Hello. My name is Jenna. As a guest blogger for Megan I feel like I need to introduce myself first as her life-long friend. Yep, we have known each other since we were in Sunday school at the age of 2. We've been through a lot of life together and I am blown away by her amazing creativity and the artist she has become. (I'm a big Makewells fan, if you didn't pick that up.)
My second introduction is as a registered dietitian and author of Fresh Food Perspectives. I'll describe myself by what I am NOT - I am not the food police, only-eat-broccoli and wheat grass person, or never touch an ounce of chocolate. Nope, I love food and I really enjoy helping people understand eating and their bodies so that they feel awesome. Check out my blog for recipes, science and inspirations. After all, we are all in this (life) together.
Now on to my post topic.
Food inspires me all the time but I think the flavors of fall might be my favorite season. Over the past few weeks I have found myself desiring some of these flavors in my meals without going overboard to full on Thanksgiving in October. Here are four foods in particular that I have been enjoying. The links will take you to my blog where new ideas or a recipe for that ingredient await.
Apples are no brainer for fall. This is the time of year to enjoy all the varieties at their best. I love the range of reds, greens and yellows you find in apples. They are beautiful all together. Pile various color and sizes of apples in a glass column vase and wha-la! You have a beautiful fall centerpiece. Or enjoy them in my Easy Fall Applesauce.
Oregano is another current obsession of mine. I think it's sometimes the overlooked herb. I just started growing this one pictured a few weeks ago. After a couple of good Florida rains, it is thriving and beautiful. Oregano adds a very unique flavor to food that can be a great surprise when used to spice up your everyday meals. Check out my ideas of how to use oregano.
Pumpkins are a staple for fall decorating, celebrating and eating. They are gorgous! I love how each one is really unique. Don't forget that pumpkin is really good for you. Try my Honey Pumpkin Whole Wheat Muffins for a delicious way to enjoy this classic flavor.
Cranberries are not just for relish on Thanksgiving. They are packed with great nutrition and again, beautiful to look at. That rich red color is what contains some of the antioxidants that make cranberries great at fighting bacterial infections. For a new recie idea with cranberries, try my Cranberry Pine Nut Stuffed Chicken.
So what flavors of fall inspire you? Please share.