Pears and Apples are the quintessential fall fruits.
I love both, because they are both readily available, affordable, and adaptable. Plus, they are both full of natural sugars, so the whole family will enjoy them in any dish.
Nutritionally, apples and pears both pack fiber and phytochemicals in addition to being sweet and tasty. A previous study also found that eating an apple or pear a day was associated with a 52% risk reduction in stroke, so many varieties to choose from, you can enjoy these seasonal fruits for months. Here are 13 easy ideas to inspire your inner cook. Each one will make you look like a gourmand with little effort!
- Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal. Prepare oatmeal and add chopped apples and cinnamon to boost flavor and texture minus the refined sugar.
- Pear and Ginger Yogurt. For breakfast or a fast treat, add diced pears with ginger and honey in plain Greek or Coconut yogurt. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts for added crunch as well as heart health.
- Cherry Apple Pecan Pancakes and Banana Apple Spice Pancakes combine fall and winter favorites for pancakes loaded with nourishment and free of refined sugars.
- Spiced Apple Slices Simply dust apple sliced with cinnamon or ground nutmeg before eating. A sprinkle of lemon juice adds a flavor boost.
- Warm spiced Apples Simply slice apples and saute in a pan drizzle with coconut oil. Once apples have slightly softened, add cinnamon sprinkles to taste and a sprinkle of lemon juice. Serve warm and top with coconut cream (frozen) for an evening dessert or a decadent but guilt-free snack.
- Apple or Pear salad Add 2 thinly sliced Granny Smith apples to 6 cups fresh spinach or arugula. Drizzle with a dressing made with 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar, 2 Tbsp. olive oil and a tsp. of Dijon mustard. Add 2 Tbsp. feta cheese and ¼ cup chopped pecans.
- Apple quesadilla. Place a small sprinkle of shredded cheddar cheese or vegan cashew cheese and ½ of a sliced Gala or honey crisp apple in a whole wheat tortilla. Fold over and grill in a medium skillet using non-stick spray.
- Apple Sweet Potato Mash Add peeled, chopped apples to sweet potatoes and boil for 30 minutes. Add 1 tsp. vanilla, ¾ cup orange juice, and 1 tsp. cinnamon and mash. Serve warm. Who needs marshmallows?
- Apple sandwich. Slice the bottom and to off of a crisp Gala or Granny Smith apple, then slice into ¼” slices. Layer an apple slice with almond butter, flaked coconut, and a dash of cinnamon. Top the apple with another apple slice and enjoy it.
- Apple Toasts Top whole grain or sprouted grain toast with a small smear of ricotta cheese. Add apple slices, arugula or spinach, chopped walnuts, dried cranberries, and a light drizzle of honey. YUM!
- Apple Cinnamon Water. So easy and refreshing anytime of the year! Simply combine ice cubes, water, apple slices, lemon juice, and cinnamon to a mixer bottle. Shake and drink!
- Apple or Pear Compote to top off your dinner. Combine 2 ripe, firm pears or apples that have been cored and chopped. Add ¼ cup golden raisins, 1/3 cup apple or grape juice, ¼ tsp. cinnamon, 1 Tbsp. apple cider or red wine vinegar, ¼ tsp. sea salt and 1/8 tsp. pepper. Place pears (or apples), raisins, apple juice, and cinnamon in a small pot and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes. Add vinegar, salt, and pepper. Cook another 5 minutes or until the liquid starts to thicken and the pears begin to fall apart.
- Pear Leaves Serve sliced pears with a small bit of your preferred cheese in a leaf of endive. Top with chopped pecans and drizzle with honey or pure maple syrup before serving.
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