It’s apple season! That’s right, October is National Apple Month. Most apple varieties are just coming into harvest right now, so be sure to check out the selection at your local supermarket for great prices and the best flavor. Apples in season are wonderful for snacking and you’ll want to feast on them as they’re beneficial–apples are fat free, sodium free, cholesterol free, and a high source of dietary fiber. This week I’ve got five specific ways to include apples to your menus this fall.
Sugar Free Stuffed Baked Apples are the healthy version of apple pie. All the flavors are there with none of the calories or fat. Apples are cored and filled with a mixture of whole oats, walnuts, dried cranberries, cinnamon, vanilla, salt, butter, and water. You’ll cover the apples and bake at 350 degrees for an hour. Serve warm.
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No Sugar Added Crock Pot Apple Sauce is a super easy way to make your own fresh apple sauce. You’ll simply need to use sliced, peeled apples, water, fresh lemon juice, a pinch of salt, and whole cinnamon sticks. Cook the apples on low in your crock pot for 4 hours and then mash the cooked apples until it reaches the desired consistency. You can store the sauce in the refrigerator for up to two weeks or freeze for future use.
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In a Salad
Spiralized Apple Cranberry Salad is another easy recipe. You’ll spiralize a red apple of your choice, a granny smith apple, add dried cranberries, golden raisins, crumbled goat chees, and pecans. Top this salad with citrus poppy seed dressing.
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As a Spread
No Sugar Added Slow Cooker Apple Butter is delicious on toast or swirled into oatmeal. Add sliced apples and water to your slow cooker and cook on low 6-8 hours. Turn off the heat and mash the apples into a chunky sauce. Let cool and blend until smooth. Turn slow cooker back on and cook until your desired thickness, then add in the cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon juice. Store in sealed jars in the refrigerator.
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Apple Cinnamon Stovetop Oatmeal is perfect for a chilly morning. Plus, it fills you up and will keep your energy going all morning. You’ll need to start by cooking a cup of apples in a bit of butter, honey, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Add water, heat to a boil and add old fashioned oats. Reduce heat and continue to cook 3-5 more minutes. Add walnuts and continue cooking until most of the liquid is absorbed. Before serving add a bit more chopped apple and drizzle with honey.
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Stop back next week for some of your Pub Food favs minus the fat and calories.