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Tastes of Autumn

Listen While Reading: Green Bottles // Six60.

Autumn is finally here, and in my small little hometown, the first leaves have begun to fall and a cheek-biting chill lingers in the dewy morning air. From now until the end of the year, I won’t be able to leave home without a scarf and thermos full of seasonal coffee clasped between my fingers.

What I love most about autumn is noshing on rich, seasonal meals: particularly those that are warm and filling. I’ve compiled a short list of my favorite tastes of autumn to inspire you to embrace the season and indulge:

Start your morning with a creamy pumpkin spice latte and one of the following hot breakfasts to keep you warm:
· Cranberry bliss oatmeal: oats cooked in milk and topped with dried cranberries and walnuts
· Apple spice oatmeal: oats cooked in milk and topped with diced apple (warm in microwave first to soften the apples) and cinnamon
· Banana walnut pancakes: topped with thick maple syrup

Enjoy a refreshing salad for lunch. Pair fresh and dried fruits with nuts and cheese for a tasty meal that’s filling and healthy. A perfect autumn combination is mandarin oranges or peach slices with chopped pecans and goat cheese over a bed of spinach. Enjoy a crisp granny smith or golden delicious apple and whole grain crackers dipped in hummus with your salad.

For dinner, fill up on a creamy autumn soup, like pumpkin bisque or butternut squash with fresh vanilla bean. If you’re craving something starchy, try pumpkin fettuccine Alfredo, a vegetable lasagna with zucchini and butternut squash, a sweet potato with apple-glazed pork chops, or my personal favorite: stuffed butternut squash (just cut the squash in half, scoop out the middle, and fill it with ground turkey, cheese, and breadcrumbs and bake in the oven for approximately 45 minutes).

Last but certainly not least: don’t forget dessert. Traditional autumn desserts include pumpkin pie, pecan pie, warm apple crisp, s’mores, or homemade cinnamon rolls with a pumpkin glaze. Enjoy your dessert with a hot cup of tea or hot chocolate while you snuggle by a fireplace with your favorite book; it’s the perfect way to spend an autumn evening.

Happy noshing!

Words by Kristina S. // Photography by Juliette Bélanger.

© 2015 Reef Magazine.


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