Fall foods

October 17, 2013

When it comes to fall flavors, most people just think PUMPKIN. However, there are many more fall foods that are equally great (although pumpkin is pretty awesome). It’s sad to see my favorite summer produce go, but it has some great replacements. I’ve compiled a list of some great fall foods and recipes to with them! Hopefully I’ll be able to try a few of them myself, but school has been making cooking a bit difficult lately…

1. Pumpkin! One of the most common fall flavors and certainly one of the most versatile, as recipes can range from sweet to savory.

Try healthy pumpkin risotto:

Also try:

Perfect Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Ravioli in Sage Butter Sauce

2. Squash! Also extremely versatile, easy to make, and yummy. Spaghetti squash is a great substitute for pasta– way less carbs!

Try: Maple Roasted Butternut Squash (Oprah recommended this, so we should all go try this one like, now)

Also try:

Creamy Squash Rigatoni

Butternut Squash Soup

3. Sweet Potatoes! This yummy type of potato is most known for being smothered in brown sugar and marshmallows come Thanksgiving, but here are a few other ways to eat them.

Try: Sweet Potato Fries (not store-bought, actually make them… so much better!)

Also try:

Grilled Rosemary Sweet Potatoes

Double Baked, Coconut and Macadamia Encrusted Sweet Potatoes (uh, yum!)

4. Apples! From traditional apple pie to waldorf salad… the sky is the limit with this versatile fruit.

Try: Spinach and Apple Salad  (for this you could add anything, really- for example, I would throw some bacon in there)

Also try:

Apple Crumble Pie

Savory Maple Apple Bruschetta with Gruyere and Prosciutto (yes please!)

5. Cranberries! Usually these little guys are served at the Thanksgiving table as well. However, you can throw them in just about anything.

Try: Cranberry Crumb Bars

Also try:

Grilled Turkey and Brie Cranwich (or save until after Thanksgiving)

Rosemary-Balsamic Brown Rice with Pecans and Cranberries

6. Pears! I have always loved pears because there are so many different kinds. Crunchy, sweet, soft… I love ’em all!

Try: Prosciutto and Pear Salad (fall substitute for my beloved prosciutto and melon)

Also try:

Grilled Cheese and Pear Sandwich with Red Onions and Rosemary

Foccacia with Caramelized Onions, Pear and Blue Cheese

Check out Huffington Post’s list of pear recipes and you might actually pass out.

7. Pomegranate! At home, we have a couple of pomegranate trees. I was lucky enough to pick them and eat them right off the tree growing up so it feels a little silly buying them now. But, they are really good for you, so don’t forget about them (even though they’re a bit messy… when I was little I smeared pomegranate juice all over my leg and pretended I was bleeding; my mom totally bought it).

Try: Pasta with Spinach, Pancetta, and Pomegranate — such an interesting savory + sweet combo!

Also try:

Pomegranate Winter Salsa

Honey Coconut Quinoa with Pomegranate 

This fall, step out of your comfort zone and try something new! Your taste buds will thank you.



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