Summer is over and fall has arrived. The fresh fruits of summertime, corn on the cob, and the barbecues are set aside for next year. The fall season brings a new assortment of delicious and healthy fresh fruits and vegetables. Apples, pears, broccoli, and brussel sprouts are now in season. The colors are deep like oranges, reds, and purples. All will look tasty and delicious when you incorporate them in your dishes.
I don't know about you, but for me, fall is about comfort food! When the air turns cool and trees are blazing with colors, it is time to pick up your basket and get a taste of autumn harvest. The star of autumn harvest is a variety that offers a range of intense flavors and different textures. We can see the grocery stores filled with apples, pears, figs, sweet potatoes, and winter squash. Here are tips and recipes that will give you an idea for your fall dinners.
There are a thousand varieties of apples that range from tender to crisp and sweet to tart. They are available all year-round but you can get the best varieties from September to November. When buying apples, choose the one that looks firm and vibrantly colored but without bruises. The smell should be fresh and the skin is smooth and tight. Avoid musty smelling apples.
Dinner Recipe Ideas
Pork Chop with Roasted Apples and Onions - they make a perfect pairing for a quick meal that feels like fall. (Recipe)
Chicken thighs with Roasted Apples and Garlic - Baked apples and chicken combines for an autumnal meal that is ready in less than 45 minutes. (Recipe)
You can select from many varieties of winter squash but some of the popular ones are spaghetti, acorn, and butternut. Look for the solid, heavy ones, with a stem that is firm. The skin should be deeply colored and with a matte finish.
Dinner Recipe Ideas
Quick Fall Minestrone - this hearty vegetarian soup makes the most of the fall produce with butternut, squash, and kale. The pasta and the beans make it more filling. (Recipe)
Roasted Garlic Butternut Squash Cassoulet - You make this casserole the day before by roasting the garlic, caramelizing the onions and assembling the casserole. (Recipe)
There are some hearty and delicious recipes that highlight some of the very best of the fall's produce. Whether you are craving a healthy meal or some light soup, these dishes are good choices for cozy and warm fall dinners.
Fall Dinner Ideas, www.foodandwine.com
50 Warm and Cozy Fall Dinner Recipes, www.tasteofhome.com
Fall Produce Guide, www.cookinglight.com