On my Tray of Bliss today is my menu and exercise plan for Day One of my new healthy lifestyle.
This luscious looking baked apple with home made greek yoghurt was my breakfast this morning. I prepared it last night, left it in the refrigerator, and just had to pop it into the oven for 30 minutes to bake before consuming with relish. That's figuratively speaking, there was no relish on the side of my plate!
If you've only ever thought of baked apple as a dessert, now's the time to review that idea. It's fruit, it's healthy, and it's tasty. Not for me the smoothies and mueslis favoured on cafe menus. Not at this time of the year. This is so easy, you'll want one for brekky every day.
One small apple. Mine was a Royal Gala, about the size of a tennis ball or a little smaller.
2 teaspoons dried mixed fruit of any kind. I just used commercial mixed fruit.
A large pinch of almond slivers or flaked almonds. You could also use coconut, macadamias or any other nut you fancy.
A large pinch of cinnamon.
1/2 teaspoon local organic honey.
1 large tablespoon yoghurt for serving.
Wash and dry the apple and core it. I have an apple corer for this but you can easily do it with a sharp knife, but cutting a square around the stamen, then running a sharp knife all the way through the apple top to bottom, using the square as a guide. You should then be able to just push the core out, leaving you with a tunnel down the middle of the apple.
In a small bowl, combine the dried fruit, almond flakes, cinnamon and honey.
Using clean fingers, push this mixture into the tunnel of the apple. If preparing the night before, you can now refrigerate your apple.
Preheat the oven to 180C and put your apple on a lined baking tray. Bake for approximately 20-30 minutes depending upon how firm or squishy you like your apple.
When cooked to your liking and oozing juice and honey, remove to a serving plate and enjoy with yoghurt on the side.
What's on your Tray of Bliss today?