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02/02/2018

~ An Apple-a-Day & Granola Too, Breakfast for Two ~

IMG_3977If 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...

IMG_3983... it's just as yummy in a faster-food busy-day-breakfast way.

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.

IMG_4015 IMG_39431  6-ounce apple, peeled and cut into 1/4"-thick slices

12  tablespoons Quaker cinnamon-apple-walnut granola, 6 tablespoons per bowl

12  tablespoons whole milk, 6 tablespoons per bowl

2  6-ounce cereal bowls

IMG_3946 IMG_3946 IMG_3946~ Step 1.  Peel, core and cut the apple into slightly-less-than 1/4"-thick slices. Divide the apples between 2, 6-ounce cereal bowls.

IMG_3955 IMG_3955 IMG_3955~ Step 2.  Place the granola on top of the apples, 6 tablespoons in each bowl.  Add the milk, 6 tablespoons in each bowl.

IMG_3967 IMG_3967 IMG_3967~ 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...

IMG_3997... a little bowl goes a long way to curb your enthusiasm...

IMG_4003... for the junk-food snacks for the rest of the day.

IMG_4008An Apple-a-Day & Granola Too, Breakfast for Two:  Recipe yields 2 small but hearty servings.

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)

IMG_2731Cook'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)

Comments

Awesome. Junk food is always what you can eat all the time. The day you think of health and go solo in your kitchen, you pull yourself back from the verge of many health issues. Apparently many young people are inclined towards healthy recipes

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