Apple Cranberry Crumble Pie

Merry Christmas Lovely,

Yesterday was Christmas and today was Boxing Day! I can’t wait to get into how I celebrated, but that’s a separate post that you’ll have to wait until tomorrow to read. Normally I take the two weeks surrounding Christmas and New Years off, but there’s just so much happening, I had to share. This is the last recipe of the year, and although it’s simple, it’s still really special. I originally planned on sharing this recipe the week before Christmas, but when I got invited to Christmas dinner with my childhood best friend, Sheena, I knew this would be the perfect dish to bring! I’ve done apple pies before, but there’s something about adding cranberries that just makes it super festive.

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I didn’t put a lot of cranberries in, because  I don’t want their flavor to overpower the apples, but if you want more cranberries, go ahead and add them, just reduce the number of apples a bit. Sheena and her family loved the pie so much there was nothing left! I didn’t carry it to my family’s dinner, because I knew it would be better appreciated with a smaller crowd. My family will be bringing various foods and desserts; this pie deserves the opportunity to shine! I feel bad that I didn’t get that “Perfect” picture but I think you guys understand how good this was. I used granola as a topping instead of a crumb topping because it’s easier and I wanted a different flare.

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Apple Cranberry Crumble Pie

yield: 8 SERVINGS

prep time: 30 MINUTES

cook time: 30 MINUTES

inactive time: 40 MINUTES

total time: 2 HOURS

Ingredients

  • Pie dough for single crust for a 9.5 inch deep dish pie plate, or you can use your favourite crust recipe

  • 3 cups apples, peeled and thinly sliced

  • 1/2 cups fresh cranberries

  • 1/2 cup Truvia or 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 2 tablespoons dark rum

  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

Instructions

Prepare your crust and line a 9.5 inch deep dish pie plate with the pastry. I used a store bought graham cracker crust to save time. Preheat oven to 350 F. Toss the apples and cranberries with the sugar, flour, rum, lemon juice, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt. Let the apples and cranberries sit for 30 minutes to marinate. Place the apples and cranberries into the pastry lined pie plate.

Top the apples with any granola (I used cinnamon flax granola) and even more cranberries. Then before you put it in the oven, add small dots of butter to soften the granola and bake at 350 F for 20-30 minutes. Or until apples are tender and crust is lightly browned. Bake time can greatly very based on how crisp and ripe the apples were. Serve with ice cream and enjoy!

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Apple, Feta Cheese & Pecan-Stuffed Pork Chops

Hello Lovely,

I found this recipe on ALDI’s and I immediately wanted to try it. With Thanksgiving coming up, this is the perfect alternative for those like me who do not have time to roast an entire turkey (or whatever it is you guys do). After making stuffed chicken breasts, I was confident that I could do this too! Has that ever happened to you? In my mind, I was wearing a cape and everything! But I had one major problem: I had never seen pork chops thick enough to stuff before.

I went to the store (still confident) to look for pork chop centers (which my mum told me would be the thickets part). When we could find any thick cuts, we went to the butcher who unapologetically told us that’s the thickest he cuts them and there are no more pieces to cut from. I didn’t know how I would make it. When I took them out Sunday morning to cook, I instantly knew they were to thin so I got the idea to simply put my stuffing on top. And trust me, it was just as good!

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But I did make one boo boo. Don’t judge me: I forgot to season it! I know, how could I? We were rushing out of the house so I quickly threw it together then into the oven when mum asked if I seasoned it. It was too late as it had already been baking for 20 minutes. But when I went to eat it, all I had to do was sprinkle a little lemon pepper and balsamic vinaigrette and that little mistake made for the best meat dish I have EVER prepared! Can anyone say, GOAT?

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Apple, Feta Cheese & Pecan-Stuffed Pork Chops

Ingredients:

  • 6 center cut pork chops

  • 6 cups water, divided

  • ½ lemon, juiced

  • ¼ cup Honey or maple syrup

  • ¾ teaspoon iodized Salt, divided, plus additional to taste

  • 1 cup  Chopped Pecans

  • 2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter

  • 4 Granny Smith apples, thinly sliced

  • 6 tablespoons balsamic vinaigrette

  • ¼ teaspoon Ground Black Pepper, plus additional to taste

  • 6 ounces or Feta cheese crumbled

  • 2 tablespoons lemon pepper

  • 5 tablespoons cranberry sauce

Directions:

  1. In a medium pot, bring 4 cups water, lemon juice, honey (or maple syrup) and ½ teaspoon salt to a boil for 2 minutes.

  2. Remove from heat, add 2 cups cold water. Pour the brine into a plastic container large enough for the chops. Add the chops, brine overnight.

  3. Preheat oven to 350°. Place pecans on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes or until golden brown.

  4. For the stuffing: In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the apple slices, ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Sauté until tender. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Add the chopped pecans and goat cheese.

  5. Remove the chops from the brine.

  6. If your pork chops are thick enough Slit each chop horizontally to create a large hole for the stuffing. Spoon the stuffing into the chops. Season each chop with salt and pepper and lemon pepper to taste. Then top with cranberry sauce (1 tablespoon per pork chop).

  7. Place chops on a baking pan and bake for 20-30 minutes until internal temperature is 155-160°. Top with balsamic vinaigrette before serving and enjoy!

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Pumpkin Apple Bars

Hello Lovely,

It sucks to say that I’ve been sick with a possible sinus infection for the past week. I was able to push through most of the days at work, but by Friday I just crashed! It’s really hard when you have a schedule of things you want to do but everything gets thrown out of the window when an illness strikes. Even now I’m typing to you in pain, with mucous sitting on my chest and I’m breathing with my one nostril I can still breathe out of. But my spirit sill feels like twerking so I’ve got a little fight left in me. One of the things I really wanted to try this weekend was a recipe from Publix for Pumpkin Apple Bars. Everything about it sounded amazing so I just had to give it a try!

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As I started mixing the ingredients, I immediately knew this wouldn’t be what I expected. This recipe calls for two grated apples AND apple sauce! That is waaaaay too much apple in the apple to pumpkin ratio. So the end result really tasted more like apple than pumpkin. And THIS GIRL likes her pumpkin so that was a No No. So my recommendation is for you guys to only grate one apple and use 3/4 cup pumpkin puree instead. I also took out the whey protein powder Publix recommended because that is not something I just keep on hand. The oats provide a nice texture and for once I didn’t mess up something with Almond Flour (shout out to Trader Joe’s for having them at just under $8).

So how does it taste? This is some really healthy tasting stuff. Because of the almond flour it’s super light but it doesn’t count as keto because apples and oats aren’t keto. But it is carb smart and one or two bars shouldn’t totally send your diet to hell. So go on, indulge in a few this Thanksgiving! Your tummy will thank you.

PUMPKIN APPLE BARS

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Ingredients

Cooking spray
1 small apple, shredded
1 egg
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup almond flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat 9-inch square baking dish with spray. Core apple and shred, then place in large bowl. Add egg, sugar, apple sauce, and pumpkin puree; stir until blended.

  2. Combine remaining ingredients in second bowl; whisk until blended. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until blended.

  3. Pour batter into baking dish; bake 30–35 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted in centre comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes to cool (or chill overnight). Slice and serve.

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Nutritional Information

CALORIES (per 1/10 recipe) 170kcal; FAT 6.00g; SAT FAT 0.50g; TRANS FAT 0.00g; CHOL 5mg; SODIUM 60mg; CARB 23g; FIBER 3.00g; SUGARS 13g; PROTEIN 9g; CALC 15%; VIT A 0%; VIT C 0%; IRON 10%

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FLATBREAD WITH IRISH CHEDDAR, APPLES, AND BACON

Hello Lovely,

I'm so excited to share this new recipe with you. I was looking for ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day but I was tired of everything green and wanted something more original. Then I discovered this recipe from Kerrygold and I knew I had to try it.

This is hands down one of my favourite all time recipes! It's so simple, healthy and delicious I could eat this all the time! It's vegetarian and you can even make it vegan by swapping out the cheese for vegan cheese and using a vegan flatbread. I love naan bread and I love making flatbread pizzas with it (it's the only time thin crust is acceptable).

Naan bread is something you should always have on hand for party snacks and quick & easy meals. In this recipe, I piled Kerrygold Aged Cheddar, crisp, salty bacon and sweet apple slices high on the naan bread and pop it in the oven until the cheese becomes melty and gooey. A quick sprinkle of crunchy green onions is all this Flatbread with Irish Cheddar and Bacon needs before it’s ready to eat. Is your mouth watering yet? It should be. This recipe has all the great flavors you want in a flatbread without being overly rich. And who can say no to anything with bacon?

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FLATBREAD WITH IRISH CHEDDAR, APPLES, AND BACON

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 ounces grated Kerrygold
  • Aged Cheddar Cheese
  • 3 pieces of bacon, cooked until crisp and crumbled
  • ¼ of an apple, thinly sliced
  • 2 green onions, sliced

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Top the naan crust with the grated cheese. Sprinkle the bacon on top of cheese and add the apple slices. Bake in preheated oven for 5-7 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Sprinkle green onions on top of flatbread. Slice and serve.

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Hello Lovely,

Thanksgiving is next week and I'm sure a lot of you are excited to reunite with family members over a hearty dinner. But let's be real, not all of us come from families like The Tanners or June Cleaver. Some of you may not be looking forward to this and just need something to help you ignore them. Well this post is for you! If you've got a nagging relative you need to drown out, try this apple pie sangria. That sounds horrible, I'm so sorry! But you know what I meant.

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I love a good Sangria so I was really excited to share this Fall version. It’s still hot enough outside to enjoy a chilled cocktail and this apple pie sangria also has all of the festive fall flavors that compliment the season. And don’t fret about the amount of ingredients since it’s actually really simple to make! You’ll want to keep these ingredients on hand to make this autumn cocktail over and over… it’s that good!!

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As for picking out a good red wine for sangria, you don’t need an expensive bottle. Actually, please don’t use your expensive bottles! There's no need to over complicate this. Just grab a decent red wine, some cider, apple and oranges and get mixing. You're guests will love this!

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APPLE PIE SANGRIA

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 bottle chilled apple cider
  • 1/2 bottle chilled red wine
  • 1/4 cup brandy (can be substituted with a smooth dark rum or mead)
  • 2 red apples chopped in large chunks (not peeled)
  • Juice of 1/2 orange
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • cinnamon powder (to sprinkle on top)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cut the fruit and place in the bottom of your pitcher or jug
  2. Combine all of the ingredients except the cinnamon sticks
  3. Stir, stir, stir
  4. Let sit for 1-2 hours in the fridge
  5. About 1 hour before serving, throw in the cinnamon sticks
  6. Stir, stir, stir :)
  7. Serve over ice and enjoy!

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