Summer is my favorite season for fresh fruits but Fall is my favorite for buying fresh vegetables. I always get carried away when visiting the farmers markets during these seasons as I want to buy it all. I love the variety of winter squashes that are harvested in the fall with Acorn, Butternut and Spaghetti Squash being my favorites. Nothing screams warm and cozy like a bowl of Butternut Squash Soup, Turkey Chili with Butternut Squash,or homemade spaghetti sauce poured over spaghetti squash in place for regular noodles.


Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, and beets are some of my other favorite fall vegetables and I find myself buying them over and over again during this season. I love roasting brussels sprouts for a quick and easy side to dinner. For cauliflower, I usually make a cauliflower mash in place of mashed potatoes but there are an insane amount of uses for this vegetable to replace carbs in recipes. I think sweet potatoes and beets are best roasted in the oven and eaten as a side or over top a salad just to name a few uses for these very versatile root vegetables. True story, up until a year or two ago I did not like beets at all. However, once I learned that canned beets are not in fact what beets should taste like and I began to cook them myself I was converted.



So why all the veggie talk today? We are getting close to launching The Casual Veggie Cookbook, which will feature new recipes to some of my favorite veggies mentioned above as well as many,many more. In fact there are a total of 166 recipes and 29 different vegetables featured to help us eat healthy and a wide variety of ways to get more veggies into our diets. Whether you’re looking for a snack, an easy lunch or a filling dinner using real food, with a focus on plants, this book will have you covered.

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I’m always looking for new and inspiring recipes, especially when they’re healthy and full of fresh and local ingredients. When I was asked to contribute some of my recipes to The Casual Veggie Cookbook I felt a strange sense of pride for this little blog here of mine. Then to find out I have five recipes chosen for the book I was over the moon with excitement. There’s 48 very talented food bloggers that helped to create this cookbook and I’m honored to be part of the team. I encourage you to meet the other host for The Casual Veggie Cookbook by checking out the links below.

A Southern Grace
Cooking Up Clean
Family Food on the Table
Family For Health
Fitful Focus
Haute and Healthy Living
Hola Jalapeno
Jeanie and Lulu’s Kitchen
Parsley and Pumpkins
Primal Health with Jean
Pumpkin and Peanut Butter
Real Simple Good
Stupid Good
The Delicious Balance
The Weekly Menu
Toaster Oven Love
Treble in the Kitchen
Vermilion Roots
Where is my Spoon?
Will Cook For Friends

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