What? It’s October you say. I don’t believe you. How is it already fall?? Leaves changing color and fresh produce diminishing by the day. I don’t believe it but it’s here. It took me by surprise this year. Fall is by far my favorite time of year but this year I just didn’t feel ready for it. I’ve so enjoyed summer days, farmers market strolling, and waving out our picnic blanket after a long walks in the park. But I’ll quickly get adjusted to the idea of fall I’m sure… maybe light an apple spice candle, throw some pumpkin bread in the oven and harvest my acorn squash for some of my favorite fall squash meals (this, this or this – can you tell I love squash?!). Fall is here and I’ll embrace it- cozy sweaters and hearty stews– all of it.
Every October my husband and I participate in October Unprocessed where we go further out of our way to only eat unprocessed foods. It’s a month of cleansing our bodies and making new, good eating habits. Though, after a few years of doing this, I think we pretty much eat mostly unprocessed all year around, in October we try not to bend the rules was much.
This month I’ll be sharing several unprocessed recipes with you.I hope to make and photograph for you my perfected whole wheat english muffin recipe, homemade ricotta cheese and some unprocessed slow cooker and blender recipes as well. Unprocessed recipes can be simple, using fresh produce and a shorter list of ingredients but it does require more time as most of what we eat is made from scratch- from bread to cereal. And I’ll do it all in my cosy fall sweater with a mug of warmed homemade pecan milk in hand. If you’re taking the pledge for October Unprocessed as well, check out my full post from last year on ideas for eating unprocessed and my pinterest board for unprocessed recipes. Here is a simple definition of unprocessed food:
“Unprocessed food is any food that could be made by a person with reasonable skill in a home kitchen with readily available, whole-food ingredients.” – Andrew Wilder.
View the Eating Rules website for the full pledge and lots of information on eating unprocessed. An easy way to eat unprocessed it to eat what’s fresh and in season. Check out these websites for more seasonal recipes this month:
The the top image is for your desktop computer to use as a reminder to eat what’s fresh this month. The photo below is for your phone. And don’t forget to tag your seasonal food instagrams with #eatseasonal. I’m looking forward to seeing more inspirational foods this month! We’ll regram our favorites every Monday (or occasionally Tuesday)!