FALL In Love With Flavor

It’s time to FALL in love with the flavors of FALL!

With cooler, fall weather just around the corner, it’s time to start stocking up on baking staples, seasonal vegetables and fruits, and pumpkin everything! Fall is my favorite season of the year. There is no better feeling than walking outside on a crisp, cool day, enjoying the changing of the leaves and the smell of baked goods or something delicious cooking in the kitchen. In this blog entry, I will share with you some of the foods and desserts I enjoy most this time of year!

 

As we transition into fall, you will start to see some the following fruits and vegetables come into season:

 

  • Apples
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Fennel
  • Garlic
  • Kale
  • Peppers
  • Pumpkins
  • Salad Greens
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Cranberries
  • Grapes
  • Pears
  • Pomegranate

 

One of my favorite things to make when the weather cools down is a warm, hearty bowl of chili on a brisk fall day. This recipe includes sweet potatoes to give it a sweeter twist. It also makes great leftovers!

SWEET POTATO TURKEY CHILI:

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 1/2 T chili powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 large sweet potato, cubed

 

  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over med-high heat. Add ground turkey and cook until browned (About 3-4 mins).
  2. Add in onions and cook for 3 more minutes.
  3. Add in peppers, jalapeno and garlic and cook for another 2 mins.
  4. Add spices, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, beans and sweet potato and bring mix to a boil.
  5. Once boiling lower heat to a simmer and cook for about 30-40 minutes, uncovered or until desired consistency is reached.

 

Craving something sweet?  Try these baked apples stuffed with a delicious mix of oats and raisins. They make for a perfect fall treat for a night at home!

STUFFED BAKED APPLES:

  • 4 apples
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp raisins
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp butter

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Core each apple making a large well in the center and arrange apples on baking sheet.
  3. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl; cut in butter until evenly combined.
  4. Spoon ¼ of the oat mixture into each apple.
  5. Bake in oven until apples are tender and filling is bubbling, about 30 minutes.

 

Finding a good recipe for a side of vegetables can sometimes be a hassle. Try these easy balsamic Brussel sprouts that are packed with flavor to add some green to your dinner!

ROASTED BALSAMIC BRUSSEL SPROUTS

  • 1LB fresh Brussel sprouts
  • 1 ½ tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar, divided
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper

 

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Trim ends of Brussel sprouts and cut in half.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together oil, half of the balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  4. Toss the sprouts in the mixture and spread them out on a foil lined baking sheet.
  5. Roast for 25 minutes or until the sprouts are tender and crisp on outside.
  6. Remove from oven and drizzle with remaining vinegar.