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October Seasonal Produce Guide

Written by Becky

Every year in October we join the online community seeking to eat completely unprocessed for one month (see the October Unprocessed full guide for details).  This year we are celebrating our anniversary and traveling to Italy for a couple of weeks so we’ll miss out on the first part.  Having a whole month dedicated to eating unprocessed foods has challenged us and broadened our horizons in so many ways.  Now, when I think of October I think of making things from scratch like nut milks, yogurt, pita bread, ricotta cheese or english muffins.  Many of these I had no idea would be so easy to make at home.  For the last few years, the month of October has inspired so many new ideas and recipes.

Here’s what the creator of October Unprocessed defines unprocessed foods as – “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.

If you’re interested in taking on the challenge this month, here is my unprocessed meal plan guide from past Octobers and my Unprocessed Recipe Pinterest Board.  I’d love to hear what you trying through the month and how you are challenged.  I plan on jumping right back into the October Unprocessed challenge for the second half of the month so any inspiration you have, I’d love to hear!  Many of the seasonal recipes below (if not all) are unprocessed so you can eat seasonal and unprocessed this month!


Salmon with Apple, Cucumber, Avocado Salsa

Apple Fennel Salad

Maple Cashew Baked Apples by Cookin’ Canuck

Lingonberry Custard Apple Tart by otroject Domestication

Maple Walnut Apple Butter Oatmeal by The Lemon Bowl

Apple Waldorf Salad by My Man’s Belly

Beet Apple Lemon Juice by Project Domestication

Berry Beet Kale Smoothie Bowl


Beet Berry Kale Smoothie Bowls (pictured above)

Beet Walnut Honey Dip

Beet Banana Raspberry Smoothie

Roasted Beets and Goat Cheese with Fennel, Orange Slaw by The Lemon Bowl

Beet and Kale Rice Pilaf by Cookin Canuck

Roasted Beet and Plum Salad by Floating Kitchen


Roasted Broccoli Stuffed Shells

Slow Cooker Cheesy Broccoli and Chicken with 3 grains

Healthy Broccoli Salad

Cheesy Baked Quinoa with Chicken and Broccoli

Slow Cooker Vegetable Curry


Thai Chicken Cabbage Wraps with Peanut Sauce by Floating Kitchen

Lean Grilled Hamburgers with Hot Sauce Cabbage Slaw by Cookin’ Canuck

Asian Cabbage Slaw with Mint and Scallions by The Lemon Bowl

Carrot Soup


Spanish Carrots with Fennel and Toasted Hazelnuts

Carrot and Date Bran Muffins

Creamy Carrot Soup with Crispy Chickpeas dairy-free and gluten free (pictured above)

Carrot Cake Cookies (vegan and gluten free)

Carrot Mango Kiwi Smoothies by Kitchen Confidante

Jicima and Carrot Slaw with Honey Lime Dressing by Cookin’ Canuck

Ginger Orange Braised Carrots by Flavor the Moments


Cauliflower Fried Rice

Quinoa Crusted Cauliflower Steaks

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

Cauliflower Couscous Greek Salad


Slow Cooked Chicken with Roasted New Mexico Green Chilies

Green Chili Cream Cheese for Bagels by Project Domestication

Farro Risotto with Roasted Squash and Corn


Coconut Creamed Corn

Fresh Corn Cakes with Pulled Pork and Cherries

Sweet Potato Black Bean and Corn Salad

Farro Risotto with Squash and Corn (pictured above)

Blueberry Corn and Feta Salad

Harvest Corn Chowder by Simple Bites

Romaine Salad with Corn and Avocado by Floating Kitchen

Mexican Street Corn Salad by Flavor the Moments


Chinese Cucumber Salad

Tzatziki Chicken Salad

Cucumber and Chickpea Salad with Creamy Za’ahtar Dressing by Project Domestication

Quick Refrigerator Pickles by Mountain Mama Cooks


Eggplant Rollatini with Pancetta and Spinach by Kitchen Confidante

Quinoa Crusted Eggplant Parmesan by Kitchen Confidante

Grilled Eggplant with Corn Chimichurri by Kitchen Confidante

Grilled Eggplant Parmesan Stacks by Flavor the Moments

Ratatouille Polenta Stacks by Project Domestication

Roasted Chicken and Grapes


Roasted Chicken and Grapes over Polenta (pictured above)

Roasted Grape and Walnut Rice Pilaf

Chicken Salad with Grapes and Almonds


One Pan Farro with Tomatoes Sausage and Kale

Kale Caesar Salad with Blueberries and Lemon Ricotta

Kale Chips

Kale and Black Bean Falafel

Kale and Collard Green Gratin

Simple Kale Salad


Sweet Potato Mushroom and Brussels Sprout Hash

Mushroom Lasagna

Wild Mushroom Buckwheat Kasha Recipe

Polenta with Sausage Chard and Oyster Mushrooms

Chocolate Pear Tartlets


Chocolate Pear Tartlets (pictured above)

Mashed Rutabaga with Ginger Roasted Pears

Pear Butter

Chopped Salad with Tomato, Avocado and Pear


Homemade Pumpkin Puree

Pumpkin Sweet Potato Pie

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Maple Granola

Pumpkin Bread with Maple Icing

Pumpkin Yogurt Waffles

Pumpkin Oatmeal with Pecans

Pumpkin Caramel Sauce


Fava Bean and Fennel Risotto with Sautéed Radicchio

Spaghetti with Radicchio and Chèvre by Cafe Johnsonia


Strawberry Pickled Radishes

Farro Pesto Salad with Edamame and Radishes

Radishes with Vegan Coconut Butter by Cafe Johnsonia

Sweet Potato, Sausage and Spinach Soup with Quinoa


Spinach Artichoke Pizza

Sweet Potato, Spinach, Sausage and Quinoa Soup (pictured above)

Spinach Artichoke Pasta

Veggie Nuggets with Easy Spinach Pesto 

Wheat Berry Salad with Spinach, Bacon, Pecans and Sun Dried Cherries

Summer Squash

Savory and Sweet Summer Squash Custard

Farro Risotto with Squash and Corn

Summer Squash Gratin by Project Domestication


One-Pan Farro with Tomatoes, Sausage, and Kale

Marinara Sauce for Canning

Freezer Tomato Sauce

Strawberry Tomato Dessert Sauce

Homemade Bolognese Sauce

Tomato Gravy

hazelnut zucchini bread


Greek and Italian Zucchini Noodle Salads

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hazelnut Zucchini Bread (pictured above)

Zucchini Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Quinoa Primavera with Zucchini

Skillet Chicken and Zucchini Parmesan by Simple Bites

Baked Zucchini Sandwiches with Avocado Aioli by Floating Kitchen

Zucchini and Fresh Corn Succotash by Bless This Mess

Zucchini Oat Chocolate Chunk Muffins by Kitchen Confidante

Zucchini and Roasted Corn Fritters by Flavor the Moments

Grilled Eggplant and Zucchini Parmesan by Cookin’ Canuck

Ground Turkey and Zucchini with Indian Spices by The Lemon Bowl

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Comments (6)

  1. I love these graphics you create for seasonal produce! I love cooking with and eating with seasonal ingredients! I have to ask, zucchini and corn in October? I know you can get it year round but isn’t it mainly in it’s peak in the summer?

    • Hi Alice, thanks for dropping by my blog and I’m so glad you like the seasonal guides. As for zucchini and corn, yes it is in it’s peak in the summer but at least here in Utah it is still going in gardens and being sold at farmers market so it’s still technically ‘in season’ :)

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