September marks the transition between seasons, and it’s the perfect time to make the most of the fresh, in-season ingredients from the last few summer produce harvests.
The great thing about September cooking is that you get to choose from the wide array of summer produce that’s still available while starting to incorporate fall and cooler season veggies.
You can still get good corn, a few fresh summer tomatoes are still hanging on, and in the cooler-season lettuces and root veggies are all popping up in the garden.
Here’s what to cook in September:
1. Roasted Tomatoes
Tomatoes are still in season in September, so make the most of that final harvest by roasting them.
They’re on sale at the grocery store as they near the end of peak summer freshness, so whether you grew too many or can find them at a good price at the store, slow roasting tomatoes is a great way to bring out their natural sweetness and use up every last summer tomato you can find.
Try roasting them with garlic, shallots, and herbs for a delicious side dish or pasta sauce.
While apples are available all year round, September marks the transition to the beginning of a fresh harvest season.
Apples are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and they’re a staple in any recipe repertoire.
Apple recipes to try:
- Perfect Homemade Apple Sauce
- Healthy Apple Crisp
- Fancy Baked Apples with Nuts
- Apple Pie Overnight Oats
Blueberries are ready for harvest in the late summer in the US, so there are still a lot of sweet, fresh blueberries available throughout September.
Make a delicious blueberry smoothie or blueberry muffins and enjoy!
4. Butternut Squash
Butternut squash is a versatile vegetable that can be roasted, mashed, or used in soups and stews.
This Healing Butternut Squash & Carrot Curry Soup is one of my favorites.
I also love this Fall Quinoa Bowl with Butternut Squash.
Pumpkin is another fall favorite, I love it in this Pumpkin Curry Soup that you can make using a can of pumpkin puree.
Corn is in peak season at the end of summer, so there’s still some good corn left as we head into September. This is usually the last of it until next year, so enjoy it!
I love it in this Summer Corn Salad.
And my favorite 30-Minute Taco Soup is a JOY this time of year!
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