There are so many reasons to love Fall but for us Thanksgiving dinner definitely tops the list. How can you not love a holiday whose focal point is unabashedly about FOOD? It's a celebration of the bounty of the beautiful harvest, and more than any other holiday, a reminder to be grateful for the food that is available to us. So this Thanksgiving let's give thanks to local food and the farmers who grow it by cooking up a feast in their honour. Here are a few recipes using seasonal ingredients to get you started!

Roasted Carrot, Fennel & Apple Soup by Peanut Butter and Peppers

A creamy, healthy carrot soup, made with apples and fennel. 

Rosemary Roasted Carrots by Oh My Veggies

A simple, subtle and beautiful dish that brings out the fresh flavours of fall.

Roasted Smashed Potatoes by Canadian Living

Everyone loves a good roasted potato, and this recipe does not disappoint. Boiling them ahead saves time the next day. Use the bottom of a skillet to gently flatten several potatoes at a time. These potatoes are just as delicious whole, so if you’re looking for something more traditional, omit the flattening step.

Potato, Squash & Goat Cheese Gratin by The Kitchn

This is an easy, rustic recipe that makes a great vegetarian meal or a pretty side dish. It’s so simple: Yellow squash layered in a jumble with sliced red potato and goat cheese. No cream needed at all.

Veggie Pot Pie by Vegetarian Times

Nothing warms up the insides like a comforting dish of veggie pot pie – feel free to substitute the poultry seasoning with your favourite spices.

Roasted Pumpkin Soup by Martha Stewart

Add your favourite fall spices to this dish to give it your own seasonal twist!

Roasted Butternut Squash by Louisa Clements, Living Lou

The main star of this recipe, butternut squash, shines with the subtle use of seasonal spices to bring out its sweet and earthy flavour.

Roasted Beets and Sweet Potato with Feta by Shelby Kroach

A colourful and delicious dish made extra delicious with the addition of feta!