Jeannette Bessinger, author and nutrition educator, explains how to make an apple and cheese pan bake.
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I’m Jeanette from Balance for Life and we’re making healthy breakfast. Right now, we’re making an Apple Cheese Pan Bake. It’s a very easy dish. It’s very nourishing and delicious first thing in the morning. What you see over here on this side is one apple that’s already been prepared. I’ll show you how in just a moment and it’s simmering and softening while we work. So take an apple. If you happen to have a wonderful core, this has been in my family for about 40 years. It’s a peeler, it’s not a peeler, it’s a core slicer all in one. Put it in the center, give it a good push, and there you go. Take your segments out, and this is a fairly large apple. It’s fairly good sized so I would probably cut this in three. So take each piece, cut it in three. And then you’ll put it into a skillet. You can use a non-stick, I’m using a cast iron today. With about a quarter cup of water, bring it up to a simmer and then put it on low so that it can soften. If you have a lid and you would like to cover it, it’ll speed that process a little bit. Once the apples have started to tenderize, you’re going to grate about two ounces of cheese. An ounce of cheese is about the size of your thumb. So about two thumbs worth. I like to use cheddar because it gives it a sharp bite but you can use any kind you want. Sprinkle the cheese over the top of the apples and this works best when most of your water has evaporated and the cheese is the very last stage. So this had been cooking for about five minutes, maybe a little less than that. You see the cheese is starting to melt right away then you take some sliced almonds and you can use other nuts if you will prefer. About two tablespoons and just give him a good sprinkle over the top. This is giving you a good serving of nuts which is very healthy and adding some fiber. And the cheese is giving you a little bit of fat and some protein. So this is actually a very nicely balanced meal nutritionally. It’s similar to a slice of apple pie with a piece of cheese on top like for a dessert but an awful lot healthier. So when it’s starting to look soft and baked, and the almonds are just settling in, just give it a scoop and serve it right up, and makes a delicious. It makes a delicious and unusual breakfast. So that’s our apple cheese stove top baked. And this would be a good breakfast for an adult or two to three children depending on their ages. Next, we’re going to be making a blueberry puff pancake in the same cast iron pan.