BAKED GINGER-TUMERIC APPLES

I’ve been preparing for my move to Australia by selling and donating everything I own so that I can travel light, and my kitchen has taken a big hit. I’m lacking most of the essentials one would need to concoct wonderfully creative and healthy meals,  (my Vitamix is gone; the juicer walked out last week; my food processor found a new home too, and even my knife collection is minimalistic). This means I’ve been eating out a lot, and today is no exception. I’ve ordered take-out but I’ve skipped the dessert option, opting instead to create something healthier for myself as I prepare to transition into a cleaner diet in the upcoming weeks.

The weather is cooling off here in Toronto and with autumn around the corner I was inspired to make a warming dessert utilizing what I’ve got in my kitchen – something as simple as possible due to my lack of equipment. I also wanted the dessert to be relatively low glycemic.

“Glycemic Index (GI) is a measurement carried out on carbohydrate-containing foods and their impact on our blood sugar. GI is a relatively new way of analyzing foods. Previously, most meal plans designed to improve blood sugar analyzed the total amount of carbohydrates (including sugars and starches) in the foods themselves. GI goes beyond this approach, looking at the impact of foods on our actual blood sugar. In other words, instead of counting the total amount of carbohydrates in foods in their unconsumed state, GI measures the actual impact of these foods on our blood sugar.” — whfoods.com

With just a knife, a cutting board, and an oven dish, I decided to grab the last 3 of my organic apples (a fuji, a red delicious, and a granny smith), and do my own version of baked cinnamon apples. Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients:

  • 3 apples, any kind will do
  • 2 tbsp ghee (use coconut oil if you’re avoiding animal products)
  • 1 tbsp powdered unsweetened cinnamon
  • 3 inches of fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 inch fresh turmeric, grated

Process:

  • Slice the tops off the apples, and with your knife, remove the cores.
  • Turn the apples upside down and cut them as if you’re trying to slice them in quarters, but leave them attached at the blossom end by starting the incision 1/3 a way below the bum of the apple
  • Place the apples in an oven dish
  • In a pot on the stove, melt the ghee and add to it the turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon
  • Pour the mixture over each apple
  • Place in the oven on 350 F (which is 176 C – NOT 240 like I thought before burning everything) for 25 minutes
  • Remove, cool, and serve alone or with your favourite ice cream

BENEFITS

Turmeric

  • anti-inflammatory
  • cardio-protective
  • fights cancer (source)

Ginger

  • supports digestion
  • anti-inflammatory
  • lowers exercise-induced muscle pain by 25% (source)

Cinnamon

  • helps to balance blood sugar
  • may be used to prevent chronic diseases
  • counteracts negative effects of high-fat meals (source)

Ghee

  • healthy digestion
  • weight loss (seriously!)
  • lowered risk of CVD (source)

Apples

  • prevent degenerative diseases
  • balance digestion
  • boost immunity (source)

| | |  A note on ghee: Ghee is clarified butter. I would prefer it if you used ghee from naturally raised, grass fed cows. Naturally raised means they live a life on a pasture and not in factory; They’re pregnant naturally, and not doped up on hormones; They’re fed a natural diet of grass, not grain, and they are only treated with antibiotics when they’re sick, not constantly to keep them fat. The best way to know if your ghee is from healthy, ethically raised cows is to find a local farmer and get to know his/her growing practices. They may not sell ghee, but from their butter you can effortlessly make it (and I will post a how-to one day). If this isn’t something you can do immediately, or if you live somewhere where a local farm is too far for you to get to, then check out your nearest health food store and find their organic ghee. You may pay a premium but it’s better for you and for the cow and planet in the long run. | | |

That’s all there is to it, folks! Probably the simplest recipe out there, and it’s absolutely delicious. You can add chopped nuts and seeds to the top for some extra crunch, or shredded coconut for sweetness. Let me know what variations you try by posting below.