The Fall Vegetables We Can't Get Enough Of

The Fall Vegetables We Can't Get Enough Of

By Mackenzie Hutson November 14, 2019

California’s Mediterranean climate and consistent coastal temperatures allow for a rich variety of fall produce. While this means we get to have primo avocado toast nearly year-round, it also enables us to incorporate dozens of different flavors and textures into our menus.

With the autumn weather in full swing and the fall foliage starting to show its true colors, it’s time to celebrate the season and all of its taste-bud-tingling produce. Whether you prefer wandering around the farmers markets, finding products from local artisans, or gathering ingredients from your fall vegetable garden, there are endless ways to appreciate the season’s bounty.

Looking for inspiration? Incorporate fall vegetables into your meal-prep routine for a boost of flavor and nutrition.

Though pumpkin pie and apple cider tend to steal the spotlight during this inspiring time of year (for good reason), there is so much more to love about California’s autumnal offerings. So break out your roasting pans, sautéing skills, and the good plates because these recipes featuring fall vegetables will make you want to plan a dinner party. 

Roasted Fall Vegetables

There is nothing quite as comforting as roasted vegetables. While they're best straight out of the oven, leftovers can be blended into pasta sauce or soup so they are never wasted.

2 tablespoons olive oil or unsalted butter

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 large parsnip, cored and cut into bite-sized pieces

2 large rainbow carrots, peeled and chopped into bite-sized pieces

1 cup small brussels sprouts, halved

2 golden beets, peeled and diced

1 medium butternut squash, chopped into bite-sized pieces

2 sprigs rosemary 

Sprinkle of sea salt

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil. Combine olive oil or butter with balsamic vinegar in a large bowl. Add the chopped parsnip, rainbow carrots, brussels sprouts, golden beets, and butternut squash. Toss the vegetables with the mixture until coated, and place them on the baking sheet. Top the vegetables with rosemary and sea salt (to taste). Cook for 30 minutes, flipping them halfway through. 

Sweet & Spicy Twice-Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are anything but boring. Highlight their complex flavor profile by incorporating both sweet and spicy seasonings for a fresh take on a classic dish.

1 sweet potato

1 ⅓  tablespoon unsalted butter

⅓ tablespoon packed brown sugar

Sprinkle of sea salt

Dash of paprika

Pinch of cayenne

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Use a fork to poke holes in the sweet potato, and then wrap it in foil. Bake for one hour, or until tender throughout. Unwrap it and let it cool. Increase oven temperature to 450 degrees. When the potato is cool enough to handle, cut it into bite-sized pieces and toss in a bowl with the butter, brown sugar, sea salt, paprika, and cayenne. Place the pieces skin side down on a baking sheet, and bake for 20 minutes, or until browned. 

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted brussels sprouts are one of autumn's favorite dishes. Roast until crispy, drizzle with balsamic vinegar or lemon juice, and finish with your favorite toppings for the perfect side dish.

1 ½ pounds brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon lemon juice

4 slices bacon, chopped and cooked

½ cup Parmesan

Pinch of salt

Sprinkle of pepper

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Mix the brussels sprouts, olive oil, and lemon juice in a bowl before transferring to a baking sheet. Sprinkle the vegetables with salt and pepper (to taste), then roast them for 35 minutes, or until crispy on the outside. Flip brussels sprouts every 10 minutes to brown evenly. Top with the chopped bacon and Parmesan right before serving.

Fall Produce Guide

No matter where you get your vegetables from, seasonal produce always tastes better. So the next time you're searching for incredible produce, grab some of fall's favorites such as apples, persimmons, fennel, and okra.

Thanks to the immaculate weather in certain regions of California and cooler temperatures in others, the state experiences prolonged seasons, making every fall garden unique. If you are looking to incorporate new fall veggies into your yard or are searching for seasonal items to build a menu around, you might want to consider: 

Apples

Artichokes

Arugula

Avocados

Basil 

Beets

Bok choy

Broccoli

Brussels sprouts

Cabbage

Cantaloupe

Carrots

Cauliflower

Celery

Chard

Chile peppers

Cilantro

Citrus

Collard greens

Corn 

Cucumbers

Dates

Edamame

Endive

Eggplant

Fennel

Figs

Garlic

Ginger

Grapefruit

Grapes

Green beans

Green onions

Horseradish 

Kale

Kiwi

Kohlrabi

Leeks

Lemongrass

Lemons

Lettuce

Mandarins

Mint

Mushrooms

Mustard greens 

Okra

Olives

Onions

Oranges

Oregano 

Parsley

Parsnips

Pears

Peas

Pecans

Persimmons

Pistachios

Plums

Pomegranates

Potatoes

Pumpkin

Radishes

Raspberries

Rhubarb

Rosemary

Rutabaga

Sage

Snap peas

Snow peas

Spinach 

Sprouts

Summer squash

Sunchokes

Sweet potatoes

Tangerines

Tarragon

Thyme

Tomatillos

Tomatoes

Turnips

Watercress

Watermelon

Winter squash


Do you have a favorite recipe using fall’s seasonal vegetables? Let us know what you’re cooking up in the comments below.

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