Apples contain soluble fiber. When eaten on a regular basis, soluble fiber helps significantly decrease your risk for cardiovascular disease by lowering cholesterol. Keep the skins on to reap the most heart-healthy benefits. This recipe was written by the Healthline Editorial Team: http://www.healthline.com/health-recipes/savory-stuffed-baked-apples —Healthline
apples (Braeburn apples make great baking apples)
Meanwhile, prep the apples. Start by cutting ⅓ of the top off, then use a spoon or metal ice cream scoop to hollow out the center. Make sure to keep the sides sturdy and intact. Set in an oven-safe baking dish and set aside.
Next, add EVOO, garlic, celery, and onions to a frying pan. Sauté on low heat for 2 minutes.
Add pecans, kale, vegetable stock, parsley, salt, and pepper. Sauté for 5 minutes.
Turn off heat and add dried tart cherries and cooked rice.
Using a spoon, fill the apples until overflowing. Add a little water to the baking dish (this adds moisture to help cook the apple and prevent it from sticking).
Bake on 425°F for 25 minutes, or until apples are tender.