7 Ways to Show Apples You Love Them

Ellie Krieger's Rustic Apple Pie with Dried Cherries As seen on Food Network

Photo by: Stephen Johnson ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Stephen Johnson, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Fall may not be officially here yet, but that doesn't mean you can't get psyched about the star fruit of the season.

Think of this less like your grandmother's apple pie and more like a free-spirited galette with a healthier side. Apple slices and dried cherries -- tossed in brown sugar and cinnamon -- fill the semi-whole-grain crust.

Ellie Krieger's Spinach And Green Apple Salad As seen on Food Network

Photo by: Stephen Johnson ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Stephen Johnson, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Combining tart green apples with spinach in an easy vinaigrette creates a salad that's simple without being a snore.

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food stylist: Jamie Kimm prop stylist: Marina Malchin,food stylist: Jamie Kimmprop stylist: Marina Malchin

Chicken and apples have always been friends, but in this dish, the relationship gets taken to the next level. The fruit and onion are simmered with mustard before being roasted with the poultry and topped by a homemade gravy.

Here, Honeycrisp apples cooked in a small amount of butter become the base for what's essentially a giant, irresistible whole-grain pancake.

Apple juice gets an extra-sweet upgrade when strawberries join the mix. A sprinkling of chia seeds, added just before serving, ups the fiber quotient.

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Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Cooking Golden Delicious apples and honey in apple cider yields an enticing compote to serve over cinnamon-laced whole-grain pancakes. Who needs syrup?

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Food stylist: Jamie Kimm Prop stylist: Marina Malchin,Food stylist: Jamie KimmProp stylist: Marina Malchin

Photo by: Antonis Achilleos

Antonis Achilleos

It's the perfect combination of sweet and savory when browned Granny Smith apples and red onion meet up with sage-rubbed pork chops. And who doesn't love garlic mashed potatoes?

Abigail Libers is a freelance writer and editor living in Brooklyn.

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