Baked apple chicken, apple fancy, slow cooker apple crisp

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You know the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Here are three great ways to eat those apples.
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Baked apple chicken
4 small boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 C sliced onions
2 red cooking apples, sliced
1/2 C maple-flavored or pancake syrup
1/3 C zesty Italian dressing
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cook chicken in large ovenproof skillet sprayed with cooking spray on medium-high heat 3 min. on each side or until evenly browned. Remove from heat. Top chicken with onions; surround with apples. Mix syrup and dressing; pour over chicken. Bake 20 to 25 min. or until chicken is done (165 degrees). Drizzle with syrup mixture from bottom of skillet.
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Apple fancy
1 large sweet potato, peeled, cut into 3/4-inch chunks
1 small red onion, cut into 3/4-inch chunks
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1/4 C balsamic vinaigrette dressing
6 fresh sage leaves
1 Granny Smith apple, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
Heat oven to 450 degrees. Combine first 5 ingredients; spread onto bottom of 15x10x1-inch pan sprayed with cooking spray. Cover tightly with foil sprayed with cooking spray. Bake 20 min.; turn potatoes.
Add apples; spread to evenly cover bottom of pan. Bake, covered, 10 min. Stir potato mixture; bake, uncovered, 5 min. or until potatoes are tender and lightly browned. Discard sage leaves before serving.
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Slow cooker apple crisp
1 3.4-oz. pkg. vanilla flavor instant pudding
1/2 C sugar, divided
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
10 Granny Smith apples, peeled, sliced
1 C fresh or frozen cranberries
6 tbsp. butter, melted, divided
12 vanilla wafers, coarsely chopped
1/4 C sliced almonds
Mix dry pudding mix, 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon. Toss fruit with 1/4 cup butter in large bowl. Add pudding mixture; mix lightly. Spoon into slow cooker; cover with lid. Cook on low 4 to 6 hours (or high 2 to 3 hours).
Meanwhile, combine chopped wafers, nuts, remaining butter and sugar in shallow microwaveable dish. Microwave on high 1 min.; stir. Microwave 1-1/2 to 2 min. or until golden brown, stirring every 30 seconds. Cool. Sprinkle with nut mixture just before serving.
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She said, “How old were you when you realized that Arby’s was just pronounced RBs, which is short for roast beef? I was today years old!”
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(Melanie Behrens – melb@marysvillejt.com)



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