So Easy Crock-Pot Applesauce

We are enjoying all things fall here in the Chase house. Leaves, cooler temps, and most of all fall foods. While I am all about baking and cooking up some culinary delights, right now I want to be spending my time enjoying this fall weather with my family. I am also looking for some low sugar/no-sugar desserts because of all the effort we are making to get healthy( although you can totally add sugar to this recipe, actually I just omitted it because we normally enjoy unsweetened applesauce anyway.). Get ready because the recipe I’m sharing today will be so easy. Apples are a-plenty this season and if apple picking is on your list of family favorite activities you will no doubt need several ways to enjoy them. I have discovered one absolute delicious way to enjoy them and make your home smell AMAZING at the same time!!!

so easy crockpot applesauce

What you’ll need

  • Crockpot
  • 8-12 Apples, any variety, cored and sliced. You can even mix varieties
  • 2 cups of Water

*optional add ins: sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, or even apple pie spice

Easy Crock-Pot Applesauce Directions:

Core and slice apples (peeling is optional). Combine water, cinnamon, sugar or any add-ins you like in crock-pot. Add sliced apples. Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-7 hours. Use a potato masher to break up and chunks, mash and stir to get it the consistency you prefer.Once its cooled store in the refrigerator. It is also delicious warm. You could also serve it warm with oatmeal or ice cream.

And really, your house will smell amazing! I’m thinking I will do this when we have company staying with us because it just smells “like home”.  One more thing, get yourself one of these apple slicers with the cushy handles. Its worth it.

slicer

Enjoy!

Making School Night Meals Simple (aka MOM WIN!)

School nights are no joke at our house! Between homework x5, late night meetings, chores, last minute errands, pets, sports, music lessons, and running club, dinner is the last thing in my schedule I need to be complicated. Last night I was so grateful for Courtney’s blog on quick and easy chicken Parmesan dinner at mycrazysavings.com . With it’s 5 simple ingredients and quick prep to table time, I think ya’ll will love it too!

(Recipe from mycrazysavings.com)
Ingredients: 
6 Tyson Fully Cooked Breaded Chicken Tenders
1 1/2 cups Hunt’s Tomato Sauce
3/4 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
6 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1 lb Spaghetti, cooked and drained
1 cup Hunt’s Tomato Sauce
*I added Italian spices to give it a little more flare for my family’s liking!
1. Prepare the chicken in oven according to package directions
2. Top each chicken tender with 1/4 cup heated tomato sauce, 2 Tbsp mozzarella cheese and 1 Tbsp Parmesan cheese.
3. Return to oven and bake until cheese is melted
4. Serve over cooked and sauced pasta
*We always substitute spaghetti squash for traditional spaghetti noodles to keep carbs low and add in more veggies. I just microwave it and find it easier than boiling water.
Alongside a tossed salad made from our bountiful basket pick up over the weekend and we were all set with a quick and healthy meal that everyone LOVED!! We are definitely qualifying this meal as a MOM WIN!!