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Somethin' Good is Always Cookin' (Recipes)

Caramel Apple French Toast

4 large Granny Smith apples
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Sugar to taste (optional)
¾ cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
¾ cup walnuts or pecans, chopped
12 slices firm white bread
3 eggs, beaten
1¼ cups skim milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ teaspoon nutmeg

Peel, core and slice apples. Place in a medium-size skillet. Pour ½ cup water over apples. Simmer 4-5 minutes until apples are softened.

Drain apples in colander. Place in a bowl and gently mix in cinnamon and a little sugar if apples are tart. Set aside.

In the same skillet, combine brown sugar, corn syrup and butter. Cook and stir over medium high heat, until sugar melts and mixture just begins to come to a slow boil. Pour into a 13x9 inch baking dish. Sprinkle with nuts.

Place 6 slices of bread on top of syrup and nuts. Divide apples among bread slices and top with remaining 6 slices.

Whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla and nutmeg. Pour over "apple sandwiches." Cover and refrigerate overnight.

In the morning, preheat oven to 325° and bake uncovered for 40 minutes.

Remove from oven, cover with a serving platter and invert. Cut each sandwich in half diagonally and serve with vanilla sauce. Serves 6

Drusilla's Health and Wellness Recipes
Cream of Spinach Soup

This soup is high in potassium and protein. Perfect of a cold December day and so easy. Blend in a food processor or blender, and the fiber will not be destroyed.

1 10-oz. package frozen spinach soufflé, thawed
1 10½-oz. can cream of potato soup, undiluted
1½ cups low-fat milk
¼ cup reduced-fat sour cream
1 green onion, sliced
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
½ teaspoon dried thyme
¼ teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
pinch of sugar, optional

Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

Transfer to a heavy large saucepan. Bring soup to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Ladle into bowls and serve. Makes 2 to 4 servings.

Nutrition Facts per cup: 170 calories, 6g total fat, 280mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate, 1g dietary fiber, 6g protein, 250mg potassium

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