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One of the lovely things about the changing of the seasons is the new crop of fruits and vegetables that appears on store shelves and in farmers’ market baskets. In the spring, we get rewarded with tender asparagus and the first lettuce leaves. Summer brings luscious berries and stone fruits. Fall is abundant with greens, crucifers, squashes, and pears. If you’re looking for new ways to enjoy your favorite fall foods, look no further. This post is loaded with new ideas for how to enjoy fall’s bounty of fruits and vegetables.
1. Add them to what you’re already eating.
One easy way to enjoy fall fruits and vegetables is to include them in foods you eat habitually, whether that means adding spinach to your morning scrambled eggs or apple slices in the grilled cheese you make for your kids’ lunch.
In that spirit, try this recipe for whole-wheat pizza with kale and radicchio that would make a nice weekend dinner that’s just slightly off the beaten track. If you’re gluten-free like me, try a cauliflower crust!
2. Sub them in for carby foods.
Cauliflower is having a moment these days. That’s because it makes a good substitute for more carb-intensive foods like rice or potatoes. You can grate it (or buy it pre-grated) to use in place of rice, and presto — not only will you and your family be eating fewer carbs, you’ll also be eating more veggies!
You may also want to sample this recipe for pureed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes. Try it with vegetable broth instead of chicken broth if you’re a vegetarian or if you just want to include more plant-based nutrition in your diet.
I gave up eating flour ages ago, and I’m a huge fan of pizza made with cauliflower crust. Try this recipe that looks so easy and delicious.
3. Expand your palate.
Love Chinese food, but feel like the preparation is too much work? Then try these deconstructed egg rolls, which feature cabbage, green peppers, and carrots.
Or how about this poached pear bread, in which the pears are poached and then baked whole inside your favorite quick bread batter?
4. Get inspired at the farmers’ market.
Finally, let your farmers’ market finds guide you in making a fried rice recipe. The vegetables are flexible, so you can make it with brussel sprouts and parsnips, or treat it as a base for whatever catches your fancy this week.
What are your favorite fall fruits and vegetables? How do you prepare them? Share with us in the comments below!