One of the things I love best about living in Michigan is that we have all four seasons (sometimes three in one day, I often joke).
The changing of the calendar, the weather, and the clothing brings with it great comfort, and there’s always something to look forward to on the table.
My mom’s farmer’s market guy told her a most interesting fact: on colder, chilly fall days, people are more likely to buy comfort foods like squash and sweet potatoes than on the exact same weekend the previous year if it was a warmer day. On warmer fall days, they’ll buy peppers, tomatoes, and apples. Go figure! Our bodies must be somehow wired to appreciate the seasons.
I wonder what the wiring is when people buy 400 pounds of apples and squash. !!??
That’s always my goal for autumn: bulk food purchases.
It’s already going to save you money to buy in-season produce, but when you can slash prices further by getting a ton of food, do it! You can preserve pureed squash and apples in many ways to eat on the cheap all year long.
Plus, buying local means my food doesn’t travel so far, lessening my impact on the earth.
It’s a true Kitchen Stewardship habit, to save money, build nutrition and protect the earth all in one action.
As long as you know what to do with the multitudinous vegetables!
Enter these recipes, many of our family’s favorites.
Healthy Pumpkin Recipes for Fall
Healthy Pumpkin Muffins or the Gluten-Free Pumpkin Muffins that I adapted using the original (awesome) recipe
Grain-free Pumpkin Pancakes (or any orange vegetable)
And hey – if you have a little bit of pumpkin (or other mushy orange vegetables) left over, whether it’s from a can or home-roasted, here are 20 ideas to use or store that little bit of pumpkin. Put these recipes in your Plan to Eat recipe box and plan them in this month while we enjoy the rest of the fall produce!
Best Apple Recipes
Apple Breakfast Bars (or dessert!)
Apple Crisp (slow cooker, gluten-free, & more!)
And if you have a bunch of apples (we buy over 400 pounds every year), definitely check out How to Preserve & Use Apples for plenty of ideas for the rest of them!
Other Fall Recipes
Makes my mouth water just thinking of all these favorite fall recipes that we can eat in abundance this time of year!!
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