7 In-Season Foods and 21 Recipes to Go Along with Them

Sep 21, 2012

How quickly Summer passes us by! I feel like it was just yesterday that I was out taking a dip in the lake. Admittedly, out of all the seasons, I love Summer the most. I like the heat, I love the sun and I'm a big fan of being able to go outside with minimal clothing!

As much as I love Summer part of me really appreciates Fall. It's one of the most beautiful times of year in Minnesota. The leaves begin to turn and the colors are fantastic. Usually the snow doesn't roll in until late October or November, so there's still a good shot that we'll enjoy a few more beautiful, summer-like days.

Before I went paleo I never cared about what vegetables and fruits were in season. What I've realized on my journey is that it does make a difference, not only for better tasting dishes, but for better health as well.

I've outlined seven foods that are in-season and a few recipes that I found from various paleo recipe blogs to go with each one. I'll be cooking these up real soon. These aren't the only foods that are in season. If you want to find out what else is in season, as well as what's in season for your specific state, then I suggest you check out this site I found which outlines all the seasonal produce by state.

Let's Make Some Awesome Fall Paleo Meals

First up on the list of seasonal produce is apples. It wouldn't be Fall without apples. I know some people in our area like to go to the local apple orchards to explore and get fresh apples. For someone following a Paleo Lifestyle, apples can be a great way to fight off a sweet tooth without causing your body to go into a sugar fit. Apples also contain a good amount of fiber.

Here are three great paleo apple recipes for you to try:

1. Overnight Apple Breakfast Cobbler from TGIPaleo

2. Sticky Apple Bars from Paleomg

3. Caramel Apples from SpunkyCoconut (Take it easy on these!)

Our next guest on the tour of Fall produce is Arugula. Arugula grows differently around the country but it is a cool weather, peppery green veggie. In many places it grows during the Fall. It's a green veggie so you're getting a lot of great vitamins and minerals when you eat it.

Here are three tasty paleo arugula recipes:

1. Apricot and Arugula Salad from thepaleomom

2. Arugula Salad with Mango Macadamia Avocado from preppy paleo

3. Paleo Omelet Pizza from betacyanin

Remember when your mom would tell you to eat your brussels sprouts and clean your plate? For most kids it was a test of wills to see if you could outlast mom's prodding. The little green guys are super healthy and delicious.

You won't be fighting mom with these paleo brussels sprouts recipes:

1. Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Bacon from NomNomPaleo

2. Harvest Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic from WhatIGather

3. Worlds Best Brussels Sprouts from CrankingKitchen (The look delicious but we'll let you vote if they're the "worlds best")

Right along side brussels sprouts come their bigger brother cabbage. Supposedly the cooler weather gives cabbage a sweeter tasted when harvested. This effect is referred to as "frost kissed".

Try these awesome paleo cabbage recipes:

1. Sausage and Cabbage Noodles with Fried Apples from EverydayPaleo (Apples are in this recipe too! Can you say two-fer?)

2. Paleo Asian Cabbage Salad from sweetpeonyblog

3. Paleo Stuffed Cabbage from cindystable

Let's talk broccoli! Another one of those veggies that mom used to beg us to eat. Broccoli can be grown year around in certain climates but it tends to be more sweet and less bitter when harvested in the Fall.

Make mom proud by eating these paleo broccoli recipes:

1. Paleo Green Goddess Chicken and Broccoli from thereflectionofhim

2. Blasted Broccoli from sleeploveeat... I love that they used the word "blasted".

3. Curried Cream of Broccoli Soup from NomNomPaleo. I have to admit that this looks absolutely awesome! I will be putting this in my meal plan soon!

Who can talk about broccoli without mentioning cauliflower? I mean, they're usually side-by-side on the veggie tray at the company picnic! Many Paleo Lifestyle followers love the fact that cauliflower can be used as a utility veggie. You can make mashed cauliflower, cauliflower fritters and even cauliflower pizza crust. What's not to love about a vegetable with that much versatility?

Well, cauliflower just got more versatile with these paleo cauliflower recipes:

1. Paleo Chipotle Chicken Cauliflower Bake from maoomba

2. Twice Baked Cauliflower from paleospirit

3. Paleo Shepherds Pie from cupcakesomg

And last but not least, eggplant. Some people love it and some people, well, not so much. This is another one of those foods that packs a lot of utility. You can be creative and come up with a lot of different ways to use it. I just so happen to love piling pizza toppings on it.

Maybe we'll teach you to love eggplant with these paleo eggplant recipes:

1. Primal Eggplant Parmesan by paleolithe

2. Eggplant Pizza Minis from healthylivinghowto

3. Eggplant Pizza from thedomesticman I told you that I like putting pizza toppings on eggplant!

Like I said, I like piling pizza toppings on eggplant!

Whether you're happy that Fall is here or you're sad that Summer is gone, at least you'll have some delicious recipes to cook up and enjoy.

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