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Rockit™ Apple, Quinoa, and Spinach Salad

Created by: Courtney Paige | @apaigeofpositivity Ingredients: 2 Rockit™ Apples 3 cups spinach 1/2 cup rice 1/4 cup red onion 1/4 cup brussels sprouts 1/4 cup dried cranberries 1/4 cup candied pecans 1/2 avocado 1/2 feta cheese 1/4 cup dressing Tip: add dressing before serving. If packing for...

Created by: Courtney Paige | @apaigeofpositivity

Ingredients:

  • 2 Rockit™ Apples
  • 3 cups spinach
  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 1/4 cup red onion
  • 1/4 cup brussels sprouts
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup candied pecans
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup dressing
  • Tip: add dressing before serving. If packing for meal prep, store dressing in a separate container and pour over salad prior to serving 🙂

Instructions:

  1. This salad comes together in less than 5 minutes and is super simple to substitute ingredients out if need be.
  2. Start by preparing the rice (I recommend using a microwavable pouch and making it according to the instructions)
  3. Finely dice red onion, chop dried cranberries, and Rockit™ Apples.
  4. Let’s build the salad. Layer in the spinach and cooked rice.
  5. Add the red onion, apples, cranberries, feta cheese, pecans, and avocado to the salad.
  6. If consumed immediately, toss the salad with dressing. **but if meal prepping it, please keep the dressing on the side for optimal freshness & pour it on prior to consuming.

How to Make Simple Apple Pie

Created by: Courtney Paige | @apaigeofpositivity Learn how to make a Simple Apple Pie stuffed with layers of delicious and flavorful apples and covered in a warm brown butter sugar sauce in this easy recipe! It's the perfect way to finish up a holiday meal with your loved...

Created by: Courtney Paige | @apaigeofpositivity

Learn how to make a Simple Apple Pie stuffed with layers of delicious and flavorful apples and covered in a warm brown butter sugar sauce in this easy recipe! It’s the perfect way to finish up a holiday meal with your loved ones!

you need to learn how to make this simple apple pie

My mom makes the most delicious homemade apple pie for Thanksgiving each year. In fact, it’s her favorite dessert! So you have to understand how wonderful and nostalgic this recipe is for me. 😍 This post wouldn’t be possible without her willingness to share, so thanks, Mom! And I am so happy to pass along this recipe to YOU so you can your families can enjoy, too!

This simple apple pie is stuffed with layers upon layers of crisp apples and covered in a brown butter sugar sauce. When you pop it in the oven, the apples soften, the sauce caramelizes, the crust becomes buttery and flaky…you seriously can’t pass up this amazing dessert.

Enjoy with some powdered sugar on top, a big scoop of vanilla ice cream, and a warm cup of tea or coffee. It’s the perfect ending to your holiday meal with your loved ones!

ingredients for homemade apple pie

Apples: I used Rockit™ apples. They’re my favorite kind.

Pie Crusts: This recipe uses pre-made pie crusts.

Butter: So rich and flavorful! Adds delicious taste to this apple pie.

Apple Pie Spice: If you don’t have this, you can substitute with 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, ½ tablespoon of nutmeg, and ½ tablespoon of cardamom.

Corn Starch: This will help thicken our filling.

Vanilla Extract: Helps bring all of our delicious flavors together.

White Sugar: Important for sweetness!

Brown Sugar: I used light brown sugar. This adds a different dimension of sweetness that the white sugar can’t bring.

Water: We’ll use this in our filling.

kitchen equipment you’ll need

To make this apple pie, you’ll need a pie dishpizza cutterapple corer/slicercutting boardvegetable peelerchef’s kniferubber brushmeasuring cups + spoons, and a saucepan. A baking sheet is optional.

how to make this simple and delicious apple pie

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Allow pre-made pie crust to come to room temperature.
  3. Wash and peel all of the Rockit™ apples. Then, remove the cores.
  4. Slice all of the apples into thin rings, about ⅛” inch thick.
  5. Layer in one of the premade pie crusts into your pie dish. You’ll need to confirm with your instructions whether or not to grease the pan.
  6. Place apple slices into pie crust, arranging in a circle and building in a pyramid-like shape. The photos below show you exactly how this should look if you are confused!
  7. Roll out the other pie crust on a cutting board. Then, using a pizza cutter, cut ¾” strips.
  8. Create a lattice design by arranging half of the strips vertically and the other half horizontally across the pie.
  9. Next, heat a sauce pot to medium-heat. Melt butter in the pot. Then, whisk in corn starch.
  10. Add in brown sugar, apple pie spice, vanilla extract, white sugar, brown sugar, and water. Whisk again.
  11. Then, pour the wet mixture over the entire pie. Use a rubber brush to spread it evenly on top.
  12. Bake the apple pie for 35-45 minutes at 350°F until the crust is golden and apples are cooked. You might want to put the pie on a baking sheet to catch any dripping.

what’s the best way to cut a pie?

I know it’s hard, but you need to be PATIENT and let the pie cool before slicing! This will allow the corn starch to really do its job and thicken up the delicious apple juices that were busy caramelizing in the oven. We want an apple pie—not an apple soup!

Once the pie is cooled, I suggest using a serrated knife to cut. This will help reduce the amount of crumbs. Be sure to run your knife through your cuts a few times to ensure you’ve cut through the base. Then, I recommend removing your slice carefully with one of the flat sides of the knife or a dessert spatula.

The result? A perfectly sliced piece of delicious apple pie! 😊

apple pie faqs

How should I store this apple pie?
You can store it in the refrigerator in the pie dish covered with tinfoil or in an airtight container for up to 5 days. To reheat, toss it in the oven at 350°F. You could also microwave it in 60 second intervals until hot.

Any tips for success?
Slicing your apples into equal sizes is KEY! I used a VERY thin knife to carefully slice all of the apples into slices less than ⅛” thick. If you have an all-in-one apple peeler/corer/slicer, use it! It’s the best way to achieve desired results.

Anything I should watch out for?
If the crust starts to burn before the apples are done, don’t panic. The final minutes of baking the pie are crucial, so don’t take it out early. You can line the pie dish with a tinfoil cover to redirect the heat.

Can I freeze this apple pie?
You sure can! Just make sure to wrap it tightly so there is no air that could cause freezer burn.

Do I need to use a certain kind of apple?
Any type of apple will work, and I encourage you to use your favorite! (I love Rockit™ Apples!) Just note that you may want to adjust the amount of sugar you use depending on what type of apple you choose. For example, Granny Smith apples are quite tart. You may want to increase the white sugar to ¾ cup. In comparison, a Fuji apple is on the sweeter side, so you may need less sugar.

What should I serve with this pie?
Sliced with a big ole scoop of vanilla ice cream, DUH! I also love topping with warm caramel sauce and/or candied pecans.

Mini Rockit™ Apple and Cheese Danish

Created by: Courtney Paige | @apaigeofpositivity Ingredients needed for this recipe:  9 Rockit™ Apples (Visit rockit.fruitlocator.com to find Rockit Apples in a store near you) (2) puff pastry doughs (I found mine in the freezer section at my local grocery store) 1-2 tablespoons all purpose flour 1 (8oz) softened cream...

Created by: Courtney Paige | @apaigeofpositivity

Ingredients needed for this recipe: 

  • 9 Rockit™ Apples (Visit rockit.fruitlocator.com to find Rockit Apples in a store near you)
  • (2) puff pastry doughs (I found mine in the freezer section at my local grocery store)
  • 1-2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 (8oz) softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup egg white wash
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar (for garnish)

Recipe instructions: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Let’s make mini Rockit™ Apples & Cheese danishes together. Start with 2 puff pastry doughs at room temperature. (I found them in the freezer section at my local grocery store). Lightly flour a surface and spread the pastry dough flat.
  3. Use a pizza cutter or knife to slice the puff pastry into 18 equal squares (if you’re using 2 sheets of puff pastry, it will be 9 small squares)
  4. In a mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese, sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Fill into a piping bag or use a spoon to scoop cheese batter onto pastry squares.
  5. Cut Rockit™ Apples into fine slices and layer onto cheese + pastry combo.
  6. Fold the puff pastries into squares and brush them with egg wash. Sprinkle them with cane sugar.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes or until the danish is lightly toasted.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Plum + Apple Chicken and Rice

Recipe by: Emily Schuermann, Food For a Year, LLC, @food_for_a_year Yield: 6 servings This recipe uses some sweet and tart apples & plums to bring seasonal (and delicious) flair to dinnertime! One-Pan Wonder Did you know you can cook rice with chicken – altogether – in the oven?! It’s one...

Recipe by: Emily Schuermann, Food For a Year, LLC, @food_for_a_year
Yield: 6 servings

This recipe uses some sweet and tart apples & plums to bring seasonal (and delicious) flair to dinnertime!

One-Pan Wonder

Did you know you can cook rice with chicken – altogether – in the oven?! It’s one of my favorite ways to make dinner! Just a little liquid, boneless skinless chicken thighs and rice (and seasonings of choice) and you’ve got yourself a complete, one-pan meal in under one hour!

To make the perfect one-pan chicken and rice, start with 2 cups of rice and 1 cup of cooking liquid. Spread the rice evenly over the pan and then place chicken thighs on top of the rice.

The steam and cooking juices from the fruit and chicken will combine with the cooking liquid to make perfectly cooked rice and chicken! It’s like magic.

Fall Flair Meets Dinnertime

Plums and apples are such a wonderful addition to this comfort food classic – here’s what you’ll need ::

  • 2 apples, sliced horizontally and cored
  • 2-3 juicy plums, cut into eighths

key tip for recipe perfection —

Make sure the plums are ripe – to overripe! When baking with the rice, they’ll turn all jammy and saucy. It’s the magic maker!

Plum Apple Chicken & Rice

Ingredients

  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (trimmed of extra fat)
  • 2 apples, sliced horizontally and cored
  • 2-3 juicy plums, cut into eighths
  • 2 c rice (I used Calrose)
  • 1 c chicken broth
  • 2 T butter, cut into 6 pieces
  • 1/2 t ea : fresh thyme, rosemary & chives
  • 2-3 hot chili peppers (optional)
  • 2-3 T sweet hot chili sauce

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Spray an 11″x17″ baker with nonstick spray. Add rice to the baker, spreading evenly. Pour broth over the rice. Dollop butter atop the rice.
  2. Add chicken and top with apple slices and plum sections. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and finely chopped herbs. Drizzle 1 T of the sweet hot chili sauce over the chicken (if desired).
  3. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 45 minutes. When the internal temperature of the chicken thigh reaches 165° and the rice is cooked through*, remove the foil and broil for an addition 3-4 minutes or until the chicken is lightly golden in color.
  4. Serve immediately.

Serves 6

*Depending on the type of rice and thickness of the chicken thighs, the rice may need a few additional minutes of cook time. Simply tightly re-cover the pan with foil and return to the oven for 10 more minutes (if you find that the rice is underdone).

Rockit™ Apple Mini Cinnamon Rolls

Created by: Courtney Paige | @apaigeofpositivity Ingredients: ROLL DOUGH ½ package of dry yeast (approx. ~1 TB) ½ cup almond milk (110-115F) ¼ cup cane sugar 2 ½ tablespoons butter 1 egg (room temperature) ½ tsp salt 2 - 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour FILLING ⅓ + 2 tablespoons light...

Created by: Courtney Paige | @apaigeofpositivity

Ingredients:

ROLL DOUGH

  1. ½ package of dry yeast (approx. ~1 TB)
  2. ½ cup almond milk (110-115F)
  3. ¼ cup cane sugar
  4. 2 ½ tablespoons butter
  5. 1 egg (room temperature)
  6. ½ tsp salt
  7. 2 – 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

FILLING

  1. ⅓ + 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  2. ⅛ cup butter (melted)
  3. 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  4. ½ cup diced Rockit™ Apples

FROSTING

  1. ¼ cup butter – softened
  2. ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  3. Pinch of salt
  4. ⅛ cup cream cheese (softened)
  5. ¾ – 1 cup powdered sugar
  6. More Rockit™ Apple for garnish

Directions:

Rolls first: Whisk dry active yeast into warm almond milk. It needs to be between 110F and 115F. Let it dissolve. Pour it into a mixing bowl and beat together cane sugar, yeast/milk, butter, egg, and salt. Gradually add flour into the bowl until dough forms. it will be sticky but that’s okay. After 2-3 minutes of folding together and once almost all the flour is completely absorbed, remove the dough from the bowl and knead on a floured surface for 6-8 minutes. Grab a clean mixing bowl and spray with cooking spray. Place dough in the greased bowl, cover with a linen towel, and let it rise for 1-2 hours in a warm place.

Once the dough has risen about 3-4x in size, it’s time to punch it down and roll it out. Flour the surface again and place dough on the surface. Use a rolling pin, glass jar, or wine bottle to flatten the dough until it’s about 1/4″ thick (not enough to see through but thin enough to roll) We want it to be equal throughout. Time to assemble the filling: melt butter and add light brown sugar and ground cinnamon. Whisk together until a cinnamon paste has formed. Use a rubber spatula to spread this cinnamon paste onto the dough. Dice Rockit™ Apples into tiny pieces (this way, we get a piece of apple in EVERY bite!). Sprinkle a healthy portion of apple onto the cinnamon dough. Starting the end of the dough, carefully roll the dough into a log shape. Do this slowly so you ensure all the apples aren’t getting ‘pushed’ out of the roll. Use a serrated knife to slice the log into 9 cinnamon rolls.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Layer a 9×9 baking pan with parchment and grease. Place Rockit™ Apple Cinnamon Rolls into the pan and bake for 12-15 minutes until outside of the dough starts to turn golden brown. While baking, make the frosting. Beat all ingredients together until smooth. Once Rockit™ Apple Cinnamon Rolls are done baking, top with icing and ENJOY!

Bay Scallops, Squid Ink Linguine, and Peas

Recipe by: Truong Nguyen Yield: 4 servings INGREDIENTS  ½ Pound Bay scallops ¼ Cup English peas ¼ Cup Sugar snap peas, slivered  2 Tbsp. Extra virgin Olive oil ½ Pound Squid ink pasta- linguine, fettuccine or spaghetti, or your favorite pasta shape. 3 Ea. Garlic cloves, peeled and...

Recipe by: Truong Nguyen
Yield: 4 servings

INGREDIENTS 

  • ½ Pound Bay scallops
  • ¼ Cup English peas
  • ¼ Cup Sugar snap peas, slivered 
  • 2 Tbsp. Extra virgin Olive oil
  • ½ Pound Squid ink pasta- linguine, fettuccine or spaghetti, or your favorite pasta shape.
  • 3 Ea. Garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 Ea. Rockit apple, peeled, and petite diced
  • ½  Cup White wine
  • 2 Ea. Lemon- 1 zested and kept separate the rest juiced 
  • You need ¼ cup juice
  • ½ Pound Butter- Highest Quality, small cubes SUPER COLD
  • 2 Tbsp. Basil- fresh and torn
  • ¼ cup Pea shoots- Fresh to garnish
  • To taste Kosher Salt

PREPARATION:  

  1. You will need a large pot of salted boiling water to cook your pasta. 
  2. In a small sauce pan, add sliced garlic, petite diced apple, white wine, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil and reduce to ¼ cup liquid.
  3. Add butter a couple cubes at a time, while continuously whisking. Until a emulsified liquid forms. Remove from heat and set aside. 
  4. Cook your squid ink pasta.. if fresh, 2 mins otherwise follow package instructions minus two mins. You want your pasta to be al Dante.
  5. Heat a large sauté pan until ripping hot
  6. Drain and pat dry your bay scallops with a paper towel. Add to hot sauté, DON’T MOVE THEM! One min. Add sugar snap peas and english peas. Using tongs or pasta spoon add pasta to scallops/ pea mixture.
  7. Reduce heat, add ½ cup buerre blanc sauce, small ladle of pasta sauce, torn basil and lemon zest.
  8. Toss and season to taste with salt.
  9. Plate and finish with fresh pea shoots

Plating: In a Pasta Bowl, twirl a generous portion, ladle scallops, peas and sauce on top. Finish with fresh pea shoots.

Rockit Apples - Perfect Mini Snack Sized Apples

Dessert Nachos

How to get kids to eat fruit? Two words: dessert nachos. Slices of raw apple are drizzled with a silky homemade chocolate sauce and topped with oodles of goodies. Kids go wild for this ultra-easy dessert that is on the table in under 10 minutes. Perfect...

How to get kids to eat fruit? Two words: dessert nachos.

Slices of raw apple are drizzled with a silky homemade chocolate sauce and topped with oodles of goodies. Kids go wild for this ultra-easy dessert that is on the table in under 10 minutes. Perfect for weeknight dinners that need a special finish.

YIELD:  4 servings

Recipe Development and Photography By: Williams-Raines

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 Rockit™ apples, sliced
  • 6 oz. dark chocolate
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Your choice of toppings (ex. Sprinkles, candy, chopped nuts, maraschino cherries…)

METHOD

  1. Take the quartered apples and slice them thinly lengthwise (about 5 slices per quarter). Arrange apple slices on a large plate or small platter.
  2. Put chocolate, milk and vanilla extract in a small pan over medium-low heat. Stir constantly with a rubber spatula, making sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the pan.
  3. Stir until the chocolate is completely melted and combined with the other ingredients. It should be silky and smooth. Remove from heat – do not overcook.
  4. Drizzle chocolate over the arranged apple slices and sprinkle with chosen toppings.
  5. Serve immediately.

* NOTES:

Another option is to arrange the apple slices on small individual plates (about ½ an apple per person), drizzle with chocolate and serve, leaving each person to choose their own toppings at the table. A great idea for a birthday party!

Rockit™ Fruit Rollups

Recipe by: Valerie Musser Yield: 3 days’ worth Ingredients 4 cups of quartered, cored, and rough chopped Rockit™ apples ½ cup water  1 Tbsp lemon juice 2 tsp cinnamon Method Peel, core and chop your apples. Add the apples to the water in a large pot over...

Recipe by: Valerie Musser

Yield: 3 days’ worth

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of quartered, cored, and rough chopped Rockit™ apples
  • ½ cup water 
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Method

  1. Peel, core and chop your apples.
  2. Add the apples to the water in a large pot over medium-low heat. Bring to a simmer and cover, allowing to cook on low heat for 15 minutes or so.
  3. Dump the cooked mixture to a blender, add the lemon juice and puree till smooth.
  4. Put the pureed mix back into the pot and cook for an additional 10 minutes stirring regularly so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot.
  5. Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or microwave safe plastic wrap. Pour the puree onto the lined baking sheet.
  6. Preheat the oven to the lowest possible temperature (170°F is standard) and cook for 8-10 hours or overnight. Or, if you have a dehydrator, pour the puree onto the solid ring or silicone liner, and cook at 135°F overnight.
  7. Allow the fruit leather to completely cool.  Remove, cut into three large strips (or smaller if you would like) and roll up with parchment paper.
Rockit Apple Power Bites

Rockit™ Apple Power Bites

Recipe by: Valerie Musser Yield: 3 days' worth Ingredients 1 cup peanut or almond butter ½ cup unsweetened coconut shreds ½ cup chopped dates or raisins 1 tbsp hulled hemp seeds 1 tbsp chia seeds  1 tbsp cacao nibs 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds 1 tsp vanilla extract ...

Recipe by: Valerie Musser

Yield: 3 days’ worth

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut or almond butter
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut shreds
  • ½ cup chopped dates or raisins
  • 1 tbsp hulled hemp seeds
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds 
  • 1 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp cinnamon 
  • Rockit™ Apples sliced or roughly chopped

Method

  1. Add all the above ingredients to a bowl except for the apple.
  2. Divide the mixture into three parts and using your hands, roll into three balls. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
  3. Eat with your Rockit™ apples by putting the nut mixture onto a slice, or take a bite of each, or if you are near a kitchen, dice up your Rockit™ apple and add the pieces to the mixture. (Apples do not keep well in oil, so you should do this day of.)

Paleo Rockit™ Apple Crème Pâtissière Pudding

Yields: 4 servings Recipe by: Truong Nguyen INGREDIENTS 1 can Coconut cream (13.5 Fl Ounce ) 2 Ea. Rockit™ apple- peeled, small diced 5 Ea. egg yolks- pasture raised ¼ Cup Cornstarch ¼  Cup golden maple syrup  1 Tsp. Vanilla extract ½ Tsp. Kosher Salt 2...

Yields: 4 servings
Recipe by: Truong Nguyen

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 can Coconut cream (13.5 Fl Ounce )
  • 2 Ea. Rockit™ apple- peeled, small diced
  • 5 Ea. egg yolks- pasture raised
  • ¼ Cup Cornstarch
  • ¼  Cup golden maple syrup 
  • 1 Tsp. Vanilla extract
  • ½ Tsp. Kosher Salt
  • 2 Ea. Rockit™ apples – descended and thinly sliced
  • ½ Tsp. Cinnamon- ground
  • 2 Tbsp Water

 

 

PREPARATION:  

  1. In a small sauce pan, heat coconut cream and petite apple slices until simmering slightly.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together egg yolks, cornstarch, maple syrup, vanilla and salt.
  3. Add ¼ of the hot coconut cream to egg mixture, whisking vigorously. Once combined add back to the pan with the rest of the coconut cream.  
  4. Reduce heat, whisk continuously till thick. Pour into an airtight container and chill. Or serve warm immediately.
    NOTE: don’t be alarmed if your pudding looks a little shiny. It’s the coconut oil trying to separate. Just give it a good whisking and it will come back together.
  5. Heat a small sauté pan. Add apples. And cinnamon and a Tbsp of water. Cook for 2 mins and set aside.
  6. Time to assemble in your chosen dish. I like stemless martini glasses. Add your patisserie crème, top with cooked sliced apples.

Yum!