Makes 2 servings
1 large unpeeled apple, any variety
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice (optional; keeps the apple from turning brown)
2 Tablespoons nut or seed butter (such as peanut butter, almond butter, or sunflower butter)
2 teaspoons raisins (optional)
Special tools needed: 1-inch cookie cutter (round or other shape), wooden toothpicks (to keep the sandwich together in a lunch box)
If you’re looking for a way to make over your kid’s lunch (or your own!), here’s the answer. Sandwiches are no longer a bore if you just switch out the regular bread for in-season apples. These yummy treats, from Lisa Leake’s new cookbook 100 Days of Real Food, are easier to make than they look. Plus, you can mix things up by using any small cookie cutter shape to cut out the core!
1. Turn the apple on its side and slice off the top inch of the apple and discard (or eat what’s around the stem!).
2. Carefully make four (or more, depending on the size of your apple) 1⁄2-or 3⁄4-inch-thick slices that will become the “bread” of the sandwiches. Stop about an inch before the bottom. Either eat or discard the very bottom piece of apple.
3. Lay the slices flat on a cutting board and use the small cookie cutter to cut the core out of the middle. Alternatively, you can core it with a paring knife, but it won’t be nearly as pretty.
4. To prevent the apples from turning brown, mix the lemon juice with 1⁄4 cup water in a small bowl and douse the apple slices in the lemon mixture.
5. Spread 1 Tablespoon of nut or seed butter on top of 2 apple slices. Evenly distribute the raisins on top of the nut or seed butter and top with another apple slice. Secure with 2 wooden toothpicks if you anticipate that the sandwich will get tossed around in the lunch box, but instruct your little ones to take toothpicks out before taking a bite!