Autumn is here! And with it comes beautiful colors, smells, and fun activities that many people look forward to all year long! It’s no wonder that autumn is the favorite season of so many people; there is still a fair amount of daylight to enjoy, brutal summer temperatures begin yielding to crisp cool air, and the harvest spirit is in full effect! October has historically been associated with harvesting all sorts of crops before bitter winters arrival, and while November is famous for classic Thanksgiving faire, we here at Noble Companion thought it would be a nice change of pace to dedicate our blog this October to fun fall foods that you can try making with your clients this year! With an abundance of fresh ingredients available at farmers markets all month long, finding what you need should be no issue, so take some time this October to try your hand at some new recipes that are sure to make your autumn even more memorable!
Healthy fall flavors – 3 recipes your body will thank you for!
1.) Classic Pumpkin Soup - What food is more iconic for fall than pumpkin? Apples are a contender, but this recipe offers up a healthier way to prepare pumpkin than the traditional pie. With fiber and vitamins galore, this pumpkin soup is sure to boost your nutrition while putting you in the fall spirit at the same time.
2.) Root Vegetable Roast - Mother always said “eat your vegetables,” and with this easy fall recipe you’ll have no problem following her advice. While vegetables are not everybody's favorite food, roasting them brings out unique flavors and aromas which may surprise even the most vegetable adverse people in your life. Needless to say, roast vegetables are packed with healthy nutrients and fiber that will benefit your body and mind tremendously!
3.) Rosemary Chicken Soup - A different take on a classic dish that we all lean on when we’re feeling sick, this chicken soup recipe is sure to delight just about everyone while fortifying your body with extra water, electrolytes, vitamins, and minerals.
Sweets and treats – For a little fall fun!
1.) Apple Crisp Shortbread Bars - Akin to pumpkin, apple is a staple of fall flavors. With apple season in full swing, now is the best time of the year to load up on the red/yellow/green fruits and try a new treat! Not too difficult to prepare, and guaranteed to be quickly devoured, these shortbread bars are worth giving a try next time you find yourself with some extra apples to spare.
2.) Peanut Butter and Fruit Toast - Not everyone has an easy time eating first thing in the morning, but with breakfast being important for sustained energy throughout the day, skipping it can really cause someone to drag. Luckily, for those of us who struggle with morning meals, a little sugar can make things a lot easier. This recipe provides that sugar incentive through fruit, while also finding balance in the protein-packed peanut butter and grain dense bread. Give it a try and see how your days improve when you start them with an enticing, balanced, sweet treat!
3.) Cinnamon Pumpkin Coffee Cake - Lest we not forget dessert, this cinnamon pumpkin coffee cake is sure to be a crowd pleaser. With baked in fall flavors like pumpkin, maple, and cinnamon, this sweet treat will complement your evening coffee or tea while putting you in the fall state of mind.
No heat required – Easy, no bake, low stakes!
1.) Mini Apple Pizzas - You don’t need to give up cooking if baking with an oven has become problematic. These mini apple pizzas are easy to prepare, packed with fiber and vitamins, seasonal, and free of the need for heat. Divvy up a fresh fall apple to start your day off, whip up a few as snacks, or toss the apple rings in lemon juice so that you can prepare multiple pizzas and store them without worrying about the brown spots that apples develop through oxidation.
2.) Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip - A recipe that combines simplicity and sweet treats, this pumpkin cheesecake dip is an easy, fun fall favorite. Pair with your favorite crunchy cookie and enjoy a sweet counterpart to chips and dip!
3.) Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bites - No baking, protein-packed, and delicious, these peanut butter oatmeal bites are an excellent treat for people of all ages! Whip up enough that you can store some for later, and if you ever find you're in need of breakfast in a pinch or a moderately healthy midnight snack, you can grab one from the fridge.
Finding new activities can be challenging, so we hope these recipe ideas will help inspire you to give something new a try this October. Most activities we take part in come with some form of reward, but few offer up such a tangible and delicious outcome as cooking your own food! Whether you are a master of the culinary arts or just a beginner, these recipes offer a fun way of spending time together regardless of the situation. We here at Noble Companion hope you enjoy giving these a try: enjoy the season and savor the flavors of fall in your own way!