Meal Planning Monday ~ Awesome Apples

 

This week’s blog post is by Christine Luken.

Pumpkins receive a lot of fanfare in the fall, but let’s not forget about apples!  Apples of all varieties are plentiful right now.  It seems that everyone has a favorite type.  Mine are Macintosh apples, which I can only seem to find at my local grocery stores from September to November.  So I plan to munch on one a day while I can!  In my opinion, Macintosh apples have the perfect blend of sweet and tart.  Right now is the time to stock up on your favorite apples, because there are great deals on them at just about every grocery store.  This week I bought a dozen Jonagolds at my local produce co-op for only $2.00!

A large apple (9 oz.) with the skin has about 120 calories and 5.5 grams of hunger-curbing fiber, which makes it a great choice for snacking.  Apples have been shown to have many health benefits, including lowering cholesterol, managing diabetes, increasing bone strength, easing asthma symptoms, promoting weight loss, and the prevention of many types of cancers.  So, let’s eat up!

Not only are apples great for eating raw, but they’re also good for cooking and baking.  Here is a list of apple varieties that are best suited for this purpose:

  • Jonathans
  • Golden Delicious
  • Jonagolds
  • Honeycrisps
  • Granny Smiths
  • Braeburns
  • Rome Beauties
  • Galas

Here are some great recipes to try using your healthy and delicious apples!

Killer Candy Caramel Apples ~ This recipe uses Granny Smith apples and is a twist on your traditional caramel apples.  They are dipped in caramel, then chocolate, and then rolled in crushed candy bits!   What’s not to love?

Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips ~ If the Killer Candy Caramel Apples are a little to sugary for you, try these easy baked cinnamon apple chips!  Bonus – your whole house will smell amazing!

Homemade Applesauce in the Crockpot ~ If you find a great deal on cooking apples, whip up a batch of homemade applesauce in the crockpot!  I didn’t realize that you could freeze your homemade applesauce and it will keep for several months.  So much yummier than store bought!  And if you make a lot of it, you may want to use some for this homemade applesauce Pop-Tarts recipe!

Whole Wheat Apple Muffins ~ How about a nice apple muffin to start your day?  Bake a double batch and freeze half of them so you’ll have a grab-and-go breakfast muffin to munch on your way out the door on these frosty, busy fall mornings.

Apples for Dinner? ~ Sure, why not?  Try these easy Crock-Pot Bourbon Apple Pork Chops.  Not a pork fan? Maybe you’ll decide to whip up a tasty dish of  Baked Chicken with Apples.

What is your favorite apple variety?  Do you have a great apple recipe?  Please share it in the comments below!

 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Shauna says:

    I totally love apples in everything, especially with pork, YUMMY!!!

  2. Jennifer B says:

    We love all types of apples around here! So good for you and great prices right now too!

  3. Mommy2Jam says:

    I love apples all sorts of apples I am not picky. When I juice I like the gala apples, whenI eat brie cheese I like the red apples. When I want something sweet I will have the granny smith apples with PB. If I want something just to curb my appetite I will eat a golden delicious apple. LOVE LOVE LOVE apples. Just don’t like apple pie, I know Its weird.

  4. My husband favorite apple right now is the Jazz apple. I am partial to Pink Lady’s, although I love a good Jonagold. I love this season!

  5. kathy balman says:

    I have been making apple juice and please muffins with my apple stash.

  6. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    I love eating apples and my husband loves them in pie. I do a lot of baking this time of year.

  7. brett says:

    we love apples for many things- jonamac is our favorite for baking. so tart!! yummy

  8. Great tips on apple varieties. Thanks for the recipes, will have to try out a few! :)

  9. Dawn Lopez says:

    Yum, I just love apples in the fall. I am going to have to try that crock pot applesauce.. that sounds amazing. I can only imagine how awesome the house will smell!

  10. Debbie Denny says:

    Love apples. Can my own every year!

  11. I completely agree! Apples seem to be so forgotten during the fall season. They definitely don’t get as much recognition as pumpkins. Even though they make a mean apple pie! I’m one of the few people that actually doesn’t have a favorite apple. I just don’t eat them enough to have a favorite kind, which sort of works out because I’m always fine buying the type that are on sale. :)

  12. Love Fuji apples. Apples are perfect I ingredients especially for deserts!

  13. My favorite types of apples are Granny Smith, and Macintosh.

  14. Pam says:

    My favorite is the killer caramel apples. Anything with chocolate, caramel and candy (especially toffee) meets my seal of approval.

  15. I love cooking with apples this time of year since they are in season. Great ideas that you have shared here.

  16. These sound amazing! I want to try some.

  17. I’ve never tried applesauce in the crockpot, only on the stove. Ooooo, now I’m curious and must do it!

  18. I have to say, Granny Smith are my fav. for caramel apples – the tart with sweet is perfect!

  19. Our family likes apples all year long. It is nice to go to the market and see so many different types of applies to try and to enjoy.

  20. I just love apples. I do often forget about them during this time of year. I might look for some this week.

  21. Apple pork chops sound like heaven! Going to try that for sure :) Thanks!

  22. I know right Pumpkins get all the attention but I am not a fan of them so I am happy to see your post about apples they are my favorite and I love apples in a lot of things and making them a lot of different ways too..

  23. Kara says:

    I love apples! I need to make apple chips. They sound easy and delicious!!