7 Side Dishes Starring Fall Produce


Yeah, you could be sad that summer is on it way out. But you could also be happy that fall is on its way — and brimming with tasty options.

Asiago Roasted Broccoli

Believe it or not, broccoli is just yearning to bust out of the steamed vegetable rut. Roast the stalks until crisp around the edges, add a sprinkle of Asiago cheese — and you’ve got a side that’s as delicious as it is healthy.

Braised Collard Greens and Butternut Squash

Take a break from kale and cook up some collards, the Southern staple that happens to be a nutritional powerhouse. Sweet butternut squash tempers the bitterness of the greens while freshly grated ginger adds a surprising burst of flavor.

Cheesy Mushroom Stacks

This fresher iteration of the usual stuffed mushrooms involves nothing more complicated than layering portobello mushrooms with slices of mozzarella and tomato, and then warming them in the oven to create melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness.

Baby Spinach with Almonds and Golden Raisins

Just two slices of bacon are all it takes to put spinach in “I-can’t-believe-this-is-healthy” territory. Spanish smoked sweet paprika and red pepper flakes bring some heat, while golden raisins provide a sweet finish.

Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Sauce

You could serve Buffalo wings at your next party — or you could impress your friends with these vegetarian bites. Cauliflower is tossed in butter and hot sauce before being roasted in the oven. Nonfat sour cream plus blue cheese and mayo make an addictive dipping sauce.

Spiced Citrus Baby Kale

Just when you thought you’d heard it all about kale, along comes a baby version that’s tastier and easier to cook than the original. Here, it’s sauteed with orange and lemon juice — along with pepper, coriander and red pepper flakes — for a refreshing combination of citrus and spice.

Sweet Potatoes with Maple-Horseradish Butter

There’s no doubt that roasted sweet potatoes are tasty. But when you coat them in a maple-syrup-and-horseradish glaze that’s equal parts sweet and spicy, they’re downright delicious.

Abigail Libers is a freelance writer and editor living in Brooklyn. She is also the creator and editor of notesonfatherhood.tumblr.com.