By: Leanne Ely
It’s apple season once again, so today we’re going to give you a trick, a tip and a great new recipe, all related to this classic fruit bowl staple.
These sweet (sometimes tart) fruits make the perfect grab-and-go snack. Apples are delicious, filling and healthy, plus they have a built-in, biodegradable wrapper.
Apples are rich in fiber, support good cardiovascular health, reduce blood sugar levels, lessen your risk of developing lung cancer, have been linked to reduced risk of asthma and they’re also full of antioxidants.
There are dozens of types of apples, all with different properties. Some are best for baking (Courtland) and some are best for eating (Honeycrisp is my fave!), but no matter how you slice it, apples are a household staple.
Before I give you a trick, a tip and a great new recipe, I’m going to remind you that apples are at the top of The Dirty Dozen list. Apples are heavily sprayed with pesticides, so you should not buy apples unless they’re organic. This is a great time to find an orchard where you can pick your own organic apples and stock up for the winter!
Now, for your Trick:
To stop apple slices from turning brown in your kids’ lunchbox, try coating the cut flesh with lemon juice! They should stay nice and white that way.
Apple slices dipped in almond butter are absolute heaven. Or dice your apples over a crisp green salad. Yum!
And your Recipe:
Apple Glazed Chicken
2 teaspoons coconut oil
4 medium boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large apple, chopped
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Oil a large baking dish with coconut oil. To the baking dish, add the chicken. Season the chicken with the next 3 ingredients (ground cumin through garlic). Top the chicken with the chopped onion, apple and place in the oven. Bake for 30 minutes then flip chicken and bake for 30 more minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through.
Allow chicken to cool, slice and serve with onion and apple.