Fall is a fantastic season for food lovers – there are multitudes of delicious vegetables at local farmers markets, and the chill in the air calls for comfort foods like soups and stews. It’s the season for apple picking and stocking up on your favorites as your local farmers markets wind down for the year.
Since fall’s bounty has a lot to offer when you’re following the Paleo Diet you’re going to want to make the most of the fall harvest season while sticking to your Paleo eating habits. Here are some tips for healthy, tasty fall cooking.
What’s In Season?
The fruits and vegetables in season vary somewhat throughout the country, but in general fall is a great time for crisp salad greens, juicy apples, and storage vegetables like winter squash, root vegetables, onions, garlic, and cabbage. Depending on your location, you might still find summer favorites like tomatoes and peppers, too.
If you have a space to store produce, like a root cellar or even a cool closet or entryway, consider stocking up on your favorites at your local farmers market or grocery store. Apples, winter squash, root vegetables, onions and garlic can all be kept for months under the right conditions.
Drying and freezing can also help you preserve the fall harvest. Dried apple slices, frozen squash puree, and frozen caramelized onions are just a few options to keep tasty fall ingredients in the kitchen all year long. You can also hang bunches of herbs to dry, then store them in airtight jars – the flavor will be much better than store-bought dried herbs.
Of course, your favorite grass-fed and pasture-raised meats are available in the fall too. Some of your local farmers might offer bulk discounts if you buy a large amount of meat at once – consider stocking up your freezer for the fall and winter. Fall vegetables pair well with meat, like a lamb and butternut squash stew or roast beef over braised cabbage.
Paleo Recipes For Fall
Try these recipes, developed by The Paleo Diet team, for easy, delicious fall dishes.
Fall Harvest Salad – Salad isn’t just for summer – this hearty salad will sustain you through chilly fall days.
Paleo Applesauce – If you’ve been apple picking, or just have some apples lingering in your fridge, this quick and easy applesauce recipe makes a great snack (and kids will love it, too).
Butternut Squash Soup – Try this warming, comforting soup that highlights the sweet flavor of butternut squash. This recipe is also easy to adapt to other fall favorites like parsnips or sweet potatoes.
Try Something New
While the markets may not be bursting with the same variety of fresh fruits and vegetables you found in the summer, fall still offers plenty of exciting options. If you get a bit tired of kale and butternut squash, here are some new varieties to try. You might just find your new favorite fall dish.
Escarole: This member of the chicory family offers a pleasantly bitter flavor and packs quite a nutritional punch. You can add it to salads for extra crunch and flavor or give it a long braise to tame some of the bitterness, and it’s also fantastic in soups.
Delicata Squash: If you love winter squash but dread the challenging task of peeling hard-skinned varieties, give delicata a try. This thinner-skinned squash can be eaten peel and all, and its smaller size makes it much easier to prepare. This tasty squash is great roasted or sauteed, and is also great for stuffing.
Parsnips: If you love sweet fall carrots but want to try something new, or if you’re looking for a substitute for potatoes, give parsnips a chance. These long white root vegetables can be used like carrots but offer their own unique flavor. Try them shaved into a salad, roasted, mashed, or made into a hearty soup.
With help from the team at The Paleo Diet, you can make the most of fall, enjoy delicious meals, and stick to a way of eating that maximizes your health.