Cooking with foods that are in season gives you the freshest food options, provide plenty of health benefits, and costs you less. And, cooking what’s in season in the fall is a delicious way to eat! Here are 4 fall favorites – along with some recipes – to cook with this season:

Butternut Squash

This oblong squash intimidates some people, but its taste and versatility are well worth any hesitations you have. Butternut squash is a nutritional powerhouse; zero fat, low in sugar, good source of potassium, 437% of your Vitamin A and over 50% of your Vitamin C, all packed into 82 calories per cup! The tough shell makes for a little challenge to prepare, but by either cooking first or using a peeler, you’ll be prepped in no time. Or, you can buy the pre-cut version for a little more money and save your time. Here are my 3 favorite recipes using butternut squash:

Butternut Squash and Spinach Lasagna Rolls

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5-Ingredient Butternut Squash, Arugula, and Goat Cheese Pasta

5-ingredient-butternut-squash-arugula-and-goat-cheese-pasta-12Visit Gimmesomeover.com for this an other recipes

Butternut Squash ad Black Bean Enchiladas

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Sweet Potatoes

While sweet potatoes are primarily carbs, over 50% of the carb content is complex carbs, and they have a decent amount of fiber tucked in there, too. They are an excellent source of Vitamin A (from the beta-carotene),Vitamin C, and potassium, plus are low in calories with a medium sweet potato weighing in around 115. This was a hard list to narrow down, but here are 3 sweet recipes!

Sweet Potato, Kale, and Sausage with White Cream Sauce

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Sausage and Sweet Potato Zucchini Lasagna

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Layered BBQ Chicken & Sweet Potato Enchilada Casserole

layered-bbq-chicken-and-sweet-potatoVisit Ambitiouskitchen.com for this and other recipes

Pumpkin

Absolutely nothing says FALL!! like pumpkin does! This low calorie (50 per cup for cooked and boiled, and 100 per cup of puréed and canned) holds 100% of your Vitamin A needs and the potassium helps lower blood pressure. Pumpkin has a good amount of Vitamin C and beta-carotene that helps boost immunity, so eat up and ward off the flu! Here are 3 ways to cook with pumpkin:

Healthy Bacon & Pumpkin Pasta

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Easy Pumpkin Marinara with Zoodles

zoodles-pumpkin-marinaraVisit Fitfoodiefinds.com for this and other recipes

Crock Pot Turkey White Bean and Pumpkin Chili

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Apples 

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is an old saying that rings true for good reason. They are an extraordinary source of important antioxidants, dietary fiber, and flavonoids – a group of phytonutrients that have anti-inflammatory benefits as well as cardiovascular and nervous system benefits. Aside from eating them alone or with peanut butter, there are some delicious ways to incorporate them into other meals. Here are 3 to try this fall!

Apple Cinnamon Pork Chops

apple-cinnamon-pork-chopsVisit Tasteofhome.com for this and other recipes

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Apples and Onions

slow-cooker-pulled-pork-with-apples-and-onions-the-lemon-bowlVisit thelemonbowl.com for this and other recipes

Paleo Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

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Happy fall ya’ll, hope you cook up something good!

Published by Samantha Kellgren

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