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Sponsored: Fall foods

Sponsored: Fall foods

As we move from fall into winter and cooler temperatures it’s always fun to start adding more seasonal foods and dishes to our meals. 

 • Fall is the time for winter squash. Look for winter squash in your Ingles produce section like Acorn, Butternut, Delicata and Kabucha. These can be stuffed and baked or roasted or peeled and cooked or boiled for mashed dishes, soups and stews.  (Cooking Tip: sometimes these winter squash are hard to cut.  Often I’ll pierce the skin a few times with a fork and microwave for 3-5 minutes until the skin is soft so they’re easier to cut.  You can also often find pre-cut winter squash like Butternut in the Ingles PRODUCE department).

• Fall is also APPLE season in your Ingles PRODUCE department.  Check out all the different varieties of apples including locally grown apples.  Add sliced or chopped apples to a salad or sandwich for a crunch and some sweetness.  Put chopped apples into oatmeal while you’re cooking it.  Make apple pies, crisps, crumbles and cobblers.  Use apples to make apple sauce or apple butter in your crockpot or make a sweet and spicy apple salsa that’s perfect to top pork loin or chicken.  You can also slice whole apples thinly and toss with cinnamon and sugar or a sugar-Splenda(sucralose) blend and cook on a low heat oven 150-170 degrees for 3-4 hours until crispy for apple chips.

Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN

Ingles Markets Corporate Dietitian

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