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Home-made Granola with Apples and Cranberries

You can make this ahead of time so it is ready to go in the morning –

3 cups OATS
cup walnuts or toasted almonds
2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
2 tablespoons wheat germ
teaspoon of sea salt
2 apples – cut up into squares
1/3 cup honey or organic maple syrup
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup dried cranberries or raisins

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Combine the oats, walnuts or almonds, ground flaxseeds, wheat germ and salt – place in a baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes and remove from oven. Increase the oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium size skillet, combine honey, brown sugar, olive oil and apples – cook until all the sugar is melted – remove from the heat and add vanilla extract. Pour this mixture over the oat mixture and stir well. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes. Break up any clumps and stir in cranberries.

You can store this in an airtight container – use it for a morning meal or top your favorite yogurt for a delicious snack later in the day.




ORIENTAL CHICKEN-APPLE SALAD

You can make this ahead of time and take it with you to work or make it at home for a delicious meal.

For the dressing –

2 tablespoons Rice Wine Vinegar
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 tablespoon Soy Sauce (low sodium)
1 garlic clove – crushed
1 tsp. ground ginger
Pinch of red pepper

Whisk together all ingredients and set aside!

For the salad –

In a large bowl, add

1 apple – chopped
1 chicken breast – cooked and sliced – ( take advantage of the rotisserie-roasted chickens and turkey breasts available at your local grocery store)
cup toasted almonds
cup dried cranberries
1 green onion – chopped
You add other favorite vegetables to your salad like red peppers, celery, mushrooms, tomatoes, etc.

Toss with the oriental dressing and sprinkle a bit of Asiago Cheese on top - Enjoy!



BAKED CHICKEN WITH APPLES


2 large apples – sliced
4 chicken breasts
cup brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
Olive oil
Sea salt
Pepper to taste
cup Sherry Wine or Apple Cider

Season chicken breasts with sea salt and pepper and brown in a large skillet over medium heat in 1 tablespoons of olive oil for about 2 minutes on each side.

Meanwhile, slice apples and arrange in a baking dish coated with a little cooking spray. Sprinkle the apples with brown sugar, cinnamon and drizzle with a little olive oil. Place chicken breasts over apples and top with Sherry wine. Cover and bake for one hour.

Serve chicken with cooked apples over the top – this dish is great with whole grain brown rice and asparagus.
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