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Apple-icious Recipes that You’ve Gotta Make Today

The arrival of Labor Day typically signals the end of summer, and while I’m not happy to see the end of the season, I’m still pretty excited for the next one!

To me fall means many things – sweatshirts, back to school shopping (it’s the perfect time to go buy more pens!  –> if you don’t know this yet, I’m obsessed with ink-based writing utensils), the return of football season (GO COLTS!!), leaves changing colors, and Thanksgiving — which means all sorts of delicious foods!!

Something else that fall brings is apple season, and guess what??  I went apple picking for the first time ever this weekend!!  Sooo much fun and definitely something worth doing again!

Anyway, after spending a few hours wandering the orchard, I ended up with more apples than I knew what to do with.  So into the kitchen I went!  I made some applesauce that can be used in all sorts of ways, apple chips (dried them in the oven), sautéed apples & onions,  strawberry jam and apple fries.  There was no way I could keep the tasty info to myself, so I thought I’d share it with you all.  The results, recipes and a few photos are below!  Try them and let me know what you think!

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All Apple Applesauce  (SUPER versatile recipe!)

[Confession:  For many years after high school, I hated applesauce cause I had it in my lunch every day.  But I got over it when I made my own for the first time using this recipe].

What you’ll need:
Apples – any variety, up to ~5lbs

Put about an inch of water in a large pot and add a pinch of salt.  Core, peel (if you don’t have a food mill or you don’t like peel in your applesauce), and chop apples.  Place in pot, cover, and turn heat to medium.  When water is boiling, remove the lid and cook until apples are soft, about 30 minutes.  If you want a smooth applesauce, pass the mixture through a food mill; otherwise, mash the mix with a potato masher and let cool.

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Random thoughts for you:
You can add so many things to this basic recipe to jazz it up a little – not that it needs anything cause it’s beautiful the way it is!  But if you want to try something a little different my favorites are roasted garlic and then use as a topping/sauce for your protein at dinner, or you can add dried chipotle powder for a little spicy/smoky/sweet deal.  And of course, cinnamon is always a classic addition.

My favorite way to store whatever I won’t use in the next few days?  Pour into ice cube trays and freeze solid.  This can be especially useful if you want the appley goodness in your protein smoothies.  Just substitute ice for applesauce cubes!  They’re also a great way to keep the A-sauce cold in your lunch box – toss a few into a container the night before and stick it in the fridge.  The next day you’ll have your delicious applesauce no longer in cube form. ;)

A couple of uses for this applesauce:
-Spread onto toast (if you eat toast)
-Mix into cottage cheese or yogurt for a quick breakfast/snack – a favorite of mine!
-Put into your protein shake
-Side dish at lunch or dinner (play with the flavors to match the meal)

 

 

Apple Chips

What you’ll need:
Apples – as many as you’d like
Lemon water (1:10 mix of lemon to water to keep apples from browning)

Preheat oven to 225F.  Core and cut the apples into thin, even slices using a mandolin if possible.  Toss the slices into lemon water while you lightly oil a baking sheet (I used coconut oil).  Remove the apples from the lemon water and pat dry.  Place slices on baking sheet and dry in the oven for 2-3 hours until crispy.  Turn the oven off/on to keep apple slices from browning.  Once completely dry, store apples in airtight container.

Apple Chips
Pshh, who needs a dehydrator??

Random thoughts for you:
Sooo this was less of a success than I’d hoped for for a couple reasons.  #1 – I didn’t use a mandolin, so some slices were done way before the others.  If you’ve got a mandolin, I’d take the time to use it.  #2 – I didn’t keep a close enough eye on them so they ended up way more brown than I’d like.  Thankfully though, they still taste great and the brown color doesn’t bother me.  So if you’ve got a dehydrator, I’d use it, but otherwise, the oven is a fine substitute.  Just watch the slices if you don’t want them brown.

 

 

Sautéed Apples and Onions

What you’ll need:
1 apple (any variety), cored and thinly sliced
1/2 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
~2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil

Heat oil in a sauté pan over medium heat.  Add onions and cook for 5-7 min until translucent.  Add apples and cover, stirring every few minutes until apples are soft.  Remove from heat.  Use this sweet and tangy combo to top your favorite protein or salad.  Sooo good!!

Sauteed apples and onions

Random thoughts for you:
I’ve got nothing.  Just make it and eat it!

 

 

Apple Fries

What you’ll need:
2 apples, sliced into matchsticks or “fries”
1 c coconut flour, plus 1 c for dredging
1 tsp baking powder
Salt & pepper
1 egg
3/4 c sparkling water
Coconut oil for frying

In a bowl, combine 1 c coconut flour with the baking powder and S&P.  Whisk in the egg and sparkling water until the mixture resembles pancake batter, BUT DON’T OVERMIX (trust me on this one….)  Heat 2 inches of coconut oil to 350F.  Dredge apples in flour, then dip into batter and place in oil.  Be sure not to over-crowd the pan; you may need to work in batches.  Fry the apples for 2-3 minutes or until golden.  Remove from heat and drain on paper towels.  Season drained fries with a touch of S&P and serve immediately.

Apple Fries

Random thoughts for you:
This recipe was less of a success than I’d hoped it would be.  The batter didn’t cling to the apple slices very well, so I ended up with apples slices with a few specks of flour/batter on them and tons of batter in the oil.  The fries still tasted delicious but in the future I might forego the batter all together and do a coconut flour – egg wash – coconut flour  breading.  I think that might stick to the fries a little better.   Last thought – instead of S&P, you could always add a little xylitol to the coconut flour to sweeten it up and make them dessert fries instead of savory.  Now THAT sounds yummy!

 

 

No-Sugar Added Strawberry Jam

What you’ll need:
2 lbs fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
1/4 c grated apple (use biggest holes on a box grater)
1/4 c water

Heat the berries, apple, water and a pinch of salt in a wide, shallow skillet over medium heat.  Once the mixture boils, reduce heat to a simmer and cook until mixture thickens (about 15-20 minutes), stirring occasionally.  Mash the mixture with a potato masher and continue to cook for another 10-15 min.  Remove from heat and let jam cool.  Mixture will thicken on standing.  Store in airtight container in fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Random thoughts for you:
Wanna know a cool thing about this recipe?  The pectin in the apple acts as the thickener for the jam!  That’s why there’s no need to add any powdered thickeners!  I’m all for using as few processed ingredients as possible, so when I got this recipe to work, I was pretty pumped!  Oh also, this recipe can be made with or without added sweetener.  I prefer to make it without but if you like it sweeter, I’d toss in a 1/4 c xylitol or other natural sweetener like stevia into the skillet at the beginning.  But I think the way it’s made is plenty sweet enough :)

 

Well that is all the deliciousness I have to share with you today.  I hope as summer turns into fall you can give one of these a try and let me know what you think!

<3, Lauren