Falling for Fall Foods & Flavors

034 (13)Fall is finally here (in Texas that is)! Yep, I’m your typical girl: I instagrammed the first day of fall, have enjoyed pumpkin spice lattes from numerous coffee shops, started pinning numerous pumpkin recipes on my Pinterest (confession time: I can’t stand the flavor of pumpkin, in most things. However, I have like 2 recipes and 1 beer where this is not the case), changed up my makeup and nail color for the season, went to an Oktoberfest, broke out the plaid/stripes/vests/jeans/boots just waiting for that right temperature here in Texas, and of course have started burning my fall scented candles. In other words I am a walking Buzzfeed article.

So here is a small list of what is seasonal for September, October and November: acorn squash, broccoli, brussels sprouts, butternut squash, cauliflower, garlic, ginger, grapes, guava, kale, mushrooms, pears, pomegranates, pumpkin, apples, sunflower kernels, sweet potatoes, and so much more. For the full list click here.

012 (25)Every Friday morning my mom and I sit at the table and discuss whats on the menu for the following week. We go through the sale ads, look through my Pinterest board to come up with a menu. So typically, items that are in season are cheapest…i hope you’ve caught on to this by now. When I think of fall, I think of fresh picked apples, pumpkins, a hearty meat in a warm blend of herbs/spices, and a seasonal brew. Looking through the sale ads today my menu might look something like this: a light romaine salad with feta crumbles, toasted walnuts, diced pears, and fig vinegar followed by pan seared apple pork chops with rosemary sweet potatoes, a scallion popover and sauteed kale with caramelized onions all accompanied by a Blue Moon pumpkin ale…only to be finished off with a carrot apple muffin with a cream cheese frosting. Is your mouth watering yet?216 (2)

So this goes back to my first blog post that I ever wrote. MEAL PREP (go figure)! Here are a few quick steps and food for thought:

  1. Make a weekly menu, and write down ingredients you need
  2. Go to the store with your list (not in a hungry mood would be good too) to help you from giving into unnecessary items
  3. You have a few options for meal prepping:
    • You can pull a Rachel Ray and make your meals all in one day and pull them out of the refrigerator/freezer to warm though/cook at the needed time
    • You can wash, cut/dice/slice/etc foods the day you get home to make them ready to use once you get home any other night and start making your meal
    • Or just take these ideas and find something that works best for you!

006 (25)I cannot wait to see and hear about y’alls creations! I would love to see what you make, so make sure an tag me on Instagram and Twitter (taylorm013) and use the hashtag #taylorshealthytable so I can see those DELICIOUS creations you all are making.

In health,

Taylor M

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