When we think of fall we think of leaves changing color, pumpkin patches, chilly weather, and food! What better way to get into the fall spirit than by doing a little seasonal cooking? Fall is full of great flavors and produce, and we want to share our favorites with you! We’ve included a Wedderspoon pumpkin honey harvest salad recipe, a honey granola recipe, and a list of some of our favorite fall foods and ingredients—they can all be used to cook endless different things.
Pumpkin Honey Harvest Salad Recipe, via Wedderspoon:
- 1 cup Kale
- 1 cup mixed greens
- 1/2 cup tomato
- 1/4 cup carrot
- 1/2 cup broccoli
- 1/4 cup red grapes
- 1/4 cup cranberry sauce
- 1 tsp sunflower seeds
- 1 tsp toasted slivered almonds
- 1/4 cup avocado
- 1/4 cup asparagus
- 4 oz chicken breast
Sautee broccoli + carrots with a little bit of nonstick olive oil spray and garlic powder (makes the broccoli slightly charged and crunchy). You can do the same to the asparagus for convenience, or you can broil it.
Pumpkin Honey Dressing Ingredients:
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 medium clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 + 1/2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, coarsely chopped.
- 1 tablespoon water.
Mix all ingredients together and simply drizzle over salad.
Pumpkin-Honey Granola Recipe, via Wedderspoon:
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats (use certified gluten-free oats if making this GF)
- 1 cup raw pecan halves
- 1 cup raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
- 1/4 cup Manuka Honey
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 + 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
- 1/2 cup shredded of shaved coconut
Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray large baking sheet with cooking spray or line it with parchment paper. Set aside. Combine the oats, pepitas, and pecans in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the honey, melted coconut oil, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, and salt until smooth. Pour the honey syrup mixture over the oats mixture, and toss until everything is evenly spread. Spread the granola mixture out evenly on a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and add in the coconut oil (if using) and give everything a good stir. Return the granola to the oven and cook for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the mixture is golden. Remove and let the granola cool until it reaches room temperature.
Now, we’re going to trust that you are Pinterest saavy and that with a little bit of ingredient inspiration from us, you can take it from there to find or create your own great recipes that incorporate these items.
Fresh Produce To Stock Your Kitchen With This Fall:
You know what they say, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”! But in all seriousness, apples are a great food to keep in your fridge. They’re a great source of Vitamin C and fiber, and great in a variety of foods—apple pie, apple butter, apple walnut salad, apple muffins…the possibilities are endless.
Sure, pumpkins look cute and festive out on your porch, but put some in your belly too and reap all the health benefits pumpkins offer! Pumpkin is good for your skin, your eyes, your immune system, and more! Add a little pumpkin to your life (or diet!). Think: pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin smoothies, etc.
Nothing says fall and Thanksgiving like sweet potatoes, right? Your body will thank you for filling it with a food so rich in vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin D, potassium, and iron. There’s so much you can do with a sweet potato! You can chop it up and bake sweet potato fries, you can roast them with honey and cinnamon, mix them into a bowl of quinoa and black beans, or eat them cooked and mashed.
Cranberries are not only tart and delicious but also very nutritious! They’re full of vitamin C, fiber, and are said to help prevent UTI’s and cavities. Whether you like your cranberries in muffins, tuna or chicken salad, or in sauce form, your body will be sure to enjoy both the taste and health benefits.
Squash has lots of protein, potassium (which helps lower blood pressure!), and is rich in the beta carotene that can prevent cancer cell growth. There’s no doubt that squash is great to put into your body. Roasted squash, spaghetti squash, grilled squash, squash ravioli…there are so many ways to cook squash!