Summer is officially over and Fall has begun. Perhaps you’re missing those hot summer days and cottage visits, or if you’re like me, you are loving the cooler temperatures and excited about all this season has to offer. Of all the seasons, Fall is definitely my favourite and I’m here to make you fall in love with it too (pun intended)! At the very least, I hope that you start to enjoy a few of the things that make me look forward to this time of year, every year!

Okay, hear me out. During the summer, I crave BBQ, salads, smoothies, side dishes and other cool, light meals. As soon as Fall arrives, it’s soup all the way. Something about ending a cool day with a delicious, nourishing, hot soup brings me so much joy. The best part about it being “soup season” is that it’s easy,
tasty and full of nutrients. While I make a huge variety of soups throughout the fall and winter, my all-time favourite is chick pea soup - it’s especially good if you are feeling under the weather. I’ve included the recipe below in case you want to whip up a batch (ps. It also freezes well!).

A photo of a butternut squash soup

Fall Colours + Perfect temperatures
I feel like it goes without saying that Fall is beautiful. The leaves are changing colour and unlike in winter, the grass is still green. Going for a walk in the Fall is truly magical. There is no better feeling than throwing on a light coat and enjoying the outdoors without feeling like you need to run for the air conditioning to cool down or jump in a hot shower to warm up. Fall brings temperatures that make
being outdoors enjoyable! Bonus, you’re surrounded by beauty the entire time.

A forest full of pretty orange fall coloured leaves

Pumpkin Patches
I feel like I don’t need to elaborate on this one. September is when pumpkin patches open and you can go on an adventure to pick out the perfect one. Not only is it something to do with your loved ones, it also makes for the perfect scenery for a quick fall photo. Grab a hot chocolate, put on your cozy sweater
and head to the local pumpkin patch for the day. Kids love this kind of adventure and adults do too!

A close up of many pumpkins outdoors at a pumpkin patch
As promised, see my favourite soup recipe below!

Nourishing Chick Pea Soup
1 19 fl oz can of chick peas (drained and rinsed)
1 small white onion finely chopped
1 clove of garlic finely chopped

2 900ml cartons of vegetable broth (I LOVE the PC Organics brand)

2 large stalks of celery chopped
2 large carrots chopped
½ cup of noodles (preferably small pastina)
1/2 cup of parsley (optional)  

Sautée the onion and garlic until translucent. Add in the chopped celery, carrots and chick peas. Sautée for about 3 minutes. Add the vegetable broth and a pinch of salt, bring to a boil. Reduce to low heat and let it simmer for 30 minutes. Take out half of the soup mixture and blend until pureed. Add it back to the pot, bring to a boil and add the pastina. Cook the pastina accordingly and once cooked, your soup is ready to serve! Add parsley to garnish if you're feeling fancy! 

A bowl of chick pea soup

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