An apple (recipe) a day keeps the tastebuds at play! Whether you pick them yourself from an orchard or buy a bunch from the market, apples are in season. The crispness of biting into an apple seems to pair well with fall weather, so this is a great time to try out a few apple-inspired recipes. Whether you like to follow a traditional approach or you're looking to branch out and add off-the-wall recipes to your repertoire, you’re sure to find something delicious to sink your teeth into from the seven ideas below.
From Yoga Journal, this makes a great addition to a fall brunch menu.
1 Tbs. olive oil
1 Tbs. unsalted butter
1 large Vidalia or other onion, thinly sliced
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded ruby Swiss chard
1 cup (about 2 oz.) thinly sliced mushrooms
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2 cup chopped apple
2 Tbs. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
2 large eggs
1 cup shredded Jarlsberg cheese
1/2 cup skim milk
1, 9-inch deep-dish pie crust, unbaked
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Heat oil and butter in large skillet over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and sauté onions until caramelized, about 15 minutes.
Add Swiss chard, mushrooms, salt and pepper. Increase heat to medium, and cook, stirring often, until mushrooms and chard are soft, about 7 minutes.
Combine apples, flour and nutmeg in mixing bowl, and toss to coat apples. Combine eggs, cheese and milk in separate bowl, and beat until ingredients are well blended. Fold in apple mixture.
Spoon chard mixture into the pie crust. Pour the egg-cheese-apple mixture over top.
Bake 35 to 45 minutes, or until cheese mixture is set and top is browned. Cool slightly before slicing, and serve.
6 More Apple-inspired Recipes
This Overnight Apple Butter recipe from Cooking Light is simple to make using a slow cooker. Not only delicious spread on your favorite toast in the morning or to accompany a pork chop for dinner, this special spread is even fat free!
The website Ginger and Scotch offers an easy, healthy alternative to chips - Baked Apple Crisps - that couldn’t be easier to make. Pack them in lunchboxes, take them on road trips or eat them as a crunchy snack during movie time. Delicious and simple to make, these are definitely snack worthy.
Baked Molasses Apples from Always with Butter are easy to prepare and make a delicious dessert for family and friends. For an added treat, serve them with vanilla ice cream.
Looking for a truly seasonal appetizer? Squash Apple Turnovers from Cooking Light may be perfect for your next fall party. Butternut squash adds to the sweet taste and satisfying filling.
Whole Living tosses together this Quinoa and Apple Salad with Curry Dressing to dazzle you at dinnertime (this would also make a great salad to pack in your bag for lunch).
You may also want to try another Whole Living tasty side dish, Apple, Leek and Butternut Squash Gratin. This is bound to be another seasonal favorite packed with beta-carotene and vitamin C thanks to the butternut squash.
Forget about apples being a forbidden fruit! Did you know...
- one medium apple counts as 1 cup of fruit?
- apples are a good source of soluble fiber which helps lower your “bad” cholesterol (they’re also a good source of vitamin C)?
- apples are a member of the rose family of plants along with pears, peaches, plums and cherries?
Pick your favorite recipe and enjoy the fruit of the season!