No-Peel Apple Options

I know some of you were wondering what I was going to all those apples awhile back. (You know, those ones we got free off of craigslist?)  So, I thought I’d share!   Since we are choosing to eat produce only in season, it has been months since we’ve had any apples.  

We didn’t want to bury them all in sweetened baked goods (especially since gluten-free flours are so expensive!), as we wanted to enjoy that fresh, fall taste of crisp apples!  However, we wanted to be outside enjoying the beautiful fall weather, not standing inside peeling apples.  
So, for all of these options, we didn’t have to peel a single apple.  Hooray!
  • First of all, a dear friend loaned us her dehydrator (obtained from craigslist).  She and I dried several batches of apples for pantry storage.  
  • Calvin also made fresh, unfiltered apple juice with our juicer (also off of craigslist).  We took some on our camping trip, and we’ve also made some carrot-apple juice for breakfasts at home. 
  • Our favorite apple option has been making some delicious Home-Brewed Cider with Kefir! Another friend gave me some kefir “grains,” which have been a wonderful blessing. (The cider is shown in the photo below.)  

  • A few other delicious meal options that have appeared on our table are: Apple Omelets (we use plain yogurt instead of sour cream and leave out the sugar; we also add a little cheese and dried cranberries, if available), Turkey-Apple Burgers, Baked Stuffed Squash (using homemade free-range turkey sausage*), and Calvin’s special recipe for Carrot-Apple Salad (often served with sprouted sunflower seeds and yogurt).  
  • We also enjoy a dish of diced apples baked with diced yams and crumbled turkey sausage* (drizzled with maple syrup and cinnamon) as a “casserole” (good for breakfast or dinner).

*Note: Buying ground turkey, and adding your own seasonings to create a sausage  flavor is often a more frugal option than purchasing already seasoned sausage meat. 

  • Diced apples are also a fun addition to chickpea/lentil curry dishes.
  • A favorite fall pizza of ours:

Apple-Walnut Pizza

Spread your pre-baked whole-wheat or gluten-free crust with olive oil.  Top with diced or thinly-sliced apples, chopped walnuts or hazelnuts, and crumbled gorgonzola, feta, or jack cheese.  Sprinkle with cinnamon and dried parsley, if desired. Bake until golden, and cheese and apples are softened.)  

  • Of course, we have also been having fresh apple slices with meals.  (One of our favorite quick meals- usually on Sunday afternoons- consists of apple slices, peanut butter or cheese, and bread & butter or popcorn.)  
I just love fall foods!  Head to the Nourishing Gourmet for more great fall recipe ideas and to share your favorites in the Nourishing Fall Recipe Carnival!  Visit Tammy’s Recipes for more Kitchen Tip Tuesday posts. 

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