12 easy recipes to make fall produce delicious

12 easy recipes to make fall produce delicious

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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

Turkey Apple Burgers
Turkey Apple Burgers (Photo: 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.

Pan Fried Pork Chops with Apples

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

Vegan Mediterranean Salad with Fruit Dressing
Vegan Mediterranean Salad with Fruit Dressing (Photo: 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

Turmeric Baked Cauliflower
Turmeric Baked Cauliflower (Photo: 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!

Brussels Sprouts

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!

Maple Mustard Salmon with Brussels Sprouts

Maple Mustard Salmon with Brussels Sprouts
Maple Mustard Salmon with Brussels Sprouts (Photo: Rebecca Clyde)

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.

Rebecca Clyde

About the Author: Rebecca Clyde

Rebecca is a registered dietitian nutritionist who specializes in helping women find happiness and feel comfortable in their skin by empowering them to nourish their minds and their bodies. She also works tirelessly to help people reject the unrealistic and dangerous expectations for women to look a certain way and enjoys helping women improve their body image. She runs a Salt Lake City-based nutrition business. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter and her free private Facebook support group for food and health inspiration. You can also download her complimentary list of healthy foods to save you hours in the kitchen each week.

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