Get cozy with local: how to use B.C. ingredients in all your fall meals – We Heart Local BC

Get cozy with local: how to use B.C. ingredients in all your fall meals

Meet BC Chicken Farmer Dave Martens
October 17, 2019
 

With colder days ahead, it’s the perfect time to warm up with soups, stews, and savory meals featuring rich layers of fall flavours. To get you inspired, we’ve put together a selection of meal ideas that highlight in-season ingredients like squash and apples, along with year round products like milk, eggs, and meats. These recipes are sure to give you plenty of inspiration for enjoying the local bounty of B.C. food.

 

A simple soup is easy to put together on a weeknight, and doubles as a comforting and healthy work lunch (pro-tip: make a few batches on the weekend to freeze in portions, and you’ll have delicious lunch options all week long!). Try creamy sweet potato and turnip soup, or eight vegetable soup with chicken. Creamy onion soup with aged cheddar or hearty beef minestrone are perfect when paired with a fresh loaf of Cheddar and Rosemary Irish Soda Bread. And while field tomato season has ended, you can still make roasted tomato soup with B.C. greenhouse tomatoes. Greenhouse vegetables like tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers are such an easy way to add a fresh twist to meals, and because some B.C. greenhouses produce year-round, you can source local options even in the autumn and winter months.

 

For a comforting main, you can’t beat steak and mushroom pie or orzo risotto with creamy pine nut and garlic chive sauce. Chicken and pork are always in-season, but in autumn you can really experiment with bringing out their full flavour using seasonal fruit - try sauteed chicken with apples and cranberries; cheddar-apple stuffed chicken or apple cider and honey pork chops. Seafood is also in-season year-round, and is quick to prepare - no slow roasting needed. Scallops with lemon cream sauce take just 15 minutes to put together for a fast and delicious weeknight meal.

 

Pair these main dishes with sides that feature a fall twist - try egg in the acorn (squash, that is); beet salad; or roasted vegetables with creamy hazelnut sauce. Don’t forget to enjoy everything with some of B.C.’s best wines and cheeses - here’s a quick guide to some of our favourites.

Fancy a little something sweet to finish while you curl up by the fire? Wrap your hands around a mug of hot grog with vanilla cream, and enjoy a slice of deep dish apple and cranberry pie.

Feeling inspired? To shop local, just head to your nearest grocery store with our guide to finding local food. And to discover more great recipes, check out our Recipe Explorer.