Monday, February 18, 2013

Real Food: Warm Apples, Cranberries, and Walnuts with Feta Cheese

 I'm breaking out one of my favorites today.  It's very common to see apples, cranberries and candied walnuts in salads, but when it's cold outside I want something warmer than greens.

Inspired by that flavor combination, I created a version that is wonderful year-round and builds flavor from just a few simple, natural ingredients.  It's fast and easy and makes a great snack or lunch (or even dessert... or a side at dinner... basically it's always good.)

Not only does this come together quickly, but you will be amazed at how nicely the sugar melts and coats the walnuts.  Have. Mercy.

A good feta or blue cheese balances really well with the sweet apples, tart cranberries and toasted nuts, so if you're afraid of strong cheeses, be bold and give them a shot.  A gentler cheese's flavor just won't hold up here- but you could try a sharp cheddar instead.

Your kids will probably love this too; it's easy to multiply the proportions to meet your needs.

Warm Apples, Cranberries, and Walnuts with Feta Cheese 
Prep Time: 5 min.
Total Time: 12 min.
Serves: 1-2


1T Coconut oil
1 Green apple, peeled, cored and sliced
2T Dried Cranberries
1/4 C Raw walnuts, roughly chopped
1t Raw sugar
1T Crumbled feta cheese
1. Melt coconut oil over medium high heat.  When the oil is completely melted, add the apples and cranberries and turn to coat.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples begin to brown on one side.
2.  Lower heat to medium.  Add the walnuts, stirring often, until they are toasted- about two minutes.  When the walnuts become fragrant and nutty, add the sugar and stir constantly until it has dissolved, about 1 minute more.  Transfer to plate and top with the feta cheese.

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