Sweet And Savory Ways To Enjoy Apples

Apple picking season is underway, so consider making the crisp, juicy fruit part of your meals.

Not only are apples tasty, but they offer a plethora of health benefits. They are rich in fiber and vitamin C, and they’ll fill you up without ruining your diet.

In a recent study, women who ate a cup of dried apples daily for a year lost weight and lowered their cholesterol. In fact, the fruit may protect you against heart disease. An antioxidant found in apples may play a role in reducing your risk of dying from a stroke or heart attack.

Luckily, you don’t have to serve up the tried-and-true apple pie to get your family excited about eating them. Consider whipping up one of these delicious recipes:

Apple brownies

These are baked in a brownie pan, but they’re much lighter and crispy on top. The brownies are a mix of cinnamon, sugar, Pink Lady, Honeycrisp or Golden Delicious apples, plus chopped
walnuts. The recipe is super simple and quick to make—the prep takes only 15 minutes (then 30 minutes to bake). Find the recipe here.

Sauteed Brussels sprouts with apples

Can’t get your kids to eat their Brussels sprouts? A serving of this tasty dish might do the trick. It’s a blend of lemon juice, Brussels sprouts, onion, garlic, diced Red Delicious apples, sugar, water chestnuts, golden raisins, lemon rind, nutmeg and apple juice. Get the recipe here.

Apple, goat cheese and pecan pizza

You might not expect to find Fuji apples, Dijon mustard, goat cheese, arugula and toasted pecans on pizza, but this combination of savory and sweet really works. It’s both healthy and simple to make. You’ll find the recipe here.

Smoked gouda and apple butter sandwich

This might just be the perfect fall sandwich. It’s a blend of rich apple butter, mild smoked gouda and sea salt on sour dough bread. Get the recipe here.