15 Healthy Recipes Using Apples

This post was sponsored by Foodie. I was compensated for my time. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Hi Friends!

Time for a roundup. This month, the roundup I put together with my friends from Foodie is all about apples. I thought I’d give you guys a break from pumpkin. It wasn’t a hard decision. I like apples just as much, if not more, than pumpkin. So, I scoured the internet and rounded up some delicious, healthy recipes using apples! I think I covered everything from breakfast to dessert, so there should be something for everyone!

Check out 15 Healthy Apple Recipes

by Lindsay L, RD at Foodie.com


What do you think? Anything catch your eye?

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What’s your favorite apple recipe?


Pumpkin Cranberry Oat Bars

Hi Friends!

We’re digging into the archives to highlight yet another pumpkin recipe. Are you sick of it yet? If so, I’m sorry. Pumpkin season just makes me go a little crazy…in a good way. Anyways, this is a dessert recipe I posted 3 years ago. If you go back and re-read my original post, you’ll have a pretty clear idea of how much I like these. So good. I think it’s the pumpkin-butterscotch combo that puts them over the edge!

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I made a batch of these last month and pretty much ate the whole pan myself so…… yeah. They’re good.

Here’s how you make them:

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A lightened-up pumpkin dessert bar packed with delicious add-ins!
Serves: 12 bars

  • 1¼ cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 c oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 c pumpkin
  • ½ c dark chocolate chips
  • ½ c butterscotch chips
  • ½ c Craisins

  1. Cream butter and sugars in a medium bowl until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the egg, vanilla and pumpkin and mix well.
  3. Mix in the flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda and salt and mix well.
  4. Stir in the oats, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and Craisins and mix until evenly distributed.
  5. Grease a 9×13 pan (or line with parchment paper) and spread mixture evenly in pan. If you want a thicker bar, use a 9×9 pan.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.
  7. Cool completely in pan. Use a sharp knife to cut into squares.

Of course the mix-ins are optional, but I highly recommend them all!

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Curry Roasted Acorn Squash

Hi Friends!

Today is the first in a series of amazing guest posts I have lined up for you over the next few weeks.  I reached out to some of my fav bloggers to see if they wanted to stop by and introduce themselves to my readers while I take a little break. They have a wide variety of posts to share include recipes, workouts and nutrition info and I couldn’t be more excited!

We’re kicking things off with the lovely Katie from Healthy Seasonal Recipes. I’ve gotten to know Katie over the past several months thanks to Recipe Redux. She posts amazing recipes, takes incredible photos, is a master food-styler and is even working on a cookbook! Plus she’s down to earth, genuinely nice and always upbeat and positive! If you haven’t checked out her blog, be sure to do so immediately! Today she’s sharing a squash recipe that’s right up my alley. I LOVE curry powder!


Hi green bean lovers!

I’m one too (I especially love the especially the lean variety) so I am super glad to meet you all. And I am beyond flattered that Lindsay asked me to be here today. I am sure she is thankful to have a bit of a rest while she is in baby zone these days, so I am happy to help out.

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I have been kind of obsessed with squash this fall. Really, come into my kitchen, and you will think I am a squash loving doomsday prepper of sorts. I’m not, I assure you, I just love me some squash. All kinds, spaghetti squash, pumpkin, butternut and acorn. You name it.

I have always loved acorn squash with a capital L. My mom used to make it, and I’d squeal with delight. She’d roast the halves and then fill the cavity with butter and brown sugar, so how could I not love it? I strategized as I ate my squash half with a spoon, to make sure that I had a little bit of the brown sugar and butter mixture for each bite of squash. For the record that’s also how I ate my apple and peanut butter. Oh wait I still do that.

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When I was dreaming up ideas for what to share here on the Lean Green Bean I thought about that recipe of my mom’s and wanted to do something equally as simple, but healthier. As you probably know when you take away fat you run the risk of taking away flavor, so I added in a big hit of flavor in the form of curry powder. I used coconut oil instead of butter too since I think the flavor of coconut and curry are awesome together.

Here is what I did: I roasted the squash cut-side down on a sheet pan (lined with foil or parchment for the love of not scrubbing dishes.) Then I melted the coconut oil. I did this in the microwave, but you could also do it in a jar in a hot water bath or in a small saucepan. Then I swirled in some curry powder. I used British curry which is not as firey as madras curry, so it is more kid friendly. I only used 1 tablespoon of brown sugar for six servings, but you really won’t miss it. The natural sweetness of the squash is plenty, and the flavor of the coconut and curry really make up for any lack of sugar.

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Serves: serves 6

  • 3 medium acorn squash, cut in half seeds and pulp removed
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1½ teaspoon curry powder, hot if desired
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or foil.
  2. Place squash cut-side down on the baking sheet. Roast until the squash flesh is tender when pierced with a fork, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Flip all the squashes cut side up.
  3. Melt coconut oil and brown sugar in a small dish in the microwave, about 30 seconds. Alternatively heat over medium low heat in a small saucepan until melted. Stir in curry and salt. Brush curry mixture over all the squash flesh and return to the oven until the curry mixture is bubbling and browned, 10 to 15 minutes.


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Thanks so much all. Hope you enjoy the recipe. Please come visit me at Healthy Seasonal Recipes and let’s connect on social media too. Find me here:


Happy Cooking!

Do you stock up on squash?
Did you eat acorn squash when you were a kid?
Do you do the rationing out of the peanutbutter for each slice of apple thing?


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Hi Friends!

Still no baby. It is, however, time for another round of Bean Bytes!

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So lucky to work with great companies like Love Grown Foods.
They sent such a sweet surprise package for baby bean (and me!)
Hubby has been sending me texts to encourage baby to come out.

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Seen driving to dinner.
Hubby being a rebel.
Pretty trees.
See below for a bigger version of that FB status:


Hubby’s friend sent him this today – a status update his wife made during her last couple weeks of pregnancy. Made me laugh so hard bc it’s so true for me too!

View on Instagram

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This weekend involved lots of walking.
At least the weather was nice and the scenery was pretty!

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More walking and a 40 week bump pic!

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More 40 week humor.
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Excited to walk!

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Just practicing some babywearing!
This picture accurately reflects how tired I am
and how ready I am for baby to be here.

We head to the OB on Tuesday morning if he hasn’t come by then to see how things are going and set a date to be induced if he doesn’t come by 41 weeks.

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Hi Friends!

Time for another quick round of Sunday Food Prep!

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Last weekend I prepped:


And a few submissions from readers:

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1. Baked oatmeal. Breakfast for the week.
2. Five salads for my lunches this week –>Lettuce, carrots, cucumber, peppers, chickpeas, edamame
3. Chickpeas galore. I use them on my salads and also in my soups/on other dinners.
4. Coconut cashew apricot bites – Quick afternoon pick-me-up (snack)
5. Homemade almond milk – I use it in my smoothies.
6. Sun-dried tomato, kale and chicken sausage quinoa bake for dinner
7. Lentil and butternut soup with kale and chickpeas for dinner.
8. Creamy mint smoothie for breakfast.
9. The current state of my fridge. It will be empty by Saturday!
Kristen from Run on Oatmeal -
I am the worst when it comes to meal planning! I feel like if I try to meal plan my husband I eat all of the meals in one day… impressed? With me starting night class for grad school in a few weeks it would be a dream for me to come home to a nutritious meal.
This week I prepped:
Zucchini Lasagna
Vegan meatballs from Tempeh for a pasta night
Chicken breasts for salads and wraps
Banana bread to go with coffee of course
Taco meat
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Are you food prepping this weekend? Send me your pic! I’m out of submissions!

Here’s what I need from you:

Email me the following:
1. Your Name
2. Your Blog URL (if you have one)
3. A photo of your food prep
4. A short description of what’s in the photo. Tell me what you prepped and how you’re going to use it during the week!

Every Sunday, I’ll post a roundup of the photos I received that week so that you guys can see what others are preparing and hopefully get some inspiration and ideas! I’ll keep this series going for as long as I receive photos, so send one every week if you want to!

Send to: theleangreenbean <at> gmail <dot> com

Tweet and Instagram your pics as well to inspire others!! Use the hashtag #sundayfoodprep . Remember that in order for a pic to be included in the post, you have to email it to me! If you have more than one pic, please make them into a collage before sending!


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Let’s chat: Are you prepping food today? Whatcha makin’?