An immersion blender (also called a hand blender) is an indispensable kitchen tool—especially if you like applesauce. All you have to do is cook up the apples and then use the immersion blender to puree them right in the pan. If you like your applesauce chunky, just blend one-half to two-thirds of the cooked apples.
4 large Granny Smith apples, unpeeled, cut into large chunks
1⅓ cups fresh or frozen cranberries
½ cup frozen apple juice concentrate
1 tablespoon sugar
1. In a medium saucepan, combine the apples, cranberries, apple juice concentrate, and sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce to a gentle simmer and cook until the apples are slightly chunky but soft, about 10 minutes.
2. Using an immersion blender, blend the apple-cranberry mixture until not quite smooth, with some chunkiness. Serve at room temperature or chilled. Makes 4 servings
PER SERVING 147 calories, 0.2g total fat (0g saturated), 0mg cholesterol, 4g dietary fiber, 39g carbohydrate, 1g protein, 11mg sodium
Good source of: fiber, potassium, vitamin C
If you are carefully watching your sodium, be sure to read this before preparing this recipe: Sodium Intake and Salt in Recipes
From The Johns Hopkins Cookbook Library: Recipes for a Healthy Heart, edited by Simeon Margolis, M.D., Ph.D. and Lora Brown Wilder, Sc.D., M.S., R.D.