My son and I had an hour at the bookstore the other day, and I found myself thumbing through the recipes in Kids Cook 1-2-3. It's a lovely cookbook full of three-ingredient recipes kids can make themselves…pretty inspiring for time-challenged parents, too.
Anyway, in honor of the three-ingredient concept, here's something I cooked up as a side dish for dinner because we were out of vegetables. The response from my kids was overwhelmingly positive. This would make a great after-school snack on a chilly afternoon. Or — serve on top of ice cream or waffles or oatmeal.
WARMED CINNAMON APPLE SLICES (dubbed "Apple pie apples" by my daughter)
4 Golden Delicious apples, peeled and sliced
2 tablespoons sugar (to taste)
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon (to taste)
(Optional, if you're not a three ingredient purist: a pat of butter)
Place the sliced apples on a pie plate. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Optionally, place the butter on top. Cover with waxed paper and cook in the microwave on full power till the apples are soft and juicy but not mushy (for me, about 2 minutes). Stir, let cool for a minute or two, and serve.