February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day. While there are many ways to randomly be kind to people, showing kindness by sharing a fruit dessert makes everyone happy. If you’re looking for healthy dessert options, fresh fruit is always a treat. And cooking with fruit is an easy way to make your meals healthy. For more read Cooking your way to great health.
The recipes below feature apples, and sweet potatoes – a sweet root vegetable that can take the place of fruit in pies and breads. According to Food Reference.com, the sweet potato is ranked number one in nutrition of all vegetables. “With a score of 184, the sweet potato outscored the next highest vegetable by more than 100 points.” Check out the best ways to make diet foods taste decadent.
Random acts of kindness do not have to be limited to February 17th. The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation offers ideas for individuals, schools, and businesses to support acts of kindness everyday. It’s simple to take the first step to making our world a better place. It starts with choosing to do a random act of kindness today. Be sure to check out the wonderful and inspiring video below.
Goodie’s Baked Apples
8 Red apples
1 cup raisins
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp. fresh
Mint leaves, chopped
8 teaspoons butter
Build a hot cook fire (or preheat oven to 350 degrees.) Core apples. Put apples in a fry pan, or shallow
baking dish. Mix together raisins, brown sugar, and mint leaves. Fill apples with mixture. Top the filling in each apple with 1 teaspoon butter. Bake over hot cook fire or in oven for 50 minutes, until apples are tender.
Fast Sweet Potato Pie
3 medium size sweet potatoes, peeled
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. each cinnamon & nutmeg
2 tbsp. butter
3/4 cup water
1/2 tsp. salt
Boil potatoes; when cool, slice. Line Dutch oven or pie tin with pastry; bake slightly but not until brown or done. Make syrup of other ingredients. Place in bottom of pastry a layer of sliced potatoes; pour part of syrup over potatoes; add another layer of potatoes and cover with remaining syrup. Top may be covered with pastry. Bake in Dutch oven over high heat.
Oklahoma Cowgirl Apple Fritters
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup apple cider
10 cups lard or vegetable oil
1 pound apples, peeled, cored, and sliced about 1/4 inch thick
Sugar and cinnamon for dusting
Stir together flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt, then add cider and whisk to combine. Heat oil in a 5-quart heavy pot to 375 degrees. Dip apple slices in batter, shake off excess, and fry until golden, about 1 1/2 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels. Serve warm. dusted with confectioners sugar.
An attitude of gratitude creates blessings. – Sir John Templeton
Recipe courtesy of ‘Authentic Cowboy Cookery, Then and Now’ by Carol Bardelli.