Fresh Recipes from the Garden for Fall

The arrival of fall brings many gifts with it: open windows that let the cool breezes in, less (or no!) mosquitoes attacking us while we harvest veggies for dinner, crisp weekend days that inspire us to get out and do some the last yard work before winter, and a renewed energy for cooking homemade meals in our own kitchens.

Some of our favorite vegetables that we haven’t seen in awhile make their appearance in our gardens and local farmers markets – winter squashes like butternut, acorn and delicata, brussels sprouts, and leeks. It’s also the return of the spring crops like broccoli, cabbage, spinach, salad mixes and beets.

The days get shorter and the nights longer, and we start to feel a deep pull to break out our sweaters, light a fire and cozy up inside.

Fall is the perfect time to get reenergized about cooking savory meals and lingering at the dinner table with partners, friends and family.

Each season in the Flavorful Life Garden Club, the online community of passionate gardeners I spearhead, I gift the members with a small eBook featuring my favorite recipes of that time of year. We then choose a different one every few weeks and cook it together in our homes and share our photos and reviews with each other. It’s a fun way to virtually share a meal together!

As a celebration of the arrival of this colorful and cozy season, I want to share with you some of my favorite recipes that highlight the bounty of the fall harvest. It’s time to get back into our kitchens after the long, hot summer and starting cooking up a storm for fall!

SAVOY CABBAGE GRATIN
Potlucks are one of the most fun ways to discover new recipes! Over seven years ago I went to a neighborhood potluck and tasted this dish a neighbor made with cabbage from her garden. It was savory and sweet at the same time. I had to have this recipe in my repertoire! She emailed it to me and it’s become a regular part of our fall and winter rotation ever since. We often whip it up when we’re having dinner guests because it’s a side that plays well with a lot of different dishes. Note: I use green cabbage instead of savoy.

The recipe is from the Great Greens Cookbook, by Georgeann Brennan, Todd Koons, and Frankie Frankeny. I found the recipe online in this excerpt of their book. Print it out and cook it right away!

kale in the garden

ANYTHING GOES KALE SALAD WITH GREEN TAHINI DRESSING
Have you ever made a massaged kale salad? If not, you must do it THIS WEEK! I promise, you’ll never look at kale the same way again. I usually grow a lot of kale in my garden, and in the past it would get away from me and I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the harvest. Not this year! We’re eating bucketloads of kale, so much that I think my husband is starting to look a little green around the edges.

This revelation is all thanks to my one of my favorite food bloggers, Kate of Cookie and Kate. She opened my eyes to the wonders of massaged kale and now I have to do you the same favor.

This Anything Goes Kale Salad has been a favorite in our house all summer and it’ll continue on the menu throughout fall as long as we have kale standing in the garden. Make it this week, you won’t be disappointed!

SWEET POTATO SOUP 
Don’t you get so excited about soup in the fall? Tucking into your first bowl of steaming hot goodness is a sure way to signal to yourself that the season really has changed.

I’m growing sweet potatoes in my garden this year for the first time in many years, and although I haven’t harvested them yet I’m already thinking about all of the recipes I’m going to use them in. This Sweet Potato Soup from Naturally Ella is simple, tasty and healthy, and would pair well with either of the two previous recipes.

delicata squash in the garden

MISO SESAME WINTER SQUASH
Delicata is a blink and you might miss it kind of vegetable. It’s one of the earliest of the winter squashes and because it doesn’t store particularly well it makes an appearance at the farmers market for a few weeks and then it’s gone.

That’s too bad, because there are lots of great recipes out there featuring this tasty squash. One of my favorites among them is from 101cookbooks.com, Miso Sesame Winter Squash. The dressing you make for the roasted squash is the perfect complement – deep and full of flavor. It would be the perfect dish to serve with a glass of red wine when you’re gathered at the dining room table with some friends on a cool fall night. Yum!

I’d love to hear about your experiences with these recipes. Similar to what we do in the private Facebook group for the Flavorful Life Garden Club, share a photo and your review with me on my business Facebook page – I’d love to hear what you think.

Do you have a favorite fall recipe featuring the abundance of produce we have at our fingers at this time of year? I’d love to try it. Leave it in the comments below this post.

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