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25 Healthy Apple Recipes

Some of the best healthy apple recipes from your favorite food bloggers!

Every year we go apple picking as a family at least once. We are so lucky to live within minutes of one of the prettiest orchards around. Even the drive there is beautiful. It instantly puts me in a good mood. This year, we’ve gone twice already and I’m pretty much thinking we may go every weekend through the fall. The apples are so incredibly good this time of year and with new varieties peaking every weekend, how could we not?

OK. So, it’s not just the apples…

25 Healthy Apple Recipes

I’ve got a thing for hayrides. I feel like a child as soon as I see the tractor making its way down the path. Once we start moving and the wind is in my hair, you couldn’t wipe the smile off of my face if you tried. I think I tell the driver the same thing every time, “I could do this all day!” I’m sure he thinks I’m a bit of a whack-a-doo, but he’s always got a huge smile on his face too (hmmmm…maybe there is something to that hayride after all).

25 Healthy Apple Recipes

When it’s all done, we head back to the car with bags full of apples, apple cider, apple butter and cider donuts. So, with all of those apples, it’s fun to experiment with different recipes. I’ve got some of my favorites, but I’m always looking for more inspiration. Lucky me, I’ve got some of the most talented blogger friends willing to share their recipes with me…and YOU!

So, get out there and enjoy the cool crisp fall. Go on a hayride (or two), pick some apples and come home and bake up something that puts a smile on your face!

 

Salads and Savory

Shaved Broccoli Salad

Shaved Broccoli Salad with Crisp Apple Slices

 
Curried Chicken Waldorf Salad from Taste Love & Nourish
Cabbage Salad with Braeburn Apples & Spiced Pecans from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
Quinoa, Apple and Almond Salad with Honey Lemon Mint Vinaigrette from Savory Simple
Fall Garden Salad with Apples and Walnuts from Healthy Green Kitchen
Pardina Lentil Green Apple and Kale Salad from An Edible Mosaic
Deb’s Kale Salad with Apple Cranberries and Pecans from Cookie and Kate
Apple, Leek and Gruyere Grilled Cheese from Joanne Eats Well With Others

 

Sweet Things

Baked Cider Donuts

Baked Cider Donuts

 
Apple Butter Danish Ring with Apple Spice Glaze from Taste Love & Nourish
Nut & Berry Stuffed Baked Apples from Will Cook For Smiles
Raw Caramel Apple Cobbler from Spabetti
Apple Pie Inspired Oatmeal from Cookistry
Gluten-Free Jewish Apple Cake from Jeanette’s Healthy Living
Baked Apple Rice Pudding from Ricki Heller
Cardamom Apple-Pearsauce from Snappy Gourmet
Apple Oat Bars from Diethood
Applesauce Nut Bread from Skinny Taste

 
 

Smoothies and Snacks

Apple Pie Smoothie Two Ways

Apple Pie Smoothie Two Ways

Green Smoothie from Taste Love & Nourish
Baked Apple and Banana Chips from Taste Love & Nourish
Maple Apple Crunchy Superfood Granola from Taste Love & Nourish
Slow Cooker Applesauce from Poet in the Pantry
Apple Spice Hummus from Recipe Girl
Fresh Apple Salsa from Cooking Light

 
 

25 Healthy Apple Recipes

Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes
Sloppy Joes

It’s hard to believe that summer is over. As sad as that makes me…I love, love, love the fall! The kids are back in school, my days are more productive, my hair is less frizzy and I can wear cozy sweaters. How can any of that be bad?

OK, so the one thing about fall, and it’s actually not a bad thing, is that dinners need to be more organized. With everyone busy with school, work and activities, we can’t just throw some burgers on the grill at eight o’clock at night. It’s nice to have some meals that you can either prepare in the morning in a slow cooker or that cook up quickly. This meal gives you either option and both turn out deliciously. The best part is, there are usually leftovers, unless you are feeding a crowd and this reheats really nicely.

Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes

2 t. olive oil
2 1/2 to 3 lbs. lean ground meat
1 onion, diced
1 red pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic
1/3 C. dark brown sugar
2 t. smoked paprika
1 t. salt
1 t. black pepper
1 t. coriander
1/4 t. crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 t. dill
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
2 T. red wine vinegar
28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
3 T. tomato paste

12 soft rolls for serving

Put the olive oil in a heated heavy bottomed pot over medium high heat. Add the ground meat and break it up while browning it. Add the onions and red pepper and cook until just beginning to soften. Add the garlic and cook for just a minute more.

If you’d like to cook this in a slow cooker, place the meat mixture into the slow cooker at this point along with the remaining ingredients. Cook on the low setting for 4 to 6 hours.

If you’d like to serve this immediately, place the remaining ingredients in the pot and simmer on low heat for 10 to 15 minutes.

Serve on warmed rolls.

Sloppy Joes

Notes:

  • Serve this with an assortment of rolls. Try some crusty rolls, soft potato rolls or slider rolls…although, the soft ones are my favorite.
  • Substitute the ground meat with ground turkey and you’d never know the difference! Remember, that regular ground turkey has as much fat as lean ground meat, so look for ground turkey breast. I like to use half all breast meat and half regular ground turkey.

 

Sloppy Joes