Alright, lets take a poll. Are you Team Summer or Team Fall? Do you love hot days spent by the pool, kids running through the sprinkler with a popsicle in hand? Or are you craving a crisp, cool breeze on your face as you sip a pumpkin spice latte? I have seen that people have very strong opinions on this topic. I must admit, I am 100% Team Fall. I am so ready for cooler weather, colorful leaves and mmmm…. seasonal coffees. But as much as I hate to admit it, it seems as though summer is sticking around for a bit even as we reach mid-September. But whatever team you find yourself on, I believe there is a way for us to channel both seasons and enjoy this transitional time through one of our most favorite pastimes…eating! Below are some recipe ideas combining summer produce with classic fall flavors. These recipes are courtesy of Delish.com and are also featured on our recipe page.
Apple Smores: Get out the marshmallows for one more summer campfire but swap the graham crackers for crisp apple slices for a great transitional snack!
Spinach and White Bean Soup: Soup is a staple fall menu item, but this soup’s light base makes it a perfect transitional menu item.
Sausage, Cheese and Basil Stuffed Tomatoes: Fill this classic summer produce with warm, rich fall ingredients makes for a easy, different dinner idea.
Harvest Cobb Salad: Typical cobb salad ingredients are swapped out for richer fall favorites like apples, pecans and dried cranberries.
As I have mentioned on the blog before, seasonal eating is a great way to save money and provide the greatest variety of flavors and nutrients for your diet. This tip is helpful to remember in all aspects of the dietetics world and can be applied in all career settings. Whether you are wanting to spice up your clinical foodservice menu, counsel a client through healthier eating habits or simply change up your weekly dinner menu at home, seasonal eating will take you far.