Got apples? We've got recipes
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Apples are rich in fiber and few in calories. Just one medium-sized apple is half of the recommended daily intake of fruit for the average adult. They can lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of diabetes, according to Medical News Today.
And they taste good.
With the seemingly endless amount of apples that will be at your disposal this season, there are a variety of ways to use them and make them even better. Here are a few favorites:
First on the list is a Walnut-Apple Stuffing from VegKitchen. At only 218 calories per serving, it is a great dish to accompany any meal.
- 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
- 1 ½ cups red onion (chopped)
- 2 red apples (diced)
- 3 green onions, thinly sliced
- 6 slices whole grain bread, cut into ¾-inch pieces
- ¼ cup parsley (finely chopped)
- ½ cup walnuts (finely chopped)
- 1 ½ cups low-sodium vegetable broth
- Rosemary leaves, thinly sliced, to taste
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Heat oil in large skillet. Add red onion and sauté over medium heat until golden. Add apple and sauté for 5 minutes or until slightly softened.
- In large mixing bowl, combine bread cubes with onion and apple mixture. Add remaining ingredients EXCEPT the broth, salt and pepper. Stir together.
- Add broth slowly in and stir to moisten ingredients. Season with salt and pepper.
- Transfer mixture to an oiled 1 ½-quart baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes or until browned. Stir gently midway through baking.
- Serve and enjoy!
With no meat, it is vegetarian friendly! The bread can be substituted for gluten-free bread if needed. It is great for everyone in the family.
Next is the Waldorf Salad from Simply Recipes. The four simple instructions make it a perfect lunch choice on a nice fall day.
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 1 apple (cored and shopped)
- ½ cup red grapes (cut in half) or ¼ cup raisins
- ½ cup celery, thinly sliced
- ½ cup slightly toasted walnuts (chopped)
- In medium sized bowl, whisk together mayonnaise and lemon juice.
- Add salt and pepper.
- Mix in the apple, celery, grapes or raisins, and walnuts.
- Serve on bed of fresh lettuce and enjoy!
For those who are not a fan of mayonnaise or are looking for a healthier alternative, feel free to use non-fat yogurt instead.
Last but not least, fall wouldn’t be complete without a little something sweet to sink your teeth into, Caramel Apples from the Food Network Kitchen.
- 6 apples
- 6 wooden sticks
- 2 cups sugar
- ¼ cup light corn syrup
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Pinch of salt
- Bring sugar, light corn syrup, and water to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir only until the sugar dissolves.
- Once sugar is dissolved, cook by swirling the pan (not stirring) occasionally until mixture is a light amber color at 320 degrees. Typically takes 8 to 10 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and whisk in heavy cream, butter, vanilla extract, and the pinch of salt.
- Return mixture to low heat and whisk until smooth.
- Let cool until caramel is thick enough to coat a spoon.
- Insert sticks into the stem ends of the apples. Dip the apples into the caramel, then let cool on parchment paper.
- Let caramel harden and enjoy!
For those looking for a quicker way, melt caramel candies with 2 tablespoons milk in the microwave and dip the apples into mixture.