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Diet Diva
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Make Fall Veggies Irresistible!

Break out of the veggie rut with inspiring ideas.

Spice-Roasted Sweet Potatoes & Apples, Country Crock.Ever get in a rut eating the same darn fruits and veggies all the time? Break out of the rut with creative ideas to inspire you to eat your veggies!

Fall is a great time to explore the flavors of the season:

Eggplant:  This purple beauty is wonderful in eggplant parmesan, or ratatouille. Or simply grilled or roasted with a little olive oil, chopped garlic, sea salt, and topped with fresh basil.

Tomatoes:  Ok, fine…technically tomatoes are a fruit and in most areas they may be considered summer produce, but who’s keeping track?  I’m going to call it a vegetable and give you a recipe that is ideal for fall! Check out these Crumb-Topped Roasted Tomatoes. Simply delish! And because it uses Country Crock, it has no trans fat and very little saturated fat.

Swiss Chard:  It may not be one of your staples, but this is what I’m talking about when it comes to stepping outside your comfortable box. You’ll swoon over this recipe for Sautéed Swiss Chard with Garlic. The not-so-secret ingredient? Welch’s white grape juice. Shhhhh…

Roasted Root Veggies:  What is a root veggie, you ask?  Those that are grown in the ground as a root:  potatoes, parsnips, carrots, sweet potatoes…bring them all together in a large pan—it’s that easy! In case you want the details, here’s a recipe for Roasted Root Veggies.

Cauliflower:  Raw cauliflower may be hard to get down, but your mouth will water for this Roasted Cauliflower with lemon, Country Crock, garlic and a sprinkle of parmesan. 

Sweet Potatoes:  Nothing says fall like orange: sweet potatoes and pumpkin! No shortage of beta-carotene for me in the fall! It gets my eyes ready for those short, dark days all winter long (beta-carotene is good for eyesight). Throw some autumn apples with the sweet potatoes, and you’ve hit a home run! Check out this recipe for Spice-Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples (pictured above).

I gotta go…I’m getting hungry writing this. It’s the hazard of the job of a dietitian!

What are your favorite fall veggies?

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Tags: Cooking Healthy , Healthy Eating , Nutrition , Recipes , Vegetarian

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Tara Gidus is a nationally recognized expert and spokesperson on nutrition and fitness.

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