead!