How sweet it is! Rosh Hashanah may have the tastiest symbols of any holiday out there — apples and honey. The two sweet foods are believed to help usher in a sweet new year. Unlike other holiday fare, these two foods are as beloved by children as they are by adults. In addition to serving up the traditional bowl of sliced apples that are to be dipped in honey, we've rounded up some other apple- and honey-themed treats that lil ones will enjoy baking up for their dinner guests this year.
If you crave crisp apples for an afternoon snack, why not kick it up a notch and nosh on these quick apple snacks, which take mere minutes to prepare? We've included classic pairings, like cheddar cheese, and some that are a bit more novel (Biscoff spread, anyone?). Take a look!
Why This Recipe Works
For an impressive yet effortless French apple tart, we started with two supermarket staples: store-bought pie dough and jarred caramel sauce. The pie dough gave us a light, flaky tart shell, while the caramel sauce provided a sweet, glazy coating for our apple slices. For complexity, we added a bit of vanilla, plus a rather unexpected ingredient: garam masala. Microwaving the apples drove off moisture that would have made the bottom of the crust soggy. Glazing our baked tart with more caramel gave it an elegant shine, and vanilla ice cream made the perfect garnish.
Garam masala comes in many variations but consistently includes black pepper, cinnamon, coriander, cardamom, and dried chiles; it may also have cumin, cloves, fennel, mace, or nutmeg. It's commonly used in curries and stews, but we found it also added warm spice notes and complexity to our French Caramel Apple Tart. Our favorite brand is McCormick Gourmet Collection Garam Masala, which tasters praised for its "mellow," "well- balanced" aroma.
Just when we're settling into the relaxed (or is it more chaotic?) schedule of Summer, back-to-school time is suddenly upon us — bringing with it a shopping list a mile long. No worries; we have you covered when it comes to tracking down the cutest kiddie school supplies and extras around. First up, we found 11 cute lunch boxes, backpacks, pencil cases, and first-day-of-school outfits, all featuring that well-known school symbol: the apple! Keep clicking to check out these (adorable, inedible) apples!
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.