The weather is finally starting to turn, which means that a new crop of foods will be coming into season. Not only are these foods tasty, but they also have unique health benefits. There are so many exciting and delicious ways that you can cook fall foods, whether you’re hosting an event or just cooking for yourself. Here are some of the most delicious fall foods and how you can incorporate them into your diet.
Squash comes into season during the late summer and early fall and has a delicious, slightly sweet flavor. Squash is great for your immune system and can help prevent inflammation throughout the body. It’s rich in vitamins and minerals that we need, especially in the colder months. Many people think it is a vegetable, but it is actually classified as a fruit. Try incorporating it into salads, roasting it into chips, or serving alongside dips!
Apples are a quintessential fall food. They are rich in antioxidants and fiber and can help your body stave off chronic conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer. Apples taste great on their own as a fresh snack or incorporated into your favorite recipe. Try creating a roasted apple relish to put on top of your chicken dish or add them to homemade muffins.
Sweet potatoes are an ultra-tasty fall food that adds a unique sweetness to any dish. They are high in fiber, so they are great for your digestive system, and they are also full of essential vitamins and minerals. In particular, they contain beta carotene, which is excellent for eye health. They taste particularly good mashed up and seasoned, or as a filling or seasoning for pasta dishes. Sweet potato fries or cakes also make a great side dish to go with meat or other proteins. Bonus tip: steam and freeze sweet potatoes to add to your smoothies for a dash of sweetness and creaminess!
This sweet and tasty fruit really comes to life in the fall. They have a soft, juicy texture that’s unique and different from other fruits. Pears are very high in fiber, so they are excellent for your digestive system. They also are high in vitamins C, and K. Pears taste absolutely delicious on their own. But, they also make a great dessert when caramelized and served with ice cream. For something more savory, you can grill them and serve them with cheese.
Of course, no list of fall foods would be complete without pumpkin. Not only is it a fun Halloween decoration, but it also tastes great for fall. Pumpkin contains a wide range of vitamins that are essential for your health, and is particularly high in vitamin A. Roasted pumpkin seeds are a delicious snack to munch on, and pumpkin makes a delicious base for baked goods, like pumpkin bread or pumpkin muffins. Pumpkin is also a fun way to add flavor to soups, salads, or pasta.