Raise your hand if you’ve been to the apple orchard this year and left with your bushel baskets brimming with the likes of Braeburn, Lady, Jonagold or a bounty of other varieties (and let’s not forget the donuts and cider). Apple picking is practically a rite of passage for many every fall, though once home, our thoughts often turn to what to do with the surplus.
First, simply appreciate that apples are good for you (not surprising, given the age-old adage that, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”).
The fruit is rich in fiber (one apple contains about 4 grams of fiber, which is 17 percent of the recommended daily intake) and is a good source of vitamin C and potassium. Apples also boast antioxidants and phytonutrients. Just be sure to eat the apple peel – it’s packed with these nutrients.
And after simply enjoying a few juicy apples on their own, consider these tasty, healthy (for the most part!) recipe ideas to use the remaining ones:
- Apple Butternut Squash Pancakes, from the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s Cooking. Comfort. Care. series, which offers recipes especially good for pancreatic cancer patients
- Beet and Apple Salad
- Ellie Krieger’s Apple Muffins
- Pumpkin, Apple and Caramelized Onion Vegan Quesadilla
- Low-Fat Apple Cake
- Chicken, Apple and Butternut Stew
- Apple Pie (not healthy, but hey, is fall complete without one?)
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