Just as trees shed their leaves in autumn as cold weather approaches, chefs and restaurateurs also adapt to the changing seasons. Seasonal food items are a great way to end the summer and gear up for the holidays. Both savory and sweet, the flavors of fall usher in a season of good cheer amid falling temperatures. So grab your sweater and cuddle up with these healthy, amazing culinary creations while they last.
Souper Jenny is known for its constantly evolving menu. This fall, Jenny is capitalizing on seasonal favorites: squash, cranberries and pecans. Keep an eye out for her curried yellow squash soup. The eclectic mix of spices is sure to be a crowd pleaser while keeping patrons warm during the months ahead. Grab a side salad of spinach with pears, dried cranberries, blue cheese and pecans for an autumn version of a Waldorf salad.
Atlanta is lucky to have a booming agricultural scene and restaurants that take advantage of it. With an emphasis on healthy living, Café Sunflower educates customers about the healthy benefits of delicious vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free eats. Café Sunflower's plan for fall? A gorgeous autumn dish that will delight diners. The baked acorn squash is stuffed with all the seasonal staples: mushrooms, cranberries, cabbage, wild rice, bean sprouts, fava beans and kale. It's true gluten-free comfort food.
True Food Kitchen is one of the best additions to the Atlanta restaurant scene in the past few years. True Food, located in Lenox Square mall, allows patrons to enjoy a guilt-free meal, as the sinfully delicious entrees pack big flavor with few calories. This fall, True Food Kitchen will feature a butternut squash pizza with walnuts, sweet onions and arugula. Brave the holiday shoppers and come try this one.
Superstar chef Todd Ginsberg is known for high-caloric fare. Yalla, Ginsberg's Middle Eastern concept in Atlanta's trendy Krog Street Market, is a lighter take on one of the most flavorful dishes. Fall is all about comfort, and hearty food and chickpeas offer that texture and flavor without the guilt. Served with a generous dollop of creamy hummus and an Israeli salad, Yalla's falafel is sure to cure any cold weather blues.
For more tips on how to eat and live better, check out Piedmont Healthcare on Atlanta Eats. Piedmont Healthcare works with local chefs such as Jenny Levison from Souper Jenny to create healthy, flavorful recipes.