I love summer and all the berries, melon, and stone fruit that come with it but there is something magical about fall. The air is crisp, mornings are cool, I still get plenty of sunshine, and nature takes on a whole new display of color. Fall to me also means turning on the oven, baking exploits with apples and squash, and an almost never ending supply of canned pumpkin stocked in the pantry.
We’ll start fall off with a round up of apple recipes I have my eye on (we’ll get back to squash later, promise!). Apple picking season is upon us and that means apple butter, applesauce, apple crisps, apple doughnuts (if you are feeling indulgent), and so much more in your future. To get you in the mood for fall, apples, and all their glory check out these recipes.
Superfood Autumn Harvest Salad created by Wendie, aka the Pantry Doctor. There is something so satisfying about a large salad topped with a variety of textures - think chewy grains, crunchy nuts and seeds, crisp greens, and flavors - sweetness from berries and fruit, a touch of acid in the dressing, a hint of spice from the onion. This salad really highlights all the best of fall produce in its glory and would be a perfect weekday perk-me-up lunch.
Butternut squash - apple soup is the delectable dinner creation from Danielle on her blog my bottomless exboyfriend. Butternut squash is one of those fall vegetables than plays well with others in the kitchen. The same can be said for apples. Danielle paired these two versatile produce into a simple fall soup that will warm you up on cold nights (and is just as good the next day for lunch!).
Photo credit: mybottomlessboyfriend.com
Apple Butter Muffins is a recipe gift from Dixya on her blog, food, pleasure, & health. These golden brown muffins seem just about perfect for a grab-n-go breakfast option. The muffins would pair perfectly with a slather of nut butter or a cup of plain yogurt.
Photo Credit: foodpleasureandhealth.com
Maple Walnut Apple Crisp is a delectable looking dessert (or breakfast, perhaps) from Marie on her blog Healthy Ideas Place. This recipe highlights the best of the apple-nut-cinnamon trifecta while reducing the amount of added sugar and boosting the whole grains. Eat the crisp warm straight out of the oven or in the morning on top of Greek yogurt as a breakfast parfait. Or do both, no one will judge!
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Caramel Apple S’mores is the brainchild of Emily on her blog Sinful Nutrition. This recipe brings the campfire s’mores to a whole new level! I would never have considered making s’mores at home; it seems like such a vacation-campfire type dessert. However this sweet treat looks way better than a caramel apple and quite easy to make. A must try dessert item!
Photo Credit: sinfulnutrition.com
Be sure to check out these awesome RD food bloggers’ sites for more recipes and inspiration in the kitchen.
What’s your favorite way to celebrate fall and use apples in the kitchen?