Fast and Frugal: Sautéed Apples and Carrots with Roasted Pecans

Sautéed Apples with Carrots - perfect with pork.
Now that we've installed a new energy-efficient washer and dryer, I've got my eye on some kitchen improvements.

My kitchen is not user-friendly. Houses built when mine was - 1896 - do not necessarily have large kitchens. To be sure, there is a breakfast room, but we use it as an computer room and a place to store my cookbooks and seldom-used kitchen gear. (Were it not for a load-bearing wall separating the two areas, I would have a large, eat-in kitchen.)

Meanwhile, I have a refrigerator I am not overly enamored with, although it is not yet 10 years old. Food has a way of hiding in it, safe from my prying eyes and hands.

But this time, I outsmarted some carrots left over from this recipe and some apples from this one. I had some leftover pork. Carrots + apples + pork = delicious!

Sautéed Apples with Carrots (four servings)
  • 2-3 Granny Smith apples, cut into small chunks
  • 3-5 medium-size carrots, cleaned and cut into small chunks
  • 2 small sweet onions (I used red and white cipollinis)
  • 1 tablespoon butter (more if needed)
  • 1 tablespoon dried cranberries
  • 1/2 tablespoon roasted pecans
  • 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • dash sea salt

Prepare carrots, onions and apples. There is no need to peel the apples.

Melt one tablespoon butter in skillet. Add carrots, apples and onions. Cook over medium heat until browned, add cranberries and pecans, stirring frequently. You may need to add more butter at some point during the cooking. Add salt and sugar last. Toss, and serve warm with pork, greens and wild or brown rice.

Total Prep Time: Under 40 minutes.


Christine said…
Now THAT is a keeper recipe! Not that all your recipes aren't keepers, but this one can be pulled together so quickly for a weeknight meal. I love it!
I'm back home after 8 days in Colorado with my sis, and now winding down my work week. I've seen all your wonderful posts and now will have some time for more leisurely lurking. ;-)
Mimi Johns said…
Thanks, Christine! I think this was better than most: I actually ate the whole thing at one sitting, with my husband getting only a small serving.

Funny, as I look back at old posts, I see a fair share of recipes I think I can improve upon. My aim is to do that.

Lurk away!
What an interesting and unique-looking recipe! Found it through Food on Friday on Carole's Chatter, and it does look wonderful.
Mimi Johns said…
I thought it was pretty good, too! Thanks for posting.
Carole does a great service to food lovers!

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