~ An Apple-a-Day & Granola Too, Breakfast for Two ~
If you're not too lazy to peel and slice one apple in the AM, and if you keep a bag of granola in your pantry, a steaming-hot, flavorful and filling breakfast is five-minutes from your fingertips. What I like about this "what I cook for me" recipe is: everything. As a kid, I loved stewed apples -- somewhere in between apple pie filling and chunky applesauce, they are less sweet with a less thickened, au natural, taste and texture. My mother made stewed apples to serve with her pork roast for dinner, but, she'd always set a small bowl aside -- to stir into my morning oatmeal.
While not my mom's old-fashioned oatmeal w/stewed apples...
When I was growing up, granola, the kind we buy in our grocery stores nowadays, didn't exist -- ok, it might have existed but no one was marketing it. Had it been available to me as a kid, I'd have been pouring milk on it, as, for my taste, dry granola, like all dried cereals, no matter how healthy they tout themselves, is not something I sit and snack on -- thank goodness because both are loaded with calories -- up to 250 per 1/2 cup serving. In fact, the only thing I buy granola for is to make this small-portion, seriously-filling 5-minute-to-make microwave hot-breakfast.
12 tablespoons Quaker cinnamon-apple-walnut granola, 6 tablespoons per bowl
12 tablespoons whole milk, 6 tablespoons per bowl
2 6-ounce cereal bowls
~ Step 3. Cover the bowls so steam cannot escape. I love these little silicone bowl covers. Place in microwave on high power for 1 minute, 45 seconds. The steam that builds up from the cooking apples and milk will soften the granola to a yummy consistency. Remove from microwave, uncover the bowls and give each portion a thorough stir -- the volume will drop as soon as the steamed cereal hits the hot milk.
Full of flavor, texture & stick-to-your-ribs happiness...
Special Equipment List: cutting board; paring knife; 2, small 6-ounce bowls; 2, 4"-round, heat-proof, microwave-safe silicon bowl/cup covers (optional but helpful)
Cook's Note: I've always liked and started my day with some fruit, in some capacity, in the morning. For one of my favorite breakfast sandwiches, sans the egg, check out my recipe for ~ Sausage, Apple & Herbed-Brie Breakfast Burgers ~. I like to go eggless once in a while -- it's a woman's prerogative.
"We are all in this food world together." ~ Melanie Preschutti
(Recipe, Commentary and Photos courtesy of Melanie's Kitchen/Copyright 2018)