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Thanksgiving is a time of give thanks, of course. The thing I'm most thankful for on my Thanksgiving table is my Thanksgiving stuffing with fruit.

12 oz bag of Pepperidge Farm Herb Seasoned Stuffing
2 c water or broth
4 Tbsp butter
4 stalks of celery ( chopped )
1 small onion ( chopped )
1-1/2 c raisins
2 apples ( peeled, cored, and chopped )
1-1/2 c whole cranberries
2 Tbsp orange zest ( optional )
8
Nutritions

Calories
425

Sodium
175mg
7% DV

Fat
21g
32% DV

Protein
4g
9% DV

Carbs
68g
23% DV

Fiber
8g
33% DV
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It's apple cider muffin season! Moist, fluffy muffins with apple cider, shredded apple, and your favorite apple pie spices, with a cinnamon streusel on top.

Muffins:
1-1/2 c apple cider
1 large egg
1/2 c granulated sugar
1/2 c brown sugar ( packed )
4 Tbsp unsalted butter ( melted )
1/2 c milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 c all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp allspice
1/8 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp salt
1 apple ( peeled, cored, and shredded )
Extra melted butter for greasing muffin pan
Cinnamon Sugar Streusel:
1/3 c all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp granulated sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 Tbsp unsalted butter ( softened )
1/3 c chopped nuts ( optional )
16 muffins
Nutritions

Calories
4416

Sodium
4148mg
172% DV

Fat
123g
189% DV

Protein
100g
201% DV

Carbs
720g
245% DV

Fiber
32g
130% DV
34

World's Best Apple Pie

Photo by Viana Boenzli

There's no better time of year than now to make the world's best apple pie...from scratch. It's easy as pie!

Apple Pie Crust:
2-1/2 c all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp granulated sugar
1 c cold, unsalted butter ( cut into pea-sized pieces )
Ice water
Extra butter for greasing pie pan
Apple Pie Filling:
6-7 apples ( peeled, cored, and sliced )
1 c granulated sugar
1/4 c flour
4 Tbsp unsalted butter
1-1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
Apple Pie Topping:
1 large egg
Splash of cream
Coarse sugar
8
Nutritions

Calories
518

Sodium
505mg
21% DV

Fat
27g
42% DV

Protein
8g
16% DV

Carbs
54g
18% DV

Fiber
2g
10% DV
112

Mom's Jewish Apple Cake Recipe

Photo by Viana Boenzli

Oh, the fond memories I have of my mom's Jewish apple cake recipe. This dense yet moist cake is layered with scrumptious fall apples, then sprinkled with cinnamon sugar and baked to perfection.

5 apples ( peeled, cored, and cut into 12 thick slices )
2/3 c cinnamon sugar ( 2/3 c sugar mixed with 1-1/4 tsp cinnamon )
3 c flour
2 c granulated sugar
3 tsp baking powder
4 large eggs
1 c neutral oil
1/4 c orange juice
2-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Vegetable shortening and extra flour for greasing pan
12
Nutritions

Calories
634

Sodium
18mg
0% DV

Fat
33g
51% DV

Protein
7g
15% DV

Carbs
74g
25% DV

Fiber
3g
13% DV
Photo by Viana Boenzli

Bacon-Apple-Pecan Stuffed French Toast...that's a mouthful. Stuffed with bacon, apples, pecans, and mascarpone, it's a Sunday morning party for your taste buds!

2 slices thick bread ( like Texas toast )
1/4 of an apple ( cored and sliced into 1/4 inch slices )
3 strips of thick-cut bacon
1 Tbsp brown sugar
3 Tbsp pecans ( crumbled into small pieces )
2 oz mascarpone ( or cream cheese )
1 large egg
1 Tbsp milk
Nutritions

Calories
3073

Sodium
132mg
5% DV

Fat
233g
359% DV

Protein
45g
91% DV

Carbs
119g
40% DV

Fiber
35g
142% DV
78

Pork Chops with Apple

Photo by Erich Boenzil

Pork chops with apple is a fall classic. But we can actually make it tastier and simpler. And yes, it's a one-pot dish, ready in 30 minutes.

For the chops:
2 thick bone-in pork chops
2 Tbsp neutral oil, like canola
1/2 Tbsp kosher salt
1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
1 tsp warm spice, such as cinnamon, allspice, etc ( optional )
For the sauce:
2 crisp apples, like Fuji ( cored and cut into 12 wedges each )
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 tsp rosemary ( chopped )
1 tsp sage ( chopped )
1/2 c red onion ( chopped )
2 cloves garlic ( unpeeled, crushed )
1/2 c chicken stock
2 Tbsp heavy cream
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
2
Nutritions

Calories
400

Sodium
2241mg
93% DV

Fat
33g
51% DV

Protein
4g
9% DV

Carbs
26g
8% DV

Fiber
5g
21% DV
732

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Photo by Viana Boenzli

You've absolutely got to try my Chocolate Zucchini Bread. There is no flavor of zucchini...zip, zilch, nada. All you'll taste is fluffy chocolatey goodness.

1 large egg ( at room temperature )
1/4 c butter ( melted, but not hot )
1/4 c applesauce
1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c light brown sugar ( packed )
1/2 c granulated sugar
2 c all-purpose flour
1/2 c cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 c zucchini ( peeled and finely shredded )
1 c chocolate chips ( divided )
Flaky sea salt
Vegetable shortening ( for greasing pan )
8
Nutritions

Calories
675

Sodium
265mg
11% DV

Fat
21g
32% DV

Protein
12g
24% DV

Carbs
120g
40% DV

Fiber
9g
39% DV

This fresh and healthy salad is so refreshing. It would be great for lunch or as a side dish for dinner. Give this vegan and vegetarian friendly recipe a try.

You can add some lettuce, preferably romaine or another green leafy lettuce. You can also add red cabbage for its color and crispiness. You can also interchange apples for pears. Roasted cherry tomatoes also add some body and a depth of flavor to the dish.

1 whole orange
8 oz cooked chickpeas
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1 Apple
2 ounces Red bell pepper
1 ounce White onion
2 ounces Cucumber
Salt and Pepper to taste
1/2 cup Olive OIl
2
  1. Slice the orange in half.
  2. Separate the sections of one half.
  3. In a bowl, squeeze the juice of the other half of orange and add the olive oil. Add some salt and pepper and...
    See the full directions on my site
Nutritions

Calories
1207

Sodium
138mg
5% DV

Fat
58g
90% DV

Protein
23g
46% DV

Carbs
157g
53% DV

Fiber
26g
104% DV

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