Fall-Flavored Work Lunches

If you go by the number of pumpkin spice products I saw during a recent trip to my local specialty grocery store (rhymes with Hater Moe’s), you’d think that pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg were the only flavors that herald fall’s arrival.

But as much as you might be craving some pumpkin-flavored cookie butter, fall has other tantalizing tastes to explore. Consider apples, mushrooms, and butternut squash, for example. Here are five easy recipes to add a midday blast of autumn to your lunchbox.

(Recipes by Miriam Wolf except where noted.)

Penne with Zucchini & Basil

Summer Squash Bread

Buttery Summer Squash with Basil

Adapted from foodrenegade.com

INGREDIENTSPattypan Squash
2–3 medium summer squash (such as zucchini, pattypan, crookneck, etc.), sliced into 1/4-inch thick rounds
2–3 tablespoons melted  butter
1/2–3/4 cup fresh basil leaves
Salt to taste


Roasted Summer Squash Salad

Summer Squash & Feta Cheese Salad

zucchini-board-transAdapted from World Vegetarian by Madhur Jaffrey, courtesy of Capay Valley Farm Shop

1 lb summer squash, trimmed & cut in 1 inch segments
2 scallions, cut into fine rounds
½ lb feta cheese
2 tablespoons fresh herbs, chopped
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup fresh lemon juice


Squash Blossom

What's in Season July 2013

strawberries peachesHere’s a preview of the goodies being harvested from some of our farms in July, from The FruitGuys regional produce buyers. To see what’s being delivered this week, visit fruitguys.com/mix and choose your region.

Penne With Summer Squash & Basil

Spring Toastie with Parsley Aioli