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Monday, October 30, 2017

Apple of My Pie

Apple picking is the perfect way to ring in the Autumn season and enjoy the crisp Fall weather. September offers the best selection of apples, but October allows for leaf peeping and gorgeous views of the foliage. But what do you do with all them apples? Apples are delicious straight out of your hand, but they can also be baked or cooked into yummy savory or sweet dishes. I rounded up my favorite recipes so that you can enjoy your apples for any meal of the day.
We visited Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard this year and Wright's Farm last year. Both farms are easily accessible by Metro North.
What should you do with your giant bag of apples? You can certainly eat an apple whole as a snack, but that gets boring quickly. Below I selected my favorite recipes on how to cook or bake with all of these farm fresh apples!
Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats: I love rolled overnight oats for breakfast. They are not only easy to make, but also delicious, filling, packed with super foods and seasoned with spices. To make overnight oats, layer the ingredients, then let them "cook" in the refrigerator while you sleep. Overnight, the oats thickens into a yummy breakfast pudding. I like to "cook" them in a mason jar, but any airtight container can be used. Next morning, add the apples, spices and greek yogurt.
Apple Pie Protein Smoothie: Perhaps even easier than overnight oats is the protein smoothie. Toss ingredients (I added a scoop of vanilla protein powder) into a Magic Bullet or blender of your choice.
Apple Pie Protein Smoothie Bowl: The protein smoothie bowl is the protein smoothie's more crunchy and textured cousin! Blend liquid ingredients and spices and then layer on your favorite toppings (oats, chia seeds, flax seeds, apples, etc).
Apple, Spinach and Goat Cheese Salad: Grab your favorite greens, chop some red apples, add some goat cheese and top with some pecans for a very healthy salad.
Apple and Brie Tart: I tweaked this recipe by making individually sized tartlets. Make the crust from scratch and then shape thinly sliced apples into a rose. This appetizer is perfect for a 3-course meal and looks visually stunning. Check out our Apples to Apples themed dinner.
Curried Quinoa and Apple Bowl: I'm a meat eater, but this quinoa bowl is a tasty, healthy and filling vegetarian meal. I made a few substitutions (onion for shallots, pecans for almonds and craisins for died currants).
Baked Spaghetti Squash with Apple and Rosemary: I love replacing pasta with fresh veggies. Spaghetti Squash looks like real spaghetti and you add your favorite sauces and spices to it. I think it's easier to roast the squash for 30 minutes, then cut in half. While the squash is roasting in the oven, sauté the the apples and onions and then add the rosemary. Then layer the apple mixture on top of the spaghetti squash and cook for an additional 30 minutes. 
Apple-Pie: Everyone loves a home made apple-pie. Pro-tip- I like to pan fry the apple mixture on the stove before baking with the pie crust in the oven. Make sure to serve it with homemade vanilla ice cream. These pie cutters from Williams Sonoma instantly add a fall touch to our apple pie.
Cran-Apple Pie: Bake an apple pie with a twist by adding tangy tart fresh cranberries. Also serve with vanilla ice cream.
xoxo
Archana

"An apple a day keeps anyone away if you throw it hard enough."––Anonymous

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