Fall is upon us — although depending on where you live, the only indication of the changing season might be the calendar. Nonetheless, it’s time to slowly transition from filling our baskets with tomatoes and summer squash to the plethora of autumn harvest foods that are prime for cooking. Read more
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Move over, Brussels sprouts: You’re not the only fall veggie that makes for delicious mains and side dishes this time of year. Indeed, there are tons of vegetables out there that simply don’t get as much love as fall favorites like squash, sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts. Take turnips, which can seem intimidating but are actually a wonderful addition to soups, sauteed vegetables and more. Ready to shake things up? Here’s how to use five out-of-the-box fall veggies. Beware: They just might steal the show! Read more
As sweater season descends upon us, we usher hearty flavors into our kitchen. Pasta enveloped in a thick, rich sauce of butternut squash and bacon seems just right for this time of year. Read more
Ready your wicker baskets: It’s apple-picking season. If you’re planning a trip to your local orchard, you’re probably already dreaming about the wonderfully sweet, tart and spicy treats you can make once you get your apples home. Maybe they’re destined for a good old-fashioned apple pie — or maybe you’ll bake them whole with a medley of comforting fall spices. Of course, the butter and brown sugar used in most apple dishes are just as desirable as the fruit itself. But even if you’re using the new season as an opportunity to get back into good eating habits, you don’t have to miss out on this fun autumn pastime. With a few simple modifications, you can make your favorite apple dishes a light treat rather than a once-in-a-while indulgence. From sweet Macouns to tart Granny Smiths, here are six healthy ways to use up your freshly picked apples this fall.
Flat Apple Pie with Perfect Pie Crust (pictured at top)
Deep-dish apple pie is certainly delicious, but it can be a bit cumbersome to eat. Ree Drummond makes a flat apple pie with a crisp, firm crust that’s perfect if you’re looking to grab a slice on the go. By simply reducing the amount of crust involved, you’ll also reduce the number of calories.
As cozy as a crisp fall morning, this pumpkin spice latte oatmeal was made for curling up on the sofa, mug of coffee in one hand and breakfast in the other. Just like its namesake beverage, the moment you taste this oatmeal you’ll know we’ve left behind the dog days of summer and entered scarf season. Read more
Do you have enough seafood in your life? Many people don’t. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend eating two servings of seafood weekly, but a new study by the USDA shows that 80-90% of Americans — most of us — aren’t hitting those numbers. Why? Many people are intimidated by fish, view it as “restaurant food” that’s too difficult to make at home, think it’s too expensive or just don’t know what to make. If you’ve been making these excuses, it’s time to rethink fish. These tips and recipes will have you eating more seafood in no time. Read more
Hearty soups are to fall as ice pops are to summer: We can’t get through the season without them. Now, with cooler weather ahead, it’s time to break out the slow cooker (or stockpot) and reacquaint ourselves with the comforting recipes that define fall cooking. Butternut squash, sweet potatoes and the like are once again at the forefront of our minds, and when used in warm soups, these ingredients offer a cozy complement to autumn weather. If you’re planning on tailgating this year, you’ll definitely want to prepare for chilly days spent outdoors. Next time you’re heading to the stadium, fill your thermos with one of these comforting yet healthy soups – from chunky stews to smooth vegetable bisques.
Slow-Cooker Tortilla Soup
Once you try Melissa d’Arabian’s Mexican-inspired soup, it will instantly become your tailgating companion. It’s loaded with juicy chicken, diced tomato and black beans for a filling chili-like consistency, but each bowl contains just 275 calories. Best of all, the dish practically cooks itself. Simply pile the ingredients into your slow cooker a few hours before your tailgate and it will be ready just in time for the game.
Apples are the crowning fruit of fall, and with these recipes, we’re making them shine in new ways — apple “noodle” kugel, anyone? But, roasted, they also make sweet sidekicks, softening the gentle grassiness of green tea in a stovetop matcha grainless granola. Returning to more humble ways, apples, along with the warm spices used in gingerbread, give our honey apple butter its rich, almost buttery texture. Read more
At first glance a hunk of cacao butter looks just like white chocolate, but it’s actually the cream that comes from cold-pressing raw cacao beans. The other byproduct from cold-pressing is the fiber from the beans, which is ground into raw cacao powder (not to be confused with cocoa powder, which is ground roasted cacao beans). Read more
It’s back-to-school time and stores are stocked with the essentials to gear up for the new school year, including convenient snacks to help fuel growing minds and bodies. With “all-natural,” “low-fat” and “low-sugar” labels becoming more and more prevalent, supposedly healthy snacks may seem like a great addition to your child’s lunchbox. But before you place one in your cart, take the time to read the ingredient list and nutrition label — you may be surprised by a long list of refined and artificial ingredients. Read more