Fall is here. And thank goodness. I love fall for so many reasons - football, cooler weather, and rich colors. But most of all, I love the produce that is in season this time of year - hearty vegetables that stand up really well to many of our standard staples! Here are a few fall veggies that really do some double duty in the kitchen both with taste and nutrition. Here, I pair them with (what else) potatoes!
Kale - I've really been on a kale kick here. Anyone else? It's delicious and nutritious and the bright green color is just gorgeous. Recently, I made a great beef stew that incorporated potatoes, carrots, onions, garlic and Italian spices. At the tail end of simmering it all down, I added some torn kale leaves. It added such a vibrant color to the stew and a real freshness that everyone enjoyed.
Butternut Squash - I cannot say enough about butternut squash. It's creamy, light and has an amazing nutty flavor. I used my recent butternut squash purchase for a delectable soup. I pan roasted potatoes, butternut squash and sweet potatoes in the oven with rosemary, olive oil and sea salt. Once done, I added it all to the food processor and pureed it all with some cream. I also added a bit of veggie broth to smooth it all out. I served it piping hot with a dollop of sour cream and some chives. French bread was on the side for dipping. So good!
Moms, what are your favorite fall foods and how do you prepare them?