Here it is, officially fall. Giving summer a send off is never easy but I look forward to a new eating season, slower cooking and all the abundance of fall vegetables.
When the real summer vegetables such as zucchini, yellow squash and eggplant have outstayed their welcome in my garden, I clean out those beds and get right to planting my fall garden. With the days getting shorter and cooler, salad greens, kale, cauliflower, broccoli and spinach take center stage in the garden. They love growing in this type or weather – cool and damp.
While those vegetables are staples for most of us, its time to get out of the classic vegetable routine and try something new. Here are five to try this fall.
Spaghetti Squash. Looking for an alternative to pasta? Try spaghetti squash. I will warn you though, it won’t totally replace your beloved spaghetti, but top with turkey meatballs and sauce and you have a winner.
Chicory. Chicory is a slightly bitter green, perfect in fall salads. Try this recipe for Chicory Salad with Walnuts and Parmesan, yum!
Rutabaga. Think slightly sweeter turnip, this root vegetable is not only high in nutrients but incredibly versatile. Roast, steam or blend into a soup, like this one.
Kabocha Squash. Get your sharpest knife out for cutting this winter squash. Once baked it produces one of the sweetest of all the squashes. Great for curing a sweet tooth, naturally. Click HERE for a good picture tutorial.
Mustard Greens. Like spice? Then you’ll love mustard greens. Mustard has a sharp taste that gets mellowed by cooking and are one of the top greens for nutrition. Click HERE to try them out.
Now I want to hear from you. What unique vegetables do you love to eat in the fall? Share your ideas below!