There are so many reasons we adore the fall—and apples are on the top of the list. They’re so versatile, keep forever (almost), and loaded with fiber, vitamins, and minerals. What’s not to love? Sure, you can buy them any time of the year, but when they come in season, that’s when their flavor and nutrition really shines.
If you’re looking for some inspiration on ways to add apples to your meals, we’ve got you covered. Here’s seven recipes to enjoy all season long.
APPLE SPICE SMOOTHIE
Start the day off with this delicious Apple Spice Smoothie. It’s like apple pie in a jar, but without all the sugar or carbs—except for a bit of honey. A little protein powder, along with some spices will “warm” you up on a crisp fall day.
There’s no end to the appeal of Homemade Applesauce. Kids love it, and can help you make it, and it can be added to almost any meal. The best part is that you can experiment with lots of different kinds of apples to determine which ones you like the best for sauce. Taste before you add any sugar—you might not need it at all.
SPICED APPLESAUCE PANCAKES
Once you’ve cooked up a batch of applesauce, you can use it as an ingredient in some Spiced Applesauce Pancakes. Eat them for breakfast or even for dinner (they’re not too sweet) and get some whole grain love from the pastry flour and wheat germ.
CRUNCHY CHICKEN APPLE SALAD BOATS
You’ve probably heard of zucchini boats—slice the veggie in half and stuff it like you would a pepper with delicious fillings. But what about cucumber boats? We like this tasty Crunchy Chicken Salad Boat recipe.
CURRIED BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND APPLE SOUP
Looking for something new for lunch? Try this Curried Butternut Squash and Apple Soup. You’ll get bonus calcium and protein from Greek yogurt—adding extra creaminess.
APPLE WALNUT SALAD
An Apple Walnut Salad is always a classic. Add a little feta, mixed greens and an easy homemade balsamic vinaigrette. Voila! Dinner is served. For a little protein, add some grilled shrimp or chicken on top.
ROSEMARY CHICKEN THIGHS WITH APPLE AND BRUSSELS SPROUTS
Apples and chicken are the perfect cooking companions. Try these Rosemary Chicken Thighs with Apple and Brussels Sprouts for an easy one pan for dinner. The sweetness of the apples plays off the sprouts.
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