There are plenty of reasons to fawn over heads of crisp lettuce, juicy tomatoes, and impossibly sweet peaches. But, truth be told, the cream of the crop arrives on the market when summer’s bounty has come and gone.
Once sweater weather arrives, and we edge ever closer to snowflake season, there is a bounty of cold-hardy power foods to get your fill of at their peak flavour and nutrition. And they’re ripe for all sorts of culinary creations in the kitchen. So, definitely <don’t> stop frequenting those farmers’ markets.
Diversifying the kinds of fall vegetables and fruits we eat will let us net a wider variety of nutrients to help maintain health throughout cold and flu season. If you love carrots and apples for their comfort-food appeal, you’ll want to branch out and also grab hold of celery root, pears, chard, and other underappreciated seasonal goodies.
With that in mind, here are the immune-supporting recipes to include in your rotation to help keep you on track for a healthy and delicious autumn.
01 Fish Tacos with Celery Root and Beet Slaw
Tacos need not be only about Mexican flavours. Here, tender trout is adorned with a seasonal slaw and a punchy yogurt sauce. Dare we say, a taco night with serious photo appeal. Salmon or Arctic char are good stand-ins for the trout.
02 Sweet Potato Breakfast Bowl with Maple Fall Fruit
If you’re feeling a bit burnt out when it comes to your typical morning repast, consider pivoting to this bowl of nutrition and quintessential fall flavours. It might just be the cozy sweater of the breakfast world. If you need extra energy to power your day, you can scatter on some crunchy granola. The sweet potato mixture can be made a day or two in advance and reheated in the microwave before serving.
03 Butternut Ribbon Salad
Yes, when in peak season and peak flavour, you can enjoy butternut squash raw. Ribbons of its sweet buttery flesh bejewelled with pomegranate and pumpkin seeds make for a vibrant salad that is much easier to put together than its good looks would suggest. And an orange marinade is the secret flavour booster in this recipe. The longer the squash marinates, the more tender it will become, making this a good make-ahead salad option.
04 Loaded Med-Style Parsnip Fries
If looks could kill, this platter would be guilty as charged. Not only are these parsnip fries way healthier than traditional fries, but time in the oven gives them a boost of sweet flavour. If there was ever an underrated fall vegetable, it would be parsnips. Dress them up with this sumptuous mix of Mediterranean-inspired textures and tastes. If you don’t want to serve this family-style, you can divide all the ingredients among individual serving plates.
05 Rutabaga Chard Cakes with Smokey Cashew Cream
Two fall stalwarts—rutabaga and Swiss chard—team up to bring seasonal flavour to these baked savoury cakes. A topping of velvety cashew cream adds a little extra spark.
06 Sweet and Sour Brussels Sprout Tempeh Stir-Fry
This Asian-inspired stir-fry takes full advantage of the crunch Brussels sprouts achieve when they’re heated quickly. The sweet-and-sour sauce delivers a tangy edge, and tempeh offers plant-based protein and a blast of umami. If you want meat in the dish, you can replace tempeh with ground pork.