Silver and Gold Magazine Fall 2015 - Page 14 HOUSE + HOME AN APPLE A DAY Crispy Apple Chips ple It ’ s Apo n ! S e as E at it up ! Apples contain pectin, a soluble fibre that lowers blood pressure and glucose levels Apples contain Quercetin, which reduces free radical damage, and has been implicated in reducing a variety of age-related health issues including Arthritis and Alzheimer’s Want to accelerate fruit ripening? Place an apple in with your unripened banana, avocado, tomatoes, etc. to ripen (due to apple’s ethylene content) Almost half of apple’s vitamin C content is just under the skin, so it’s best to eat the apple including its skin * Apples are low in calorie density, so you can eat quite a large portion without packing on the calories Apples’ pectin content also acts as a skin anti-inflammatory and wrinkle reducer… Want an amazing, natural facial recipe? 14 • 2 apples – variety is best: Honeycrisp, Gala, Granny Smith • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar • 2 tsp cinnamon powder Preheat oven to 200°F. Slice each apple very thin using a mandolin (or by hand). The thinner the apple, the crunchier it will turn out. Line two baking dishes with parchment paper, then lay the apple slices evenly to create a single layer. Sprinkle with the sugar and cinnamon, and bake in the oven for 1 hour. Turn apple slices over and bake for another 1-1/2 hours. Shut oven off and allow chips to cool inside oven for another hour to crispen up more. Serve warm. Carrot Apple Ginger Soup • 3 Tbsp grape seed oil • 1 small onion, sliced • 1 clove garlic, minced • 1 Tbsp. jarred ginger, or 2 Tbsp. fresh ginger (peeled, grated) • 2 Granny Smith, peeled, cored, sliced • 4 Cups carrots (about 10 carrots), peeled and grated • 4 Cups low-sodium vegetable broth • 2 pinches of salt Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onions and cook until translucent (about 3 minutes). Add ginger and garlic and cook for one minute. Add sliced apples and carrots, cook for 3 minutes longer. Add broth and bring to a boil, then reduce to low simmer, uncovered, until carrots and apples are softened (about 20-25 minutes). Remove from heat and allow to cool for about 10 minutes. For a smoother soup use hand-blender (or blender, cautiously) to achieve desired consistency. Return to pot to warm up and add salt to taste. *NOTE: Our reader Linda suggests adding a touch of creamer for a nice creamy soup! Check out our new website!