Least Complicated

by HEAB on October 21, 2011

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Applesauce: Bring 4 chopped apples + 3/4 cups water + pinch of Celtic sea salt to boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer covered for 20 minutes.

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During the final 12 to 15 minutes of apple cooking, plop a steamer basket filled with chopped sweet potatoes on top of apple pot and cover…

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For smooth applesauce, allow cooked apples to cool and then puree in blender or food processor. For chunkier applesauce, simply mash with a potato masher. Applesauce and steamed sweet potato chunks are served…

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Summer prefers her applesauce mixed with plain whole milk yogurt and ground flax seeds, and the steamed sweet potato chunks make great bite-sized sides to her meals or an easy snack.

Homemade applesauce is so easy, and in my opinion the best recipe is nothing but apples, perhaps cooked with a cinnamon stick.

{ 26 comments }

Cara @ EAT. PRAY. RUN. October 21, 2011 at 11:37 am

Uncomplicated is totally my thing ;) I bought a bag of apples from trader joes that honestly arent the best so I may give my shot at homemade applesauce this weekend. Have a great Friday! :)

HEAB October 22, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Cara,
If I buy mushy apples, I always make applesauce or dried apple rings in the oven. Can’t go wrong with either! :)

Health Bee October 21, 2011 at 11:44 am

Love the healthy and delicious recipe. Nice touch with the sweet potato box background in the last photo! :-)

Meagan October 21, 2011 at 12:04 pm

I agree, homemade is best. I always make my applesauce in the crock pot :) I leave the peels on and mash with masher, but they usually cook down so much it’s not necessary. I wish I had some sweet potato on hand right now, but I have TWO butternut squashes I need to deal with ;)

Anna @ On Anna's Plate October 21, 2011 at 12:18 pm

So easy! I’ve always pictured myself making my baby’s own applesauce…perhaps because of my deep obsession with the movie Baby Boom as a child :-)

HEAB October 22, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Anna,
Yes, was totally channeling Diane Keaton when I made it. Now, if only we lived in that quaint little farmhouse in the movie. So my style! :)

Felicia (Natural + Balanced) October 21, 2011 at 12:27 pm

I made a huge batch of applesauce last week and thought to myself of how I’ll probably do this when I have my own kids… 12 jars (old TJs almond butter jars) and they went right to the freezer for later use! Love how your giving Summer flaxseed and homemade food :) what a healthy baby!

HEAB October 22, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Felicia,
You are going to make the most amazing baby food someday – with your garden and all those fresh veggies? That is going to be one very happy baby! :)

Sarah @ See Sarah Eat October 21, 2011 at 2:19 pm

That sounds wonderful. I love the bite-sized sweet potatoes, Summer has good taste ;)

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 21, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Heather the last post about the teething biscuits and your comment reply to me, I thought of the brand and what it was. They’re called Go Raw bars.

It’s like a super thick “fruit leather” and b/c of the flax seeds and really thick texture, even WITH teeth they are hard to chew so for a baby, these provided Skylar was tons of “gnawing” time. They used to make them in a few flavors but I think they just have banana bread and plain on their website. 2.49 each or so at WF’s. Worth it!

http://www.goraw.com/products/Banana_Bread_Flax_Bar

The fact you mentioned flax seeds and she likes them in this post….serendipity!

Your applesauce looks…perfect. Simple IS good. Same w/ those sweet taters!

HEAB October 22, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Awesome, thanks Averie. Will so be on the lookout for the Go Raw bars. I know I’ve seen them before.

Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free October 21, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Funny you would post this today! I just posted a recipe with sweet potatoes and apples, too! Great combo!

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) October 21, 2011 at 3:46 pm

I love homemade applesauce, but I never take the time to make it. I need to do that more often! Great idea reusing the steamer for more steamed goodness! I hope you have a great weekend!

Caitlin @ Vegetarian in the City October 21, 2011 at 4:07 pm

that would be a perfect snack right now. i used to make applesauce in the microwave, so easy and makes the kitchen smell great!

HEAB October 22, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Caitlin,
I love the smell of cooking apples. Fall smells make me happy. :)

Ameena October 21, 2011 at 4:16 pm

I’ve never thought about making applesauce before…is it really this easy? I wish I’d known when Maya was little…now she doesn’t like applesauce! Go figure.

HEAB October 22, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Ameena,
Yes! I felt kind of silly sharing such an easy recipe. I mean, it’s not even really a recipe, but if you google applesauce recipes, there are some really complicated ones out there, and I wanted everyone to know that it’s really not rocket science. Apples + water = happy kid, happy mom.

Nada (One Arab Vegan) October 21, 2011 at 6:23 pm

This sounds so good and simple! Quick question – are the sweet potatoes meant to add in sweetness or can I make the applesauce without?

HEAB October 22, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Nada,
I didn’t mix the sweet potatoes in with the applesauce. I just talked about them in this post b/c I steamed them while the apples were cooking. Easy way to knock out two dishes in one…although sweet potato applesauce would make a lovely dish. :)

Lou October 21, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Misty loves his apple sauce with flax seeds and yoghurt too. I think him + the HEABlet are a match made in heaven – maybe I should start working on our dowry offer? Is the going rate 2 or 3 donkeys these days? (case of Vegemite anyone?)

The simple things are always the best, in food and in life :)

HEAB October 22, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Lou,
CD always jokes my dowry offering to his family was the Vita-Mix. Hehe. Summer ate Misty’s fruit bars today. I royally screwed up the recipe, but in the end, it all worked out quite nicely. Will post them tomorrow or early next week. Delish!

cynthiasolc October 21, 2011 at 9:35 pm

I love this ideal! I have a 14 month old who would love the homemade apple sauce.

Funny thing is, I never buy the jars of apple sauce because they go bad so fast. It never occurred to me to make the amount I needed from scratch – duh! Can I blame it on mommy brain?

Thanks!

HEAB October 22, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Cynthia,
Yes! I’ve been playing the mommy-brain card all year and hoping to get a few more months out of it! ;)

Hannah October 22, 2011 at 2:08 am

I have this sneaking suspicion that I’m going to want to eat all of Summer’s meals.

HEAB October 22, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Hannah,
Come on over. She likes to share…meaning she throws half her food at the dogs. I’m sure Summer would toss some your way. ;)

Jen October 22, 2011 at 9:48 am

That’s an easy method for adults too :) I agree, I don’t know why I see applesauce recipes that have added sugar in them. They are sweet enough as is!

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