I love the Fall. Crisp red leaves crunching beneath my knee-high black boots. Steaming mugs of dark chocolate cocoa between mittened hands. The sliver of a crescent moon breaking through stark white clouds on Halloween night. There’s just something magical about it all.
But one of the absolute biggest reasons I love this season so much is all the incredible produce that I can only get in the Fall. The simple act of walking into the grocery store is enough to make me giddy. I meander through the aisles, taking in all the bright colors and various textures. If I’m asleep every other season, Fall is when I wake up. There are just so many blessings around me to miss out on.
Here are some of my favorite things to eat during the Fall:
All The Squash
It is impossible to choose just one kind of squash to adore in the fall. And considering all the incredible things you can do with a squash, there is plenty of cooking to go around. I’m fond of slicing it up and roasting it with a little olive oil and salt and eating it on its own. But you can also use squash in stews, add it to pasta dishes, or toss it in a food processor to make a hearty dip for vegetables or chips.
Nothing says, “we’re entering the holiday season” quite like a pomegranate. Their bright crimson color. The way they sort of pop in your mouth when you bite down. The tart, delicious flavor. They’re even a pretty decoration, right up until the moment you dig in. A festive way to incorporate pomegranates into your Fall dining is to add a few tablespoons of seeds to the bottom of a martini glass before indulging.
Pro-tip. Fill a large bowl with water. Slice the pomegranate in half and place one half in the bowl. Gently, remove the seeds from the pomegranate into the water, throwing away the pomegranate flesh as you go. Repeat with the other half of the pomegranate. Once you’re finished, swirl the seeds around a bit. Any remaining pieces of white flesh will rise to the top of the bowl so you can easily remove them. Now just run the seeds through a strainer. Voila! No, “I just murdered someone” hands.
These beauties are almost too pretty to eat. But I urge you to forge ahead and eat them anyway. I live for the week when Starkrimsons show up in Farmers Markets. They’re sweet, without the usual sour note that most pears have. Slice some up to put on a big salad, add them to your green juice in the morning, or roast them in the oven and top them with walnuts for a sweet treat on a cold Fall night.
Yes, I’m obsessed with pumpkins. No, this whole post is not about pumpkins (I’m sorry/You’re welcome.) There is just so much to celebrate about the humble little pumpkin. These things are serious multitaskers. From jack o’ lanterns and table decorations, to pastas and smoothies, there is very little you can’t make better with a pumpkin. Even their seeds are delicious when properly baked and spiced!
Whether you are like me and revel in the cooler weather and the layers of gloves, scarves, and boots, or you’re just suffering through until the warm weather returns, I hope you’ll take some time to appreciate the gorgeous (vegan) produce available to you for the next few months. Toss a few new items in your salad, or get creative and make something you’ve never tried before.
‘Tis the season!
Do you have a favorite fall food? Do you have the BEST recipe for pumpkin vegan mac and cheese? Share it in the comments below!