Apples make a delicious snack, dessert, or side dish. First, though, be sure to wash them. If peeling the apples, use a vegetable peeler or a sharp paring knife to remove the thinnest possible layer of skin—the skin packs most of the fiber.
You can core apples easily by quartering them and cutting out the semicircular wedge that contains the seeds. To prevent browning, rub the cut surfaces of apples with a mixture of lemon juice and water, or drop sliced or peeled apples into cold water with a little lemon juice added to it as you work.
Then, try these 10 ways to serve nutritious apples:
- If you love melted cheese sandwiches, cut the fat and boost the flavor by substituting thick apple slices or grated apple for some of the cheese.
- Offer apple slices or rounds with sweet or savory dips.
- Add thin apple slices to mixed green salads.
- Grate apples into meatloaf, meatball, or burger mixtures to enhance flavor and add moistness.
- Be creative the next time you make applesauce: Include fruits and nuts, such as cranberries, blueberries, chopped pecans, or almonds.
- Bake apples sprinkled with cinnamon for a healthy dessert. Cut the apples in half and remove the core before baking.
- Make an apple pie without the high-fat crust! Peel and slice apples, then sauté in a tiny bit of butter, sugar and cinnamon. Serve in a bowl.
- Glaze meat or poultry with apple cider, but make it sweet and hot by mixing in some mustard, a touch of vinegar, or curry powder.
- Blend prepared horseradish into applesauce to make an unusual condiment for beef.
- Puree baked apples and butternut squash with chicken broth, coriander, cumin, and ginger for a hearty soup.