“Try these with ice cream,” says Sarah Poten, Education and Special Projects Coordinator, Greenmarket (CENYC). Or you can try ’em with diary-free sorbĂ©t. A great dessert to finish off our Thanksgiving collection of recipes, these sautĂ©ed apples are always in season and sure to please even the most discerning kiddy connoisseurs. Sarah has even included fun nutritional facts about apples — who knew that apples help strengthen bones?

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Ingredients
3 tablespoons butter?^
4 large apples (about 2 1/4 pounds)?
2 tablespoons golden brown sugar (optional)
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Makes 2 cups
?Ingredients available at Greenmarket
^Inhabitots suggests a margarine substitution to make this meal vegan

Equipment
Cutting board and knife, measuring spoons, saute pan (frying pan).

Inhabitots note: There are great dining accessories for kids that are intended to be around long past the last bit of Thanksgiving desert is gobbled up! There’s Naoto Fukasawa‘s DINNER Project (pictured, $82 at driade miami), Stokke’s Tripp Trapp high chair that accommodates diners from babies to adults ($249 at Magic Beans), Fisk and Fern’s hand-dyed kitchen aprons ($16 at Etsy), and French Bull’s colorful BPA-free dinner plates ($8 at French Bull).

Directions
1) Have a grown-up help you core the apples and cut them into ½ inch pieces.
2) Have a grown-up help you cook the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until beginning to brown.
3) Add apples and sauté until tender, about 5 minutes.
4) Measure the spices and sugar with the measuring spoons and add to the pan.
5) Stir the pan to blend.
6) Cool.
7) Cover and chill. (Can be made 2 days ahead.)

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Fun Nutrition Facts
Have you heard the old saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away?” Here are some of the reasons why:
• Apples have Vitamin C, an antioxidant that is good for your immune system and helps fight disease.
• Apples have Vitamin A, which is important for good vision and strong bones.
• One apple provides as much dietary fiber as a bowl of bran cereal. That’s equal to 1/5 of the recommended daily amount of fiber.
• Apples are loaded with pectin, a soluble fiber that aids digestion and may help reduce illnesses like cancer and heart disease.
• The complex carbohydrates in apples give your body a longer, more even energy boost compared to high-sugar snacks. Snacking on apples can keep you going throughout the day.
• Apples provide boron, an essential trace element that helps harden bones. Strong bones help prevent osteoporosis.

Sauteed apple photo by Crackerandcheese.