Fall is known for colorful leaves, cooler temperatures, pumpkin spice and last, but definitely not least, apple season! Although apples are grown year-round, this time of year is when you’ll see the most varieties and even local apples (in some areas). So, if you and your family are apple fans, get excited about the autumn (aka apple) season.
Here are some varieties that are at their peak during these fall months:
- Lady Alice
And besides the apples on this list, apple varieties like Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Gala and Golden Delicious are several other go-to’s to look for at your local Food Lion to enjoy during apple season (as well as year-round). How do you like to enjoy your favorite apples? Sliced and dipped in peanut butter? Chilled and eaten as-is? Both are tasty options, but we have some other apple recipes that you may want to try - six to be exact! And together, they give you ideas for delicious dishes to eat throughout the day. That’s right! We have apple recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Let’s get started with the meal that’s commonly known as the most important one of the day!
Apple Recipes for Breakfast
Incorporating apples into your breakfast dishes can be as simple as serving slices on the side. But, if you want to try making a dish with apples in a tasty and creative way, check out these two apple recipes below!
Butternut Squash & Apple Oatmeal
Our first apple recipe for breakfast incorporates another fall ingredient as well - butternut squash! This dish also uses the fall flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg too. Yum! To make this Butternut Squash & Apple Oatmeal, you’ll also need water, milk and steel-cut or old-fashioned oats for the oatmeal, as well as butter, brown sugar and the spices for the apple and squash. Then, once everything is cooked, you can then top this flavorful breakfast with a drizzle of maple syrup or honey.
Recipe Tip:Looking for a way to save some time? Try using instant or microwavable oatmeal instead. You can even use the apple cinnamon variety for even more apple flavor.
Apple Cinnamon Pancake Cereal
If you have a little extra time in the morning, like on the weekend, this Apple Cinnamon Pancake Cereal is well worth the effort. This fun twist on a short stack of pancakes is made with fresh apple, applesauce, cinnamon and some classic pancake ingredients. These tasty things together result in a bowl full of flavor, sweetness and a little bit of tanginess too.
And if you’re thinking this breakfast dish looks familiar, it has taken the online world by storm recently. So, get ready to give this infamous recipe a try. Snag the full recipe here!
Recipe Tip: Add a little cinnamon to your maple syrup before drizzling over top to add a little more fall flavor.
Apple Recipes for Lunch
Apples with breakfast? Check! Now, how can you add fresh apples to your lunch? We’re so glad you asked! Keep reading to see some inspiration for lunchtime apple recipes, including a soup and a salad option.
Creamy Sweet Potato, Apple & Bacon Soup
This soup is perfect for cool, crisp autumn days and the flavors will definitely remind you of fall. Plus, it’s hearty, wholesome and something the whole family will absolutely love a bowl of for lunch. So, get your Dutch oven or stockpot ready, then see the full list of ingredients and step by step directions on our recipe portal!
To save some time prepping this savory and creamy soup, pick up some pre-cut apples and pre-cooked bacon while shopping for your ingredients at your neighborhood Food Lion. We also recommend serving it with a side salad for a balanced meal, so add some salad items to your grocery shopping list too!
And if you need some inspiration for your salad, we have the perfect idea (that also uses apples) - our Chicken Salad Mason Jars!
Chicken Salad Mason Jars with Fresh Apples
For the days that you’re pressed for time at home or on the go, our recipe for Chicken Salad Mason Jars can be made ahead of time and enjoyed whenever you’re ready. Plus, both kids and adults will love how this salad tastes! Speaking of which, to craft this apple recipe, you’ll need lettuce, onion, chicken, pecans, green grapes and apples for the salad. Then, for the dressing, you’ll combine plain Greek yogurt, dijon mustard, poppy seeds, honey, apple cider vinegar and some salt & pepper.
But, to save time making this salad, you can try a couple different things:
- Use rotisserie chicken in place of the chicken breasts.
- Choose a bottled salad dressing like poppyseed, honey mustard or balsamic vinaigrette.
Apple Recipes for Dinner
For dinnertime, let’s look at some heartier apple recipes, such as a grilled pork chop entrée and a complete one-pan meal with chicken. Both are easy and oh-so-delicious!
One-Pan Chicken with Apples & Onions
Savory bacon, tangy apple and earthy veggies (along with tasty chicken) make up the tastiness of this easy and affordable dinner recipe. Another great thing about this dish is that it is cooked on a single pan, making clean up a breeze!
Want to add additional veggies besides sweet potato, broccoli and onion? Butternut squash would pair perfectly as well!
Recipe Tip: Use fresh thyme in place of the dried herb for a stronger pop of flavor.
Ready to start cooking? You can find the full recipe here!
Grilled Pork Chops with Apple Salsa
It’s true - pork chops and fruit are two ingredients that go really well together. They’re like two peas in a pod. Or like peanut butter and jelly. And when you’re ready to put that theory to the test, make sure to have this recipe on-hand!
Our Grilled Pork Chops with Apple Salsa recipe is composed of crisp, sweet apples, fresh herbs and jalapeños overtop of juicy grilled pork chops. It’s an explosion of flavor the whole family is sure to love! But, if some people in your family aren’t the biggest spice-lovers, we have a tip to share.
Recipe Tip: When making your apple salsa, use jalapeño peppers that have smooth skin and no white lines for a more mild topping for your pork chops.
After reading about these six apple recipes, you’re probably ready to head to your nearest Food Lion with your shopping list in-hand, right? After all, you’ll find just what you need to make these dishes at low prices! And once you’ve tried all of these recipes, visit our recipe portal for even more apple recipe inspiration.