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Savory ways to use your apple orchard haul

Savory ways to use your apple orchard haul

Savory ways to use your apple orchard haul

Think the only thing you can use your apple orchard haul in is pies, muffins and apple crumbles? Think again!! Chef Kat Marris, Fresh and Balanced Meal Prep, says try these delicious savory recipes using your apple orchard haul!

Savory ways to use your apple orchard haul

Savory ways to use your apple orchard haul

Apple Pistachio Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette
Makes 4 servings
Salad Ingredients:
8 cups spinach
1 Honeycrisp apple, cored and diced
1 Granny Smith apple, cored and diced
1/3 cup roasted pistachios
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1 cup swiss cheese, cubed
Dressing Ingredients:
3/4 cup apple cider
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Toss all salad ingredients together in a large bowl. Whisk together all dressing ingredients in a small separate bowl. Drizzle the salad with the dressing, a tablespoon at a time and toss until salad is coated but not soaked. Divide salad between plates and serve immediately. Store unused dressing in the refrigerator.

Butternut Squash and Apple Soup
Makes 6 servings
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 yellow onion, diced
2 celery ribs, chopped into small pieces
1 clove garlic, minced
1 package peeled and cubed butternut squash (about 3 cups)
1 Fuiji apple, cored and diced
1 Gala apple, cored and diced
1 teaspoon dried savory
1 teaspoon dried thyme
Pinch of nutmeg
Pinch of cayenne pepper
3 cups vegetable broth
1/2 cup canned coconut milk
Salt and pepper to taste
1/3 cup roasted pumpkin seeds
1 teaspoon smoked paprika

Heat oil in a large saucepan. Add onion and celery and cook until softened. Add garlic and squash and cook until garlic is aromatic. Add apples, herbs and spices and cook for two minutes. Add enough vegetable stock to just cover squash and bring to a boil. Simmer for 20 minutes until squash is soft.

Carefully remove pan from stove and use an immersion blender to blend until smooth. You can also do this in two batches in a blender. Stir in coconut milk and serve with a pinch of pumpkin seeds and smoked paprika!

Apple Salsa
Makes 2 cups

1 large Granny Smith apple, cored and diced
1/4 red onion, diced
1/2 cucumber, peeled and diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 jalapeno pepper, diced (optional)
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 lemon, juiced
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large bowl, mix all the diced ingredients together until combined. Add the apple cider vinegar and lemon juice. Stir well to combine. Serve with tortilla chips or cinnamon sugar pita chips.

• About Chef Kat: I am chef on a meal prep and healthy cooking mission! I teach meal prep cooking lessons and corporate wellness presentations. I am also a food blogger and write about meal prep topics and provide healthy recipes on my blog, Fresh and Balanced. My goal is to help you eat healthier and feel better one meal at a time.

To learn more, visit:
Instagram: @katmarris
Facebook: Fresh and Balanced


Colder and quiet rest of the week

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A good 20° swing Wednesday morning with temperatures in the lower to mid 20s this morning with feel-like temperatures in the teens. it will be a clear start then brighter heading through the rest of the morning and the afternoon! Sunshine won’t help us out too much in terms of temperatures today. Daytime highs should warm to the upper 30s. Wednesday night will be a cold one with lows in the lower 20s with a partly cloudy sky.

Thursday will be another cold one with highs struggling to reach 30°. It’ll still be a bright one with a mostly to partly sunny sky. A slow warming trend will start Friday with highs warming to the upper 30s with a mixture of sun and clouds.

This weekend will be split with a chance of showers arriving late in the day Sunday. Highs will continue to warm to the mid-40s Saturday with a partly sunny sky. Clouds return Sunday with showers later in the evening and overnight. Rain will continue through Monday. Tuesday looks to be a dry day for now then showers should return by midweek with highs in the mid 40s.