The Waldorf salad may be over a century old, but even today, it remains a timeless American classic. The apple and walnut salad was first created in the late 1800s at New York's legendary Waldorf Astoria Hotel, where it's still the most frequently requested recipe on the menu. We stopped in to the kitchen where it all began and saw firsthand how the original Waldorf salad is prepared. See how the salad's prepared — it's even lighter and more refreshing than you might think! — then get the recipe.
We're moving on to the yellow produce part of our journey. When I think of yellow fruits and vegetables, I immediately taste lemons. But beyond lemons, crookneck squash happens to be one of my favorite vegetables to cook with. Golden delicious apples are often overlooked for fancier varieties, even though they boast a unique and refreshing flavor. And yes, you guessed it, we're looking at more bell peppers! For some colorful recipes using all of these yellow ingredients, keep reading.
An apple a day may or may not keep the doctor away, but it sure can help you see results on the scale. Make these apple-inspired choices throughout your day and see how this fruit can help you lose weight.
Breakfast: Low-Calorie Swap
Oatmeal for breakfast is an excellent choice. You can sweeten your bowl of oats with maple syrup (one eighth of a cup is 100 calories) or pour on four times as much unsweetened applesauce instead: half a cup contains 52 calories. Make this switch for a whole week of breakfasts, and you'll not only save 336 calories, you'll gain 10.5 grams of filling fiber.
Morning or Afternoon Snack: Fill Up on Fiber to Prevent Mindless Snacking
Full of flavor, apples are also great sources of hunger-satiating fiber. Snack on one large apple (with the skin) for 116 calories, and you'll consume 5.4 grams of fiber. The high water content and amazing amount of fiber will keep you full until your next meal, curbing hunger, and preventing the temptation to reach for a high-calorie nibble.
Dessert: Skip the Calorie Bombs
Half a cup of chocolate ice cream contains 250 calories.
Two homemade chocolate chip cookies contain 178 calories.
Half a Green & Black's Organic Dark Chocolate Bar contains 300 calories.
Holy calories! After-dinner treats can really add up if you make a habit of indulging every night, so save your calories and enjoy a naturally sweet treat instead. Slice a small apple (77 calories), drizzle it with one tablespoon of honey (64 calories), and sprinkle on cinnamon for 141 calories. For a more decadent "dessert," remove the core from a raw apple, stuff it with a few chopped walnuts and raisins, a small dollop of honey, pop it in the oven, and enjoy a treat for even fewer calories.
Not only will an apple a day help keep the doctor away, but it will also keep you full until dinner! Aside from its nutritional benefits, antioxidant-rich apples can be turned into a variety of sweet and savory snacks for when that 3 p.m. hunger strikes. Peanut butter, cinnamon, and Greek yogurt will all make this sweet, crunchy fruit even tastier — these five recipes will show you exactly how!
If you want to dabble in dehydrating without committing to the heavy artillery, try it out in your oven. You can achieve the same results and enjoy fresh dried fruit — minus the preservatives. Not only is this more cost-efficient compared to store-bought options, but also, you end up with healthier results. Plus, keeping your oven on a low temp in the Winter can help warm you up and ring in the holiday cheer. Click through the photos to see how easy these apple snacks are.
Getting to work on time is an ongoing struggle of mine, so I'm constantly on the lookout for ways to streamline my morning routine. Sometimes this means a quickly blitzed banana-almond smoothie, but most days I can't bear to part with my comfort food of choice, which puts me in a conundrum: how do I fit in the time to both simmer up and dig into a piping-hot bowl of oatmeal before I run out the door?
The solution quickly became apparent after my first taste of baked oatmeal. Don't get me wrong; it's not an exact analogue to a creamy bowl of traditional oaten porridge. It does, however, tick many of the same boxes: it's nearly infinitely adaptable, keeps tummy grumbles at bay for hours, and is, most importantly, delicious. Even better, it can be made ahead and doled out into a to-go container to enjoy at my desk cold, at room temperature, or piping hot, depending on my mood. All in all, a win!
All too often, apple skins and cores get tossed in the trash when making an apple pie or another treat. While composting scraps is the lesser of the waste evils, here's how you can incorporate every part of the apple with these recipe ideas.
- Skin: Sure, you can buy apple chips or dehydrated apple slices at the supermarket, but why not try making them at home? After peeling the apples, coat the pieces with a light glaze of simple syrup and bake at a low temperature for a few hours, until crisp.
- Flesh: Dip apple slices in peanut or almond butter or toss them in a Waldorf salad. For an all-American dessert, try Michelle Obama's apple cobbler. Its slow cooking time caramelizes the apples until they practically dissolve upon bite.
- Core: Use an apple corer to cleanly remove the seeds and fibrous center of each apple. Store them in an airtight baggie in the fridge until you have enough for a full recipe. Because apples are high in pectin, they gel easily, so there's no excuse not to make an apple jelly, which is an amazing accompaniment to Southern-style biscuits or baguette and butter.
- Whole apple: Use the whole apple in a green juice recipe or simply juice the apples for homemade apple juice that surpasses any store-bought bottles.
Throughout middle school, many after-school afternoons were spent at my grandparents' house. My grandpa was, and is, always up for a nibble of cheese, pesto, and crackers (Bremner wafer crackers or saltines were de rigueur) and a slightly-over-my-12-year-old-head discussion of a chapter from Guns, Germs, and Steel.
While my grandpa schooled me in theories of economics and the disproportionate spread of resources (and power) throughout history, my step-grandmother Grenelle was likely concocting some delightful treat in the kitchen.
Summer months meant a bumper crop of basil and gallons upon gallons of zesty pesto; come Fall, apple-picking trips led to mammoth batches of applesauce, all stored away in a basement freezer for the months ahead. And while my appreciation for pesto-slathered everything was sadly delayed till we moved cross-country, a rare afternoon would pass without me dipping into her tempting applesauce supply.
Fall is upon us, which means there's no better time to share our favorite apple recipes for the season. For me, nothing says, "Autumn has arrived!" more than a big bite into a crisp, juicy apple. Whether you want something savory, sweet, or boozy, check out these 10 apple recipes we've pulled to make great use of one of our favorite fruits.