The official start of the holidays is just around the corner with Thanksgiving only two weeks away! This makes me think of spending quality time around the dinner table, catching up with friends and family and eating lots of yummy food. The thought of juicy roast turkey and mashed potatoes smothered in gravy and warm spiced apple pie with a heaping scoop of ice cream slowly melting to form a delicious pool of appley vanilla goodness is making my mouth water just thinking of it. But, with all these wonderful thoughts of eating a full Thanksgiving dinner comes the not so wonderful thoughts of how much tighter my pants are going to fit afterwards.
So, with that in mind, here are a few hints to keeping your Thanksgiving eating in check. First off, you don’t HAVE to taste everything in one sitting. Let’s face it, it all looks so good and sure, you don’t want to miss out on anything, but there will be leftovers. So, just have a normal sized meal for your Thanksgiving dinner. Take a small serving of your favorites, and then come back for a small helping of things you missed a couple of hours later when you are hungry again.
Don’t “save room” for the meal by not eating normally throughout the day. Have your usual breakfast and lunch (depending on dinner time) to prevent overeating. DO save room for dessert. Ask yourself, “do I really need a second helping of stuffing or sweet potatoes, or should I wait and have dessert instead?” Choose the dessert! And, here’s an easy swap for apple pie and ice cream that is not only healthier than traditional apple pie, but portion controlled too! Also, did I mention that these little wontons are delicious!
• 2 whole granny smith apples, peeled, cored, and small diced
• 1 lemon, juiced
• 1/3 cup sugar
• 4 tablespoons flour
• 2 teaspoons cinnamon
• ¼ teaspoon allspice
• 1/8 teaspoon salt
• 1 egg, beaten
• 30-36 wonton wrappers
• 2 teaspoons cinnamon sugar
• Cooking spray
- Preheat oven to 375° F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly spray the parchment with non-stick cooking spray.
- In a bowl, stir together the apples, lemon, and sugar. Add the flour, spices and salt.
- Beat the egg in a small bowl.
- Beginning with one wonton wrapper, lay it out on a work surface and bush with egg wash around each edge. Place a heaping teaspoon of apple filling in the center of the wrapper and fold the edges together and press firmly to seal the edges. Place on the lined baking sheet and repeat until the filling is gone. (You may want to lay a damp paper towel over the finished wontons to prevent them from drying out.)
- Bake wontons for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and spray the wontons with cooking spray and sprinkle a little cinnamon sugar over each wonton. Return the wontons to the oven for 5 minutes. Serve warm.
Watch this video to learn how to make these sweet treats!