I guess we are going from summer to late fall and skipping all the beautiful 60 and 70 degree weather early fall has to offer. These cooler temps have my family craving comfort food and our favorite October food trend—pumpkin! Here are 5 of our favorite fall foods that you need to try!
Bessie’s Homemade Noodles
Bessie’s Homemade Noodles is a family owned and operated company out of Ohio. They make all-natural and handmade noodle dishes from scratch following a recipe that is over 100 years old. My kids absolutely LOVE their chicken and noodles! They have it in their lunch a couple times a week! Their beef and noodles are super tasty too. I like to make them for dinner and serve them over mashed potatoes—now we are talking about the ultimate comfort food.
Urban Ladle Artisan Soups
Urban Ladle is a local company out of Indy. They use fresh ingredients and source local whenever possible to make their frozen soups. They have 6 varieties of soup, but our current favorite is their Butternut Squash Soup. My husband loves to take their soups to work and reheat for lunch, and I like to use them at dinner when I’m in a pinch. Just add a salad and your favorite artisanal bread and you have a perfect, fall meal.
Pumpkin Noosa Yoghurt
Noosa Yoghurt is made with whole milk and real fruit purees. They have a pumpkin yoghurt that is their spin on traditional pumpkin pie. With its warming spices and real pumpkin puree, it makes for a perfect fall treat! We like to eat it as a dessert or as a snack with added granola on top.
Farmer’s Market Organic Canned Pumpkin
Pumpkin is my favorite winter squash to bake with and incorporate into muffins, pancakes, and breakfast breads—oh, and pumpkin pie—I love pumpkin pie! Once autumn arrives, I’m buying cans and cans of Farmer’s Market Organic Pumpkin. They are certified organic, and their can liners are BPA free! Pumpkin contains a whole host of vitamins and minerals, and it is packed with carotenoids, specifically beta-carotene, which are powerful antioxidants. Like all winter squash, it is an excellent vegetable to incorporate into your diet.
One of my favorite pumpkin recipes is this paleo-inspired pumpkin bread from Clean Eating with a Dirty Mind by Vanessa Barajas. It was posted on one the blogs I most frequent: Paleo for Women. I modified the recipe a bit using ingredients I had in my pantry. See how I made paleo pumpkin bread by clicking the button below!
It has only been in the last few years that I have developed a love for fresh cranberries. They are extremely healthy but often over looked because they are so tart. Just like all berries, they are anti-inflammatory and packed with antioxidants! Fall is the season for cranberries and when they are in season, I buy multiple bags at a time and toss them into the freezer to use throughout the winter. We add them to homemade muffins, make cranberry kombucha, and even enjoy them in a cranberry Moscow Mule.
Our favorite way to use fresh cranberries is to make cranberry sauce. We use it as a spread for pumpkin bread (muffins or pancakes), dolloped on top of pumpkin pie, and spread it on toast with cream cheese. Its flavor is bold and bright which makes for a perfect pick-me-up during the fall and winter months. Enjoy!
Cranberry Sauce Recipe
1-8 ounce bag of fresh cranberries
Add all the ingredients into a small saucepan and heat over medium-low heat and bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Smash the cranberries with a large spoon or potato masher to create a thick, gelatinous texture. Stir frequently and remove from heat once the liquid is absorbed, 5 minutes. Allow to cool, then refrigerate for later use. We like ours tart, but if you would like it sweeter, just add a little more maple syrup.
Beth Blessing (Organic Beth) has a Masters in Nutrition and is the co-founder of Green Bean Delivery. She is a mother of three that loves supporting family farms and searching for unique, artisanal products. Her goal is to help others eat better and live a more natural, holistic life through healthy recipes and practical tips. Follow her on Facebook: @OrganicBeth