What’s Fresh this Fall: Fall Produce

By Sarah – September 21, 2011

As Austin begins to cool off ever so slightly, another change is on it’s way. The produce section of your local HEB or Whole Foods will soon be (if it hasn’t already) featuring new produce deals for Fall. Fall fruit and vegetable selections offer a variety of bold flavors and an endless amount of recipe options. Below are just some examples of the approaching season’s produce and links for recipes sure to satisfy that Autumn appetite!

What’s In:

  • Apples – Apples are a delicious and affordable option for a scrumptious Fall meal such as Pan-Seared Sausages with Apples. Apples come in a variety of types and make for a great on the go snack as well!
  • Pears – Pears are a great addition when making a savory dinner and even work with sandwiches and salads. Try the Focaccia with Carmelized Onions, Pear and Blue Cheese recipe for something different – it’s even vegetarian!
  • Acorn Squash and Butternut Squash – Squash has always been associated with the Autumn months, and for good reason. Squash not only makes for a mouth-watering meal such as this Savory Ricotta-Squash Tart or this Roasted Butternut Squash, Rosemary and Garlic Lasagna, but can also act as a seasonal decorative element. Check out the October issue of Austin Fit Magazine for another great Squash recipe!
  • Cranberries – Cranberries are a great source of vitamins A and C and even help protect you from cancer and reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. Besides their obvious health benefits, cranberries are delicious and make a for a great addition to cobblers, relishes, pies and more. Try this Grilled Turkey with Cranberry Compote for a different spin on a traditional Thanksgiving meal.
  • Sweet Potatoes – Sweet potatoes can be prepared in a multitude of ways including boiling, baking, and sauteing. Sweet potatoes are also offered as a healthy alternative to traditional potato chips and french fries. This Sweet Potato, Chipotle and Apple Soup is a comfort food with a twist that would be great for a crisp Autumn day.

These recipes include only a sampling of the options for Fall produce. What’s your favorite Fall fruit or veggie? Any recipe suggestions? Let us know @austinfit or on our facebook page.
Sources: FoodandWine.comand CookingLight.com

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