Deliciously light (and easy) fall apple recipes

deliciously light (and easy) fall apple recipesIt’s just about boot and sweater weather in the northeast, and since we didn’t have time last year because of our wedding, (I was too busy dealing with seating arrangements and hotel giftbags) we took FULL advantage of apple picking this season. While I made it my apple-picking-mission to find a few of each type of apple from the endless rows of apple trees, the hubby decided to taste-test one from every category. Win-win! While the apple hunting was entertaining, there’s really nothing better than the check-out line at the local apple orchard – there’s always an abundance of hot apple cider, apple cider donuts, and fresh apple…well, anything. After bringing home a whopping 8 pounds of apples, I could only imagine the endless apple recipes I could make!

My go-to fall dessert last year was Skinnytaste’s apple cranberry crumble and this is just one of those recipes that stands the test of time. The tart cranberries combined with sweet apples and crumbly oat topping is always a crowd-pleaser and it’s one of those desserts that the hubby always asks for (and he always has a second helping). I make a few modifications to make the recipe dairy-free and gluten-free like swapping out butter for coconut oil, using coconut palm sugar, and cornstarch instead of flour to thicken up the sauce. Serve it right out of the oven for a warm treat on a cool night.
deliciously light (and easy) fall apple recipes

I also found a fantastic crockpot apple sauce recipe to put the rest of the apples to good use (see pic on top left). We had picked a combination of red delicious, gala and Cortland apples and I used all three variations in the recipe. If you have a lot of apples on hand, make a double batch and freeze the leftovers (if there are any!). This super easy recipe from the Frugal Girls has only a handful of ingredients and will make your house smell amazing! I added a sprinkle of nutmeg which added a warmer, ‘spiced’ flavor to the applesauce, almost like apple butter. Happy apple picking (and apple baking)!

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Crockpot Shredded Salsa Chicken

crockpot shredded salsa chicken

I’ve been on a two-ingredient kick lately (i.e. for dessert), but a dinner recipe that’s only two ingredients AND cooked in the slow-cooker…am I dreaming?! I promise, this is the easiest recipe you’ll ever throw together for dinner and it’s incredibly versatile. Plus, I heard that salsa is one of the healthiest condiments out there, so this recipe is a win-win for sure! Place chicken in the slow cooker and top with the salsa of your choice, let it cook, then shred the chicken and mix it with the leftover salsa — that’s all there is to it! Due to the short cooking time (for a crockpot recipe), I like to whip up a batch over the weekend and keep it in the fridge to use for quick lunches and dinners throughout the week. I LOVE the shredded salsa chicken as a filling for tacos and I ate the leftovers in a salad the next day. Try a fruit-flavored salsa for a sweeter dish (my favorite is Trader Joe’s spicy, smoky peach salsa) or salsa verde. The shredded salsa chicken can be used as a base for a ton of different meals:

Salsa + chicken + tacos + toppings = Taco Tuesday

Salsa + chicken + iceberg lettuce + toppings = Mexican lettuce wraps

Salsa + chicken + romaine/spinach + toppings = Mexican chicken salad

Salsa + chicken + avocado + tomato + whole wheat wrap = Mexican chicken wraps

Salsa + chicken + mac and cheese = Mexican mac and cheese

Salsa + chicken + tortillas + cheese = salsa chicken quesadillas

No matter how you eat it, the salsa infuses the chicken with a ton of flavor and the little crispy burnt pieces are the best! The hubby even proclaimed that this was the best chicken I’ve ever made. Should I be insulted that I only used two ingredients and there was no real “cooking” involved? I think not…I’ll take what I can get 🙂
crockpot shredded salsa chicken

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