Spicing Up Your Favorite Fall Recipes with Seasonal Produce
By: Jessica Varner, Certified Nutritionist
Fall... What can I say, it is absolutely my favorite season of the year. From the crisp air and autumn leaves, to the cozy sweaters and comfort foods, nothing says, “Harvest” like the fall. This season brings such warmth from the inside out, where even the “non-cookers” are drawn to the stove, and how can you blame them? I mean this has to be the time of year where kitchens around the world are bursting with cinnamon spice and everything nice! However, before pulling out the apron, it’s important to know which produce are in season by looking at climate and location before whipping up those favorite fall dishes. Here are a few to consider when making your next trip to the local market.
- Kale - Known to be its sweetest in cooler weather and I have to say my favorite leafy green. I’m in love, yes in love with kale! Let them come out with kale candy and I’ll be the first one in line! From salads, to smoothies, to stir-fry, and chips; I mean the list never ends. This leafy green can be prepared in a variety of ways so there should be at least one you will find to your liking.
- Potatoes - Most potatoes are harvested in the winter. When I think of potatoes I think of comfort, warmth, and satisfied. With the many varieties, they all tend to provide the same effect - filling! I particularly gravitate to the less starchy of the group, like sweet and red potatoes. They are not only packed with healthy carbs but also hold up well in different types of cooking. From breakfast, lunch, to dinner, you can never go wrong with the potato.
I find myself using these herbs all year round in my cooking. They bring a punch of natural flavor in any dish you prepare. Trying to reduce your sodium intake? Herbs are the way to go. When you combine fresh citrus and herbs in the cooking process, so much flavor is enhanced, you don’t even miss the salt.
- Apples - Apple picking! You can’t have fall without apple picking right? Well I live in an area where that is basically non-existent, so I have to rely on my Harvest Hallmark movies to experience what it means to pick apples in the fall. However, although I can’t pick them, I surely have access to them which is really all I need. Fall is definitely the time to whip up those tasty apple recipes. From cider, to galette’s, pie, applesauce, I mean what can you not do with this sweet and crispy fruit? Packed with fiber, they are a good way to sneak key nutrients into your picky eaters around the Kitchen table.
- Pears - Pears have a long season, thus, they are generally easy to find. Like apples, they come in a few different varieties and is used in several styles of cooking. From sweet pastries, to savory chutneys, there’s really so much you can do with them. But for me, “plain-jane” is my preference. A simple sweet green pear satisfies my sweet tooth every time.
- Winter Squash - First fruit that comes to mind when I think of fall is winter squash. I rarely buy them other than this time of year. It’s almost like, it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t. From acorn squash, butternut squash, to pumpkin, there’s so much you can do with their natural flavors whether you choose to go sweet or savory. Fall is when I like to explore the most in my cooking and winter squash has definitely been a guinea pig in doing so. Roast, stuff, bake, sauté, just have fun with it, I know I do.
Knowing which produce to pick for the season is well worth knowing when creating seasonal dishes or kicking up the flavor to your favorites. You will be surprised to see the difference it makes. Trust me, your palate will thank you. Now get to picking, shopping, and cooking!
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