When picking recipes for your meal plans, try keeping in mind produce that is currently in season. Not only will the produce be MUCH cheaper when it is in season, but you will get the best tasting product at this time....so more bang for your buck. This may sound like a no-brainer to some, but most of us don't really know what's actually in-season. Our extent of knowledge in this area is the fruit stands that crop up on every corner of the city in summer....that's about it (I can say this, because up until the last couple months that person was ME)
So here's a list of produce that is in-season for Fall (September, October, November):
*Information from Fruits and Veggies: More Matters
- (try Beef & Broccoli)
- Brussels sprouts
- (try Bacon-Braised Brussels Sprouts)
- Butternut squash
- (try Creamy Cauliflower Soup & Indian-Spiced Cauliflower & Peas)
- Sweet Potatoes
- (try Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallow and Pecan Streusel)
If you don't have any recipes for using these items a couple good websites for recipes are:
In all of these websites, you can go to the 'Ingredient' search engine, and type in the ingredient you are looking for. It will give you a bunch of recipes with that ingredient and you can have it sorted by the most highly rated recipes.
Another good one is: Supercook. This website allows you to type in all the ingredients you have on hand, and it does a big search of a few different recipe websites to find recipes with your ingredients. It tells you which recipes you already have all the ingredients for, and which items you still need for other recipes.
So give planning around in-season produce a try...I bet if you took a look at your grocery stores flyer for this week, you would find most of these items in there for way cheaper than usual.