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Chelan Fresh fruit is the perfect ingredient for a wide array of recipes. Whether sweet or savory, apples, cherries and pears all serve delicious culinary purposes. Looking for ideas? We invite you to step into our kitchen and look through our featured recipes below. Want more? Check out our variety of recipe-filled eBooks!

   

Protein-Packed Roasted Winter Salad

Posted by Meg Raines and Elizabeth Williams on Feb 19, 2018 9:56:22 AM
Roasted Winter Salad

Firm and sugary RockitTM apples are perfect for roasting. They add a wonderful sweetness to our warm roasted winter salad with sweet potatoes, kale and black lentils. This healthy protein-strong salad makes a hearty main for two or a colorful starter for four.

Authors: Meg Raines & Beth Williams
Photographer: Meg Raines
Yield: 2-4 servings

Ingredients
Salad
1/2 cup black lentils
(also called caviar” or beluga” lentils)
3 RockitTM apples, cut into 1 inch cubes
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
1/2 large red onion, peeled and roughly cubed
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
4 cups kale, torn into small bite sized pieces
1/4 cup hazelnuts, toasted and peeled
Handful fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish

Vinaigrette
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses (or substitute balsamic vinegar)
1 tablespoon fresh squeezed orange juice
1/2 teaspoon fresh orange zest (optional)

Roasted Winter Salad

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 425°F / 220°C.
2. Put lentils in a small pan and cover with three inches of water. Bring to a boil and cook until soft but not mushy, about 15-20 minutes.
3. While the lentils are cooking, toss the RockitTM apples, sweet potato and red onion in olive oil. Spread onto baking sheet and sprinkle with salt, fresh ground pepper and rosemary.
4. Bake in oven for 25-30 minutes, until fruit and vegetables are cooked through but still firm.
5. While the fruit and vegetables are roasting, make the vinaigrette. Place the olive oil and pomegranate molasses in a small bowl and whisk until completely combined.
6. Add the rest of the vinaigrette ingredients and whisk until emulsified.
7. Rinse and drain the cooked lentils thoroughly, then place in a large bowl. Add the kale and half of the vinaigrette and mix carefully. Set aside.
8. Once the fruit and vegetables are done, add them to the lentil and kale mix.
9. Add toasted hazelnuts and parsley and mix.
10. Add vinaigrette one tablespoon at a time, stirring well after each addition. Stop, when all salad ingredients are well coasted but not soaked. You may have some vinaigrette left over.
11. Plate and serve immediately.

Topics: apples, appetizer, entree, rockit

Dipped Valentine Rockit™ Apples

Posted by Meg Raines and Elizabeth Williams on Feb 12, 2018 11:15:24 AM
Valentine Rockit™ Apples

Will you be mine? Treat your special Valentine to adorable RockitTM apples coated in luscious white chocolate and decked out in sprinkles!

This simple craft is a perfect way for kids to take part in cupid’s special day. Our dipped Valentine RockitTM apples are wonderful for parties: beautiful to look at and delicious to eat.

Authors: Meg Raines & Beth Williams
Photographer: Meg Raines
Yield: 8-10 dipped apples

Supplies
8-10 RockitTM apples
10 candy apple sticks or popsicle sticks
10 oz. bag of white chocolate melting wafers
Assorted sprinkles and decorations

Valentine Rockit™ Apples

Instructions

1. Rinse and thoroughly dry RockitTM apples.
2. One at a time, place apples on a stable surface and gently push a candy stick into the center of each RockitTM, at its core. Stop when you’re halfway through the apple. Set aside.
3. Line a sheet pan with parchment or wax paper.
4. Have decorations ready along with a clean plate.
5. Melt the white chocolate over low heat in a double boiler or a glass bowl set over a pan with simmering water. Stir until completely melted and remove from heat.
6. Hold an apple by the stick and dip into the white chocolate, then rotate until the RockitTM is completely covered. Hold right side up over the melted chocolate until the chocolate stops dripping.
7. Holding the dipped apple over the plate (do not set the apple down), decorate with sprinkles while the chocolate is still warm. Set on lined sheet pan to cool and the chocolate is set.
8. Repeat until all RockitTM apples are coated in chocolate and decorated.
9. Eat immediately or give to friends, kids or co-workers! Your beautifully decorated RockitTMapples will keep for up to 3 days if wrapped lightly in plastic wrap or cellophane gift bag.

Valentine Rockit™ Apples

Topics: apples, Dessert, holiday, rockit

Rockit™ Apple Recipe: Mini Tartes Tatin

Posted by Meg Raines and Elizabeth Williams on Feb 5, 2018 9:38:42 AM
Rockit™ Apple Tartin

Tarte Tatin is a classic French dessert found in many of Paris’ bistros and brasseries. Typically served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, Tarte Tatin is a blissful combination of warm caramelized apples and puff pastry. And we haven’t even gotten to the good news yet… it’s easy to make! 

Our recipe makes six tarts but you can scale up by simply doubling or tripling the recipe. Using store-bought puff pastry makes this a cinch to whip up any day of the week. RockitTM apples are the perfect size to make mini Tartes Tartin using muffin tins. Easy peasy RockitTM squeazy!

Authors: Meg Raines & Beth Williams
Photographer: Meg Raines
Yield: 6 mini tarts

Ingredients

6 RockitTM apples, peeled, cored and quartered
1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
Juice of half a lemon (about 1 1/2 tablespoons)
1 roll of puff pastry dough*
1 tablespoon butter

Rockit Apple Tatin

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350°F / 180°C.
2. Grease 6 a 6-cup muffin tin. Do not use paper liners, this will ruin your dessert.
3. First, you need to make the caramel. Place 1/3 cup sugar in a small heavy-bottomed pan, shake to distribute evenly, and place over medium-low heat. Do not heat pan before adding the sugar.
4. This next step requires some patience, but it’s very important. Keep the sugar over medium-low heat and wait for it to melt. The process will likely take up to 20 minutes and it may be a while before you see any signs of melting. Do not stir! Eventually the sugar will melt and start to turn a dark golden brown color.
5. While you wait for the caramel to form, unroll the puff pastry sheet and cut 6 circles the size of the top of your muffin cups. It’s ok if the circles are slightly bigger but they shouldn’t be smaller.
6. Once all of the sugar has completely melted, take the pan off the heat and quickly stir in the lemon juice. Be very careful as the lemon juice will spit upon contact with the hot caramel.
7. Immediately distribute the caramel evenly between the 6 muffin cups.
8. Place 4 pieces of RockitTM apple in each muffin cup. The pieces on the bottom should be placed rounded side down.
9. Drop 1/2 teaspoon of butter and sprinkle 1 teaspoon of sugar in each muffin cup.
10. Take the dough circles and use them to cover each muffin cup, tucking the edges of the dough into the cups.
11. Use a fork to make small holes in each of the dough circles.
12. Place tarts in the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the pastry dough is golden-brown and the apples are very soft.
13. Remove from oven. Gently press down on the tops of the dough to make sure it adheres to the apples. Be careful when you do this as bubbly hot caramel may come up the sides
14. Let sit 5-10 minutes to cool down. Tarte Tatin should be served quite warm rather than piping hot.
15. Use a large spoon to remove each of the tarts from the muffin cups. Place tarts dough-side down with apples facing up. If any of the apple pieces fall off, just put them back on top. No problem!
16. There will be some caramel left in the bottom of the muffin cups. Use a teaspoon to drizzle it on and around the tarts for a pretty presentation.
17. Serve right away with a scoop of quality vanilla ice cream. Bon appétit!

Rockit Apple Tatin

Notes

* You will not need the whole roll of dough for the recipe. One roll should be sufficient if you are doubling the recipe.

Topics: apples, Dessert, rockit

Apple and White Chocolate Fondue

Posted by Meg Raines on Jan 19, 2018 3:54:49 PM
Apple Fondue

A fun Valentine's Day treat to make with the whole family! Perfect for parties or wrap them up for a tasty gift!

Yield: 10-12 apple skewers, depending on size of apple
Author: Meg Raines

Ingredients

2 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
4 cups of water
5 large, round apples of mixed variety
1 (11 oz.) bag of white chocolate chips
1/2 cup of almond milk, or other milk of your choice
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
Pink food coloring
Assorted topping for dipping; coconut flakes, sprinkles, M&Ms, etc.

Other supplies
Heart shaped cookie cutters, preferable assorted sizes
Paper towel or clean kitchen towel
Bamboo skewers

Apple Fondue

Instructions

1. Combine the lemon juice and water in a medium bowl and set aside.
2. Slice the apples vertically into 1/2 inch slices, then with the cookie cutter, cut a heart out of each slice, removing seeds with a spoon as needed. Submerge the apple hearts in the lemon water to prevent browning, let sit while you make the chocolate dip.
3. Combine the chocolate chips, milk and coconut oil in a small sauce pan, turn the heat on low and gently whisk just until the chocolate chips melt and the mixture is smooth, about 10 minutes, taking care not to burn it. Remove from the heat and put in 3 drops of pink food coloring (or until you get your desired color) and stir to combine. Set aside.
4. Remove the apple hearts from the lemon water, blot dry with a paper towel, and insert a bamboo skewer into the bottom of each heart. Place on a serving tray.
5. Carefully pour the warm chocolate dip into a serving bowl or fondue pot and serve along side the apple skewers with your toppings for sprinkling or dipping.

Apple Fondue

Topics: apples, Dessert, holiday

Apple Sweetheart "Sandwiches"

Posted by Meg Raines on Jan 19, 2018 3:12:06 PM
Apple Sweetheart Sandwiches

Valentine's Day treats don't have to be loaded with sugar. Make these gluten and dairy free "sandwiches" for your kiddos or special someone this holiday!

Yield: 3-4 "sandwiches" per apple, depending on size of apple
Author: Meg Raines
This recipe is: gluten free, dairy free

Ingredients

1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
2 cups of water
1 large, round apple, such as Gala or Honey Crisp
Nut butter of seed butter of your choice for spreading (such as peanut, cashew, or sunflower butters)
Assorted toppings such as; pomegranate seeds, sunflower seeds, chocolate chips, coconut chips, etc.

Other supplies
Small heart shaped cookie cutter
Paper towel or clean kitchen towel

Apple Sweetheart Sandwiches

Instructions

1. Combine the lemon juice and water in a medium bowl and set aside.
2. Slice the apple vertically into 1/8 inch slices, and submerge slices in the lemon water to prevent browning.
3. To assemble the “sandwiches”; take one apple slice, blot dry with a paper towel, and spread the surface with nut or seed butter. Take a second apple slice, blot dry, cut the center out with the heart cookie cutter and place on top of the peanut butter covered slice to make a “sandwich”. Reserve cut out pieces for smoothies or snacking, or discard if it is the core. Fill the heart shaped hole with the toppings of your choice!
4. Repeat with remaining apple slices.
5. Serve immediately or wrap individually in plastic wrap for up to 8 hours.

Topics: apples, Dessert, holiday

Oaty Apple Crisp

Posted by Meg Raines and Elizabeth Williams on Jan 18, 2018 8:43:28 AM
Oaty Apple Crisp

Fight the winter blues with our cozy, warming and wholesome oaty apple crisp that uses multiple varieties of apple to create a well-rounded dessert. The topping delivers some crunch and is filled with heart-healthy oats. 

Mixing and matching apples in a single dish makes for more interesting flavors and textures. For example, a soft-fleshed apple like Golden Delicious will melt and add a softer texture than firmer apples like Fuji, Honeycrisp or Gala. Meanwhile, tart apples like Granny Smith bring an acidity that contracts well with sweeter apple varieties. Have some fun with it!

Yield: 8 portions
Authors: Beth Williams, Meg Raines

Ingredients

Apple mix
Mix of 5 medium apples* (about 5 1/2 cups), cored, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch wedges
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon cornstarch

Crumble
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup oat flour (or grind additional 1/2 cup oats until fine)
1/2 raw sliced almonds
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt (omit if using salted butter)
1/2 cup cold butter, cubed (substitute with vegan butter to make vegan)
2 tablespoons maple syrup

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350°F / 180°C.
2. Grease a 10-inch cast iron skillet or an 8x8 inch square baking dish and set aside.
3. In a large bowl, toss the apples with the brown sugar, lemon juice and cornstarch.
4. In a separate medium bowl, mix together the rolled oats, oat flour, sliced almonds, cinnamon and sea salt (if using).
5. Add the butter (or vegan butter) and maple syrup. Using two butter knives, cut the butter into the oat mixture. Continue until no large lumps of butter are visible and the oats have formed into small clumps. If you prefer, you can use your fingertips to mix the butter into the oats.

Oaty Apple Crisp
6. Pour the apple mix into the skillet or baking dish and even out.
7. Sprinkle the crumble topping evenly across the top of the apples.
8. Put the crisp into the oven and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until apples are completely soft and the crumble is golden brown.
9. This recipe is best served straight out of the oven with a side of vanilla ice-cream.

Notes

* We used 1 Granny Smith, 1 Honeycrisp, 1 Fuji, 1 Gala and 1 Golden Delicious

Oaty Apple Crisp

Topics: apples, Dessert

Apple and Pear French Toast

Posted by Produce for Kids on Jan 12, 2018 3:47:14 PM
Apple and Pear French Toast

In this twist on a classic favorite, pears and apples get a shining role as a delicious French toast topping. Freeze any extra French toast (without topping) for a quick on-the-go breakfast for busy mornings.

Yield: 4 servings

This recipe is: nut free

Author: Produce for Kids®

Ingredients

Apple & Pear French Toast
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon (plus 1 teaspoon) ground cinnamon, divided
3/4 cups 1% milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 slices whole wheat bread
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 Chelan Fresh Gala apple, diced
1 Red D'Anjou pear, diced
1 tablespoon honey

Breakfast Sausage
1 1/4 pound lean ground pork
4 slices whole wheat bread
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 Chelan Fresh Gala apple, diced
1 Red D'Anjou pear, diced
1 tablespoon honey

Instructions

Apple & Pear French Toast
1. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat.
2. Whisk eggs, cinnamon, milk and vanilla until blended. Dip bread into egg mixture on each side.
3. Place in skillet and cook each side 2-3 minutes, or until browned.
4. In another skillet, heat butter over medium heat; add apple, pear, cinnamon and honey, and cook 10 minutes, or until tender and glossy. Top French toast with apple and pear mixture.

Breakfast Sausage
1. Place pork in a large mixing bowl; add garlic, sage, thyme, fennel, pepper and salt. Mix thoroughly until well incorporated. Form into small patties.
2. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat, and cook patties 3-5 minutes per side, or until internal meat temperature reaches 160°F.

Suggested Sides

A glass of 100% orange juice

Topics: apples, pears, breakfast

Morning Glory Overnight Oats

Posted by Produce for Kids on Jan 12, 2018 3:11:45 PM
Morning Glory Overnight Oats

Enjoy the traditional flavors of Morning Glory Muffins in no-cook oatmeal form for an easy, healthy breakfast. Prep ahead of time for a week’s worth of breakfasts! Prefer warm oatmeal? Just transfer to a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 1 minute. 
Recipe and photography by Kristen of A Mind "Full" Mom.

Yield: 4 servings

This recipe is: dairy free, egg free, gluten free, vegan, vegetarian

Author: Produce for Kids®

Ingredients

2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup crushed pineapple in 100% juice, juice not drained
1 cup grated carrots
4 tablespoons raisins
1 Chelan Fresh Gala apple, diced
4 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups coconut milk
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts

Instructions

1. Add ½ cup oatmeal, ¼ cup pineapple in juice, ¼ cup applesauce, ¼ cup carrots, 1 Tbsp. raisins, ¼ cup apples, 1 Tbsp. maple syrup, ½ Tbsp. chia seeds, ¼ tsp. vanilla and 1 cup coconut milk to separate mason jars or sealable containers. Secure lids tightly and shake until all ingredients are well combined. Refrigerate overnight.
2.Top with ½ Tbsp. walnuts before serving.

Topics: apples, breakfast

Nutty Breakfast Cookies

Posted by Produce for Kids on Jan 12, 2018 1:56:49 PM
Nutty Breakfast Cookie
Kids will love eating a “cookie” for breakfast and won’t even know they’re getting plenty of healthy fats, fruit and whole grains. Make an extra batch and freeze for a quick breakfast or snack. The cookies also pack well for travel.

Yield: 12 servings

This recipe is: dairy free, vegetarian

Author: Produce for Kids®

Ingredients

2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup honey
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup Wonderful® pistachios, shelled, chopped
1/4 cup cashews, chopped
1/2 banana, mashed
1 1/2 cup peeled, diced Chelan Fresh apples
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Combine eggs, vanilla, honey, oil, pistachios, cashews, banana and apple in large mixing bowl.
3. Combine oats, flour and cinnamon in separate mixing bowl.
4. Fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients until thoroughly mixed.
5. Separate into ⅓ cup portions and place on parchment-lined baking sheet about ½-inch apart. Bake 20 minutes, or until firm. Remove from oven and cool on cooling rack.

Suggested Sides

 ½ cup chopped pineapple and pears
• A glass of 1% milk

Topics: apples, breakfast

Mini Apple Dumplings

Posted by Meg Raines and Elizabeth Williams on Dec 14, 2017 3:39:52 PM
Rockit™ Dumplings

Looking for a simple yet delicious Christmas dessert that can feed a crowd? Look no further than our mini apple dumplings made with tiny Rockit™ apples! This recipe is easy to scale up and is sure to please everyone at the table.

Our tip: use ready-made pie dough to cut the prep time in half!

Authors: Meg Raines & Beth Williams
Photographer: Meg Raines
Yield: 5 mini dumplings

Ingredients

Apples
1 tube of Rockit apples (or 5 small apples)
Prepared pie dough or homemade dough, for a double crust pie
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons sliced almonds2 tablespoons dried cranberries or raisins
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup water
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Rockit™ Dumplings

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Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 375°F / 190°C.
2. First, make the sauce. Combine all sauce ingredients in a small sauce pan, bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer.
3. Simmer until the sugar is melted and the sauce thickens slightly, about 20 minutes.
4. Remove from heat and set aside.
5. Core apples with an apple corer or a small knife.
6. Peel apple, if you prefer your baked apples without skins (optional).
7. In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar, nuts, dried fruit and cinnamon.
8. Roll out the dough and cut 5 circles, each about 5 1/2 - 6 inch in diameter (you’ll need to make larger circles if not using Rockit™ apples). You can use a bowl to mark the circle and a sharp knife to cut it out.
9. Place one apple in the center of each dough circle.
10. Fill the centers of each apple with the cinnamon sugar mixture.
11. Pull up the sides of the dough circle to “wrap” the apple, pinching at the top to keep the dough from falling back down. Repeat with each dough circle.
12. Place the apples in a small baking dish (ex. glass pie dish), leaving about a 1/2 inch between each. Don’t leave too much space between the apples or the sauce will burn between them.
13. Set aside 1/4 cup of the sauce for serving, and pour the remaining sauce over the dumplings.
14. Bake until nicely browned and sauce is bubbling, about 30 minutes. This may take longer if you are making a larger batch.
15. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Baste dumplings with remaining sauce before serving.
16. Scoop out apples with a serving spoon and serve with extra sauce and vanilla ice cream if desired.

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Notes

* Use the scraps of dough to make extra shapes for garnish, brush with the sauce after baking.
Make it for a crowd! Just double or triple the recipe.

Topics: apples, Dessert, holiday, rockit