Happy fall and happy October!
If you're reading this from a location that is fortunate enough to experience seasons, get excited – we Californian's just figure that once the weather drops 20 degrees, we're allowed to break out the sweaters, boots and scarves. What's snow anyway?
Fall has to be my favorite time of year. Sure, I was born a summer baby, I should probably enjoy 85 degree weather, palm trees, shorts, crop tops and flip flops, but instead I love to bundle up, get cozy and enjoy the food, warmth, family time and colors that this lovely season brings. Think about it, unless you're obsessed with a white wonderland, there is nothing better than the sound of the leaves crunching underneath your feet as you walk and the sweet smell of pumpkin pie baking in the oven. Mmmm.
I'm starting this new thing – I refer to it as sharing the wealth, but the wealth in this sense is the space on my blog.
"OMG! It's purple!"
Say hello to my roommate, Lauren. She's a coffee snob, health foodie, beach bum and also a spend thrifty runner who loves farmer's markets and Trader Joe's. On a regular basis I can find her concocting something healthy and delicious in our kitchen like meatball subs, tacos, omelets and salads – not to mention her colorful sautéed vegetable platters. Unlike me, she'll choose homemade meals over an evening at Cecconi's, but everything she cooks is equally as delicious and she'll point out that she knows exactly what will be fueling her body.
Her recent lunch concoction? Fall inspired sautéed vegetables and nothing but the freshest, most in season vegetables in all of SoCal.
- purple sweet potato
- red bell pepper
- Guy Fieri's Tequila Lime Sausage
She approached me with a medium sized purple root-like thing and asked, "How do you think I should cook this?"
"Is that a purple sweet potato?" I asked.
I suggested like most any potato-like, root vegetable, depending on what you wanted to do with it, your best bet is to soften it up first. She stuck it in the microwave with a little bit of water and let it warm up. From there, she decided to peel it to reveal its vibrant purple color and get a little messy.
|Beetle juice – Lauren's hands turned pink after dealing with this hearty fall vegetable|
She got sautéing.
Remember what I said about fall and all its lovely colors? Well, here's the final product.
|Colorful cornucopia of squash, beet and sweet potato|
Wanna know what vegetables are going to be the freshest this season? No problem. Here's a condensed list!
- winter squash
- sweet potatoes
- brussel sprouts