When you are prepping your meals for the following week, you will likely be using quite a few fruits and vegetables. Instead of just using any produce, consider using seasonal produce. This allows you to take advantage of what is currently in season, saving money and getting the freshest and tastiest produce in the process. If you are meal prepping in the fall, following these tips for prepping with popular seasonal produce.
One of the most popular fruits to have in the fall is the apple. There are many different types of apples, including red, green, and yellow ones. Some apples are sour, others are tart, and some of them are sweet. You can use fresh apples for so many different recipes for just about every meal of the day during the fall season. These seasonal fruits are often found at supermarkets, CSAs, and farmers markets, as well as at nearby fruit stands if you want to buy local.
You can use them for a simple snack by dipping in peanut butter or almond butter, or on top of your morning cereal or waffles. Make an apple crumb or pie dessert, or add apples to your oatmeal. Applesauce is a popular option to combine with pork chops for dinner, and chopped apples are great to put in salads during lunch. To meal prep with apples, all you really need to do is slice them up and place in jars that will keep them from browning.
Pumpkins are also popular to have during the fall season when they taste the best and are fresh and easy to incorporate into various recipes. Pumpkin continues to be more popular, especially for pumpkin spice recipes. One way to meal prep with pumpkins is simply to chop the pumpkins up into smaller pieces, then add it to containers to use for later. You can also bake the pumpkins to soften them up, remove the insides, and make your own pumpkin filling. This filling can be used for cakes and cupcakes, cookies, pancakes, and anything else that uses pureed pumpkin.
Various types of squash can be found in the fall season and used for different recipes. With squash such as spaghetti squash and yellow squash, you can either chop it up leaving the skins on, or remove the skins first then chop up into smaller pieces. When deciding how to slice them up, decide what recipes you will use it in. For dishes like soup or casseroles, smaller chopped-up pieces is best. However, if you are going to have sliced squash as its own side dish roasted with other veggies, thinner and longer slices are usually best.