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Healthy Apple Recipes for Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year)

This Sunday night begins the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. It’s a tradition to eat apples and honey on Rosh Hashanah as a way of wishing for a sweet new year.

In honor of the holiday, I asked some of my blogger friends to share their favorite healthy apple recipes. Even if you’re not celebrating the holiday this weekend, these recipes are all perfect for fall, when apples are in their peak season!

Enjoy!

 

Apple Pie Blossom Cookies {Gluten Free + Vegan} from Kaila at Healthy Helper Blog.

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Healthy Apple Crisp {Dairy-Free + Paleo} from Elizabeth at The Clean Eating Couple.

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Apple Pie Quick Bread {Gluten-Free + Vegan} from Rebecca at Strength and Sunshine

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Apples and Honey Baked Oatmeal from Dani at Dani California Cooks

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Apple Butter Muffins  {Vegan} from Dixya at Food Pleasure and Health

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No Bake Apple Peanut Butter Bars {Gluten-Free + Vegan} from Kelly at Eat the Gains

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Apples and Honey Smoothie from Nicole at Fitful Focus

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Whole Wheat Apple Honey Muffins made by me!

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Wishing a sweet New Year to anyone celebrating Rosh Hashanah! Have a great weekend.

 

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Appetizer Side Dish

Passover Apple-Matzoh Kugel

Passover will be here in just two weeks! For those of you celebrating, that means putting away all of the bread products and bringing out the matzoh! Matzoh is an unleavened flatbread, eaten during the 8 days of Passover in the Jewish tradition.

Some people love it, and others think it tastes like cardboard. I am in the middle. If I slather it with peanut butter or jam, it’s just like any other cracker to me.

When it’s used in this Passover Apple-Matzoh Kugel, you’d barely know it’s there.

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Kugel is a traditional baked side dish, usually made with egg noodles or potatoes. But for Passover, we use Matzoh.

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This Apple-Matzoh Kugel is not a family recipe (I’m not allowed to share those!), but rather one I adapted from a popular recipe online. The original recipe contained A LOT of butter and sugar, but in typical LCBA fashion, I adapted it to make it healthier.

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I cut way down on the added sugar because the sweetness from the apples and dried fruit was enough. I also reduced the amount of butter used and substituted whole wheat matzoh for regular.

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I won’t lie, I feel strange creating my own recipes for Jewish holidays. It feels wrong, like I am cheating on family recipes and breaking with tradition.

I know that’s only because my mom makes the BEST food for Jewish holidays. For Passover, her matzoh ball soup, brisket, and chocolate matzoh crunch are unbeatable. Why should I even bother trying to come up with anything new?

Perhaps I am a bit nostalgic because I won’t be home with my family for Passover this year. Even though I love to cook, there is nothing like my mom’s food. I’ll bet a lot of you can relate!

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Even though it isn’t Mom’s, this Apple-Matzoh Kugel is DELICIOUS. I know it’s one I will make year after year.

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If you’re cooking for a large crowd, this recipe can easily be doubled. Just make sure to use a larger baking dish. Also great about this recipe is that you can make it 1-2 days ahead of time and reheat it in the oven before your Seder.

Happy Passover to those who are observing!

 

Passover Apple-Matzoh Kugel
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 2 large granny smith apples, cored and cut into ½ inch pieces
  • ⅛ cup light brown sugar
  • ⅛ cup orange juice
  • 3.5 whole wheat matzohs
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2.5 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • ⅓ cup dried apricots, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an 11x7 or 8x8 baking dish. Set aside.
  2. Toss the apples with the brown sugar and orange juice in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  3. Break the matzoh into 3-inch pieces and soak in 1 cup of warm water until soft but not mushy. Set aside.
  4. While the matzoh soaks, beat the eggs in a large bowl until blended. Add the salt, cinnamon, vanilla extract, sugars, and melted butter. Stir in the raisins and apricots.
  5. Strain the liquid from the softened matzoh and add the matzoh to the egg mixture. Then add the apples. Stir lightly to combine and then pour the mixture into the greased baking dish.
  6. Place the kugel on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 1 hour. Check after 40 minutes and if the top begins to brown too early, tent the baking dish with aluminum foil.
  7. Remove the kugel from the oven and cool to room temperature.
Notes
* Recipe adapted from Epicurious
 

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Main Meal Salad Vegetarian Meals

Farro Salad with Apples, Almonds and Smoked Mozzarella

I’m back.

Sorry, I know it’s been awhile. Stuff got busy you see. A lot of things have happened since I’ve been gone.

I got a job (woo!), I graduated from college (MAJOR milestone there), packed up everything in my college apartment, moved back home, unpacked everything, and now I am starting to pack up all my stuff AGAIN to move across the country. Yeah, big things.

Over the course of all that, my time in the kitchen decreased more than I would have liked, so it is great to be home. Now I have all the time in the world to experiment with the massive pile of recipes I have been meaning to get to.

This is one of them:

Farro Salad with Apples, Almonds and Smoked Mozzarella Recipe

As much as I consider myself a carnivore, I have been loving certain vegetarian dishes recently. This is my favorite so far. I could have eaten the entire bowl of this salad if I wasn’t forced to share.

Farro Salad with Apples, Almonds and Smoked Mozzarella Recipe

If you have never used farro, you have to try it. It is similar to brown rice, but the grains are larger and it is slightly nuttier. Oh, and it cooks in half the time. Yeah, thought you’d like that.

It also packs in a lot of protein and fiber. Healthy stuff, people.

You can use any apples of your choice. I used a granny smith and a pink lady as a mixture.

Farro Salad with Apples, Almonds and Smoked Mozzarella Recipe

All of the flavors come together so nicely in this dish.  It can be eaten as a main meal or as a yummy side dish.

This would be PERFECT to bring to a summer BBQ. Trust me, you don’t want to be the fifteenth person bringing chips and dip, do you?

Farro Salad with Apples, Almonds and Smoked Mozzarella Recipe

You’ll love this farro salad, I swear.

 

Farro Salad with Apples, Almonds and Smoked Mozzarella
 
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 1 cup farro
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup toasted almonds, chopped*
  • 2 apples (any will do)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • ¾ cup craisins (or raisins if you prefer)
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped
  • 6 oz smoked mozzarella, cut into ½ inch cubes (regular mozzarella will be fine if you can’t find smoked)
  • 1 teaspoon dill weed
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine the farro, salt and six cups of water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook uncovered for 25 minutes, until tender. Drain the farro in a colander and let dry on a paper-towel lined plate or tray
  2. Cut the apples into ½ inch cubes. Toss them in a bowl with the lemon juice and enough water to cover the apples.
  3. Whisk together the olive oil and balsamic in a small bowl.
  4. Combine the cooked farro, almonds, craisins, parsley, mozzarella and dill weed. Drain the apples and add them as well. Drizzle the olive oil and balsamic over the mixture. Toss well. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Notes
* You can easily toast almonds by putting them in a medium skillet over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, making sure to shake the skillet often. The almonds are done when they are slightly browned and smell toasted.

Recipe adapted from Serious Eats
 

Gluten-Free Poultry Salad

Balsamic Chicken and Apple Salad

I decided to make you a salad.

I decided you should know that I don’t just eat PB&J Muffins and really really yummy granola bars. I eat real food, too. Sometimes.

Sometimes I get in ruts, though. When I am rushed for time and don’t feel like learning a new recipe, I make the same damn things over and over. Then favorite recipes turn into bland, unexciting meals.

This recipe was passed along to me from a friend who told me it was amazing. They were right. I made the marinade in less than 5 minutes before class yesterday and let the chicken marinate ALL.DAY.

The chicken was out of the fridge and onto my plate in less than 10 minutes. More importantly, it was juicy, flavorful, and something different to add to my routine.

Salad with Balsamic Chicken and Apples Recipe

I will definitely make this again…

and again…

and again…

I think you’re starting to understand me now.

 

Balsamic Chicken 

For 2 chicken breasts, pounded to 1/4 inch thickness

Ingredients:

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1 teaspoon dijon mustard

2 Tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed

1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed

In a bowl, mix together the balsamic, dijon, brown sugar, thyme, and rosemary. Add the chicken and cover completely with the marinade (or place the marinade and chicken in a plastic bag). Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or overnight (the longer the MUCH better!)

When ready to cook the chicken, heat a medium skillet on medium-high heat and add a drop of olive oil. When the oil is hot add the chicken and marinade to the pan.  Cook the chicken for about 2 minutes on each side (until it is cooked through), and then remove the chicken and let it rest on a plate. Let the sauce continue to simmer until it is at your desired thickness.

Assemble a salad using any lettuce of your choice. Place the chicken on top and use the sauce in your pan as your dressing.  Apple slices are a great addition, but raisins, bell pepper, or candied walnuts would be yummy as well.

** This chicken and sauce also tastes great with brown rice.