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Say your goodbyes to sweltering heat and summertime treats because fall is finally here! You know what that means – time to bust out the pumpkins and breathe in the sweet scent of warm cinnamon. Fall also brings a flavorful bounty of seasonal fruits and vegetables to enjoy!
Fall Vegetable and Fruit Recipes
You’ve heard of root vegetables, like turnips and beets, but what about rutabaga? This Swedish delight is part cabbage, part turnip and 100 percent good for you! It’s an excellent source of nutrients, such as fiber, vitamin C, and zinc, to help strengthen your immune system and improve your metabolism. And because of its mild flavor and low carb count, rutabaga also makes an excellent substitution for potatoes.
Rutabaga is simply delightful when roasted on a baking sheet with carrots, parsnips, ginger, honey, and lemon mixed with olive oil. For an extra level of flavor, add sweet potatoes or yams to the mixture.
You can also add all of these hearty ingredients into your NutriBullet! Once the medley has softened from the heat and the mixture of olive oil, honey, lemon, and thinly-sliced ginger begins to caramelize, toss everything into the NutriBullet for a few whirls. Add some pumpkin pie spice and a touch of Smart Balance Original or a yogurt-blend butter and continue to blend until you reach a desired consistency. Pour all the ingredients into a greased casserole dish, bake until it takes on a desired appearance, and serve as a side for a delicious meal.
You can also make a smoothie by thinning out the autumnal mixture with almond or cashew milk. This comforting treat can be enjoyed warm or cold!
If you’re looking for more comforting dishes to make for dinner, try this pear and cauliflower soup. Cauliflower is one of the most versatile fall foods that’s also packed with vitamins and minerals. To make the cauliflower soup, blend cauliflower with pears, almond butter, coconut oil, and a blend of spices, all in your NutriBullet Rx
Craving something sweet? Another fall favorite is the delicious and nutritious apple! Fresh apples are excellent on their own, but let’s get creative.
Apples make excellent, fiber-rich additions to your next smoothie, too! You can keep it simple or make it something special. For a sweet autumn treat, try our Pumpkin Spice Protein Smoothie that combines pure pumpkin with sweet banana, almond butter, and a blend of spices. If you prefer something on the spicier side, try a combination of apples, cucumber, carrot, celery, tomato, and hot sauce. A mix of apples, banana, and peach with celery and parsnip is another favorite for some. Get creative or try any of our recipes – there are hundreds to choose from!
Speaking of smoothie recipes, oranges and carrots make the perfect pair in the autumn months! Blend four ounces of fresh or cooked carrots, three peeled medium-sized oranges, ¾ cup of unsweetened almond milk, a tablespoon of unsweetened shredded coconut, a tablespoon of natural sweetener (like honey or maple syrup), and one cup of ice in a blender. If you’re missing the summer, add one ripe banana to the mix and top with coconut shreds for a tropical treat!
What about fall foods that are here today, but gone tomorrow?
If you want to enjoy the fall flavors year-round, freeze them when they’re in season or purchase canned varieties that don’t contain unhealthy additives. A favorite for canned foods is the popular pumpkin! This antioxidant-rich treat is a staple for fall and pairs excellently with many seasonal flavors.
So what’s your favorite fall harvest? And as things begin to cool down outside, which warm and comforting autumnal dish are you looking forward to the most?
Jeannene Davis graduated from The University of Texas Houston Health Science Center with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition & Dietetics and followed the degree with a Certification in Adult Weight Management and Diabetes Education. She provides in-house support to physician offices and large scale support to corporations and small businesses to ensure their employees have the most current information about nutrition and wellness.
She's worked in hospitals, outpatient radiation clinics, gene therapy centers, and even insurance companies, focusing on health and wellness, diabetes, and herb and supplement education, as well as renal nutrition support to pre-dialysis, dialysis, and renal transplant patients for a variety of companies since 1993.