We all know apples are great for snacks, breakfast, and in dessert dishes, but have you ever tried incorporating apples in your dinner recipes? Apples can be a great addition to side dishes and main courses.
Don’t believe me? You must try pork chops with apple brandy sauce! Other delicious main entrees that include apples: slow cooker apple pork loin, apple sausage bean hash, chicken pesto pizza, and caramel apple pork chops.
On the lighter side you will appreciate chicken salad apple sandwiches and butternut squash and apple soup.
Apples star in salads too: broccoli and apple salad, apple bacon coleslaw and brussels sprout salad. Ahh…it makes a body thankful for Johnny Appleseed!
This Classic Apple Brown Betty is the perfect dessert idea as well.
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1. Chicken Salad Apple Sandwiches
From Kirsten Oliphiant
From Cooking Done Light’s Stupid Simple cooking series, these chicken salad apple sandwiches follow a basic recipe that easy to recreate and won’t cause you a lot of trouble. These easy chicken salad sandwiches have a little bit of crunch by way of chopped pecans, and a little sweet by way of grapes. Sandwiched between two slices of crisp apple, this chicken salad makes the perfect light lunch or afternoon snack.
2. Broccoli and Apple Salad
If you have a hankering for broccoli salad and find yourself missing some ingredients (or just don’t feel like frying up some bacon) give thus apple version a try! It makes up a really nice and tasty salad loaded with fresh, crisp apples and chopped walnuts for crunch! This recipe is lightened up with Greek yogurt, but certainly does not skip on the taste. It is the perfect dish for a school or work lunch, and a delicious dinner side.
3. Slow Cooker Apple Pork Loin
Combine sweet apples, savory cinnamon, honey, and boneless pork loin in the slow cooker and you will have one totally delicious meal. This Slow Cooker Apple Pork Loin is just perfect for fall or winter, and makes a surprisingly easy and comforting meal for the whole family. Brown the pork loin on the stovetop, throw all the ingredients in the slow cooker with a drizzle of honey overtop, then let cook to perfection for about six hours!
4. Caramel Apple Pork Chops
From Mommy Musings
Oh my goodness! I thought I had seen it all, but these caramel apple pork chops look seriously amazing. Tender pork chops are brushed with olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper, then placed in a hot pan until the pork has a nice and tasty crust. The apples are cooked until tender with wonderful fall spices, and then arranged on top of the cooked pork chops. Leftover sauce in the skillet is the perfect drizzle on top!
5. Apple Bacon Coleslaw
From Mom’s Test Kitchen
Take your store-bought coleslaw mix to the next level with this incredibly easy recipe for Apple Bacon Coleslaw! Traditional coleslaw mix is tossed with diced green onions, pieces of crisp granny smith apple, and crispy centercut bacon. The light and delicious dressing is a mix of sour cream, apple cider vinegar, honey, and fresh squeezed citrus juice. It is the ultimate side dish if you are cooking up some pork chops.
6. Apple Sausage Bean Hash
From Architecture of a Mom
I am always looking for a good one pot meal, and this Apple Sausage Bean Hash ticks all my boxes. It is quick and easy to make in just fifteen minutes, most of the ingredients are probably kept in your house already, and it tastes fantastic! Savory smoked sausage and golden delicious apples are sautéed until lightly browned and then get mixed with a delicious mix of savory spices, hearty beans, and sweet brown sugar.
7. Butternut Squash and Apple Soup
Crisp fall days call for curling up on the couch to watch a movie with a big bowl of butternut squash and apple soup and a cheddar cheese scone. The soup is a family favorite, warming and comforting stomachs with creamy squash and a warming mix of fall spices. Fresh bread, or in this case a warm from the oven cheddar cheese scone, perfectly pairs with the soup to make a hearty fall meal.
8. Chicken Pesto Pizza
When it comes to homemade pizza, I love experimenting with different and unique flavor combinations. It is the best way to find new favorites! This Chicken Pesto Pizza looks absolutely delicious and I think I will have to add it to my list as soon as possible. This blogger topped a store-bought pizza shell with fresh pesto, shredded grilled chicken, loads of cheese, and slices of crisp apple. The flavors in this would be heavenly.
9. Brussels Sprout Salad
From Avocado Pesto
Simple salads are perfect for everyday side dishes and easy go-to lunches. Toast some almonds, slice up an apple, shred those sautéed Brussel sprouts and you have got yourself a delicious and nutritious dish. It is a simple, edgy, and creative salad that you and your family are bound to love. Also be happy that it is gluten free, dairy free, and vegan!
10. Pork Chops with Apple Brandy Sauce
From Cooking Done Light
Skillet seared pork chops and apple bathed in a brandy sauce. How amazing does that sound? If your mouth is already watering you are going to want to check out this easy dinner recipe. It is a quick one pot weeknight meal that tastes great the day of, and makes for even better leftovers.
Get set for dinner with these kitchen essentials that are perfect for busy weeknight cooking:
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- Portable Slow Stainless Steel Cooker
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- Square Baker
- Rectangular Baker
- Old World pizza Stone
- Rectangular Pizza Stone
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- 17-Piece Cookware Set
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