70+ fall recipe ideas for celebrating the harvest season with ingredients at their prime either from your garden, local farmer's markets or in the stores.
Fall is certainly gorgeous, especially in upstate NY. We always love to do the leaf peeping and apple picking. One thing I always envy other people is that they harvest many vegetables in their gardens. I have a brown thumb which is so well-known in my extended family. Seriously, I tried many times.
But it didn't stop me from enjoying the fall fruits and vegetables. I buy them from the farmer's markets or my nearby grocery stores. Why not taking the advantage of their prime and super low price, right?
If you happen not to have your own garden, like me, I highly encourage you to enjoy the season with these fall recipe ideas.
Some of these recipes may not use fresh fall fruits and vegetables. You can follow them by using frozen or canned vegetables. Of course, fresh vegetables would be great. It may take a little bit longer to cut them up. Bear in mind that if you choose to use fresh vegetables, instead of frozen, cook time will significantly shortened.
When time is allowed, I do love to freeze my own vegetables, especially broccoli and cauliflower. To do so, cut them up to your desired size. Single layer the vegetables on a baking sheet and freeze them in a freezer overnight. Transfer the frozen vegetables into food storage bags.
Throughout the years, I learned a mistake. Transferring the freshly cut vegetables into a storage bag and freeze will cause freezer burn. It is because of the moisture from the vegetables and air inside the bag. Therefore, freeze the vegetables on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet first before storing into a bag. The parchment paper prevents vegetables from sticking on the baking sheet.
These fall recipe ideas are grouped by the main fall fruit/vegetable ingredients. Some may use several fall fruits and/or vegetables in one recipe.
There are tons of fall recipe ideas around broccoli and cauliflower. Personally, I love California blend vegetables which include broccoli, cauliflower and carrots. You will find many of them under this category.
I don't know why the blend of broccoli, cauliflower and carrots would be called like this. But these 3 musketeers are perfect for fall recipe ideas. Surely, you can buy fresh ingredients and start from scratch. The cook time will be significantly cut down. The other alternative is to buy some fresh, pre-cut and pre-washed packages. They can be called differently on the package. But the 3 basic ingredients are all you need. Otherwise, you can do it as I always do. That is using the frozen ones and skip the work. Keep the spirit of celebrating harvest season going.
The genius invention of cauliflower rice is not only great for any fall recipe ideas, but also awesome in pairing with any other dishes. Bear in mind that no matter fresh, frozen or DIY cauliflower rice, grain size matters.
If you buy it from the stores, different brand has different grain size. The bigger the grain size, the longer it takes to cook. I highly recommend you to have consistent grain size if you do it your own or stick with one brand if you choose to buy it from the store.
Of course, what’s better than starting from scratch by using fresh pumpkin, right?
But if your schedule is tight, canned pumpkin still allows you to celebrate the harvest seasons by using these fall recipe ideas.
If you choose to use fresh corn, stand an ear of corn on a plate which should sit on a pot holder or a piece of wet paper towel. This will stabilize the plate and prevent it from moving while you are cutting.
Pepper and onion are always pair together. In my opinion, it is a marriage made in heaven. Look closely, these 2 ingredients are perfect for any fall recipe ideas of any culinary cultures. How wonderful they are!
Other than cole slaw, you don't see any pre-cut cabbage in the supermarket. When it comes to cutting this hearty vegetables, a sharp and big (7" long) Santoku knife is the key factor.
All of these carrot fall recipe ideas use baby carrots because I am lazy at peeling and cutting them up. But if you don't mind the work, by all means, use the fresh one.
Just like pepper and onion, cabbage and carrots go very well together. So, I created this category specifically for the same reason for fall recipe ideas.
Cutting grape, cherry or any other tomatoes in that size could be time consuming. But there is a very simple solution. Using 2 container lids and trap tomatoes between them. With a sharp knife and cut across. Voila!
Bake an entire spaghetti squash in the oven is the easiest way to go. You only need to cut up the squash after it is cooked which makes it much easier. These fall recipe ideas will have instructions showing you how to do it.
You may find frozen zucchini in the supermarket in many different forms and sizes. I must admit that fresh zucchini is way better than the frozen ones. But I highly encourage you to take the advantage of frozen ones for the sake of time saving.
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