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SALT LAKE CITY — Fall produce includes lots of vegetable staples in the general American diet. I often think of broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and celery as being staples, and they are all fall crops. You probably have simple ways that you always prepare them — maybe some you love, and others that you just do because it's easy.
Lots of my nutrition clients lament about how hard it is to eat vegetables, and I get it. There are lots of them and, unfortunately, many of my clients have had bad experiences eating certain vegetables (Overcooked, steamed veggies, I'm looking at you!). Instead of feeling like you have to force yourself or your family to eat more, try preparing them in different ways.
There are lots of great vegetable recipes that are quick, simple, include easy-to-find ingredients, and are definitely good enough to crave. In this fall produce list, I'll share 12 recipes to turn some seasonal produce into delicious meals or side dishes. Lots of foods can be delicious, it just takes some cooking experimentation.
Turkey Apple Burgers via registered dietitian Sarah Schlichter
If you're an apple lover like me, try these turkey sweet potato burgers with grated apple in them. The sweet potatoes and apple add a great sweetness to these burgers, while the cheddar cheese and barbecue sauce compliment the sweetness with tartness.
This easy one-pan pork chop dish takes just 15-20 minutes to make. The sweet, slightly crunchy apples are a delicious accompaniment to pan-fried pork chops. It's the best of fall flavors in one pan.
Pecan Chicken Salad with Apples via registered dietitian Colleen Christensen
All you need is 5 minutes to throw together this super easy chicken salad. Christensen includes instructions to quickly shred the chicken with a hand mixer, and it'll be a game-changer!
Homemade Beet Dressing via registered dietitian Chrissy Carroll
Beets are a controversial vegetable for some. If you're on the fence, try them in this gorgeous fuchsia salad dressing. Check out the recipe for a list of salads to try this dressing on.
Vegan Mediterranean Salad with Fruit Dressing via registered dietitian Amy Gorin
This simple vegan salad takes just 15 minutes to prepare. It's got lots of different flavors and textures, which makes for a delicious homemade salad that's as exciting as one you'd get at a restaurant.
Roasted Beet and Walnut Salad via registered dietitian Erin Cooper
Nuts and tangy cheese are my favorite ingredients to pair with roasted beets. The cheese in this recipe adds some creamy tanginess and the nuts add a fatty flavor that goes so well with earthy beet flavor. Make the vegan feta cheese in this recipe or use store-bought feta cheese if you'd like. Either works!
Spiced Tomato Cauliflower via registered dietitian Judy Barbe
For this recipe, steam a whole head of cauliflower or use pre-chopped florets if that's what you have. This cauliflower is seasoned with ingredients you probably already have on hand and it's packed with delicious flavor.
Turmeric Baked Cauliflower via registered dietitian Sarah Schlichter
This is essentially roasted cauliflower with turmeric, parmesan cheese and panko. You'll get bold flavor from the turmeric, saltiness from the cheese, and a great crunch from the panko and roasted florets. Roasted vegetables are great because you just have to add in your flavors and let the oven do all the work.
Tandoori Cauliflower Tacos with Cashew Marinade via registered dietitian Shahzadi Devje
These vegan tacos are made in just 30 minutes and pack in a lot of flavor. Cauliflower tacos are a fun way to get some veggies in, and these will make you wish you'd doubled the cauliflower recipe!
Maple BBQ Mini Meatloaves with Brussels Sprouts via registered dietitian Shannon Garcia
This easy one-pan dinner is done in 35 minutes. If you're new to trying Brussels sprouts, I highly recommend dressing them in maple syrup. Brussels sprouts tend to have a bitter taste for some, and the sweetness and bold maple flavor brings down that bitterness in this recipe. Use regular barbecue sauce and breadcrumbs if that's what you have.
Honey Miso Roasted Brussles Sprouts via registered dietitian Anne Mauney
Hands down the best way to cook Brussels sprouts is to roast them. They just take a few minutes to prepare, and you can let your oven do all the work of bringing out the natural sweetness and crispiness in the Brussels sprouts. Plus, the honey miso dressing makes these roasted vegetables even sweeter, tangier and more savory!
This is another quick one-pan meal. The salmon and veggies are dressed in a super easy three-ingredient maple mustard sauce that brings a tanginess and sweetness to the salmon and Brussels sprouts. It's one of my favorite quick dinner recipes.
Now go and grab your favorite fall produce and mix up your dinners with these delicious recipes. You'll definitely get out of a dinner rut with these tasty and produce-rich recipes.
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