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It may still seem like the height of summer, but I’ve started to see the signs of fall appearing at the farmers’ market. This is the bitter-sweet time of year when just about EVERYTHING is available, including apples. And with more than 2000 varieties of apples being grown in the United States, the farmers’ market is probably one of the best places to buy them, as you are going to see a wonderful variety of shapes, colors, sizes, and best of all, flavors! Not only are apples a wonderful snack, but it’s also fun to make them the center of attention for a late summer meal. So head to the market and pick all the ingredients you need for a plate of apple brie sliders--your family will thank you!

Apple Cheese Sliders

Ingredients: 

 

2 apples, sliced

1 shallot, sliced very thin

4 slices of your favorite cheese (brie, or a sharp cheddar are nice)

A few sprigs of fresh thyme

6 slices of baguette, or three rolls (any bread will do, use your favorite)

1 tablespoon butter

Instructions: 
  1. Heat butter and thyme in a pan over medium/high heat

  2. Cook apples and shallots in butter just until soft

  3. While apples and shallots are cooking, toast the bread

  4. When the apples, shallots, and bread are ready, add the slices of cheese to the hot pan for about 20 seconds

  5. Pile the apples and shallots onto the bread, and top with the cheese

  6. Serve and enjoy immediately!

Nutrition Facts

Vitamins, Minerals, and Nutrients:

Boron – builds muscle and strong bones and helps the body to absorb calcium and magnesium for bone health.  Apples are one of the top food sources of boron

Fiber – increases digestive health and regulation

Pectin – acts as a prebiotic, providing food for friendly gut bacteria

Potassium – helps maintain blood pressure and regulate kidney health

Vitamin C – helps to rebuild tissues and blood vessels, and keep bones and teeth strong

Did you know?

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is actually sound advice!  Here’s why:  Eating one large apple provides 20% of the recommended daily value of dietary fiber, 8% of the antioxidant Vitamin C, and 7% of your day’s potassium, all for only 130 calories … with no fat, no sodium, and no cholesterol!

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