Cooking with seasonal produce is a great way to mix up your family’s dinner menu. Buying in season can also be less expensive, especially if you visit your local farmer’s market to take advantage of the latest harvest.
Many Boston-area markets are open through the end of the October, including Boston City Hall Market (Mondays & Wednesdays, 11am – 6pm), Dorchester/Codman Square Market (Thursday 1pm – 6pm), Fields Corner Market (Saturdays, 9am – 12pm), and the Jamaica Plain Market (Tuesdays 12pm – 5pm & Saturdays 12pm – 3pm).
Take a look at some of Healthy Family Fun’s favorite fall picks from the produce stand:
Beets. This dark purple root vegetable is a good source of vitamin C, folate, and iron. You can prepare beets in a variety of ways including steaming, roasting, microwaving, boiling, or baking depending on your family’s preference. (For an extra dose of vitamins, wash and sauté the beet’s greens as a side dish!)
Carrots. Carrots are a great source of vitamin A, which is important for a healthy immune system and to protect your vision. They are one of the most versatile vegetables; you can cut them into sticks, shred them to top salads, boil them to make stock for soup, or roast them with a touch of oil. You can even try grating them in Healthy Family Fun’s Crunchy Vegetable Wraps.
Apples. There’s nothing quite like the juicy crunch of a ripe apple! Don’t let their sweetness fool you; apples pack a healthy amount of vitamin C and fiber. Try slicing them and spreading with peanut butter, or chopping or baking them in an apple crisp. Spice up your breakfast with Healthy Family Fun’s Granola with Raisins, Apples & Cinnamon.
Pears. Pears make a healthy, portable snack that is sure to be a hit with kids! When your child enjoys a satisfying bite into a juicy pear, rest assured that he is getting several grams of fiber and a serving of vitamin C at the same time. At home, try dipping sliced pears in your favorite Greek yogurt.
Squash. It is time to say goodbye to summer squashes like zucchini, and hello to acorn, winter, and butternut squash. Squash is an inexpensive veggie that is low in calories, but rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, and iron. You can boil, roast, bake, or sauté squash however your family likes. Make sure to try Healthy Family Fun’s Roasted Winter Squash and Mozzarella Quesadillas.
Make the most of the autumn harvest and share your family’s favorite way to enjoy fall’s healthy treats in the comments below.