The Perfect Recipe(s) for Fall
We’re not ready for summer to be over, however, we are very excited about fall. Not just because of all the amazing kids’ + family events (which you can view here) but also for all the amazing foods and flavors that are in season. Red peppers, corn, tomatoes, eggplants and okra are in at their best, plus fruits such as pomegranates, peaches, Asian pears and passion fruit are their most tasty.
As fellow foodies, we’ve culled some delicious recipes with some of our favorite late summer and fall ingredients. If you’re a pro, these dishes will be easier than Asian pear pie. And if you’re a beginner, you’ll fool your friends and family into thinking you’re a pro.
Near summer’s end, tomatoes turn sweet and juicy and they go great in nearly everything. (If you are not a nightshade fan, scroll down to summer squash chowder.) Since fall weather in L.A. is still warm, we savor the idea of making gazpachos like this tomato, Persian cucumber and red bell pepper recipe from delish.com. It’s easy to follow, and you can make a big batch and freeze the leftovers for later.
If you’re a hot soup type, how about a delightful summer squash chowder. Made with yellow summer squash, this chowder pairs with butter, onions, celery and bacon (which can be left out or swapped for coconut bacon which is probably best sprinkled on before serving).
Since corn is in season, we like to use it every way we know how – grill, steam, on the cob. We’re over the moon for this coconut corn salad recipe because it brings summer and fall flavors into one dish. You start by sautéing the corn with thyme and before serving, add coconut, almonds, red onions and some citrus juice for a refreshing salad.
Another clean and crisp item on the menu is roasted red pepper salad. Broil red peppers until charred on all sides and transfer into a Ziplock, paper bag or bowl. Cover the peppers and let stem for about 20 minutes to easily remove the skin. After cutting the peppers into strips, top it with your favorite salty goodies like capers and olives. Or sprinkle vinegar, lemon, salt and pepper and roughly chopped basil. Hard to go wrong here.
You can’t have salad without some pizza (it’s a rule here at One Colorado). So how about this eggplant, pistachio and pomegranate pizza that can be whipped up in under 30 minutes. Head to your fav grocery store for premade dough (or DIY it) and arrange eggplant lengthwise then drizzle with oil, and salt and pepper before it goes into the oven. After the crust is golden, sprinkle pistachios, feta cheese, pomegranate and cilantro on top (and then invite us over for dinner).
And for after dinner, we love these churro chips that you can make in your oven or air fryer. They’re super easy and perfect for last minute get together. Add a sweet dipping sauce like a chocolate ganache but beware – they are addicting!
Peaches are one of the best fruits because 1) they are delicious and 2) they are so versatile! Grill them for an unexpected flavor, or use them in these fantastic peach dump cakes. All you need is canned peaches, cinnamon and yellow cake mix then add ice cream on top to make it extra sweet.
Ice cream is perfect every day of the year, but more so when it’s warm outside! But if you have some dietary restrictions, we recommend this vegan berry swirl that’s hard to beat. Try making this with the kids for an afternoon they’ll never forget.