For many parts of the world, fall means turning off the air conditioning and putting on light sweaters, sipping warm tea and basking in the beautiful fall foliage. Here at Engine 2, we love fall!
Of course our favorite part of fall is all the amazing fruits and vegetables that become available during the season. Filled with flavor, these are just a few of our favorites:
If you’ve been following Engine 2 for long, you know that we LOVE our greens! Load up your plate with greens and reap the incredible health benefits of these true superfoods. And brussels sprouts are one of our favorite options. From folate and fiber to vitamin C, vitamin K and other essential nutrients, you simply can’t go wrong when you load up on brussels sprouts.
It doesn’t take a complicated recipe to enjoy a plate full of brussels sprouts with dinner. Whisk some brown mustard and balsamic vinegar, then toss your brussels sprouts until they’re evenly coated and cut each one in half so it can lay down flat on the cookie sheet. Roast in the oven (be sure to line your cookie sheet with parchment paper so they don’t stick) for 30 to 40 minutes and you’ll wonder where these little vitamin bombs have been all your life (even if you don’t like brussels sprouts I dare you to try these and see if they won’t change your mind)!
Pumpkins aren’t just for carving! This member of the squash family is a nutritional powerhouse, packed with fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C and beta carotene, just to name a few benefits. Plus, its delicious flavor just screams “autumn!” One of our favorite ways to work some pumpkin into the day is to add it to your morning oats. Stir ¼ cup of pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling!) into oats with pumpkin pie spice, walnuts and raisins. A quick and easy plant-strong breakfast!
Biting into a fresh apple will help you to fall in love with Fall. Apples are an incredible snack as is – and are so incredibly portable! And in many parts of the US, this is prime time for fresh apples. Depending on your location, many farms offer apple picking in the fall months – what better way to get outside and enjoy the crisp fall air than to get outside and pick your own fruit! And since apples are loaded with fiber, antioxidants and a host of health benefits, you can enjoy them to your heart’s content.
Looking for a nutrition-packed plant-strong snack or breakfast? Slice an apple thin and add to a nonstick skillet with a splash of water and some cinnamon. Cook the apples through until they start to form a sauce of sorts with the cinnamon. Wrap in a warmed E2 tortilla (or another whole wheat, oil-free tortilla) and enjoy. Bonus: Your home will smell amazing!
You can usually find beets at the grocery store all year, but fall is the best time to pick up this root veggie. Go beyond the standard red beets you know and love – now’s the time to try out new varieties like golden beets, white and even multicolored. Loaded with B vitamins, iron, potassium and more, it’s time to think as beets as more than just a salad garnish. They are a STAR!
Keep it simple to really let the flavors shine in this tasty vegetable. Wrap beets in foil and place in the oven for about an hour (until they are thoroughly cooked). Let them cool for a few minutes, slice, then enjoy!
Looking for even more inspiration?
You’ll find hundreds of plant-strong recipes featuring these and more fall favorites in our meal planner. Save time planning meals, finding recipes — even have your groceries delivered, right from the E2 meal planner! And you’ll never have to scan ingredients again – whether you’re following our Seven-Day Rescue Challenge guidelines or the standard Engine 2 diet, we’ll customize your recipes so you only see options that fit your specific goals and preferences. Click here to check it out, then let us know what you think!