Two Easy, Fresh Food Recipes You Can Make

With just a microwave and a few other simple ingredients, you can create a culinary treat courtesy of these recipes from University Dining. Be more sustainable by purchasing local food. Finding N.C. sweet potatoes shouldn’t be a problem at all. North Carolina is the country’s largest producer, providing 40 percent of the U.S. sweet potato supply. Bon Appétit!

Decadent Baked Apples

1 small apple
A spoonful of sugar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon water
Small handful of raisins (optional)

Peel or don’t peel apple, core and slice or dice.
Place ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl and mix well.
Microwave on High for 2 minutes– longer if you use a large apple.
Carefully remove from the microwave – the bowl will be hot!
Try pouring the baked apples over oatmeal, cinnamon sugar pita chips, yogurt or eat it plain!
Try adding other fruits such as pears.
Simple Sweet Potatoes

1. Wash well but don’t peel.
2. Prick the skin with the tip of a knife two or three places.
3. Place the sweet potato on a paper towel in microwave. Place another paper towel on the microwave to prevent splatter.
4. Cook on high for 5 minutes.
5. Turn the sweet potato over and cook for another 5 minutes or until tender. Microwave strengths may vary so experiment with the cook time.
6. Be careful removing the sweet potato from the microwave – it will be hot!
7. Cut the sweet potato long ways and add your topping of choice!

Sweet Potato Topping Ideas
Black Pepper & Butter
Cinnamon & Brown Sugar
Cheese & Salsa
Chopped, fresh herbs such as basil and oregano

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