This was a first-place winner in a kugel (noodle casserole) contest, but it is here with my own variation. This particular kugel is slightly sweet, so we serve it for dessert.
1 lb. pkg. egg noodles (I use whole wheat)
1/2 c. butter
1/4 c. healthy sugar (Sucanat or raw honey)
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1 t. cinnamon
4 apples, finely chopped or grated
4 pears, chopped (if you don't like pears, use more apples or substitute pineapple, which is what I use)
1 c. orange juice
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 c. raisins, plumped
Cook and drain noodles. Add butter and mix well. Add sugar, eggs, and cinnamon. Mix in all fruits and juices. Mix gently.
Pour into greased 9x13 pan, covered, and bake at 325 for 1 1/2 - 2 hours. Serve warm or cold. May be served with meat, if desired.