Autumn has arrived and you know what that means? Time for some seriously good smells to waft from your kitchen! Apples, pumpkins, butternut squash, sweet potatoes and cranberries and so many more. I think this is definitely my favourite smelling season!
For many of us, autumn brings a little chill to the air. It’s time to enjoy a cup of hot tea or apple cider and add some heartiness to our meals by using seasonal vegetables from the harvest. I have some suggestions for you to try this season to make you all snuggly inside.
I’ve tried to incorporate more quinoa into my diet as it is easy to prepare and excellent for your health, especially for vegetarians. The wonderful thing about quinoa is that it takes on the flavour of whatever you choose. I like to use chicken or vegetable broth instead of water for my autumn harvest recipe. Just follow the directions on the quinoa package. Be sure to add ¼ cup dried cranberries (like Craisins) and 1 tsp of freshly chopped rosemary during your cooking time. This will add amazing flavour! When the quinoa is fully cooked, transfer to larger bowl and stir in a cup (or more) of chopped turkey, a cup of cooked and cubed butternut squash and a small bag of fresh baby spinach. This is one of my favourite autumn meals. You can sprinkle goat cheese and walnuts on top if you like!
The next delicious idea I have is a new twist on mashed potatoes. You can use all sweet potatoes, or half regular ones. Take 4 large potatoes and bake them for about 50 minutes at 400 degrees. When they are done baking, you can peel them or leave the skin on. Mash them together gently with fresh herbs, olive oil or butter and some sour cream or creme fraiche. You can add as much butter or oil as you wish (or skip it), about a ½ cup of sour cream…I love sour cream, and 3 tbsps fresh chopped herbs such as a rosemary, sage or flat leaf parsley mix. These potatoes are a fantastic side dish with loads of vitamins and antioxidants!
Of course I didn’t forget a hearty soup! Check out this lovely bacon potato chowder that I found on Pinterest from www.JustASpoonfulof.com.
It calls for a can of cream of chicken soup that you can skip if you want and just add more cream or milk. I might add some clams or white fish, too! This would be yummy with a hunk of bread smeared with butter!
You know that I would never leave out a sweet treat! I found the following recipe, once again, on Pinterest. The Two Kids adore pancakes and I know that the Two Kids’ mom has, most likely, perfected her own pancake mix. For those of you who use a boxed mix, that’s fine, too and this one from HauteApplePie.com is for you!
This recipe is simple, time saving and wonderful! And don’t forget all those wonderful autumn pies! The next time you make pumpkin pie, try substituting a little sweet potato in it. Apple pies get a little zingy kick from added cranberries. Don’t be afraid to try new combinations. Orange and cranberry are great together, too!
Happy Harvest Everyone!