3 Awesome Ways to Use Apples

It’s not fall without apples, right?

Apple cider, apple pie, caramel apples… Hold up, I need to keep it healthy here! 😉 (Even though apple cider is oh so delicious!)

Tip 1:

Use apple butter or applesauce to replace the margarine, butter, or oil when baking. It adds just a little sweetness and the moisture needed to make what you are baking just as soft and delicious….. with way less fat! I do this with any kind of boxed cake or dessert, with graham cracker crusts, or even for homemade cookies (if it’s a fruit-based cookie).

Tip 2:

Add apples into a salad with chicken for a little sweet/salty combo. Or, try putting some thin apple slices on your boring old turkey sandwich to liven it right up. In the morning, nothing feels more like fall than warm healthy oatmeal with some apple pie spice and fresh apples mixed right in. Try it, you’ll love it~

Tip 3:

If you pack it, you’ll eat it. Before you go to work, take an apple with you for a snack. Or, if you have kids, make sure to throw one into their lunch bags. Apples are at their best this time of year, so get as many fresh ripe apples while you can! Apples are great in the morning too because they give you ENERGY! Some research has shown they provide more energy than reaching for that extra cup of coffee….. Plus, they have a lot of fiber to make your stomach happy too…. Convinced yet? 🙂 I hope so!

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Skillet Chicken with Apple-Dijon Sauce

Skillet Chicken with Apple-Dijon Sauce

–          4 medium boneless, skinless chicken breasts

–          Salt and pepper (to taste)

–          2 golden delicious apples, each cored and cut into 6 rings

–          1 small onion, sliced

–          ¾ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

–          2 tbsp. maple syrup

–          1 tbsp. Dijon mustard (with seeds)

–          1/3 cup skim milk or unsweetened original almond milk

–          1 tsp. cornstarch (may need a little more to thicken)

  1. Place chicken breasts in nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, sprinkle with salt and pepper
  2. Cook 6-7 minutes or until browned on both sides and chicken loses pink color throughout, turning over once.
  3. When cooked through, transfer chicken to plate/platter and cover with tin foil to keep warm
  4. While chicken is cooking, in a glass pie plate, combine apples and onions. Cover with waxed paper and microwave on high 3-4 minutes until tender, stirring in between.
  5. Add apple mixture to skillet, cook 2 minutes or until browned,
  6. Add chicken broth, maple syrup, Dijon mustard, and ¼ tsp. salt.
  7. Cook 2 minutes to reduce broth mixture slightly.
  8. In a small bowl, combine milk with cornstarch and stir into apple mixture
  9. Return chicken to skillet
  10. Cook and stir until the sauce has thickened. Serve chicken with apples and spoonful of sauce.