Joan’s Healthy Recipes
How you doin’? Before we share today’s blog recipe (scroll down) with you there are a few things Joan and I would like to say, starting with Happy New Year!
As you can see in the headline, this is #400 in our Survival Guide blogs. We started these shortly after the outbreak of Covid-19 and the following “14-day lockdown.” Joan and I were getting phone calls and emails from family, friends and clients for recipes and cooking tips. Preparing 3 meals a day for a family was stretching their cooking talent resources. We it would be simple to provide recipes for a 2-week stint; yet here we are at #400.
In research conducted when Joan and I were the co-hosts of The Food Show on ABC, we found that the majority of meal-makers had a repertoire of only 5 entrees that they regularly cooked and at least one of those were repurposed restaurant leftovers. Our intention was to provide information on, healthful recipes that were easy and quick to prepare and would have good acceptance to the family.
I must admit I fell in love with three inexpensive, time saving cooking appliances—Instant Pot pressure cookers, sous vide wand and indoor grills. You will see that many recipes are made quick and easy using an Instant Pot.
Our recipes are test kitchen tested before publishing and are simplified wherever possible. Shortly after we started the blogs, we added information on the source, origins and history of the various recipes along with a Quip of the Day. I only elaborate to the extent that readers who were not in at the very beginning may not know how this all started. All in all we have published over 500 recipes (some blogs have multiple recipes) and have enough copy to write a new cookbook for the next pandemic.
You might ask what has happened to Perspectives over the last 22 months? Our lease expired at our building that we have been in for the last 34 years and we chose not to renew it. We have moved to smaller offices and test kitchens. We have been working with our restaurant clients to help them navigate the world of home delivery and manage their staffs to to insure they can keep as many co-workers as possible. Our CPG clients have contracted with Perspectives to develop new products that meet today’s ever-changing consumer demands. Many of which include, Non-GMO, Organic, Vegan, Familiar Ingredients, No Artificial Colors, Flavor or Preservatives. Our test kitchen and food labs have been able to fulfill our clients’ needs.
Here in California, and Los Angeles in particular, Covid has decimated our restaurants, hotels, resorts, theme park, cruise ships and airline clients and we continue to work with all sectors to improve their business propositions. The pandemic has forever changed the foods we buy, eat and the delivery systems that get them to us and will continue to be a part of our lives long after Covid-19 is just a fading memory.
As we celebrate the new year, Joan and I, along with the Perspectives team, thank you for being a part of our blog family and we wish you the very best for a Joyous New Year. May 2022 be the best year ever! God bless!
Cooking Lesson #400: Snappy Apple Snacks
Joan’s Healthy Recipes
How you doin’? Let me explain the category caption. My partner, Joan, told me I had to add at least one healthy recipe per week as people are more conscientious of eating healthfully the first few weeks of the new year. Actually, that’s not a bad idea. So, when you see a recipe caption, Joan’s Healthy Recipes, give the credit or blame to Joan.
At Lawry’s Foods Sy (the food scientist) and I developed a snacking food that was crispy, a little sweet and full of cinnamon flavor. We had seen similar apple chips on a recent trip to Europe. Apple chips are a perfect substitute for popcorn, cashews and, unlike regular fried chips, you won’t feel gross after finishing the whole bag. While apple crisps, apple pies, and apple pie milkshakes are all great fall treats, this apple chips recipe does not contain butter or an abundance of sugar. It’s mostly naturally sweet from the apples… and it’s vegan!
Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 3 hours
Yield: 4 servings
2 tart apples
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1-1/2 teaspoon sugar (or less as desired)
ChefSecret: Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
Quip of the Day: “Never sing in the shower! Singing leads to dancing, dancing leads to slipping, and slipping leads to paramedics seeing you naked. So remember, don’t sing in the shower!”
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To you and everyone dear to you, be strong, be positive, stay well, stay safe and be kind. In this New Year, seek out the good in people and avoid conflict. Take a breath and count your blessings, and if you have a little extra to share with others, please consider donating to Feeding America.
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