10 Delicious & Savory Ways to Use Apples

“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

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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

Quinoa Apple Cheddar Soup - This gluten free soup recipe is easy to make and the perfect solution to shake up your healthy meal plan. - WendyPolisi.com
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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

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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

Chorizo and Apple Rice Salad - an easy, healthy, gluten-free meal ready in 45 minutes! by Lisa Lin of healthynibblesandbits.com
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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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9 Incredible Health Benefits of Apples

Red Beans + Coconut-Lime Rice

In honor of International Women’s Day….

What a healthy, delightful and flavorful recipe! 😋

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Happy International Women’s Day, my comrades!

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Honestly, I did not realize the other 364 days of the year are for men, but I will accept any and all excuses to celebrate myself!

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I’d like to take the time to share some of the reasons females are the best:

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1) We are, like, incredibly empathetic 2) We drop everything and run to be with those we love when they need us 3) We are super duper resilient – like break our hearts, silly boys, and we will come out on the other end more goddess-like ever 4) We are the most beautiful, talented people in the whole world – i.e. Kate Winslet, Adele, my mom, my bff, etc. 5) We have a secret intuition that can sniff out BS accurately 98% of the time 6) We literally expel human life from our bodies.

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7) We can go much longer without showering…

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Thankful Thursday: Asparagus pistachio risotto – Electric Blue Food

 

Hello all! Welcome to another edition of THANKFUL THURSDAY! I’d like to introduce you to EVA, from ELECTRIC BLUE FOOD.

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Eva is a photographer and foodie currently living in Sweden. She loves traveling, landscape photography, live music, writing and food, especially preparing desserts. She’s had a blog on and off for the past 10 years, becoming more dedicated when she moved to Sweden in 2014. Here is a bit from Eva in her own words:

“I was born and raised in north-western Italy from a Polish mom and an Italian dad. I was raised bilingual, the best thing my parents could gift me with, and have picked up a few more languages along the way – currently in the process of learning the sixth. During my university years I spent six months in Norway and another six months between Canada and the United States. After graduating I have also lived in Poland for two years, where I met a wonderful guy who shared my same passion for Northern Europe. Together we decided to move to Sweden.”

If you’d like to read more of her story, follow this link to her ABOUT page.

Eva has a PHENOMENAL site. It’s filled with wonderful recipes, beautiful photography and some stories of her travels. I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you to Eva for following my blog for almost a year now. (10 months to be exact!) I’m so appreciative and grateful to have you on my team.

Check out the recipes below and please take a few minutes to head over to Eva’s site .  I think you’ll be pleased with what you find: tasty recipes and beautiful photos!

Recipes: (Here is the main recipe and a few others!)

Asparagus Pistachio Risotto

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Walnut and chocolate Cake

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Raspberry custard Tarts

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Honey-Mustard Glazed Salmon

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Autumn Soup with Curry and Coconut Milk

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Healthy Cooking Tip…

Good morning everyone and

HAPPY MONDAY!

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If you’re not familiar with making risotto, here is a link to an article I wrote with tips and an instructional video.

How To Make Perfect Risotto 4 ways with Gennaro Contaldo

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Have a wonderful week everyone!

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How To Make Perfect Risotto 4 ways with Gennaro Contaldo

 

 

Hello everyone, I hope you had a nice weekend. I enjoyed relaxing with my family and it was wonderful.

Today, I’m sharing with you a video showcasing Gennaro Contaldo. Mr. Cantaldo is an Italian chef and restaurateur. He is well known and highly respected in London and is currently partnered with Chef Jamie Oliver and Chef Oliver’s restaurant chain “Jamie’s Italian”

In the video, Chef Contaldo shows you how to prepare a basic RISOTTO BIANCO, then goes on to show 3 variations: Mushroom, Pumpkin and Asparagus.

Making risotto is relatively easy, as long as you use the right ingredients. This is key to good risotto, don’t skimp on the wine or use the wrong rice. Here are a few tips:

  1. Use “Risotto Rice” . Since rice is the star of the show, using the right knd of rice is very important. Don’t use just any old kind of rice. The most well known and widely available  is Arborio, however Carnaroli and Vialone Nano are 2 alternatives.
  2. Use good quality white wine– Don’t use cooking wine. Use wine you would drink or serve to guests. Wine adds depth and flavor to the dish.
  3. Make sure your stock is HOT!-SOOO important. Trust me on this one.
  4. Use good quality parmesan cheese-Don’t use pre-shredded parmesan or the stuff in a plastic container. Get a proper wedge and grate it as needed, just as Chef Contaldo does in the video. Pre-shredded cheese comes with fillers and “anti-clumping” chemicals that you don’t need in your risotto.

If you follow Chef Contaldo’s directions in the video below and the tips above, your risotto will turn out beautifully. Ingredients really do matter. I’ve tried short cuts and I’ve tried the proper technique with the proper ingredients. The end result is worth the effort, and extra expense. Happy Monday everyone!

ENJOY and BON APPETIT!

 

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For the main recipes, select the link below:

Jamie Oliver | Member Recipes | How To Make Perfect Risotto 4 ways with Gennaro Contaldo