An Apple A Day Keep The Doctor Away

It is apple season, and what a way to celebrate than to celebrate with fresh apples.

Apple season is upon us!

What better way to embrace autumn then to take the kids to the orchards and have them pick some apples? You get some fresh air and a little exercise, and you bring home nature’s little miracle, too.

After all, there’s good reason for the adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” High in vitamins A and C, fiber and antioxidants, apples are known to help keep cholesterol and blood sugar in check, protect the heart and arteries and protect against cancer. Their high fiber content means they can help relieve constipation, but once cooked into applesauce, they help relieve diarrhea. It has even been said that apples help prevent wrinkles and promote hair growth.

When you get your healthy bounty home from the orchard, you can make glorious desserts, brew some apple cider, throw a few slices into a dish with pork or try one of these less run-of-the-mill recipes to spice things up.

Canadian Apple Stuffed Pork Chops
Serves 4

2 Italian sausages, chopped
2 onions, sliced
2 apples, chopped
1¼ cups spiced apple cider
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
4 slices of stale bread, cubed
1 tablespoon mustard
2 tablespoon olive oil
4 center cut pork chops, about
1½ inches thick
Salt and pepper to taste

1. In a large skillet, brown the sausage pieces over medium-high heat. Add onions, cover and cook for another 5 minutes. Add the apples, fennel seeds and ¼ cup spiced apple cider. Simmer until the apples have softened. Stir in the bread cubes until moistened.
2. Cut a pocket into each pork chop and fill with stuffing. There will be extra stuffing.
3. In a large skillet over high heat, add the olive oil. Cook the pork chops 3 minutes per side. Cover, lower heat and allow to simmer an additional 7 minutes. Remove from skillet to rest.
4. Deglaze the pan with the cup of apple cider. Remove any burnt bits from the bottom of the pan, and simmer until thickened. Add the mustard. Serve over the pork chops.

PER SERVING: 570 calories; 280 calories from fat; 33g protein; 44g carbohydrate; 23g sugar; 31g total fat; 9g saturated fat; 80mg cholesterol; 6g dietary fiber; 1120mg sodium; 8% Daily Values calcium; 15% Daily Values iron

Swedish Apple-Cabbage Salad
Serves: 4

4 cups shredded red cabbage
2 green apples, peeled, cored,
quartered and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon minced parsley
¼ cup red currant jelly
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Zest
and juice from 1 lemon

In a medium-sized bowl, mix all ingredients together. Allow to marinate on the counter one hour prior to serving.

PER SERVING: 110 calories; 0 calories from fat;
1g protein; 28g carbohydrate; 22g sugar; 0g total fat; 0g saturated fat; 0mg cholesterol; 3g dietary fiber; 35mg sodium; 4% Daily Values calcium; 4% Daily Values iron

German Baked Apples
Serves 4
Photography by Lori Maffei

4 large apples
1 ounce melted butter
1 ounce fresh breadcrumbs
1 ounce brown sugar
3 ounces almond paste
1 ounce chopped almonds
1 ounce raisins
5 ounces heavy whipping cream

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2. Peel and core each apple. Brush them with the melted butter and then roll in the breadcrumbs and brown sugar.
3. Fill each apple with almond paste. Place in the oven in a greased, oven-proof dish and bake for 20 minutes.
4. Top each apple with almonds and raisins and return to the oven for another five minutes.
5. Whip the cream and serve with the apples.

PER SERVING: 460 calories; 260 calories from fat;
5g protein; 51g carbs; 31g sugar; 29g total fat;
13g saturated fat; 65mg cholesterol; 7g dietary fiber; 110mg sodium; 8% Daily Values calcium; 6% Daily Values iron

Apple cider, apple pies and more are available alongside autumn’s ubiquitous mums and pumpkins at many of the state’s roadside markets. To find one near you, or to find an orchard where you can pick your favorite apple variety, visit the state’s Jersey Fresh Web site.

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