Fall Favourite Recipes

Chilly nights and changing leaves, celebrate fall with our round-up of delicious fall recipes. From a pumpkin smoothie, to squash risotto and grape tarts there is a recipe to please everyone!

Make the most of the fall harvest with one of these recipes from local Alberta bloggers.

We want to start each day this fall with Sprout Natural Nutrition Pumpkin Ginger Chia Smoothie.

Rethink the one pot dinner with a VEG-alicious Spaghetti Squash Bake from The Inspired Home 

Have a picky eater in your house? This vegetable soup will please even the fussiest! Smokey Cauliflower Soup with Gruyere Croutons from Un Assaggio of Food, Wine & Marriage.

Roasted vegetables could be the best things about Fall! Roasted Maple Nutmeg Parsnips and Carrots from Chews and Brews.

The flavor of the roasted squash, and caramelized roasted garlic and herbs, make for a lovely fall meal. Delicata Squash Risotto from Sugarlovesspices.

End your day, or start your day, with these delicious coronation grape meringue tarts from Nutmeg Disrupted

Happy Thanksgiving!

And in case you missed our announcement yesterday, Eat Alberta Conference is returning in 2017... Read all about here.

Call for Submissions: Fall Favourites Recipe Round Up

Eat Alberta - Fall Favourites Recipe Roundup

Fall has arrived in Alberta! The air is crisp, the sky is blue, and the leaves are crunchy under foot... Yes it is Fall, and the local markets are brimming with the bounty of a successful growing season.

We have been eating pumpkin, apples and squash galore, and sure you have been too! So Alberta food bloggers and lovers we want to know what are your favourite Fall recipes that brings your family and friends together around the dinner table? A family recipe for pumpkin pie, roasted brussels sprouts, a cozy vegetable soup for chilly days or comforting stew? We want you to share with our food loving community your best Fall recipes!

The Fall Favourites recipe roundup was developed to help promote your local food producers and to share your favourite Fall recipes. This is the place to showcase the wonderful foods available across Alberta.

Submission guidelines:

  • The post can be old or brand new
  • Please include a link to local producer, if available or applicable.
  • You may submit one post.
  • You must be an Alberta Resident to participate
  • Must include a link back to the Eat Alberta website.

Submission Details:

Send a link to your postyour first and last name (we will only publish your first name), your blog name and link to your blog. Please include ONE image 640px wide, to Meaghan (team@eatalberta.ca) by 5pm MT, Wednesday October 5, 2016 with the subject line: Fall Recipe Submission.  

Please note:        

We may use the image you submit to promote the roundup on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.  

The recipe roundups will be published October 7, 2015 just in time for Thanksgiving weekend.

We’re looking forward to seeing what you all submit!

 

To The Market We Go!

Today, we welcome Eat Alberta volunteer and local food advocate, Loretta Friedrich, as a guest author to the Eat Alberta Blog. Loretta will be sharing her tips for making the most of shopping at local farmer's markets and a recipe to help you prepare a nutritious and affordable family dinner at home. 

When you visit a farmer’s market you may find breads and sweets, handmade clothing, prepared foods, small furniture, crafts, and even food trucks, but most people certainly expect fresh produce and family farm meats. In the warmer months, you will find numerous outdoor markets, open from mid-May to end of September, held on any given day of the week. Farmer’s markets attract all age groups, but what exactly is at the heart of their enormous appeal?

1. Knowing your farmer or producer

This is probably one of the biggest draws for me personally, to connect one-on-one with those who provide food, learn about their story, and understand how they prepare their foods.

2. Neighborhood / Community

Farmer’s markets are communities within communities: support your neighborhood farmer’s market and you’re supporting both the farmer and the neighborhood that it is in.

3. Support Alberta

Farmer’s markets are about more than just selling and buying. They’re about keeping the local economy humming – we support them and they support us. The money stays in Alberta.

4. Smaller Carbon Foot Print

The product hasn’t traveled thousands of miles to come to our door. Farmer’s markets are better for the environment, which is better for all of us inhabitants of the earth!

5. Fresh Product

By far one of the main reasons why many people go to a farmer’s market is for the fresh product. When you see dirt still clinging to a carrot or potato, or smell fruit or herbs in the air, you know the produce has just been harvested. It is also quite likely that the eggs are only hours old and the sausages were made just the day before.

You get tremendous value with outstanding quality through:

Taste – We want food that tastes good, not just looks good. After all, isn’t that why we buy food? A lot of merchants will offer tastings; ask to taste a sample from a vendor.

Nutrition – An automatic benefit to eating quality food is that it is very nutritious. That fresh vine-ripe tomato is happily assimilated in your body, which uses every nutrient.

Fresh also means you get the best “field to fork” experience at your dining room table. You know the saying, “you get what you pay for.” It’s not all about the price! When you shop, consider taste and nutrition, not just how much things costs. Get the most bang for your buck!

Preparing for Market Day

  • Online preparation – A lot of markets have their own website that features “market sheets” to let you know who and what is available on market day. 
  • Have cash on hand – Most vendors only accept cash, so make sure your wallet is filled with plenty of money.
  • Don’t overbuy - To lessen the impact on your pocket book only buy what you know you will eat. No food waste!
  • Bring bags – Help mother earth as well as the vendor by bringing your own bags.
  • Give yourself time – This is especially important if you’ve never been to a particular market. Consider factoring in time to make two loops around the market, the first being to scope out what’s there, and the next round to purchase.
  • Experiment with new foods – Try new product, don’t just grab the same bread, produce or meat. Try new flavors. Go for the in-season produce.
  • Buy frozen food last – It probably goes without saying, but visit the vendors who offer the frozen product you want to buy, last. You don’t want your meat thawing out while you’re walking around the market. Ask to have it bagged in separate wrap to avoid cross-contamination, especially with fresh produce.
  • Softer food on top – Common sense kicks in: put the delicate produce (softer fruits, lettuce, and herbs) and fresh eggs on top of other harder produce, in your bag, or carry them separately.

Farmer’s market meals

Markets are the perfect place to purchase what will become your meal. Consider buying one or two vegetables as the focus, then seek out complementing foods; fresh in-season produce, herbs, honey, or grass-fed animal products are best.

To build a meal, play with whole foods, vibrant colours, herbs, texture, hot and cold. This keeps the meal interesting, affordable, and delicious. You may be pleasantly surprised how simple preparation with basic foods cuts down on assembly time too! When you love what you see and taste it becomes easier to digest, and this increases nutrient absorption as well. Sounds like a great way to reap every benefit from a market purchase!

Savory Tomato Chicken Asparagus
Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 2 local hormone-free, grass-fed chicken breasts, chopped into pieces
  • 2 large local tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 large bunch local asparagus (or green beans), cut in pieces
  • 1 tbsp. finely chopped local shallots
  • 1/2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp. local raw honey
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh garden savory
  • 3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO), divided
  • Cooked mashed local potatoes

Directions

  1. In a pan cook chicken just until pink is gone. Set aside.
  2. In another large pan heat 1 tbsp. EVOO over low / medium heat and add asparagus. Cook for a couple of minutes. Add chicken to asparagus, remainder of EVOO and the rest of ingredients except savory.
  3. Stir and cook for about 3 minutes until all pink is gone from the chicken.
  4. Off heat add savory and stir to combine. Serve hot over mashed potatoes.

Guest Post:

Loretta Friedrich, C.H.N., is a health advocate, local supporter, community leader, speaker, author, program creator / director of Your Food Story, and award-winning business owner of Sprout Natural Nutritional Consulting. She enjoys walking, getting vegetable stains on her hands, and smelling dirt!

Connect with Loretta on social media - Twitter: @SproutNatural Instagram:@loretta_sproutnatural LinkedIn: Loretta Friedrich Facebook: Sprout Natural

Call for Submission: Eat Alberta Local Food Recipe Roundup

Call for Submission: Eat Alberta Local Food Recipe Roundup

Call out for local recipes. This recipe roundup was developed to help promote local Albertan food producers and to share recipes using their products. This is the opportunity to showcase the wonderful foods available across Alberta!