Apples three ways: A meal, a snack and a dessert
Last week we went apple picking and all I could talk about was that sweet, spiked cider. RIP.
I'm not quite done with apples yet. Since apples are in season, they're at their peak in flavor and price. Loaded with fiber and antioxidants, these fruits are versatile in the kitchen. From virtual school snacks to healthy meals, an apple a day does more than keep the doctor away.
Apple Tuna Salad
I love tuna salad sandwiches, and am always looking for ways to spice it up. Sometimes it's a shot of hot sauce, sometimes it's adding texture with pepitas. But adding fresh chopped apples to tuna salad gives it a fresh crunch and a tart contrast. This works great for people who are cutting carbs as well, because the apples smooth out the dish, and sometimes I just eat it with a fork.
Cinnamon Apple Rings
Even without a dehydrator, you can make dried apple rings. They're a healthy treat with an even healthier shelf life, and you can pull them out for a quick snack during virtual school or work. But whip up a batch that's a step above the store-bought fare. Make it apple-cinnamon flavored, with a dash of cayenne pepper for heat. Not to mention, cayenne is a metabolism booster!
Core and slice apples (no need to peel), then drop the slices in a bit of lemon water to stop them from browning. Then drain and mix with maple syrup, cinnamon to taste, and a dash or two of cayenne. Mix in a large bowl and either dehydrate or do a slow bake in the oven.
Have any extra cored and sliced apples? You already did the legwork, why not diversify your portfolio? With just a little oatmeal, sugar, and ridiculous amount of butter, you can bake an apple crumble. It's a warming fall dessert, and when heated and paired with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, will transport you.
Fall is a time where we can savor the harvest and be adventurous with new recipes. You just might find a brand new tradition.