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Quick and Easy Apple Recipes

Apples are the quintessential autumn ingredient, ushering in the cooler weather every year. But apples aren’t just for fall and winter recipes. Crisp and crunchy apples work beautifully year-round in salad recipes, side dishes, and baked goods. Here are a handful of easy recipes with apples that work for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert all year long.

Apple Dessert Recipes

Apple desserts are our favorite. Whether you have sweet or tart apples, there is a delicious apple dessert recipe waiting. Try these Slow-Cooked Hot Buttered Apples that taste like an apple pie filling, or our Apple Pie Scones that are a perfect match for a hot cup of coffee or cider. Looking for a healthier dessert? Try our Nature’s Candy, a naturally sweet mix of roasted apples and sweet potatoes. Or how about Apple Flax Muffins? They’re a slightly sweet but fiber-filled treat that can double as dessert or breakfast!

Apple Salads and Side Dishes

Apples are the perfect complement to salads and dinner side dishes. They offer a crunchy texture and a nice pop of sweet flavor. See how the sweet-tart flavor of Granny Smith apples pair perfectly with kale and walnuts in our Apple Dijon Kale Salad or see how it adds texture and sweetness to a hearty Chicken Salad with Apples. Apples are also great for meal prep! Add an apple to a meal prep salad, like our Autumn Kale and Sweet Potato Salad, or pack it in a lunch snack box like our Peanut Butter Lunch Box. The sturdy texture of apples holds up well to pre-packed lunches.

Apple Breakfast Recipes

No cozy breakfast is complete without the warm and comforting aroma of apples and cinnamon! Add apples to your hot breakfast, like Autumn Fruit and Nut Oatmeal or Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal, or even eat them cold like in our Apple Cinnamon Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowl. And don’t forget those Apple Flax Muffins!

Holiday Apple Recipes

Get ready for the holidays with some Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash with apples which makes a great vegan main dish for a Thanksgiving or a side dish to your Christmas roast. You can even go double apple and serve an Apple Walnut Stuffing alongside. And don’t forget the cranberry sauce! Sweet apples contrast perfectly with tart cranberries in our Roasted Apple Cranberry Relish.

Apple Main Dishes

Apples aren’t just a supporting character. They shine just as bright in your main course! See how apples pair beautifully with pork in our Apple Spice Pork Chops and poultry in our Cider Roasted Turkey Breast, which is good for Thanksgiving or any chilly winter night!

Overhead view of a bowl of wild rice pilaf

Wild Rice Pilaf

This wild rice pilaf is full of color, texture, and fall flavors. It's the perfect side dish for dinner during the cooler months.

Bratwurst and sauerkraut in a skillet with beer, potatoes, and mustard on the sides

Bratwurst and Sauerkraut

Juicy bratwurst simmering in tangy sauerkraut, sweet apples, onions, and broth is an easy and flavorful way to enjoy this German sausage.

Apple crisp in a bowl topped with vanilla ice cream

Easy Apple Crisp

This Easy Apple Crisp is a simple dessert that is warm, cozy, and sweet. It's the perfect dessert for chilly fall evenings.

Two bowls of autumn fruit and nut oatmeal surrounded by apples, leaves, and pinecones

Autumn Fruit and Nut Oatmeal

Oatmeal has been one of my favorite budget ingredients since day one. It’s super inexpensive, shelf-stable, and can be used in both sweet and savory dishes. Not to mention, a warm bowl of oatmeal...

Side view of a bowl of chicken salad with apples, croissants in the background

Chicken Salad with Apples

I’m kind of obsessed with chicken salad lately. It’s easy to prepare, super filling, and the perfect cold meal during these hot summer months. I especially love this chicken salad with apples because it’s...

wild rice stuffed acorn squash close up from above

Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash

You guys, Thanksgiving is right around the corner! And if you've been looking for a vegetarian (or vegan) main dish for Thanksgiving, this one is for you.

meal prep containers full of autumn kale and sweet potato salad

Autumn Kale and Sweet Potato Salad

I don't know about you, but I need a good salad right about now. I've been kind of over doing the comfort foods lately and my body is like, "pleeeease, can I have some...

Oven roasted autumn medley on a plate with mashed potatoes and a black fork

Oven Roasted Autumn Medley

Years ago I made Nature’s Candy, which was a deliciously sweet and savory oven roasted side dish that was so good I’d almost call it a dessert. Well, I decided to take that amazing...

Three glass containers of the peanut butter lunch box lined up in a row

The Peanut Butter Lunch Box

Continuing on with the series of no-cook lunch boxes, I bring you The Peanut Butter Lunch Box! This one is so simple, yet I may have enjoyed this one the most out of all...

Overhead view of a pot full of Roasted Apple Cranberry Cornbread Stuffing with ingredients scattered all around

Roasted Apple Cranberry Cornbread Stuffing

My philosophy on Thanksgiving is to keep it simple. Simple is elegant, simple is cost effective, and simple is easy (because hey, the cook wants to enjoy the day, too). I like to take super...

Close up overhead shot of Apple Walnut Stuffing in the casserole dish with a wooden spoon in the corner

Apple Walnut Stuffing

I’m all about making things from scratch. When it makes sense. If you’re cooking an entire Thanksgiving dinner by yourself, I think it makes sense to take a few shortcuts. One shortcut I like...

Close up overhead view of Autumn Kale and Apple Salad, with balsamic vinaigrette and a fork on the side.

Autumn Kale and Apple Salad

I’m moving forward full speed ahead with indulging my autumn obsession, despite the fact that it’s still 95 degrees outside. A good compromise between the crushing heat and my desire for all things fall...

Basing Cider Roasted Turkey Breast with Apples and Onions

Cider Roasted Turkey Breast

Okay guys, I’m going a little out of my price comfort zone for this one because it’s so good that I have to share. And you may very well be able to make this for...

This Apple Dijon Kale Salad is tangy, sweet, and crunchy with Granny Smith apples, walnuts, raisins, and a homemade Dijon vinaigrette. BudgetBytes.com

Apple Dijon Kale Salad

I’m in love. The dressing alone on this Apple Dijon Kale Salad was enough to make me swoon. It’s just a very simple Dijon vinaigrette, but it’s so good that I kept dipping my...

Slow Cooker Hot Buttered Apples are an easy and versatile dessert that is perfect for using up your glut of autumn apples! BudgetBytes.com

Slow Cooker Hot Buttered Apples

What do you do when you’ve got a lot of apples on your hands and they’re looking like they might not have that much longer to live? Make Slow Cooker Hot Buttered Apples! 👏👏👏

These Apple Spice Pork Chops are smothered with apples, onions, cinnamon, and butter which make a rich, flavorful, sweet, and savory main dish. BudgetBytes.com

Apple Spice Pork Chops

Are y’all ready for this? …No, no, I don’t think you are. Okay, if you insist. But if your head explodes upon contemplating the deliciousness of these Apple Spice Pork Chops, don’t say I...

Braised Red Cabbage is an easy, cost efficient, and healthful side for your comforting winter meals. BudgetBytes.com

Braised Red Cabbage

You guys know how I feel about cabbage, right? It’s like, the best thing ever. It’s super cheap, doesn’t spoil quickly, is super healthful, and can easily bulk out a meal. Braised Red Cabbage...

Roasted Apple Cranberry Relish is a thick, jam-like condiment whose uses go far beyond the Thanksgiving table. BudgetBytes.com

Roasted Apple Cranberry Relish

My favorite thing about “holiday food” is cranberries. I love cranberry sauce, cranberry relish, cranberry muffins, cranberry everything. I think they’re incredibly beautiful and I love their super tart-tangy flavor. So, when I saw this...

Apple Pie Scones - BudgetBytes.com

Apple Pie Scones

I love scones because they’re only ever so slightly sweet, go great with coffee, and they freeze really well. So, I can whip up a batch, then toss them in the freezer after they...

Apple Cabbage Slaw - BudgetBytes.com

Apple Cabbage Slaw

I’m still on a vegetable binge, wanting to eat every vegetable in sight. More specifically, I want cold, crunchy, crispy vegetables. A light summer slaw sounded like the perfect fix. This awesome Apple Cabbage...

Crunchy Cranberry Sauce - BudgetBytes.com

Crunchy Cranberry Sauce

Last week my sister was like, “Hey, are you coming here next week for Thanksgiving or what?” and I was all like, “Next week?! What do you mean, there’s at least another month before...

Nature's Candy

Nature’s Candy

I’m calling this one “Nature’s Candy” because my first thought upon tasting it was, “OMG, WHO NEEDS CANDY WHEN THIS EXISTS?!” … Yep, I thought it in all caps and everything. This recipe comes...

Apple Nut Quinoa

apple nut quinoa

As much as I love my myriad of baked oatmeal recipes, I’ve wanted to shake things up a bit lately and try something other than oats for breakfast. Enter quinoa. If you’ve never had...

Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal

apple pie baked oatmeal

Seriously, who needs those autumn themed Glade plug-ins when you’ve got apple pie oatmeal baking in the oven? NO ONE. So this, the latest installment in my baked oatmeal series, is an absolute winner....

Turkey Stuffing Casserole

Turkey and Stuffing Casserole

Alright, I’m going to tell you a secret… I hate, HATE, cooking whole birds. I’m not sure what part I hate the most, but I just don’t enjoy it… which kinda puts a damper...

Apple Flax Muffins

apple flax muffins

I’m really not one to use all sorts of fancy “health food” ingredients but strangely enough, I enjoy the flavor and texture of things like bran and flax meal. So, when I spotted a...