Happy November! The beautiful fall season is in full swing: if you live in certain parts of the country, the leaves have changed into their gorgeous colorful glory, decorative pumpkins align doorsteps and sidewalks, and sweaters, chunky scarves, boots, and vests litter our seasonal wardrobes.
With this season, as with all others, comes the emergence of delicious fall produce. The deeper we get into the colder seasons, the heartier our fruits and veggies become. And that’s great news, as we crave thick, warm meals that fill us up and warm us up during chillier weather!
The depth of fall – November in particular – is encumbered by a variety of fresh veggies and fruits that you’ve probably already seen littering the stands at the farmers market. Apples and pears are the highlight fruits for this season… no wonder apple pie is such a great Thanksgiving staple! You’ll find a wide range of apples lining the supermarket shelves and farmstands – from Gala to Honeycrisp to heirloom varieties, November is a perfect time to try them all (whether raw, in pies, soups, salads, or stews).
Hearty, filling vegetables really shine in November, particularly those with an orange or green hue. Sweet potatoes, carrots, and butternut squash are perfectly sweet this type of year and make for a great weeknight side when roasted with a bit of rosemary. Pumpkin is a classic November choice, found in every recipe from our breads to our soups. On the green side, tough, leafy greens like kale and chard shine in the fall and don’t break down as quickly as their cousins spinach and lettuce. This makes these greens great for baking – and who doesn’t love having the oven on in November to warm things up a bit.
White veggies also come into play – potatoes and cauliflower can add a little edge and chewy goodness to nearly any meal you make this time of year. Chop up a few potatoes and throw them in your favorite soup – whole or pureed – to add some texture and to keep you satisfied for hours on end. Cauliflower is delicious roasted or sautéed with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
Believe us when we say it: November is absolutely amazing when it comes to fresh food. If the reasons above didn’t prove it to you, try whipping up one of these delicious recipes this weekend. Complete with a wide variety of the aforementioned fruits and veggies, these meals are absolutely guaranteed to help you enjoy fall in the best way possible: through delectable, healthy, satisfying food!
- Turmeric Cauliflower Steaks from the Kitchn
- Roasted Sweet Potato Sandwich with Apples, Pesto, Kale, and Blue Cheese from Two Peas and their Pod
- Healthy Carrot Muffins from Cookie and Kate
- Smoky Pumpkin and Black Sesame Seed Hummus from Vegetarian Ventures
- Kale Chickpea Stew from Naturally Ella
What are you dying to cook this November? Let us know in the comments below!