Sautéed Cinnamon Apples
Every Fall, my mom's side of the family gets together for the annual bonfire. My parent's have this awesome fire pit next to the woods where we all gather around, eat chili, roast marshmallows, and do our best to avoid sitting in the direct line of smoke. We usually play corn hole while listening (and in some cases, crying) to the UT football game on the radio. It's the Fallest day ever, and it makes me so happy!
Don't get me wrong, I love living in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Music City. At this point, I even find falling asleep to the sound of sirens and trains comforting. However, there is something about being in the country, away from all the lights and sounds that is extremely peaceful. Not to mention how many stars are visible on a clear night... That never gets old. Luna is also a fan, going from a sophisticated (that's a stretch...) city dog to a crazy Tasmanian devil country dog the second we arrive. As you can see, she loves the bonfire and is joyfully awaiting all her guests.
When we have family gatherings, I do my best to bring something healthy to the table. This year, I wanted to make something quick, easy, and a little on the sweet side. Cinnamon apples have been one of my favorite side dishes since I was a kid. Apples are full of nutrients and natural sweetness, making it a healthy and beneficial crowd pleaser!
This recipe is so simple (only 5 ingredients) and the apples are so versatile I don't know why I don't make this more often!
I do feel the need to warn you. After these sit for some time, while they still taste amazing, they end up looking less appealing (as you can see in the picture below). My 10 year old cousin referred to them as "slugs." So you may want to cook them closer to the time of the meal if you're taking these to a gathering!
I promise they taste so much better than they look here!!!
I hope you're able to take some time to roll in the leaves and enjoy this beautiful season as much as Luna does!