After the incredible McIntosh apples (ugh I had two, ok, well three) I found in the market yesterday, all I am thinking about is apples. As a kid we went apple picking almost every year and I remember bringing home bags full of apples to enjoy throughout the fall. Then in college, my incredible Mom went through the trouble of mailing me my beloved Mcintosh apples since I couldn't find them in Indiana. Definitely not the typical college care package, but I couldn't have been happier. And now I sit dreaming of apple picking, apple cider, and delicious apple treats in California, love/hating that the grocery store carries them but charges me three times as much, here are some of my favorite apple dishes for fall. And although there isn't a pie on this list, there will definitely be one coming since I just ordered these adorable mini pie plates. What are your favorite fall apple dishes?
1. Sausage, Sage, Apples, and Onions, calories and points vary
Generally I eat some type of sauteed chicken sausage and veggies at least once a week. It's quick, easy, and tastes delicious. In the fall my favorite way to whip this up is with apples, some sage, and whatever veggies I have around. Cabbage makes a great addition, as do sugar snap peas, celery, onions, spinach, and more. For thos who follow the recipe above, there is no need for all the olive oil, just replace most of it with cooking spray and find a lower point sausage.
2. Apple Butter, 1 P+
One great way to preserve the wonderful fall apple flavors for the whole year is to make apple butter and it couldn't be any easier to make at home. You can make it stove top or in the crockpot and combine any combination of apples, spices, and flavors you like. Consider infusing your apple butter with sage and a touch of salt for something more savory or using a mixture of apples and pears for a slightly different flavor.
3. Apple Crisp, 7 P+
I know I just posted this apple crisp recipe but since I have been eating it for breakfast almost every day with Greek yogurt, it is definitely on my mind. I will be whipping up another batch this weekend with my beloved McIntosh apples and you can be sure it will be in rotation next week for breakfasts and late night snacks.
4. Weight Watchers Apple Cake, 4 P+
This is a delicious apple cake that is from a Weight Watchers cookbook. It cooks up light and fluffy with tons of apple spread throughout the cake. It is a great breakfast or dessert cake and I personally recommend topping it with some freshly made whipped cream or low fat vanilla ice cream.
5. Maple Glazed Pork with Apples, 9 P+
These pork chops are to.die.for, seriously they are delicious. Maple, apple, and pork couldn't be a more delicious combination and this should be on everyone's menu for fall. It is a little high in points but still under 400 calories and totally worth it.
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