Hooray! My favorite season is here! I love the fall… I love all of the pumpkins seen everywhere and the orange and red leaves.
I love the holidays in the fall…
And although I’m not a die-hard football person, I do love sitting and watching the games with Jeff this time of year, even if I do occasionally multi-task by answering email while doing so!
But without a doubt, I also love the produce available this time of year!
Whenever possible, it’s best to try and buy produce in season because those fruits and vegetables are at their peak in flavor and nutrition during that time. In season produce is also the most affordable, too!
Here is a list of the autumn produce gems to take advantage of and enjoy above all others this spectacular time of year:
Besides all of the countless delicious pumpkin dishes out there, did you know that pureed pumpkin can be used as an egg substitute?
Crunchy, sweet, convenient, super-duper healthy, satisfies the sweet tooth… what else can you ask for in a food? I love it cut in slices and dipped in nut butter.
And when it comes to transforming this gorgeous fruit into an easy and quick dessert, have you tried my Single Serving Apple Crisp Recipe?
Just bake until soft, cut length-wise and then add cinnamon and sea salt! Pure heaven!
Technically a “winter squash” but thankfully we usually start seeing this delectable squash in grocery stores one season early! FYI: Sage + Cooked Butternut Squash = Flavor Fantasticness.
Studies show that eating garlic can shorten the length of the flu or a cold!* So if you’re feeling under the weather, chop it up and add it to your savory dishes. Not a fan of the flavor? Talk to your doctor about taking it in supplement form.
Ginger is awesome for assisting with digestive issues and nausea. Eat it raw and tossed in honey, or steep it to create a soothing tea. I’m also a big fan of the candied type – just one or two pieces is all you need to soothe the stomach!
One of my personal favorites! I love it steamed with salt and pepper. Broccoli is also great roasted or blanched in salty water.
Beets are loaded with a plethora of vitamins, minerals and fiber! I like to boil them whole in a pot of water and couple tablespoons of vinegar for about an hour (which makes it easy to remove the skin once cooled) or leave the skin on, chop into one inch pieces and roast them in the oven! Beets are great on salads or as a side dish.
Try them cut in half and roasted in the oven with a little olive oil, salt and pepper!
Especially good in early fall (hence the reason wine grapes are harvested this time of year!).
This is definitely one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet! Try it steamed with just a splash of water and then salt and pepper, or sautéed with a bit of olive oil and chopped garlic!
More autumn produce to look for:
Which produce and recipes do you love? Please share in the comments below!