Friday Five : Favorite fall foods

Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year for veggies so I was so happy with this week’s Friday Five theme. Thanks to Courtney, Cynthia, and Mar, DC bloggers, for the link up.



I love to cook, but actually prefer basic meals and basic recipes. I do not have the time, nor the patience for any elaborate dish. So here are my Favorite fall foods and tips on how I prepare the foods. Seriously, you can not get any easier than this !

1. Butternut squash. Many people put it into soup and are always surprised that I roast it. I just cut off the skin, chop it into cubes, coat it with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper and bake. 20 minutes on 375 usually works, and you need to stir it a couple times so it doesn’t burn. It cooks really quickly, so watch it. I usually buy a big butternut squash and cut it up all at once. You can store the pieces in the fridge or in the freezer.

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2. Apple crisp. I peel the apples, easily cut and core them with this slicer, cut them again in half, put in a pan, sprinkle with cinnamon (you can add sugar if you want), then top with a mixture of almond flour / butter / vanilla extract, (regular flour, or oatmeal can work instead of almond flour). I started using Tina’s recipe, Apple Crisp from Carrots n cake. So easy. You can also add pears, and my husband loves it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a dribble of cognac / alcohol.

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3. Brussel Sprouts. You can get fresh Brussel sprouts in the fall. As I love to roast my veggies, I pre-cook these none the less. I learned that if you double boil them, it takes away their gassy side effects. So I boil them for about 3 minutes, then roast them for about 20 minutes. However, this is one food that does not reheat well and gets all soggy. So I usually only roast what I am going to eat. I even had them in my favorite restaurant recently, they had cooked them the same way.

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4. Spaghetti squash. You can ONLY find this in France in the fall, for about 2 months. Cut in half, scrape out the seeds and middle filaments, then bake upside down for about 30 minutes on 375. Then scrape out the squash with a fork. Use an oven glove to hold the squash, it is REALLY HOT. I have learned several things ! The cooking time is very dependent on the size of the squash. It is possible to undercook (I turned it up once instead of face down and it dried it out) and overcook, where it comes out very soggy and doesn’t come apart in filaments when you scrape it. #spaghettisquashfail

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5. Apples in general. This is definitely my fall go to fruit and there are so many varieties. Best.fall.snack. Sometime I cut it up, heat it up in the microwave and have it with plain yogurt, topped with some nuts.

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What is your favorite fall food ? Ever had a #spaghettisquashfail ?



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Comments: 9

  1. Mar @ Mar on the Run November 22, 2014 at 2:16 pm Reply

    I have never had spaghetti squash! I’ll have to look out for it. And I’m with you on apples apples apples in general!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration November 22, 2014 at 3:07 pm Reply

      So many varieties of apples this time of year, so much choice, so little time !

  2. Chaitali November 22, 2014 at 3:19 pm Reply

    I’ve definitely had a spaghetti squash fail where it was super watery and tasteless 🙁 I didn’t realize that could have been because it was undercooked. Good to know for next time!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration November 23, 2014 at 9:25 am Reply

      Superwatery I think is overcooked. Undercooked is dry. Its kind of hard to find the right balance between the 2…

  3. Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner November 22, 2014 at 8:39 pm Reply

    I am obsessed w Honey Crisp apples-do you have those over there? I am trying to like Brussels sprouts and I have a great recipe coming out Monday. You should link up with us sometime!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration November 23, 2014 at 9:24 am Reply

      We do have honey crisp, very good. At the moment I am eating Elstar and Reine des Reinettes. Even if we have Honey Crunch here in France, we do have different varieties than in the US. Great idea for a post !

  4. Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC November 23, 2014 at 3:58 am Reply

    we have a very similar list – great minds think alike! thanks for linking up karen! 🙂
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    • Karen - French Inspiration November 23, 2014 at 9:20 am Reply

      Yes, I saw your list. Too funny ! Thanks again for the link up. Love the fall themes.

  5. Jennifer November 24, 2014 at 11:10 am Reply

    Very good list! Trying spaghetti squash is on my to do list 🙂
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