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10 Delicious & Savory Ways to Use Apples

Walk to wellness: The benefits of apples and 10 unique ways to use them!

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“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Isn’t that what they always say? What is it about these apples, powerful enough to keep the doctor away. There are approximately 7500 different varieties of apples, but what makes them so healthy?

Health benefits of apples:

Nutritionally speaking, apples are free of fat, sodium, and cholesterol, yet rich in antioxidants, potassium, high dietary fiber, vitamin C, and some of the B vitamins (niacin and B6).

A few other important nutrients include calcium, vitamin K, iron, copper, phosphorus, and magnesium. Some of the phytonutrients and flavonoids include quercetin, epicatechin, and phloridzin.

A some of the health benefits include:

  1. Aids in digestion -Due to the high amount of fiber
  2. Helps prevent certain types of cancer, such as colon and breast cancer.
  3. Improve the microbiome – The fiber has a “prebiotic” effect, which means the apples feed our friendly bacteria
  4. Boost immune function – The high amounts of vitamin C, antioxidants and protein help bolster a weak immune system
  5. Helps control diabetes – The plant nutrients, or polyphenols, in apples help reduce the absorption of carbs in the body, which reduces blood sugar fluctuation in the blood.
  6. Boost brain health and prevent Alzheimer’s disease – The antioxidants and phytonutrients help reduce brain degeneration, which improves problem solving skills, memory and concentration.
  7. Treat asthma – the nutrients in apples have an anti-inflammatory affect, as well as strengthen the immune system.
  8. Prevent heart disease and lower cholesterol
  9. Improve bone health and vision
  10. Helps with weight loss

So, other than munching on a sweet, juicy apple, or baking a pie, how can you use this healthy fruit? Not to worry, I’ve scoured the internet and found 10 unique and SAVORY ways to eat apples!

🍏🍎AND HERE WE GO!🍎🍏


Sweet potato and apple latkes

with Tahini Lemon Drizzle

By: Science and Sprout

INGREDIENTS: (For complete recipe, follow this link)

  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled
  • 1 apple, peeled and quartered
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot powder
  • 2 tbsp spelt flour
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • pepper to taste
  • optional: kale as garnish

Tahini Lemon Drizzle

  • 3 tbsp tahini
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 tbsp honey (sub maple syrup if vegan)
  • water as needed to thin sauce
  • optional: squirt of sriracha

Quinoa Apple Cheddar Soup

By: Wendy Polisi

Ingredients: (For the complete recipe, follow this link)

  • 1 onion chopped fine
  • 1 large apple peeled and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken broth or vegetable
  • 1 cup unsweetened apple juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces cheddar cheese or Daiya
  • 3 slices gluten free bread
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • Chopped Chives

Apple Cranberry Turkey Meatballs

By: Well Plated

Ingredients: (For the complete recipe, follow this link)

  • 1 pound 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup shredded tart apple, such as Granny Smith, washed with peel on
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped Simply Roundy’s Fresh Sage
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Chopped fresh parsley, optional for garnish

FOR THE CRANBERRY SAUCE:

  • 1 cup whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons Simply Roundy’s Pure Maple Syrup
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice

Chorizo and Apple Rice Salad 

By: Healthy Nibbles and Bits

Ingredients: (For the complete recipe, follow this link)

  • 2 cups uncooked rice (I used a wild rice and white rice blend, but any rice works)
  • 3 chorizo sausages, chopped
  • 1/2 medium red onion, diced
  • 1 medium red pepper, seeded and diced
  • 2 apples, cored and chopped (Author used Granny Smith apples)
  • small handful of pecans (1/3 cup)
  • juice from 1 medium orange (about 1/2 cup juice)
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Optional toppings

  • chopped chives
  • lemon juice from 1/2 a lemon

Butternut Squash and Apple Bruschetta

By: Whitney Bond

Ingredients: (For complete recipe, follow this link)

  • 2 cups diced butternut squash
  • 1 cup diced apples
  • 6 tbsp olive oil (divided)
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp allspice
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp kosher salt (divided)
  • 1 tsp black pepper (divided)
  • 8 slices french bread
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 6-8 fresh sage leaves (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp balsamic glaze

Honey Crisp Apple Quesadillas

with Bacon and Cheddar

By: Home & Plate

Ingredients: (For the complete recipe, follow this link)

  • 1 Honeycrisp apple, cord and thinly sliced
  • 4 pieces of cooked bacon, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 flour tortillas

Poulet Vallée d’Auge

By: Bon Appetit

Here is a quote from the Bon Appetit website regarding this recipe:

“Named for a region in Normandy known for its apples (and Calvados), this traditional recipe combines both in a rich, creamy sauce. Afraid to flambé? Buy a long-reach lighter at a hardware store.”

Ingredients: (For the complete recipe, follow this link)

  • 5 tablespoon unsalted butter, divided
  • 3 firm, tart apples (such as Pink Lady or Braeburn; about 1 lb.), peeled, cored, quartered
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 3½–4-lb. chickens, quartered
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 leek, white and pale-green parts only, halved lengthwise, sliced crosswise ¼” thick
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup Calvados (apple brandy)
  • ¾ cup apple cider
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • ½ pound crimini (baby bella) mushrooms, trimmed, halved
  • ½ cup crème fraîche
  • 1 large egg yolk

Pork Loin with Apple-Cornbread Stuffing

By: Martha Stewart

Ingredients: (For the complete recipe, follow this link)

  • 4 ounces bacon (about 5 strips), cut into 1/4-inch-thick strips
  • 2 small onions, chopped (about 1 3/4 cups)
  • 1 fennel bulb, trimmed and coarsely chopped (about 1 3/4 cups)
  • 6 firm, tart apples, such as ‘Northern Spy’: 1 peeled, cored, and chopped (about 1 1/4 cups); 3 peeled, cored, and cut into 8 wedges each; 2 cored and cut into 8 wedges each
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 10 fresh sage leaves, finely chopped, plus 6 whole leaves
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 12 ounces corn bread, cut into cubes (about 3 cups)
  • 1/3 cup homemade or low-sodium store-bought chicken stock
  • 1 boneless pork loin (4 pounds; about 1 foot long), butterflied (3/4 inch thick)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1 pound Cipollini onions

Cheddar & Apple Chicken Breasts

By: Sargento

Ingredients: (For the complete recipe, follow this link)

  • 1-1/4 cups (5 oz.) Sargento® Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese – Traditional Cut, divided
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp. mango chutney, large pieces of mango chopped, divided
  • 1/2 cup finely diced apple
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 4 (5 to 6 oz.) boneless, skinless chicken breast halves,
  • 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs, multigrain or whole wheat*
  • Paprika or smoked paprika (optional)

Chicken and Apple Pot Pie

By: Rachel Ray

Ingredients: (For the complete recipe, follow this link)

  • 2 tablespoons EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken, white or dark meat, diced into bite-sized pieces
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 Empire, Gala or Honey Crisp apples, peeled and chopped
  • 3-4 small ribs celery, chopped
  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 sheet store-bought puff pastry dough, defrosted if frozen
  • 1 egg, beaten with water

CLOSING THOUGHTS:

There you have it. Ten unique and savory ways to use apples. Don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing wrong with apple pie. It’s just nice to eat these healthy and delicious little gems in a different way now and then.

Until next time…Namaste my friends

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Source:

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/health-benefits-of-apple.html

About Tamara Hoerner (1171 Articles)
Welcome to The Purple Almond! My name is Tamara Hoerner. I am a student at Hawthorn University working toward a Master of Science in Health and Nutrition Education. For me, the name Purple Almond symbolizes “Good, nutritious, whole food bringing light and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing mechanisms within.” I'm all about getting back to the basics, good old fashioned traditional organic, whole food, the kind your great-grandmother used to eat. You'll find no processed foods here. Just good food to heal your whole body. I also believe a healthy body isn't just about food. Stress plays a large part in the physical health of our body. I, therefore, believe in using anything that relieves stress and heals the body, including: mediation, yoga, music, laughter, inspiration and helping others. You'll find all these included in my blog as well.

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