Autumn is a wonderful time of year, with crisp weather and beautiful foliage. We all need a warming bowl of goodness to ease us into the autumn season. The good news is that autumn food doesn’t need to cost you lots of money. We’ve put together three budget ingredients that are good for your health and can open up a whole world of rich beef stews, warming risottos and more!
Butternut squash is packed with flavour, making it a perfect ingredient for boiling, roasting, and mashing. You can peel the skin, then toss it with salt, pepper and olive oil for a delicious daytime snack. You can even roast the seeds too. The best thing about the squash is the flesh. You can cut it into chunks and roast in the oven with big flavours like bacon, sun-dried tomatoes or chilli flakes. When it’s cooked, you can add it to salads, blend it into a soup or even try a delicious bacon and butternut squash risotto.
The humble lentil doesn’t seem very popular, but it certainly should not be overlooked, as it’s full of nutrition and taste. There are a variety of lentils and they usually fit into two different categories. A great choice, however, is the puy, speckled or green lentils which hold their shape and taste amazing. These are perfect for hearty soups, lovely warm salads or lentil hotpots.
Bacon is wonderful, but cooking bacon is even better for making autumn dishes. If you aren’t sure what’s classified as ‘cooking bacon’, then it’s simply the part of bacon that isn’t the correct size to be packaged and sold as actual ‘bacon’, so just the leftovers. You can often buy it in bulk and you should cut it into smaller pieces and freeze some to use at a later date. Perfect to use in the butternut squash and bacon risotto or brilliant to add to soups, salads or stews. You could try a bacon and lentil soup on cold days.
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