Healthy and Delicious Ways to Eat Your Autumn Veggies

September 26, 2014 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

autumn veggies

Beets – Peel and shred raw beets for use in salads. Season cooked beets with margarine.

Broccoli – Cut into diagonal slices and sauté in light soy sauce. Dress steamed broccoli with vinaigrette, lemon butter, olive oil, garlic, toasted nuts or cheese.

Brussels Sprouts – Top cooked sprouts with vinaigrette, toasted nuts, or a white sauce flavored with cheese or Dijon mustard.

Cabbage – Pan Fry shredded cabbage and chopped onions in canola oil, or bake in a light cream sauce.

Cauliflower – Top cooked cauliflower with browned butter, lemon butter, nutmeg, or cheese. Try cauliflower in a curry.

Collards – Sauté with garlic and onion. Try them in a peanut sauce.

Fennel – Add boiled and diced bulbs to rice, pasta, or polenta.

Kale – Sauté with corn and sweet red pepper. Sprinkle cooked kale with vinegar and serve with polenta. Mix leftovers with mashed potatoes.

Kohlrabi – Raw slices or sticks make a tasty snack. Add slices to salads or grate and marinate in salad dressing. Season cooked kohlrabi with margarine,  lite cream or cheese sauce.

Parsnips – Cut raw fresh parsnips into sticks like carrots and eat with dip or shred and add to salad. Cooked parsnips can be  with or mashed instead of potatoes. Roasting enhances sweetness.

Rutabagas – Mash and serve cooked rutabagas like or with mashed potatoes. As with other winter root vegetables, roasting brings out the sweetness.

Sweet Potatoes – Season cooked mashed sweet potatoes with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Or mix applesauce and sweet spices in baked sweet potatoes, top with nuts.

Turnips – Slice or julienne young turnips and eat raw with a dip or peanut butter. Add shredded raw turnips to salads. Bake turnips with sweeter root vegetables like carrots and parsnips. When boiled and then pureed with a potato, turnips make a delicious, low-starch alternative to mashed potatoes.

Winter squash – Flavor cooked squash with margarine and cinnamon, or olive oil and herbs. Cooked spaghetti squash can be used like pasta.

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