There’s so much to love about fall. One is the bountiful harvest of so many different kinds of apples! They’re great to eat on their own, and here are three easy, healthful recipes that taste great and will have you thinking beyond high-calorie apple desserts.
Nutrition expert Dr. Daniela Jakubowicz says that eating this apple treat as part of a balanced breakfast can help curb cravings for the rest of the day…
Nutty Candied Apple
Slice one small apple. Sprinkled slices with cinnamon, and dip them into one-and-a-half tablespoons of almond butter mixed with one of teaspoon honey. Makes one serving.
Daniela Jakubowicz, MD, is a former professor of medicine and endocrinology at Virginia Commonwealth University and is now at the Wolfson Medical Center at Tel Aviv University in Israel. She also is the author of The Big Breakfast Diet: Eat Big Before 9 am, and Lose Big for Life.
Here’s a delicious apple salad filled with nutrients…
Core two apples (a firm red variety is best—these include honeycrisp, jazz, empire, Jonathan and others—with skin intact) and julienne into matchsticks. Place in a bowl.
Julienne one peeled medium-sized (about one pound) jicama (a crisp, slightly sweet root vegetable), and add to bowl.
Add a handful of orange segments (cut into smaller pieces if you prefer) and a handful of chopped mint.
Mix together with an orange-lime vinaigrette—one to two tablespoons each of orange juice and lime juice with two to three tablespoons of olive oil, plus salt and pepper to taste.
Serve on a bed of watercress with some toasted pecans scattered on top.
David Joachim, chef, based in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, and author of numerous cookbooks, including Perfect Light Desserts, The Science of Good Food and Fire it Up: More than 400 Recipes for Grilling Everything.
This guilt-free dessert takes just a few minutes to make…
Easy Crustless Apple Pie
Core an apple, and place it, peel-on, on a microwavable dish. Into the center of the apple, spoon one teaspoon brown sugar and one-half teaspoon whipped butter. Drizzle the apple with lemon juice and sprinkle with cinnamon to taste. Microwave on high three to four minutes or until tender. (If your microwave tray does not turn automatically, rotate the dish one-quarter turn halfway through the cooking time.) Makes one serving.
Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, is the author of 25 books on nutrition and cooking, including Comfort Classics: Hearty Favorites Made Healthy. She is based in Pleasant Hill, California, and wrote the nationally syndicated column “The Recipe Doctor” for 10 years.
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