Fall Food Bonanza

September 25, 2013

Hola amigos!

I am, quite frankly, in love with just about every fall food…except that dang Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL). (Please don’t yell at me about this!) I find PSLs to be too sweet and they just kind of hang in that part of your throat that hurts when you eat something sour. I DO however, like to make my own PSL. Less sweet, a little nutritious and a lot tastier to me…it’s ok, though, if you love normal Pumpkin Spice Lattes…to each, his own! 🙂

As I was sitting at work the other day and everyone around me was slurping on their lattes, it made me crave pumpkin. And cinnamon. And apples. So, I started searching through my recipe files for some fall things that I can make over the next weeks and months.

Here are my all-time favorite fall recipes:

1) Bacon Butternut Squash

I know that the first time I made it, it was summer, but I crave the sweet and salty comfort food regularly. On a chilly fall night, curled up under a thick, flannel blanket, this is exactly what I want to be eating.

fall favorite: bacon butternut

2) Apple Crisp <<<< This is the version with flour and oats. Thank you Ina Garten. This is the Paleo, grain-free version >>>>Apple Crisp. Thank you The Freckled Foodie.

photo courtesy of: The Freckled Foodie

photo courtesy of: The Freckled Foodie

3) Homemade “Pumpkin Spice Latte”

I totally adapted this from Civilized Caveman, I’m just a little less specific with my measurements when I make mine. But, I make my PSL using his recipe.


4) Paleo Pumpkin Bread <<< Omg. Roasted pumpkin is SO good. (How do you roast a pumpkin- it’s easy! Cut a small pumpkin in half, scrape out the guts and seeds, pour about a 1/2 in. of water in a glass dish and lay the pumpkin halves face down in the pan of water. Throw your pan o’ pumpkin in the oven at 350 degrees for about 45 min. Or you can always use canned, organic pumpkin!)

fall favorite: pumpkin bread!

Photo courtesy of: Elana’s Pantry

5) Homemade Apple Chips

I truly did just make up this recipe, if you even want to call it that. I simply slice up whatever apples that I have on hand real thinly. Lay them on a baking sheet and sprinkle the slices with a bunch of cinnamon and sometimes I even add a couple pinches of white, granulated sugar. I bake the pan of cinnamon-ized apple slices at 200 degrees for an hour, then I flip all the slices over and bake them for another hour. After the second hour is up, I turn off the oven and let apples simply sit in the oven to cool off. (This makes them all crispy and chip-like.) I could eat my bodyweight in these. They are sooooooooooooooo delicious!!!

I’ve got about a million more favorite fall foods and recipes…but I’ll stop there.

‘Tis the season for apples, pumpkin, spice…and all things nice! 🙂

FUN ANNOUNCEMENT: I’m coaching an hour-long Fit Camp class at GO HQ this Saturday morning at 9am. I would LOVE to see you there! It is free for non-members and $5 for current members. If you bring a friend, you both get in for FREE! Come one, come all!


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