When the seasons change, so does our cooking. As fall approaches, a new harvest of foods are available and changes what we might eat for meals. Gazpachos is switched out for butternut squash soup and grilled chicken dinners for crockpot chili. But in order to make these hearty and warming meals for those colder nights some pantry staples are needed. Here are some great staples to keep on hand to make all those delicious fall-filled meals!
Spices are the foundation to any good meal. Season with every step and the end result is just magical. Check out these great spices to keep on hand to compliment the fall harvest and produce selection:
- Ground Cinnamon and Cinnamon Sticks
- Ground Nutmeg and Whole Nutmeg
- Fresh Ginger Root
- Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
- Bay Leaves
- Black Peppercorns
To balance the natural sweetness of the fall harvest with foods such as butternut squash and pears, try using some of these savory ingredients to add plant based protein (celebrate the year of the legumes!) or experiment with vinegars, oils, tahini, or miso to create a flavorful dressing for your favorite fall dish!
- Legumes (chickpeas, black beans, kidney beans, lentils)
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Sherry Vinegar
- Coconut Oil
- Chicken, Vegetable, or Mushroom Broth
- Miso Paste
Grains are a great way to balance any meal or add some substance to a soup or stew. Instead of reaching for the traditional pasta, check out some of these grains. They have wonderful health benefits and will keep you full on chilly nights!
- Brown Rice and Wild Rice
When it’s too cold to leave your house or apartment, baking the day away is a great pastime! In order to ensure you can make all your favorite sweets, make sure to stock up on these fall baking essentials!
- Brown Sugar
- Maple Syrup
- Cocoa Powder
- Chocolate Chips
Having canned foods in your cupboard always makes cooking dinner in a snap easy! These are some great ones to keep on hand to make throwing together a stew, chili, dessert, or salad even easier.
- Canned beans (black beans, kidney beans, etc.)
- Tomato Paste
- Anchovy Paste
- Chiles (chipotles in adobo or jalapenos)
- Canned Pumpkin Puree
- Canned Sweet Potato Puree