Good morning bloggies!
How are you doing on this fine Friday morning? Are ya excited for the weekend? I sure am! Since it’s (Canadian) Thanksgiving, I plan to celebrate with the fam and eat lots of turkey! There are also some new recipes on the agenda, but more about those next week!
As I’m sure you’ve noticed, the blog world is full of fall foods right now. For today’s post, I thought I’d do a roundup of some of the recipes that have caught my eye lately, as well as some of my own that feature seasonal produce. (I realize there are many more seasonal fruits and veggies that could be considered superfoods, but I don’t have time for them all this morning!) If you need a little inspiration for weekend cooking or Thanksgiving dishes, you should be able to find it in one of these:
Sweet potatos are superstars because they contain heaps of vitamins A and C and anti-inflammatory nutrients, which makes them good for people with conditions such as asthma and arthritis. They also have a low GI rating, meaning that they don’t trigger blood sugar spikes after you’ve eaten them. If you’re looking for a way to really maximize the benefits, eat them with chicken. I recently read an article in Women’s Health about superfood pairings, and this was one of them. The reason is because vitamin A requires zinc to be metabolized and transported through the body. After learning this, I was pretty proud of myself for including both chicken and sweet potato in the Root Vegetable Stew I raved about yesterday. I’d like to tell you I knew it all along, but that would be a lie.
- Sweet Potato and Green Beans with Couscous
- Sweet Potato Fries
- Kath’s Lentil and Sweet Potato Salad
- Jess’s Moroccan Vegetable Stew
I’ve been experimenting with lots of squash varieties lately, and so far, haven’t come across one that I didn’t like! (This tends to be the case with most vegetables). For information about the nutritional benefits of squash and why you should eat it, check out this article from BestHealth.
- Butternut Squash & Lentil Soup
- Curried Squash Stew (or Soup)
- Squash Salad with Walnuts and Pomegranate
- Stuffed Acorn Squash with Turkey and Wild Rice
- Angela’s Spiced Butternut Squash Vegan Overnight Oats + Gingerbread Soft Serve
- Butternut Squash Lasagna from CookingLight
- Smoky Squash Bisque from Food & Drink
I probably don’t need to tell you that I think pumpkin is great – if you’ve been reading for any length of time you will have seen it pop up in numerous posts, especially this month. Green monsters, oats, protein pudding… you name it, I try to incorporate pumpkin into everything If you still need a little more convincing, pumpkin contains vitamins A and C, (are you noticing a trend here?) potassium, magnesium, and fiber. It also promotes a healthy immune system and strong vision (just like carrots, which, like pumpkin, contain beta carotene).
- Vanilla Pumpkin Oats
- Pumpkin Spice Green Monster
- Gina’s Vegan Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread
- Jess’s Pumpkin Pie Quinoa Parfaits
- Angela’s Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats
- 7 ways with pumpkin from MyRecipes
One medium-size pear has about 100 calories, lots of fiber, and nutrients including copper, phosphorous, potassium, folic acid, and niacin. Pears are also believed to be an immunity booster due to their anti-oxidant properties, so if you feel a cold lurking, stock up!
I’ve finally accepted that watermelons are no longer in season, which means that apples are currently my go-to fruit of choice. Apples are awesome because they contain fiber (to keep you feeling full) and vitamin C, and also help to prevent a number of diseases including Alzheimer’s and cancer.
- Apple Cinnamon Protein Waffles
- Spelt Berry Waldorf Salad
- Apple and Nut Butter “Sandwiches”
- Tina’s Pomegranate Apple Crisp
- Roasted Apple and Cheddar Salad, Pork Chops with Apples and Thyme, and Curried Waldorf Salad from Fitness Magazine
- Jenna’s Apple Pie for One
Alright, I think that’s about enough for today! I hope you have a great long weekend, and I’ll see you back here on Monday!
Questions for today:
- For those celebrating Thanksgiving this weekend (and even if you’re not), what are you thankful for today? Right now, I’m especially thankful for the family that cares about me and all of my amazing friends. I’m also thankful for the opportunities to “meet” a ton of fabulous bloggers and blog readers over the past few months. You guys are the best!!
- If you’re cooking up a feast this weekend, what’s on the menu?