5 Healthy Recipes Using Fall Fruits & Vegetables

Posted by on September 1, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

5 Healthy Recipes Using Fall Fruits & Vegetables

Fall is approaching fast which means new fruits and vegetables will be in season. There are many benefits to eating produce that is in season (especially local/organic). Eating local organic produce is not only easy on your wallet but it is also much more supportive of your health and the planet’s. The fruits & veggies that are not in season generally travel between 1500-2500 miles before they get to you (doesn’t sound so fresh does it?). They are also picked immature to ensure they don’t spoil during travel. This can cause a loss in taste, aroma, and nutrients. The long distance traveling of this produce also adds to unnecessary harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Furthermore, choosing organic is statistically proven to be more supportive of your health. A multitude of studies have found that fruits and vegetables grown organically contain significantly more nutrients such as vitamin c, magnesium, iron and other essential phytonutrients. With that in mind, here is a list of 5 healthy recipes you can use during the fall months while utilizing produce that is in season! (To name a few : apples, broccoli, beets, pumpkins, brussels sprouts, grapes, sweet potatoes, spinach, figs)

Full list of in seasion fruits/veggies here : http://localfoods.about.com/od/whatsinseason/a/FallFruitVeg.htm

 

#1. :  Apple Butter click for recipe

This is a great healthy alternative to jelly on your breakfast toast! It can also be made in large batches and stored for later.

Ingredients :

  • 6 pounds of apples
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • a pinch or 2 of ground cloves

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#2. : Pumpkin Chiliclick for recipe

This recipe is full of healthy antioxidants and is a unique twist on the classic chili dish.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (from the can or *homemade)
  • 1 cup canned tomatoes
  • 1 cup vegetable stock or water
  • 1 can black beans (15 oz, 425 g)
  • 1/2 can garbanzo beans (7.5 oz, 212 g) or white beans
  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder (start with half the amount, and add more, to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder (start with 1 tablespoon, reduce or add more, depending on your tastes and also on how spicy your chili powder is)
  • salt and pepper

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#3. : Healthy Sweet Potato Skinsclick for recipe 

This utilizes two in season ingredients while creating a healthy twist on the potato skin!

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium or large sweet potatoes
  • 1½ tablespoons butter
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 bag fresh baby spinach
  • ¼ cup light sour cream
  • 2 ounces light cream cheese
  • 1 cup chickpeas
  • ¼ cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

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#4. Baked Beet Chips – click for recipe

These make for a healthy snack alternative! Beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium.

  • 12 beets (red, golden, or mixed)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon celery salt (or sea salt)

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#5. Healthy Apple Pieclick for recipe

Apparently there is such a thing as a healthy apple pie! This would make a great addition to Thanksgiving dinner.

Ingredients:

Crust
1½ teaspoons flax meal
1 Tablespoon water
2½ cups walnut pieces
¼ teaspoon sea salt
2 Tablespoons coconut oil
2 Tablespoons maple syrup

Filling
4 large apples, peeled and thinly sliced
3 Tablespoons maple syrup
3 Tablespoons orange juice
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

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