Healthy, Easy, Yummy — Apple Chutney!
Prep Time: 5 minutes, Bake Time: 10 minutes
Hello, hello everyone! It’s been a little while since the Project Pile has done a recipe… we have just been so busy around here! Last September I started teaching at our local college, then I starting working on another “project” for another company here in town…. Plus, we are now expecting again — Yes, expecting! So, now it’s the end of the school year, I thought that I would share this really yummy, really easy and healthy apple chutney recipe that I came up with last week when I had to quickly throw together one of those last minute, yet super delicious, home-cooked meals!
I needed the perfect side to go with my pork chops…. something fresh, crisp and summery…. and then it came to me — Apple chutney! Now, here’s the interesting part, the part where my chutney differs a little bit from other recipes…. there is no vinegar in this chutney recipe at all! The vinegar is actually replaced with cranberry juice, which allows the amount of sugar required to be significantly reduced, therefore making it much healthier than your typical chutney recipes! 🙂
So here it goes — hope you enjoy!
All you need is:
- 3 diced Apples
- 1/4 cup of Cranberry Juice
- 1/4 cup of diced Onions
- 1/4 cup of Sunflower Seeds
- 1/4 cup of Cranberries
- 1 tsp of Butter or Margarine
- 1 tsp of Brown Sugar
- 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
Step One: In a small or medium sized frying pan, saute onions on medium heat in the butter or margarine, until golden-brown.
Tip: Add any extra seasoning that you like during the sauteing process, for extra flavor!
Step Two: Add the apples, cinnamon and cranberry juice. Bring to a boil, then cover and let simmer for seven minutes, or until the apples are soft.
Tip: The cooking time will vary depending on the type of apples that you use. The softer the apple, the less time it will take for them to soften.
Step Three: Stir in the brown sugar and simmer for about two more minutes.
Tip: The addition of the brown sugar won’t only sweeten the mixture, but it will help to thicken it a little too, as it cools.
Step Four: Remove the mixture from heat, and add the sunflower seeds and dried cranberries — Then serve and enjoy!
Tip: It’s best to add the cranberries and sunflower seeds at the very end of the process, otherwise they may harden.