Nothing says fall in New England like apples picked right from the orchard. My mother took my brother and I apple picking every year from the time I was little until I left the house to go to college. It’s a tradition that I always have in my memory.

Apples have many natural health benefits, including lowering cholesterol, reducing your risk of certain cancers, asthma prevention, diabetes prevention and more. You can read about the health benefits of apples here.

Below you will find 2 of my favorite Apple side dishes for the fall. I would have also included Apple Crisp as a dessert, but it’s difficult to make that for one person. I’m working on it :)

Homemade Apple Sauce


  • 1 apple – peeled, cored and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. In a saucepan, combine apple, water, sugar, and cinnamon. Cover, and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until apple is soft. Allow to cool, then mash with a fork or potato masher.


Sauteed Apples

These taste GREAT served over pancakes or waffles, or as a side dish to any fall entree.


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large tart apple – peeled, cored and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. In a large skillet or saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; add apple. Cook, stirring constantly, until apples is almost tender, about 6 to 7 minutes.
  2. Dissolve cornstarch in water; add to skillet. Stir in brown sugar and cinnamon. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and serve warm.
Happy Eats!
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