Fall Cooking for a Healthy Home
Ahh, it’s finally fall again after a long, hot summer! The chill is in the air and the warmth is now in your kitchen, where you’re ready to cook up some comfort for yourself and the people you love. You’ve probably already got some favorites, but whether you’re a veteran fall chef or a rookie autumn cook, we’ve got some simple recipes you can use to enjoy the best of the season while using healthy ingredients. From cranberries and apples, from pumpkins and butternut squash, fall cooking for a healthy home will help you wrap up 2019 well! Here are six easy ideas to get you started:
Pumpkin. Of course, what would fall be without a trip to the pumpkin patch and a carved jack-o-lantern on your front porch or back balcony? Pumpkins aren’t just beautiful and fun, they’re also healthy! So if you’ve never eaten a pumpkin other than the seeds, then maybe this is the fall where you can try a recipe like this incredibly tasty Whole Stuffed Roasted Pumpkin dish. You can feed a huge fall gathering with this lovely centerpiece!
- Cranberries. These little red berries are beautiful, delicious and they add to your overall health. You can incorporate them into your fall cooking at any meal: simply sprinkle some dried cranberries on your oatmeal at breakfast, or on your salad at lunch. When it’s dinnertime, you can also add cranberries in quinoa as a tasty and healthy side dish.
- Cinnamon. This ancient spice is known for its taste and its versatility for a wide variety of foods and drinks, all while contributing to your wellness. Use it in the morning with a sprinkle on top of your coffee or hot tea, later in the afternoon with a dusting over a sliced apple, or in the evening on a simple cinnamon chicken recipe. You’ll love it!
- Apples. We all know the old saying about an apple a day keeping the doctor away, but if you’re not accustomed to cooking with America’s favorite fruit other than the classic apple pie, try your hand at a German Apple Pancake for breakfast, a Grilled Apple Tossed Salad for lunch, or a Dutch Apple Cake to go along with your dinner. Yum!
- Butternut Squash. This fun little guy is a great source of many nutrients that can help you live a healthier life. If you’ve never cooked with it before, step outside your comfort zone and give it a shot with an easy recipe like this Simple Roasted Butternut Squash, which includes garlic cloves, another healthy fall favorite. We think you’ll be glad you did!
- Cauliflower. For some folks, this crunchy vegetable can be an acquired taste, but did you know that cauliflower is also powerful healthy food? And, it’s totally tasty when it’s prepared in a simple dish like Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower. Give this fall favorite a try!
Now that you’ve got some new ideas for how to prepare fresh, delicious and healthy fall foods, we encourage you to remember that healthy fall living goes beyond what you’re serving up. Have you also thought about how you’re cooking it and the possible impacts on your indoor air quality? As the temperatures get colder, we all tend to open our windows less often and this can decrease our indoor air quality at home. Gas stoves and fireplaces can also be sources of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) like formaldehyde which can make you sick, or worse.
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