Fall brings with it a bumper crop of hearty vegetables and flavorful fruits. Summer produce is disappearing from shelves only to be replaced by the bounty of autumn. Cooking is no longer centered on the crisp veggies and refreshing fruits of summer, but more on earthy, hearty flavors and textures.
It’s the season of pumpkin spice lattes, apple pies and all the sweet potatoes you can eat. From squashes of every kind to a large variety of beans, there’s a whole slew of produce just waiting to be made into delicious, warming dishes. As the weather gets colder, you probably can’t wait to indulge in all the familiar autumnal flavors.
Nowadays, many supermarkets have these ingredients available all year round. They are shipped from different parts of the world even when they’re not in season. But nothing quite compares to the taste of fresh, local produce. So make the most of this season and buy some fall fruits and vegetables from your local supermarket or nearest farmers market. You may even discover new flavors and textures that you’ve never come across before.
What Produce Should You Buy in the Fall?
Various fruits and vegetables come into season at different times of the year. As autumn sets in you’ll start seeing some produce on shelves sooner than others. The vegetables and fruits to look for in the coming months are beets, kohlrabi, field peas, tomatoes, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, broccoli, kale, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, peppers, squash, persimmons, pecans, apples, pears, grapefruits, and oranges.
Cooking with fall produce doesn’t need to involve spending hours chopping, simmering, stirring and baking. There are plenty of delicious vegan dishes out there that you can have on the table in less than 15 minutes. The best part is that they taste like they took hours to cook and not minutes!
All you need to do is throw the ingredients together, and your oven or stovetop will do the rest of the work for you. So embrace the flavors of autumn and whip up some delicious new dishes. Here are 10 plant-based recipes that will remind you of everything you love about the season:
Kale, Lentil, & Roasted Beet Salad
Roasted Vegetable and Kale Fall Bowl with Creamy Indian Dressing
Mushroom, Kale and Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash
Vegan Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quinoa Chili
Hearty Vegan Butternut Squash Pizza
Vegan Caramel Apple Cheesecake
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