Fall is a time for change. Leaves are changing colors, the air feels crisper in the morning and in a few short weeks, we will be saying goodbye to summer weather. One of my favourite things about fall is all the yummy seasonal produce that starts appearing at grocery stores and farmer’s markets!
There are so many great foods that come out this time of year! Autumn is a time to indulge in pumpkin pie, apple cider, and butternut squash soup. I am going to share with you 5 healthy foods that you can find during this season and my favourite ways to prepare them.
Apples are arguably the most popular fruit throughout the fall season. Apple picking is such a fun activity and is super rewarding! There is a wide range of apples to choose from and ways to prepare them! Eating them fresh off the tree ( Well …maybe rinse first) or turn them into a warm apple pie filling!
How I prepare them
I personally love to make Fire roasted cinnamon apples ! If you have access to a campfire this is the perfect snack for a night by the fire under the stars!
Apple cider is also in season. Make a simple apple cider vinaigrette dressing. Just mix together 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup olive oil (or canola), 2 teaspoons honey and voila the perfect fall dressing!
Butternut squash is a delicious fall veggie that can be made in many different ways. You can use it as an alternative for mashed potatoes or pasta dishes. Also, it’s really good for you! This vegetable is packed with vitamins, is low in fat, and is high in potassium. The butternut squash also has anti-inflammatory properties that will help you recover from your workout! So the next time you go shopping this fall, consider trying out this delicious vegetable!
Simple preparation idea
Preheat oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit, peel skin off by running it underwater, slice into cubes, and place onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper! Cook for around 35-45 minutes until golden brown and soft inside. Top with: bacon, sour cream or Greek yogurt, Parmesan cheese, or cheddar cheese for a delicious meal!
Cranberries are not only good for you, but they’re delicious as well. They’re loaded with antioxidants which help protect your cells from damage and keep them healthy. Cranberries are a superfood that is high in antioxidants, vitamin C and fibre. They can be eaten as fruit or added to your favourite recipes for an extra kick of flavour.
Easy way to enjoy cranberries
Add them into oatmeal or yogurt for breakfast and then use up all of the leftovers in recipes during dinner time. It’s no secret that cranberries make everything taste better! The best part about them is their versatility. You can eat them plain, mix them with applesauce or apple slices for a quick snack on-the-go, cook with them in soups and sauces, bake with them to create delicious desserts!
Pumpkins are my favorite fall food! I love to carve them into jack-o’-lanterns, roast the seeds with salt and butter for a healthy snack, or make pumpkin pie. They can also make a healthy side dish for a perfect autumn dinner.
How to prepare pumpkin as a side dish
Cut the pumpkin in half and remove seeds. Peel off skin with a vegetable peeler or paring knife. Cut into 1 inch cubes (cut through the skin) and place on baking sheet large enough to hold all of them without overlapping much. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper and any other spices you like such as cinnamon, nutmeg or cumin for flavor! Roast at 425 degrees F until tender when pierced with a fork (about 30 minutes). Remove from oven and serve hot or cold!
Sweet potatoes are a healthy, delicious and filling food that can be eaten as a side dish or even as a meal.I love cooking with sweet potatoes because they can be prepared so many different ways including boiling them whole, slicing them into fries or roasting them in the oven with olive oil and salt.
How to prepare roasted sweet potato chips
These sweet potatoes are roasted until they’re crispy on the outside and soft inside, then seasoned with salt for a perfect salty-sweet flavour. Slice the sweet potato and drizzle them with olive oil and salt. Bake them at 400F for 45 minutes or until done, flipping halfway through cooking time.
Take a drive to your local farmers market and get some fall foods to make the perfect autumn meal. Enjoy, stay safe and eat good baby!