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What to Eat in October?

When crisp cool air sets in it’s time to start shifting your meal plan to the comforting and delicious foods of autumn. Pumpkins and apples might come to mind when you think of seasonal fall foods but the list of produce at the peak of freshness in October is very long. Get your oven ready for roasting because this is the time for Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, and broccoli, just to name a few. When it comes to fruit, oranges, figs, cranberries, and grapes top the list in October. Some might argue that October is one of the best months for seasonal fruit and veggies.  

Regional and seasonal foods not only taste better, but they are also more cost-effective. Local varieties of root vegetables like beets, parsnips, and sweet potatoes are readily available in stores and they’re loaded with antioxidants. The added nutrients make you feel full and satisfied without excess calories. Stone fruits such as plums and peaches are in season until the end of October. The high level of anthocyanins in these fruits help boost your immune system and fight off illness. It’s time to celebrate the flavors of autumn with classic recipes from Clearly including cranberry and butternut squash quinoa salad and pumpkin soup.

Nothing warms you up like homemade soup

…When you come home from a long day of work or play during this season, nothing quite hits the spot like a bowl of HOT soup. The warmth, the smells, the taste – they all combine for a wonderful dinner. I tried my hand at soup making when the temperature outside was a frigid 9 degrees. Full disclosure – this was my first time ever making homemade soup. But the critics (my family) agreed – tasty!

So give my Turkey Sausage Bean Soup recipe below a try. Also, I’d love to hear your homemade soup recipes. Email them to

Turkey Sausage Bean Soup

1 tbsp Best Choice Olive Oil

3 pre-cooked Turkey Sausage Links

1/2 Raw Onion

1 – 15oz. can of Clearly Organic Great Northern Beans

1 tbsp Clearly Organic Italian Seasoning

1/2 tbsp.Turle Red Pepper

3 cups Best Choice Chicken Stock

1/2 cup of Coleslaw/Broccoli Mix

1 tbsp Best Choice Heavy Whipping Cream

Over medium heat, add olive oil, turkey sausage links and onion to large pot. Cook until sausage and onions are slightly browned for about 5 minutes.

Stir in red pepper, Italian seasoning and beans (don’t drain). Add chicken broth, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for around 10-15 minutes.

Stir in heavy whipping cream. Once cream is mixed in, add coleslaw/broccoli mix and cook for about 5 more minutes. Salt & pepper to taste.

Serve in bowls and sprinkle parmesan cheese on top (optional).

Warm up!

Fall Favorites


Cinnamon, maple, squash, apple and pumpkin…ohhh the sights and smells of Fall. When the sweaters and scarves come out we also start changing our meal habits and food choices. Fall often brings us back to soup, casseroles and warm pasta dishes. A common misconception is that these warm comfort foods have to be heavy on the calories and light on nutrients. Here are a few simple tips to make comfort foods healthier.

1. Make a cream sauce without heavy cream. Experiment with evaporated milk or use 2% milk instead.

2. Swap your noodles. Try whole wheat pasta for your spaghetti or in your macaroni and cheese.

3. Try new varieties of potatoes. Yukon gold potatoes work great for creamy mashed potatoes without all the butter. Also try chicken stock verses butter for extra creamy and smooth mashed potatoes.

4. Choose lean meat. Instead of ground beef use grass fed free range meat.