Food for Thought – October 8, 2013

Fall is officially here and there is a definite chill in the air. That always makes me think of apples. This recipe from Katie Stryzewski,, of Midlothian, IL, fits the bill and is a breeze to fix.

Country Apple Coffee Cake

2 medium tart apples, peeled and chopped, divided

1 tube (12 oz.) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits

1 egg

1/3 cup corn syrup

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

1 Tbsp. butter or margarine, softened

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 cup chopped pecans


1/3 cup confectioners sugar

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

1-2 tsp. milk

Place 1-1/2 cups apples in a greased round baking pan. Separate biscuits into 10 pieces; cut each into quarters. Place over apples with point side up. Top with remaining apples. In a mixing bowl, combine egg, corn syrup, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon. Stir in pecans. Spoon over apples. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes, or until biscuits are browned. For glaze, combine confectioners sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Drizzle over warm coffee cake. Serve immediately.

Yield: 8-10 servings.

Having friends over for dinner? The following fresh-tasting salad from Diane Molberg, of Calgary, Alberta, would be great.

Apple Carrot Salad

4 large carrots, shredded

1 medium tart apple, chopped

1/3 cup raisins

1/4 cup plain non-fat yogurt

1/4 cup fat-free mayonnaise

2 tsp. Dijon mustard

2 tsp. lemon juice

1/8 tsp. pepper

Artificial sweetener equal to 2 tsp. sugar

1/3 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese

In a bowl, combine carrots, apple and raisins. In a small bowl, combine yogurt, mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, pepper and sweetener. Pour over carrot mix and toss to coat. Stir in cheese.

Yield: 8 servings of 66 calories each.

Diabetic exchanges: 1/2 starch, 1/2 fruit.

This last thought is from Rachel Hartnett.


Don’t wait ’til you’re needing a blessing

That will lighten your burden of care;

Turn to your heavenly Father

And put all of your heart in a prayer.

Turn to Him in your gladness

When everything seems all right;

Praise Him for all of His goodness

That made your world happy and bright.

He deserves so much more than our sorrows,

Which often we lay on His breast –

He’s deserving our sincerest praises

And all in our lives that is best.

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Until next time,