While we live in a world where we can eat pretty much anything we want, whenever we want (providing it’s available and you’ve got enough money), but there’s a lot to be said for eating seasonally. Seasonal dishes are not only good for your health and your wallet, they’re also good for the environment. Food has to travel less distance in its peak season, requiring less carbon fuel to transport. It’s also fresher and tastes better, as well.
There’s all manner of delicious fall recipes that you could get into, if you’re feeling adventurous. Anything with any kind of gourd or squash, as well as all manner of ‘harvest dishes’ – recipes calling for apples and nuts.
To get you started, we’ve compiled a three cheap, easy fun fall apple recipes, for those looking to expand their fall palate beyond pumpkin spice lattes and candy corn.
Nothing says ‘autumn’ like apples, and nothing is simpler or tastier to bake than an apple crisp! A lot of times there’s free apples for days, in the fall, depending on how close you live to apple trees. If you’ve ended up with bushels and bushels of free apples, you’ll want to make several of these!
4 cups apples; cored, peeled, and sliced
1/3 cup softened butter
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup packed brown sugar, plus 2 tbsp (separate)
3/4 tsp nutmeg
Preheat to 375°.
Completely grease an 8″ square baking dish; place apple slices inside.
Mix all other ingredients until crumbling, then pour over apples. (You’ll probably want to use an electric mixer.)
Cover any exposed fruit with 2 tbsp brown sugar.
Bake for 30 – 35 minutes, or until the apples are tender (but not mushy).
Consider enjoying with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
This might sound kind of strange, but apples can be useful in savory dishes as well as sweets. Apple nachos are cheap, easy, delicious, and a fun way to bring seasonal nutrition into your routine.
2-4 apples, sliced thin and cored
1 Lemon, juiced
Peanut butter, almond butter, and/or softened caramel
Pecans, walnuts, almonds, peanuts, etc.
Arrange the apple slices on a plate; drizzle with lemon juice to delay browning
Drizzle with the softened peanut butter, almond butter, and/or softened caramel.
Top with optional toppings to taste.
Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin and Apples with Smashed Potatoes
This delicious slow cooked pork is slightly ambitious, but still cheap and easy to make. We’re obsessed with slow cookers, as there’s nothing like leaving for a long day only to come home to a piping hot dinner, ready to devour. This pork tenderloin roast will make enough food for several days, so consider this for a Sunday dinner and have leftovers for days!
1 pork tenderloin
1/4 cup chicken broth
2 apples; cored, sliced, and peeled
1/2 cup honey
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 onion, chopped
3-4 potatoes, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup sour cream
2-4 tbsp butter
Handful of chives
Put the pork tenderloin in the slow cooker and cover with the other ingredient.
Cook for 8-10 hours at a low setting or 6 hours on a high temperature.
30 minutes before serving, take out the tenderloin and let sit for 10 minutes.
Thinly slice pork tenderloin, smother with leftover juices and apple mixture.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add potatoes an hour before serving.
Boil potatoes for 15 minutes or until tender enough to stick a fork in.
Drain potatoes, smash with a fork or potato masher.
Mix in sour cream, butter, and chives.
Places slices of pork, a spoonful of the apple mixture, and juices on top of potatoes.