Every Friday night we have what we call Junk Food Friday in our house. We eat fairly well during the week as I do cook a lot and make most things from scratch. Because my kids have an erratic schedule, we are often eating at different times so I have to make things that are not eat and serve but rather, can stay warm for the next diner. I have to cook pretty healthy for my husband, who carefully watches his weight and works out a lot, and for my kids, who are dancing 10 hours a week each. Then of course, my stomach is also a problem so I try to stick to a protein rich diet with lots of green vegetables and small amounts of carbs. No one in our house is gluten intolerant, but rather if anything, we don’t eat enough fruit. That’s where the juicing really helps.
Soooo Junk Food Friday is a big break from all of the greens and boring meals (well they aren’t boring but sometimes I get bored making them). We might have lots of different appetizers and dips like hummus and guacamole (homemade) and then wings and veggies and dips (sometimes Wings from M&M Meats). I love all of the junky appetizers like jalepeno poppers, mozzarella sticks or spring rolls. Or we order in, pizza or sushi. The kids love Junk Food Friday, and I look forward to it too because it is simple.
Okay so now my mouth is watering thinking about yummy food. I think I am hungry…..
Back to healthy…..I made a really great applesauce in the crockpot recently because it was cold and snowy and I thought it would be nice for the kids to come home and have applesauce after school. Cooking it in the crockpot allows it to marry a bit more and the aroma is really intoxicating! I like keeping the apples chunky for texture rather than pureeing them, however you can Puree at the end if you choose.
Recipe: (adapted from a recipe I found online)
6-8 apples (I used 2 of each of 4 different kinds), peeled, cored, and chopped
1-2 pears, cored and chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground clove
pinch of ginger
2 tbls brown sugar
2 dried star anise 1/4 cup water
1. Toss everything into a crockpot and give it a good stir to incorporate the spices.
2. Cook on high for 5 hours or low for 8.
Yummy right? I love the applesauce with greek yogurt on top and a bit of granola.
I was going to write more, but will save it for next week because now I am fricking STARVING! That’s why I hate watching the Food Channel, it makes me sooooo hungry!
PS. My favourite local places for Junk Food Friday Takeout are Emilio Finatti’s, Taka’s Sushi, Nando’s Chicken and Rasoi. Not that any of these places are junky – actually most offerings are rather healthy! However, we always add some junk food to go along with (ripple chips with dill pickle dip!).