If you’re like me and you’re hungry for some warm fall food when you’re home from the office or sales floor, you want to know all of your options for preparing some fantastic fall dishes with style. Look no further than these 5 super foods — you might even manage to fit all of them into a single dish, and leave your friends amazed for having gone to such lengths:
5. The sweet potato: This orange-pink spud, which is often confused with the yam (an entirely different species within an entirely different genus that also exhibits a somewhat different taste and texture) in America, offers a heavy nutritious punch with its sweet taste, containing vitamin A, iron and anti-inflammatory nutrients. With the recent trend in the popularity of sweet potato chips and fries, it is safe to call the spud a versatile and tasty tuber, in and out of its original form. Combine several strong spices — cinnamon, cloves, ginger, even salt — and you can’t go wrong with the sweet potato.
4. Grapes: Excepting those of a wrathful nature, grapes are generally one of nature’s best defenses against the onslaught of stress, with their moderate levels of polyphenols and antioxidants. More and more chefs today are endeavoring to break ground with their recipes, like marmalade-glazed pork chops with green grapes, and grape and wild rice stuffing. In addition to the tried-and-true grape-and-salad pairing, one could incorporate the grape into something as basic as baked chicken and as interesting as flatbread pizzas. Give those a try and see what you might think of the grape afterward.
3. The apple: Nope, I’m not referring to the recent “harvest” of the latest iOS version from the engineers of 1 Infinite Loop in CA, but to the edible delight that is a perennial American classic. With its many different varieties, you can make almost anything in the realm of sweetness, but no one apple can make everything in said realm. No matter what the kind, apples also provide antioxidants for reducing the impact of stress on your health. Even granny smith apples, which are great in pies baked with cinnamon, give nutrition in their tartness. Just be sure to eat as much of the skin as you can, as it contains the bulk of the apple’s nutrition.
2. Broccoli/Cauliflower: When you pine after the quintessential “green” taste in your food, broccolis will do the job perfectly. Their numerous little flower buds provide the bulk of the flavor, as well as the phytochemicals and vitamin C. Its cousin, cauliflower, is less easily enjoyed raw (IMHO) and more readily consumed after some steaming — at the very least. It can also be roasted into something even more delicious with a simple grouping of olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and Parmesan cheese, according to a recipe by Emeril.
1. Spinach: Yes, the same leafy green that the legendary sailor loved, is readily available in abundance. Like kale, it’s packed with vitamin A, calcium, and other powerful essential nutrients, and can be sauteed as well as eaten raw in salads and sandwiches. If you’re adventurous, you could also make a spinach and cheese dip from scratch so that you won’t have to obey your impulse to buy the mass-produced version and enjoy something infinitely fresher. All of this demonstrates that Pop-eye stayed strong even if the cartoonists didn’t keep him that way, and that, like him, we have something to live for.