Cooking with Apples

Most apples are great for eating fresh. But the best apples for baking, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac, are Fuji, Granny Smith and Rome Beauty, while the best for pies are Winesap, Rhode Island Greening, Newtown Pippin, Jonagold and Cortland.

No matter what kind of apple you choose, you'll be getting a nutritional powerhouse. Studies have shown apples to have a host of benefits including the ability to help regulate blood sugar, lower cholesterol and protect against certain types of cancer. But, according to the Washington Apple Commission, the average American eats just one apple per week.

If you want to get more apples into your diet, here are 10 recipes that feature this fall favorite.

10 Apple Recipes

Apple-Cinnamon Slow Cooker Oatmeal
Help your whole family start the day off right with this easy, slow-cooker oatmeal that features fresh Granny Smith apples. (160 calories)

Pumpkin and Apple Waffles

For a weekend treat, these waffles feature two fall favorites: pumpkin and apples. Add even more apples to the top for a crunchy treat. (250 calories)

Cinnamon Apple Muffins

These low-calorie muffins are perfect first thing in the morning or for an afternoon snack. They feature both fresh apples and applesauce. (85 calories)

Pork Chop and Apple Bake

Warm up a fall evening with this filling dinner of pork chops baked atop chopped apples. Keep the skin on the apples to get even more nutrients and fiber. (350 calories)

Apple Turkey Burger

The apple in this burger mix adds moisture and just a touch of sweetness. If you're worried about the burger being too sweet, use a tart apple like a Granny Smith. For added crunch, top the finished burger with a few thin slices of fresh apple. (245 calories)

Carrot Apple Soup
This low-calorie veggie soup is both warm and filling on a cold fall day. You can substitute chicken broth if you'd prefer a little bit richer flavor. (70 calories)

Chicken Breast with Apple Stuffing

This easy dish captures all the flavors of Thanksgiving with none of the hassle. Serve with a side of cranberry sauce for an even more authentic taste. (140 calories)

Apple Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies, which include both applesauce and chopped fresh apples, don't require as much sugar as most cookie recipes because of the sweetness of the fruit. (30 calories)

Baked Apples with Walnuts

Try a Rome or Fuji apple in this simple recipe for a healthy apple dessert. (150 calories)

Sweet and Crispy Apple Chips

This simple snack adds a hint of cinnamon to oven-baked apple chips. Try a Winesap or Cortland apple for lots of flavor. (40 calories)

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The Old Farmer's Almanac, "Best Apples for Baking,", accessed on November 5, 2013.

The World's Healthiest Foods, "Apples,", accessed on November 5, 2013.

Washington Apple Commission, "Apples Keep Your Family Healthy,", accessed on November 5, 2013.