With school back in session and the first day of autumn fast approaching, now is the time to prepare for all of the freshest farmers’ market produce available. At the farmers’ market or local grocery store, you’ll begin to find items like squash, apples, pears, sweet potatoes, and cauliflower – perfect for getting creative in the kitchen.
Colder temperatures can often bring the emotional connection to comfort foods. Using fresh produce can help turn high calorie and fat options into hearty dishes that highlight the season.
Mashed Potatoes Meet Sweet Potato Mash
Both white potato varieties and sweet potatoes contain healthy amounts of vitamins and minerals. However, we suggest the sweet potato variety for a serious dose of Vitamin A and a lower count of carbohydrates per serving. The next time you prepare mashed potatoes, consider swapping salt, cream, and butter for melted coconut oil, sage leaves, and a dash of sea salt.
Roasted Vegetables For The Win
Consider roasting produce in season as a side dish. Squash or cauliflower roasted with olive oil and seasoning, and topped with fresh herbs are not only easy to prepare but sure to excite taste buds in any home.
Add Fruit to Hearty Salads
Reach for in-season varieties of apples and pears this fall to add to salads. Apple varieties such as Granny Smith, Gala, or Fuji pair well with baby spinach, toasted nuts, light crumbled cheese, and vinaigrette. Top arugula with thinly sliced Anjou pears, gorgonzola, walnuts, a squeeze of lemon, and olive oil for a healthy and quick salad.