We’ve written before about Meatless Monday, the national program to get Americans to eat less meat. It’s better for your health and for the environment. But whether you’re observing Meatless Monday or not, there are two things to keep in mind this week.
I don’t know about where you live, but here in The Bachelor’s Kitchen, autumn has certainly arrived. Mornings are cool and crisp, requiring a sweater or jacket. Afternoons are breezy and just warm enough to be delightful. That can only mean one thing across much of the country: It’s Apple Time!
More and more we’re finding out the health benefits of apples. They are rich in lots of good nutrients and fiber. And they taste good. There are hundreds of varieties of apples, of which only about a dozen appear in your store. If you can, go to one of those “pick your own” places and get up close and personal with your apples. Or you can check out the farmers market where some local growers may have some interesting heirloom varieties.
When you get them home, there’s lots of things to do with them. Plus they will keep for several weeks in the refrigerator. You can put slices on a salad to add sweetness and crunch. Sauté some slices in butter with cinnamon and maybe just a touch of sugar (depending on the variety) for a great dessert all by itself or as a topping. This is especially good on top of pancakes. You can, with the help of a slow cooker, make your own apple butter. Then there’s apple cake, apple pie and even just eating them all by themselves.
While you’re enjoying your apples, remember that this Saturday, October 1, is World Vegetarian Day. The event kicks off the month of trying to eat more vegetables, fruits, beans and grains and less meat. Many restaurants and other food outlets will be having special items on their menus. If you haven’t already, it’s a good time to give this a try.