Fall has finally arrived! Time to dig out cozy sweaters, stock up on hot chocolate, pull out the warm blankets and find your favorite pair of boots that are somewhere deeeeep in the garage.
And it's also time to start cookin' with alllllll the Fall vegetables that are showing up at farmer's markets and grocery stores.
In my last blog post (in case you missed it, here's the link), I chatted about how important it is to have a well stocked kitchen.
It's seriously one of the absolute best ways to know you always have something to cook for dinner, even when you think you don't.
And one of the first things you should always stock your kitchen with is seasonal produce.
So to help get you started, I've rounded up 10 of my favorites along with ideas for how to cook and serve them and links to recipes .
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If you just KNOW your kids won't eat butternut squash, I've got the perfect way to get them to at least try it. Roast it up until it becomes golden brown and soft. Put it in a blender with a bit of chicken (or veggie) broth, and mix until smooth and the consistency of dip. Then add it to pasta sauce or chili or soup. It's sweet and without any actual identifiable bits, your kids will actually eat their squash.
My kids didn't find out that their favorite mac and cheese had butternut squash in it until they were teenagers!
Roasted Butternut Squash and Chickpeas (the recipe in the photo above)
Cut the squash open, use an ice cream scoop to scoop out the seeds. Add a pad of butter, drizzle of maple syrup and roast until golden and soft. It's practically like eating candy.
You can also cut it into rings and bake it. Stuff it with a mixture of ground meat and herbs (topped off with cheese) and bake it.
Roasted Kabocha Squash (this method of cooking also works great for acorn squash!)
I think this just might be my favorite squash. When my husband wanted to cut down on carbs a few years ago, at first I was wondering how in the heck I was supposed to do that when I LOVE carbs. I LIVE for carbs. Carbs are life in my world.
And then I discovered spaghetti squash.
Is it exactly like pasta? Nope.
Is it close? Kind of.
Is it delicious? YES!
Cover it with any sauce you like -- marinara, pesto, meatballs. And you have an incredibly satisfying, delicious and healthy dinner.
Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Kale Pesto (photo above)
Yes, I know carrots are available year round. But Fall carrots are extra sweet and delicious!
Maple and Harissa Roasted Carrots (photo above)
Ok, Kale may be EVERYWHERE. But it's one of those veggies that is incredibly versatile which is one of the reasons it has so much staying power.
You can serve it raw in salads, add it to soups and stews. It's a great addition to baked pasta dishes and pot pies.
Kale and White Bean Soup (photo is above)
Pumpkins pretty much define the word FALL.
And there are soooooo many possibilities!
Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin bread, pumpkin soup......and my favorite pumpkin muffins. You can also use pumpkin in veggie lasagne, make ravioli or simply roast and purée it for a delicious side dish.
Honeycrisp, Gala, Granny Smith, Jonnygold --- all gorgeous and crisp, some sweet and ready for pies, others a bit tart and perfect for cooking.
These tend to be a "love 'em or leave 'em" vegetable.
But here are some recipes that, if you're more of a "leave 'em" could sway you right on over to "love 'em."
And if you're a "love 'em" then these will be your new favorite recipes!
Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad (pictured above)
Baking and roasting are great......but this spiced version takes sweet potatoes to a whole new level of flavor.
I love just simply roasting cauliflower and then giving it a good drizzle of olive oil, lemon juice and red pepper flakes.
But it also makes the creamiest soups, tastiest gratins and a gorgeous fluffy riff on a couscous.
Roasted Cauliflower with Onions and Pine Nuts (picture above)