Simple Homemade Applesauce

Simple homemade applesauce is versatile and sooooooo easy to make! It makes a healthy snack, can be added to baked goods or served as a quick side dish!

Simple Homemade Applesauce

Simple Homemade Applesauce

Course Side Dish, Snack
Servings 6
Calories 30 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 6 apples, any variety*
  • 1 tsp lemon juice**
  • Sugar to taste
  • Cinnamon or apple pie spice to taste

Instructions
 

  • Peel apples and cut chunks directly off the core and into a medium saucepan.
  • Cover the pan and cook over medium-low heat until liquid begins to gather on the bottom of the pan (about 10 minutes).
  • Turn heat up to medium and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until apples are tender and break up easily when stirring, approximately 10-20 minutes depending on the variety of apples.  Add lemon juice and stir to blend.
  • If smoother applesauce is desired, use a whisk or (after cooling slightly) blender to remove lumps.  Add sugar and spice to taste, if desired.
  • *Different apples will result in subtle flavor differences.  The sweeter the apple variety, the sweeter the applesauce. For this reason, I suggest you taste the finished applesauce before adding sugar or spices.
  • **Lemon juice is used to slow down oxidation and to keep the applesauce from browning.  It’s not necessary for the taste or texture of the finished product and can be left out if preferred.
  • Hack:  Freeze leftovers in serving-sized portions for up to 3 months to use as a snack or in cooking/baking.
Keyword applesauce, cooked apples, easy, healthy, homemade, low calorie, side dish, snack, stewed, vegan, vegetarian

Did you know?  Despite the fact that over 2,500 varieties of apples are currently grown in the United States, only one variety is native to the country.  Click here to find out more!

Suggestion:  Use applesauce to make this simple white bread!

Pork Chops With Apples and Onions

Pork chops with apples and onions is a one-skillet meal that’s quick, easy and bursting with flavor! This all-in-one meal is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

Pork Chops With Apples and Onions

Pork Chops With Apples and Onions

Course Main Course
Servings 3
Calories 436 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 pork chops, 4 oz each
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 3 apples, thinly sliced
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • ½ tsp dried rosemary
  • ¼ tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ¾ cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard

Instructions
 

  • Season pork chops on both sides with salt and pepper.
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a skillet over medium-high heat then add the pork chops. Cook until browned (3-5 minutes on each side) and remove to plate.
  • Add remaining 1 tbsp oil to the same pan then add apples and onion. Cook 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with sage, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper. Stir gently to combine.
  • Whisk together broth and mustard and add to the pan.
  • Slide pork chops back in the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes, until pork chops are finished cooking and liquid is reduced by half.
  • Hack: Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
Keyword apples and onions, cooked apples, easy meal, fast and easy, fried pork chop, one pan meal, one skillet meal, pan seared, pork chop, quick and easy

While an apple a day (all by itself) will not keep the doctor away, it IS a beneficial part of a healthy diet!

Suggestion:  This dish will pair nicely with baked rice pilaf!

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