Poached Pears

Pear Moves West

It is believed that the pear originated in Asia and gradually made its way to The Old World–Europe and Africa. As the pear reached Europe, it was widely accepted as a delicacy. Interestingly, it was also accepted as the fruit of choice for masterpiece artists’ painting still life scenes, due to its unique shape and silhouette. Some say the French brought the pear to the States, and others claim it was the Belgians. Nonetheless, at that time, pears were considered a valuable commodity among the trading routes. Eventually, in the 1800’s, the pear tree was brought to Oregon and Washington where now over 80% of the nation’s pears are harvested.

Zucchini Linguine with Basil Pesto & Bacon

Low-carb dinner for pasta lovers

This quick and versatile low-carb dish is packed full of nutritious veggies, fresh flavors, and bright colors. With a delicious homemade pesto you can whizz up in seconds, the whole thing can be ready in under 20 minutes.

Using zucchini instead of a traditional pasta is a healthy way to create a filling meal without overdoing the carbs. Just add your sauce of choice – this version is topped with salty bacon and a rich garlicky, cheesy, basil pesto, which turns this light weeknight treat into the perfect comfort food.

Kale & Egg Wrap

Kale Yeah!

Kale has been cultivated for over 2,000 years. In fact, in 19th century Scotland, “kali” was the name given to kale. Kale is a member of the Brassica oleracea var acephala family–the same family that provides collards, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts.

Honey & Walnut Yogurt Topper

Satisfy your sweet cravings with this delicious, nutty snack

If you’re looking for healthy dessert ideas, this is definitely one to try. This sweet, sticky jumble of chopped walnuts, dried raisins, cranberries, raw honey, and cinnamon is the perfect topping for cool Greek yogurt or for stirring into hot oatmeal. You can also serve it over vanilla pancakes, or add some blueberries, pumpkin and sunflower seeds to create a homemade fruity trail mix, ideal for snacking on the go.

Cauliflower Cakes

Cabbage Flower

Cauliflower, a cousin to cabbage and broccoli, is a cruciferous vegetable and member of the Brassicaceae family. It originated in Europe in the 16th century, was introduced to America in the late 1600’s, but only became commercially available to the United States in the 1920’s. Famous author Mark Twain claimed, “A cauliflower is nothing more but a cabbage with a college education.”

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Cosy and comforting fall flavors without any scary ingredients

Fall is officially here, and that means it’s pumpkin season! If you’re going to be carving a pumpkin later in the month, you’ll be on the lookout for some recipe ideas to use up the leftovers. Look no further – this delicious chocolate chip pumpkin loaf is the only treat you’ll need.

Coconut & Black-Eyed Bean Curry

A quick and flavorful fall curry

This coconut and black-eyed bean curry is sure to become a fall staple. Rich, creamy, and full of warming spices, it’s comfort food at its best. Even better, it’s packed with nutritious ingredients and is super quick to make. You can throw all the ingredients into a single pot and it’ll be ready in less than 30 minutes. Perfect for a busy weeknight dinner.

Eggplant Poblano Peppers

Peter Piper Picked a Pepper

It is believed that in Ancient times, the Mayans ate peppers at every meal due to the pepper’s medicinal properties. Studies have confirmed that peppers offer not only medicinal properties, but a great source of antioxidants as well. Some of these benefits regard the reduction of inflammation, enhanced vision, weight loss, and aid in healing digestive issues.

Zucchini, Carrot, & Apple Breakfast Bites

A wholesome and wholly satisfying breakfast

Somewhere in between a muffin and a biscuit, these zucchini, carrot, and apple bites pack a nutritional punch that belies their size. Full of goodness and not too sweet, they are perfect for a quick breakfast or a mid-morning snack. You can also pop them in your kids’ lunch boxes for a healthy after-lunch treat.

Spaghetti Squash Stir-Fry

Fall Fruits

Botanically speaking, squash, pumpkins, and gourds are all fruits because they contain seeds, however in culinary environments they are often served as a vegetable. In short, all three belong to the Cucurbitaceae family. There are over 50 varieties of squash, with each being commonly identified as either a winter or summer squash.