Savor the Season!

Needless to say, once autumn rolls around our selection of fresh fruits and vegetables in our local markets tend to dwindle. However, reaching for the seasonal produce will not just taste better, it will work within your grocery budget. Seasonal produce is significantly cheaper than non-seasonal items. Try these simple fall inspired recipes to help inspire you to embrace the flavors of fall.


Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes ‘n Turnips

1 medium-sized russet potato (about 12 oz.)
1 medium-sized turnip (about 12 oz.)
1 cup fat-free sour cream
1/2 cup cheddar cheese condensed soup
1/4 cup fat-free milk
4 wedges The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese
1 tsp. chopped garlic
1/4 tsp. salt, or more to taste
1/4 tsp. black pepper, or more to taste
1/2 cup chopped scallions, divided

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a deep square baking pan (about 9″ X 9″) with nonstick spray and set aside.

Peel potato and turnip, and thinly slice both into half-moon-shaped slices. Place in a bowl and toss gently to mix. Set aside.

In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine sour cream, soup, milk, and cheese wedges, breaking cheese wedges into pieces as you add them. Add garlic, salt, and pepper. Mix well. Cover and microwave for 2 minutes, or until hot. Whisk until uniform in texture. Add 1/4 cup scallions and stir. Set aside.

Place 1/3rd of the potato and turnip slices in an even layer along the bottom of the baking pan. Top with 1/3rd of the cheese mixture, about 2/3 cup.

Repeat the layering step twice, for a total of 3 potato-turnip layers and 3 cheese-mixture layers.

Bake in the oven until potatoes and turnips are tender, 60 – 70 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup scallions. If you like, season to taste with additional salt and pepper. Enjoy!


Caramel Apple Parfait 

1 tbsp. fat-free or light caramel dip
1 cup chopped Fuji apple (about 1 apple)
6 oz. (about 3/4 cup) fat-free vanilla yogurt
2 tsp. chopped peanuts, divided

In a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine caramel dip with 1 tsp. water. Microwave for 15 seconds, or until hot. Mix until smooth.

Add chopped apple to the bowl with caramel mixture and toss to coat.

To assemble, place half of the apple mixture in a parfait glass (or any glass). Top with all of the yogurt, followed by 1 tsp. peanuts.

Top with remaining apple mixture, sprinkle with remaining 1 tsp. peanuts, and dig in!