It’s almost fall, which means that there will be lots of great new seasonal dishes to cook! This is a great time to serve veggies. Here are 5 of The Best Fall Foods You Can Cook for Kids.
My kids did not immediately like the idea, but when it was time to make and eat the most these, they loved it! Below, let me give you an idea of the dishes that I’ve made, as well as those that friends have recommended to me.
1. Sweet potatoes
Potatoes are great fall veggies, but most of us already know that, so I’m focusing on the other equally great variety: sweet potatoes!
My favorite way to cook these is roasting, but I’ve tried making chips, too (Both sweet potatoes chips and waffle fries are my kids’ favorite snacks).
The thing that I like about sweet potatoes is they don’t spoil easily. They keep really well, so I’m able to experiment with different recipes with a single batch.
Pumpkin is technically a fruit, so they’re not exactly in the same category as everything else on this list. However, this is my absolute favorite fall ingredient, so I’m including it here!
This is another wonderful autumn ingredient that is highly versatile, so you won’t run out of delicious dishes to make.
I’m a fan of any recipe that uses pumpkin as its main ingredient—from the classic pumpkin soup and pumpkin pie to the more modern ones like pumpkin lattes and these beautiful pumpkin doughnuts.
Get creative! My advice is to focus on what type of dish you want to make (ie. do you want it sweet or savory? Do you want more texture or prefer it pureed?) Then start your search from there.
Packed with beta carotene and fiber, this root vegetable is one of the things that I use all year round. I love classic recipes, and carrot cake is one of the things that I’ll never get tired of making (and eating!).
If you’re looking for something new, here’s a suggestion: pickle your carrots! I came across a great recipe that let me make use of lots of leftover carrots that I had a home—no waste, and so delicious!
This is also an excellent way to bond with your kids. If they’re old enough to be in the kitchen, let them help you out in baking! There may be more mess, but it’s always worth it.
4. Acorn squash
An excellent source of potassium and dietary fiber, acorn squash is a fall/winter ingredient that I’ve been using a lot of lately!
I love acorn squash when baked. I have recently started making acorn squash dishes such as acorn squash with quinoa and nuts. It’s very easy to make and is packed with great flavors and textures. Try it out for yourself!
5. Brussels sprouts
Last but not least is a vegetable that sometimes gets a bad reputation because of its bitterness and texture: Brussels sprouts.
Sure, this can be due to science and genetics, but I believe that one of the reasons why a lot of people don’t like them is because it’s not cooked well.
Brussels sprouts can be absolutely delicious—you just need to have the right recipe! Here’s one article where you can start, but if you were to ask me, I would give you my go-to recipe: roasting.
Simply cut each sprout in half, and mix with olive oil (don’t hold back, put lots of it and make sure each piece is coated evenly. After seasoning with salt and pepper, add them to a baking sheet and roast for 25-30 minutes (tossing it every 10 minutes).
I would usually drizzle some melted butter once done, but feel free to skip this part. If you like a combination of sweet and savory, honey is a great addition, too!
I hope this post gave you good ideas on what to prepare for the family. These things aren’t only for kids—I’m pretty sure adults will love it as well (I sure did!). The versatility of these fall ingredients will make your meal plans so easy to manage.
If you have any comments or suggestions, send them in! Your feedback will be much appreciated. Thanks for dropping by, and I hope you were able to use ideas from this post!
Vivian has a huge passion for cooking. That’s why she created “Cookingispassio.com” to share her great love with other people. She believes that fine food is not only the key to promoting family cohesion, but it also helps make every member become closer.