Five Fast and Fabulous Foods for Fall

Five Fast Foods for Fabulous Fall
It’s fall in the Northern hemisphere and we can’t help but be lured in by those warm, comforting meals that say “cozy and nourishing” to our entire being.  What fall foods make your tummy rumble and mouth water?  Warmed apples?  Baked pumpkin?  Cinnamon bread sticks and hot lentil soup?  Here are five fast and fabulous foods for fall nearly anyone can prepare that will leave you feeling satiated and gently simmering with delight on the inside.

Hot Breakfast Rice Pudding

Take last night’s left-over rice and turn it into today’s warmly spiced morning meal.  All you need is a few ingredients, it’s fast and variable, so if you don’t have some of the items, you can always exchange them out for something similar.

Here is a list of possible ingredients to stir together over medium to medium-low heat until warmed and thickened:

Rice left-overs – white or brown or any variety

Milk of choice (almond, coconut, rice, hazelnut, cow, goat, cashew, etc.) add until desired consistency with the rice

Dried fruit- choose one or several (raisins, dates, prunes, goji berries, peach or banana pieces, etc.)

Spices – choose one or a combination to taste (cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, cloves)

Nuts – as desired (cashew, pistachio, slivered almonds)

Sweetener – maple syrup, agave nectar, honey or raw sugar to taste

pudding

Hot Lentil Lunch Soup

Put all of the following ingredients in a pot and cook to simmer (approximately 30-40 minutes) until done:

6 cups water or vegetable broth

1/2 cup red or brown lentils

1 T. tomato paste

1 can or 1 cup chopped tomatoes

2 stalks chopped celery

2-3 chopped carrot sticks

1/2 a white onion chopped

2 cloves garlic chopped/diced

1 teaspoon- 1 Tablespoon fresh ginger diced (as desired)

2 tsp cumin powder

2-3 cloves

5 black peppercorns

1 bay leaf

dash cayenne pepper

2 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp of Pink Himalayan Salt (or to taste)

pinch of sweetener – such as jaggary or raw sugar

lime juice

Cilantro for garnish

Marinated Protein Garnish Wrap

You can make this meal any number of ways. Several options are given for each ingredient – so have fun with it!  The result is a delicious, nutritious and fast meal that will make your mouth water and your guests swoon.  Make for yourself just as easily as for a whole group

Here’s what is needed:

Tortillas – large, any flavor or try Chapatis, Nan or any other flatbread

choice of beans – canned and heated or low-cooked from raw

grain, cooked – rice, quinoa, millet, barley, take your pick

avocados, sliced

green salad or kale – dressed lightly with olive or flax oil, lemon or lime juice, salt and nutritional yeast

choice of protein: tofu, chicken, beef, seitan, mushrooms, replacement meat item, shrimp – heat and spice with favorite spice topping (mexican, cuban, thai, japanese wasabi, bbq, get creative!) and a little coconut oil

stir fry a few of your favorite vegetables lightly in coconut oil and a dash of salt to bring out their flavor

favorite fresh herb: cilantro, basil, parsley, mint

Now layer each item into warmed tortillas, add extra toppings such as cheese grated, salsa, sour cream, or extra sauce from your protein, wrap and enjoy!

Mexican_Hot_Cocoa_Cake_2

Hot Choco-Maca Mexican Spice Drink

When it’s chilly outside, there is nothing like something warm on the inside.  Whether you usually prefer tea or coffee, this beverage is sure to slide in as a favorite in the fall.  The flavors merge and warm the body for a fabulous autumn delight to please any palate, young or old.  If you opt for the raw cacao over the regular processed cocoa you get your daily supply of vitamins and minerals out of this hot drink due to the fact that raw cacao is a superfood.  Add in Maca root powder and you have a super fortified beverage that not only tastes great and warms you up, but tonifies the endocrine system and brings balance to body and mind.  Get out a nice medium size pot, depending on how many glasses you are making and let’s get started:

Milk of choice 2-6 cups (almond, rice, cow, hazelnut, hemp, soy, coconut) – almond, dairy and soy seem to work best for this one

1-2 Tablespoons raw cacao (or regular cocoa)

1 Tablespoon Maca root powder

Dash of cinnamon

Dash of cayenne pepper

sweetener – if desired, to taste

Heat the milk to desired temperature first, especially if you are using raw cacao – to preserve its raw nature as much as possible.  Next, whisk in the powders until frothy and dissolved.  Add sweetener if needed (though I always enjoy the simple sweetness of whatever milk I’m using).  Top with marshmallows or whip cream if desired and snuggle up with a blanket – drink!

Spiced Nuts  v3

Autumn Spiced Nut Mix

For this one you can choose your one favorite nut or a mixture of nuts -depending on how you like to roll.  This one is simple to throw together at a moments notice for an after school or work snack, for guests or to curl up with for movie time.  It packs a protein punch and is delightful for guests or just to eat all by yourself.

Ingredients

Almonds, Cashews or mix of nuts 1-4 cups

Coconut oil 2 Tablespoons

1 tsp cinnamon

1/16-1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp salt

1 Tablespoon honey, coconut nectar or agave syrup

1/2 tsp cardamom

splash of soy sauce (optional)

Pre-heat the oven to 325 F and melt the coconut oil in a small bowl either in the oven or in a pan.  Add spices to the oil, set aside.  Lightly toast the nuts in a dry pan over the stove or on a cookie sheet in the slowly heating oven.  When slightly toasted (do not burn, just warm), mix nuts in oil/spice mixture an then drizzle sweetener over the top, stir to coat.  Place on greased cookie sheet and cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring and moving the nuts often to get even coating.  They are done when they smell great and the mixture looks stuck to the nuts.  Pull out and cool slightly before enjoying.

With these simple delights you are geared up for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a few snacks and goodies while the weather cools off.  For fast and fabulous foods to enjoy in the fall, now you have five more to add to your repertoire to ensure everyone is snuggled tight with something good to eat.  Share these recipes with your friends, alter them a bit to suit your liking and have a beautiful season!

Written by: Stasia Bliss

 

 

 

 

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.