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Author Notes: 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
- 2 apples (Braeburn apples make great baking apples)
- 1/4 cup onions, chopped
- 1 medium garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 cup raw pecan halves
- 1 cup raw kale, torn into pieces
- 1/4 cup celery stalk, chopped
- few leaves of fresh parsley
- salt and black pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup vegetable stock
- 1/2 cup rice
- 1/4 cup dried tart cherries, or dried cranberries
- Cook rice as directed.
- 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.
- 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.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Savory Apples