The weather may be cooling off, but the produce choices are just heating up! These amazing seasonal foods are a great excuse to hit up your local farmers market!
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The Possibilities Are Endless!
Below you will find a list of foods that pack a solid source of goodness, and also links for delicious and exciting recipes to try!
- So many choices! Sweet or tart apples can be enjoyed raw or baked into a delicious dish! Apples are full of antioxidants and have four grams of dietary fiber per serving. That alone makes apples a win-win!
- Brussels Sprouts
- With a mild, somewhat bitter taste, brussels sprouts have been given a bad rap! If made the correct way, these veggies can be divine! They are a great source of iron and vitamin K.
- Sweet and juicy, pears can be a real crowd pleaser when baked or poached. They are an excellent source of vitamin C and copper.
- Not as wildly popular, the rutabaga is a cross between a turnip and a cabbage. They are delicious in casseroles or pureed for savory soups. They’re also a great source of fiber and vitamin C.
- Sweet and slightly nutty in flavor, cauliflower is a great winter vegetable. You can steam it, or blend it to create a mashed potato-like texture! Cauliflower is also an excellent source of vitamin C and contains compounds that may help prevent certain types of cancer!
- Not to be confused with summer squash, winter squash has a finer texture and a slightly sweeter flavor. Due to its thick skin, it can be stored for months. Add a hint of cinnamon or ginger to bring out its fall flavoring. Squash contains omega-3 fatty acids and is a great source of vitamin A.
- Pumpkin is also a type of winter squash and can be used for much more than just Jack-o’-lanterns! It has a sweet and moist texture—ideal for pies, cakes, and cookies! It’s also rich in potassium and B vitamins.
- Sweet Potatoes
- Not just a Thanksgiving staple, sweet potatoes are much more nutritionally dense than the average white potato. Try roasting them instead of just making them into a casserole! They are a great source of iron and vitamin A, and also offer anti-inflammatory benefits.
- Mildly sour but a powerhouse for antioxidants, the juice of this fruit provides a great base for tangy marinades and sauces. Don’t throw away the seeds, as they can be tossed into salads for added flavor! Pomegranates are a great source of vitamin C and folate.
- These root vegetables are tender and mild, and are a great alternative to radishes and cabbage. There are a variety of ways to flavor them, from using bread crumbs to adding brown sugar. The turnip leaves themselves are an exceptional source of vitamins A and K, and also folate. The root is a great source of vitamin C.
What Will You Be Cooking Up This Fall?
Fall is a great season to change up your main dishes and explore different options in the kitchen! Hit up your local farmers market to find exceptional produce choices that also offer great value for your wallet!
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