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What to Eat This Fall

Enjoy the Season's Freshest Foods


9/9/2014 1:13:02 PM

Yum! 'nuff said.
9/5/2014 3:05:28 AM

Parsnips, sweet potatoes & cauliflower all are wonderful roasted in the oven. Please don't just boil. Roast cauliflower is a revelation!

You can "bake" an apple with some cinnamon & raisins in the microwave. No sugar, fat, & takes just a couple of minutes. I love autumn produce!
11/9/2012 8:53:30 PM

The author did not mention that you can cook squash and pumpkin in the microwave. I used to cook pumpkin and preserve it by drying it. In the oven, this takes forever. Cooking in the microwave gives perfectly acceptable results. Two nights ago, I cooked a half butternut in the microwave, using the potato setting. It came out perfectly. I can go ahead and use it just like canned pumpkin.
11/9/2012 6:56:12 AM

Giventhanks - I thought the same thing. I enjoy many of my foods plain now. Or if you have to have something - olive oil is great on cauliflower. My apples I now "bake" them in the microwave. I core them, cut in half, sprinkle with just cinnamon - no sugar, in for a few minutes, they are wonderful. You can even put a splash of vanilla or almond soy milk on them!
Also for squash - butternut - use a really good peeler, peel it, chop it into big squares - a splash of olive oil, bit of salt and pepper and roast in the oven. Then mix them with potatoes or risotto or have plain. They are delicious.
I grew up with my mother always making acorn squash, cut in half with butter and brown sugar. I made it recently - plain! It was amazing.
Before adding the added calorie ingredients try the fresh vegetable first - you may like it!
11/2/2012 7:31:51 AM

SWEETTOOTH10's SparkPage
Figs and pears are good in in mesclun mix salad with balsamic vinagrette, nd a sprinkle of goat cheese.
10/10/2012 10:15:56 AM

I was surprised at many of the unhealthy suggestions about using butter, sugar and syrup. Since I have been eating healthier, I have grown to love the natural tastes of fruits and vegetables. I never would have thought of eating a sweet potato without lots of butter or margarine and now I love it all by itself. WOW, have I changed! LOL!

Have a great day everyone!

10/18/2011 10:51:44 PM

Thank you, it's good to know it's safe to buy apples again without bringing home a bagful of bruised apples.
10/18/2011 10:01:48 PM

NESTOF3's SparkPage
I agree that I would prefer not to see sugar and butter as suggestions for everything. Sugar on pears, even. That would kill my caloric intake right now.

I do enjoy half a pear chopped and added to my baby green salad these days.

Regarding apples. I also like sauteeing them in just a little coconut oil and water. Add to oatmeal with chopped pecans and cinnamon. Sweeten with agave nectar, if desired, and add a little coconut or almond beverage (unsweetened). YUM!

I have a hard time finding swiss chard, though I like it. I'll have to look harder.
10/18/2011 9:07:53 PM

CHRIS3874's SparkPage
You know I take issue with the comment about not knowing how to eat seasonally- it wasn't that long ago that I had difficulty getting decent tasting produce in my supermarket in the winter in Canada.
10/18/2011 4:22:49 PM

TREEBW's SparkPage
One of my favorite fall and winter breakfasts is apples with oatmeal or any other hot cereal.
I cut up and sautee apples with a little real maple syrup and walnuts, add the liquid (milk or water) and oats and cook til the oats are ready.
10/18/2011 8:05:44 AM

The very easiest way to cook winter squash is to pierce it with a knive 3 or 4 times and then microwave it for 7 to 12 minutes depending on the size.
9/23/2011 2:10:53 PM

Thank you so much SP for encouraging us all to eat local and be kinder to the environment! A healthy lifestyle for each of us should include one that's healthy for the world we live in too. :) And can't wait to try Swiss Chard!
9/23/2011 9:26:05 AM

It was nice to see some good ideas of what to buy, but almost EVERY serving suggestion included butter, cheese, or ice cream. I would have liked to see some healthier preparation methods paired with these healthy foods. Alternatives to butter, salt, and sugar would have been great suggestions.
9/23/2011 9:24:06 AM

Great article - I especially liked the idea of sauteeing the apple slices!
9/23/2011 8:03:51 AM

I thoroughly enjoyed this article -- it was not only informative and interesting, it also was so descriptive that I can't wait to head off to my local farmers market and pack my bags with fresh apples and squash.

And the timing of this article was perfect -- after all, it IS the first day of autumn. Happy Autumn everyone!!

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