My youngest daughter is a busy stay-at-home mom who always finds time to get together with me on Fridays for lunch.  I try to make meals that are tasty, quick and easy, and reduced in fat and calories.  Here is what we enjoyed this week.

My youngest daughter and I watch our food counts all the time – I do mine on DietPower software and she’s a member of Weight Watchers.  We’re great pie-lovers and pie just wrecks any diet, so I thought about making a small portion without the temptation of cutting a larger slice or having anything left over.  There is a lot of talk among food bloggers about using Mason jars and in my case, I didn’t want to store or mail the contents – I just wanted something small to bake the pie and it was nice having a lid for transporting to my daughter.


Note that I’m using the small ½-cup/4 oz.  jars – usually reserved for samples or gifts.

This little pie is just four or five bites of old-fashioned apple pie goodness – and absolute heaven for someone who has been dieting all week.

MINI-APPLE PIE IN A JAR


For one pie:

  • 1 Tblsp. pie pastry*
  • ½ cup thinly sliced tart apple
  • 2 tsp. granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp. all-purpose flour
  • Dash of salt
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg

*Use your favorite pastry – here’s mine.  I keep small amounts in the freezer for quick desserts.

One ½-cup/4 oz.  Mason jar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F

Roll pastry dough on a lightly floured board.

Use the jar to cut out one round of pastry…

…and a small cookie cutter to make cut-outs for the top (a child’s cookie cutter works nicely for this).

Place the round of pastry in the bottom of the Mason jar.

In a small bowl, mix together the apple slices,

…sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Spoon the apple mixture into the jar.  Place the cutouts on top of the apple mixture.  Place the jar on a pie plate …

…and bake @ 375 degrees F for 35-40 minutes until apples are done and crust is golden brown.  Remove to a rack to cool.

Nutritional count for one pie per my Diet Power software is: 111 calories, 3.98 g fat, 21.2 g carbohydrate, 2.75 g fiber, 0.98 g protein

Weight Watchers Points/Plus:  3

The count is for one pie but I’ve included ingredients for 2, 3 and 4 pies in case there is more than one dieter to feed.  I made three pies for supper for my two daughters and myself.  The two dieters especially enjoyed them.

For two pies:

  • 2 Tblsp. pie pastry
  • 1 cup thinly sliced tart apple
  • 1 Tblsp. plus 1 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. all-purpose flour
  • Dash of salt
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon/nutmeg

For three pies:

  • 3 Tblsp. pie pastry
  • 1-1/2 cup thinly sliced tart apple
  • 2 Tblsp. granulated sugar
  • 1-1/2 tsp. all-purpose flour
  • Dash of salt
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon/nutmeg

For four pies:

  • ¼ cup pie pastry
  • 2 cups thinly sliced tart apple
  • 2 Tblsp. plus  2 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp. all-purpose flour
  • Dash of salt
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon/nutmeg 

For our entree, we had a favorite from the 1970s – Beef Stroganoff.