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Fall Recipe Roundup – Mindful Eats Fall 2017

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You may be wondering what ‘mindful eating’ means. As I talked about in this post about mindfulness, being ‘mindful’ simply means being aware or intentional about something. So combining that with eating, it means being intentional about what the food we consume. For our family, it means doing what we can to increase our nutritional value in food and reducing our food footprint. To do so, we try and eat locally with food from our garden and local farmer’s markets, and by eating produce that is in season. We feel good knowing we can be a little more environmentally and economically responsible (plus we like supporting our local farmers).

 

So how do you know what food is in season? Start by looking at your local farmer’s markets. Additionally, if you garden, what is growing at the moment is what is in season. Beyond that, I love looking at Cookie and Kate’s ‘What’s in Season’ posts each month. In these posts, Kate lists vegetables that are in season for that month and also provides recipes that go along with each vegetable. Being from Minnesota, our growing season is relatively short, and so I often rely on these posts (especially during our cold months) to know what to buy at the grocery store. The included recipes give me some inspiration if there are vegetables I am not as familiar with. 

 

Here are Cookie and Kate’s ‘What’s in Season Posts’ for September, October, and November if you’d like to get inspired as well.

Note that I am not affiliated with Cookies and Kate in any way or any of the other food bloggers listed below, I just enjoy the seasonal posts and recipes.

 

To tie this back to mindful eating, by looking at what produce is in season in fall, I compiled a list of recipes that our family LOVES to go along with specific in-season vegetables. I also included three special family recipes for fall treats, because part of mindful eating also means enjoying certain treats! These recipes are my mom’s apple cider, my grandma’s apple crisp, and my grandma’s chocolate chip pecan pie!

 

Here are the fall veggies I highlight with our favorite recipes:

Carrots

Broccoli

Sweet potatoes

Apples (yes, I realize this is a fruit)

Cabbage

Corn

Kale

Mushrooms

Potatoes

 

 

Broccoli:

 

Carrots:

 



 

Sweet Potatoes

 

 

Mushrooms

 

Potatoes

 

Kale

 

 

Corn

 

Cabbage

 

Apples

 

Other favorite fall recipes

 

*Mom’s Apple Cider 

Ingredients

1 gallon of fresh apple cider from your favorite orchard

4-5 cinnamon sticks

Cloves (to taste)

Nutmeg (to taste)

Directions

Pour apple cider with spices in a large stockpot or crockpot (I love this programmable one). Simmer for at least 2-3 hours. Enjoy!

You can add some natural caramel flavoring, vanilla extract or oranges for different variations.

 

**Grandma’s Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie

Ingredients

FILLING FOR 9″ PIE
BEAT TOGETHER WITH ROTARY OR MIXER
3 EGGS
2/3 CUP  SUGAR
1/3 TSP. SALT
1/3 CUP BUTTER, MELTED
MIX IN  1 CUP PECAN HALVES   ( I SPRINKLE MORE PECANS)
FILLING FOR 8″ PIE
2 LARGE EGGS
1/2 CUP SUGAR
1/4 TSP. SALT
1/4 CUP BUTTER MELTED
3/4 CUP PECAN HALVES   (MORE PECANS)
POUR INTO PIE CRUST.   BAKE AT 375 DEGREES, 40 TO 50 MINUTES UNTIL SET AND PASTRY IS BROWNED.  COOL

 

What are your favorite fall vegetables/fruit? I obviously love recipes so please share your favorite below (and don’t forget to link back to the blogger)!

 

PS: Yes, I realize there is a gaping hole in the produce. You will not see pumpkins or most squash on any of my favorite food lists as I am not a fan. I didn’t want to include recipes for vegetables I don’t care for because I wouldn’t be able to give my honest feedback about them. The exception being the fresh pumpkin pie, which Mr. Blographer can vouch for!

 

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25 Comments on "Fall Recipe Roundup – Mindful Eats Fall 2017"

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Sheila Price
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Thanks for all the recipe ideas for fall! I try eating seasonally and healthy, and you gave me some good choices!

Tiffany M
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Oh my goodness, what a great resource! I’m saving this post right now… 🙂

Susannah
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Ooo… What great recipes! Thanks so much for sharing! <3

Amy
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Great list of seasonal foods and love that there are loads of recipe links, so useful.

Robin
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I love seasonal eating – first, because everything tastes better (and costs less!) when it’s in season; but second, because things taste so much better when you’ve waited all year for them! Thanks for all of the great recipe ideas!

Tony Wilson
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Some great ideas and recipes to try out. I live in the southern hemisphere and we have hit Spring. Watermelon, Mango, banana fruits on warm days. Thanks for sharing.

Liza Perry
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Thank you for so many great fall recipes! Nothing like cooking seasonal 🙂

Ingrid Rizzolo
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The concept of mindfulness as opposed to mindlessness are principles we should pay attention to in the conduct of our lives. When it comes to eating these principles are also very applicable. In this season I am trying to practice mindful eating; intentionally eating the foods that are right for a healthy diet. It is my intention to lose some weight for the mindless eating of snacks put me an undesirable place. The recipes you suggested are instructive to this end. Thanks for sharing

Amber
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I appreciate the recipes you paired with the in season produce! Thanks! I think it’s fun to buy in season produce. My CSA gives us a variety of whatever is in season, and sometimes we get some strange items—it’s fun to research and experiment those veggies/fruits to come up with something delicious!

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Wow, what an abundance of recipes, thanks for sharing. I find the sweet potatoes recipes especially useful for me as I never tried to cook sweet potatoes but love to start doing it. Also, I’d love to try pumpkins soup someday, maybe even to cook it myself.
I love the concept of mindful eating, I’ll try to find out more about that. Wonderful post!

Jessica Bradshaw
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This is so great. I never know what is in season (besides some of the more obvious ones like pumpkins) but looking at local farmer’s markets is a great idea!

Darcy
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This is a brilliant post. There are atleast 4 recipes I want to try and all in one spot. Thank you!

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