Apples are a staple at my house year round because they are affordable, nutritious and always a winning snack. Everyone seems to have their favourites (Pink Lady for me, Gala for my husband, anything without the peel for my son) depending on their preferences for flavour and crunch. In addition to enjoying them on their own, I like to cook and bake with apples. From my kitchen to yours, here are five of my favourite recipes.

1.      Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips. If your apples have seen better days, this is a great way to use them up. I remember trying apple chips for the first time at a local farmer’s market and thinking, “hey, I could do that.” It really was easy, you just need a little bit of time at home.

2.      Green Granny Pancakes. My family loves breakfast foods, and this is the most requested pancake recipe at my house. We always make a full or double batch and freeze the leftovers to pop in the toaster another day. Try them with a smear of peanut butter and a drizzle of maple syrup – delicious.

3.      Maple Cinnamon Apple Butter. This recipe uses a ton of apples, so it’s a good one to keep around if you have a prolific apple tree in your yard…or a friend who likes to share their harvest. I have also given it as Christmas gifts in a mason jar. The best ways to enjoy apple butter are on toast with sharp cheddar cheese or alongside pork tenderloin.

4.      Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats. How many recipes do you have that cook overnight? If you want to wake up to the delightful scent of cinnamony-apple goodness, and a no-fuss breakfast, then trying these steel cut oats is a must. This recipe makes a lot so it’s a great one to whip out if you’re hosting a crowd or if you want a week of easy breakfasts.

5.      Classic Pork with Apples. If you need a dinnertime recipe to impress, this is it. Even though the pork chops are cooked in a pan on the stove, it’s very easy to prepare. Between the apples and the grainy Dijon sauce it plates beautifully and looks very fancy. When I tested it in the office, it disappeared in a flash, too!

I know this list only scratches the surface of all the great recipes you can make with apples; I mean, apple crisp, Waldorf salad and applesauce aren’t even here! But I think that only shows the amazing versatility of this tasty fruit.

Do you have a favourite apple recipe? Share a link in the comments; I’d love to add to my repertoire!

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Jaclyn
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Jaclyn is a registered dietitian and nutrition educator with Dairy Farmers of Canada. She believes eating should be both nourishing and satisfying, and is passionate about helping others develop a healthy relationship with food. As a new mom with a cute and curious one-year old, the best recipes these days are quick, easy and delicious.

Alberta Milk, as a member of Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC), supports, collaborates and relies on the four Alberta-based DFC registered dietitians to deliver and develop nutrition resources, programs and communications to promote health and wellness. As registered dietitians we are credible, balanced and science-based. We belong to the College of Dietitians of Alberta and follow their Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. Our job is to translate the complex science of nutrition into practical advice for the general population. It is our view that milk and milk products are an important part of a healthy, balanced diet based on the four food groups, which is supported by health organizations such as Health Canada and Dietitians of Canada.

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Classic Pork with Apples
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Yields
6
Nutritional Info
Calories294 kcal
Protein43 g
Fat12 g
Carbohydrate9 g
Fibre1.4 g
Sodium385 mg
Calcium88 mg
Source: Dairy Farmers of Canada 2017 Milk Calendar

Ingredients

1/2 tsp(2 ml)each salt, paprika, dried thyme leaves, and black pepper
6boneless pork loin chops, about 3/4-inch (2 cm) thick
3-4 tsp(15-20 ml)butter
1large red or green apple
1/2 cup(125 ml)finely chopped onion
1clove garlic, minced
1/3 cup(75 ml)apple cider or juice
2 tbsp(30 ml)Dijon mustard, preferably grainy-style
1 1/3 cups(325 ml)milk
freshly ground pepper

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, stir salt with paprika, thyme, and pepper. Sprinkle over both sides of pork. Melt 1 tbsp (15 ml) butter in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook pork 2 minutes a side or until a deep golden brown. Set aside on a platter. Meanwhile, using a sharp knife, scoop out apple core from both top and bottom (or use an apple corer) of apple. Slice apple into rings 1/2-inch (1 cm) thick.
  2. Add onion and garlic to pan (and remaning butter if needed). Stir 1 minute. Add cider, stirring to remove any brown bits from the pan. Whisk in Dijon mustard. Return pork and any accumulated juices to pan; cover and simmer 5 minutes. Turn pork; add apple slices and simmer covered for 3-5 more minutes, until pork is cooked and apples are just tender. Remove pork and apples to a platter; cover to keep warm.
  3. Boil cider mixture uncovered until liquid has nearly evaporated, about 1 minute. Whisk flour into milk. Gradually whisk into cider mixture. Stirring, bring to a boil; cook about 2 minutes until mixture thickens. Add pepper and salt if needed, to taste. Stir any pork juices on platter back into the sauce.
  4. Serve pork with apple slices and sauce spooned over top.