Give loaded baked potatoes an autumny twist by subbing in sweet potatoes. Tangy goat cheese and salty bacon harmonize well with the sweetness of the base vegetable. If you're serving vegetarians, simply eliminate the bacon.
This vegetarian dish is fragrant with garam masala, an Indian spice blend that typically includes black pepper and a mix of sweet and savory spices.
Our favorite new side dish (or vegetarian main, if made with vegetable broth) is a colorful version of scalloped potatoes. For richest flavor and color, look for deep-orange-fleshed sweet potatoes with skin that’s burnt orange to dark red. A food processor’s shredding disc and 2-mm. slicing blade make quick work of the cheese, sweet potatoes, and shallot.
Recipe: Sweet Potato and Gouda Gratin
These Brussels sprouts are just 34 calories per serving, making them a healthy addition to your meal. You need only a splash of oil on the leaves because you cook them quickly, like a warm salad, and they stay crisp.
Almost any kind of winter squash can be cooked this way, including red kuri, which has a nutty flavor and a potato-like texture (red kabocha is similar but not as starchy) and mild, sweet delicata. All three varieties have tasty, edible peels, so there’s no need to cut them off. They’re good in stews, as a side for roasted meat, and in salads.