I made this up to use up the extra apples growing on my tree. I wanted a light, slightly sweet, but nutritious macaroni salad that I could grab anytime from the fridge. To up the protein content, use quinoa elbow macaroni, or add diced tofu to the onion/pepper sautee step. Also, the sugar content can easily be reduced as the amount I give provides for quite a sweet tasting salad. You could even replace with something like Stevia crystals for a lower calorie count as well. Enjoy!