Spiced Applesauce–sounds mundane right?
When it comes to strengthening the digestive system and the immune, mundane or simple is the best place to start. A staple in the Amish diet, applesauce is served with nearly every meal and it is one of the foods that I frequently recommend for young and old. It is easy to absorb, warms the Stomach and Spleen—meaning it strengthens the digestion- and helps build the immune system.
Don’t hesitate to play with recipe–toss in a handful of raspberries or blackberries for a colorful and bright change.
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Peel apples if desired. I leave the peels on as that is where most of the pectin is found. I peel them if they aren't organic and are shellacked with wax. Core and coarsely chop the apples.
Place all ingredients except honey or syrup in large sauce pan or Dutch oven. Simmer over low, covered, stirring occasionally for about 20-30 minutes or until apples are soft. Stir in honey or syrup. Serve warm or cold.
This recipe works wonderfully in a crock pot as well--Allowing the apples to break down over the course of about 3-4 hours and the house smells fabulous! I found some cranberries lurking about and tossed them into the pot. They add a delightful bite and blush.
Healing benefits: Apples are high in fiber, reduce cholesterol , regulate the appetite and improve overall digestion.
Energetis: Cooling, sweet and sour. They enter the Stomach, Spleen, Liver and Gall Bladder. They nourish yin and clear summer heat, promote digestion and aid in the removal of fats. With the warming spices in this recipe it is particularly beneficial for warming cold and strengthening digestive yang (the metabolism).
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