Fall Time Favorite Recipes

As the days get shorter and the nights become cooler, it’s the perfect time of year to fill your house with delicious autumn aromas.  It’s time to gather your family for a warm and tasty dish made just for fall.  Elizabeth M. Ward, MS, RD, mother of three and author of MyPlate for Moms, How to Feed Yourself & Your Family Better, gives us three simple ingredients – sweet potatoes, apples, and pecans – for Mom to create an easy, fragrant dish that is better for her family and tastes like fall.  

a_autumn_aromas_image31. Spiced and tasty sweet potatoes and apples.  
“Nothing says fall like sweet potatoes and apples,” comments Ward.  Ward especially likes sweet potatoes because they last for up to 3-5 weeks (in a cool, dark place), and they’re also a good source of dietary fiber, high in vitamin A and C, and a good source of potassium. 1  Try this recipe for Spice-Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Apples with roasted pork loin or lean pork chops.  

a_autumn_aromas_image22. Scents of cinnamon with apples and pecans.  
Apple picking is a great way to enjoy a day with the family.  If you’re looking for something to do with those apples, Ward says this quick and easy recipe will tempt your taste buds and fill your home with the delicious scent of cinnamon: Cinnamon Apples With Pecan can be enjoyed at breakfast or as a dessert.  

a_autumn_aromas_image13. A Touch of pumpkin spice.  
“Enjoy sweet potatoes for dessert,” recommends Ward.  “And by using the Country Crock® Pumpkin Spice Spread instead of butter, you can add a touch of pumpkin to this fall recipe with 0 grams trans fat, no partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, and save on less saturated fat than butter”.*  Try this Sweet Potato Praline Bake that only takes 15 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes to bake!  

*Country Crock® Pumpkin Spice Spread has 70 calories, 6g fat, 1.5g saturated fat and 0g of trans fat per serving. One serving (1Tbsp.) of butter contains 100 calories, 11g total fat, 7g saturated fat. (http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/).  

Reference: 
1.  Produce for Better Health.  Fruits and Vegetables, More Matters.  Accessed October 10, 2012: http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/sweet-potato.
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