Fall’s harvest brings with it a bounty of delicious and nutrient-packed vegetables. Here are some of our favourites, as well as recipes to inspire your kitchen adventures.
Quick, easy, and delicious, Brussels sprouts make a great snack or light meal on their own. These veggies are in the same family as kale and mustard greens. Considered a superfood, Brussels sprouts are high in many different vitamins and nutrients. They are also very high in antioxidants, which can benefit your health in a number of ways. Kaempferol is one of these antioxidants that has been shown to possibly help reduce cancer growth and promote a healthy heart. For a delicious treat, try Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Parmesan and Pine Nuts.
Greens are great, but you shouldn’t neglect veggies of other colours! When you prepare a meal, make it a goal of seeing many colours of the rainbow on your plate. A brilliantly bright veg to incorporate into your diet is the beet. Beets not only taste great, but they have been shown to be high in natural nitrates. Unlike processed nitrates, those that are naturally occurring in vegetables can help reduce age-related cognitive issues. This recipe for Red Flannel Hash makes for a tasty dish.
For countless generations, this root vegetable has been used for home remedies. In the culinary world, parsnips have been used to add unique flavour and extra health benefits to a wide range of main and side dishes. These veggies are another antioxidant-friendly food, as well as being high in fiber, potassium and magnesium. Since parsnips are so high in fibre and low in calories, they can fill you up more quickly and help those who need to maintain strict weights. Parsnips grow from fall to spring, making them easy to find throughout much of the year. Try some delicious Simple Roasted Parsnips next time you are looking for a tasty and healthy meal.