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. Here are some great seasonal recipes to incorporate into your unprocessed month.
Maple Walnut Apple Butter Oatmeal by The Lemon Bowl
Beet Apple Lemon Juice by Project Domestication
Beet, Goat Cheese and Hazelnut Galette (pictured above)
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
Butternut Squash, Carrot and Orange Soup (vegan and dairy free)
Creamy Carrot Soup with Crispy Chickpeas (dairy-free, pictured above)
Carrot Cake Cookies (vegan and gluten free)
Green Chili Cream Cheese for Bagels by Project Domestication
Farro Risotto with Squash and Corn (pictured above)
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 over Polenta (pictured above)
Kale and Collard Green Gratin (great for a Thanksgiving side-dish)
Chocolate Pear Tartlets (pictured above)
Pumpkin Yogurt Waffles (pictured above)
Spaghetti with Radicchio and Chèvre by Cafe Johnsonia
Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Radishes and Carrots (gluten free)
Quinoa Primavera with Radishes (gluten free)
Radishes with Vegan Coconut Butter by Cafe Johnsonia
Saag Paneer (gluten free)
Sweet Potato, Spinach, Sausage and Quinoa Soup (pictured above)
Summer Squash Gratin by Project Domestication
Hazelnut Zucchini Bread (pictured above)
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)!