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I Don’t Care If It’s Summer. I Still Love My Fall Foods.

That’s right. Even though it’s only August, I am anticipating the start of fall like no other. Sure, I love summer, the warm weather, and the longer days. But something about fall (i.e. the leggings, oversized sweater, and infinity scarf that comprises the self-assigned uniform I wear almost every day) makes me love the season even more.

Oh. I almost forgot. The food! How could I forget about fall foods?! If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that I’m a huge proponent of root vegetables. And what better time to eat them than the fall and winter? Root veggies are great to incorporate into your diet year round. But during fall and winter, something special happens. Root veggies really come into season and taste a whole lot better, not to mention the price point improves dramatically (since you’re being all hipster and sh*t by eating seasonally).

That’s why for today, I have an awesome recipe for a homemade red plum sauce. Sure, it’s definitely got some fall vibes going on. But honestly I really don’t care. The truth of the matter is, there were a bunch of plums in my fridge from Costco that were going bad and I needed to do something with them ASAP. Hence, plum sauce.

Don’t mistake this for the plum sauce you find at most Chinese or Asian restaurants. The recipe for this homemade plum sauce is sweet and very similar to my homemade apple sauce. So don’t worry about slaving over a hot stove, especially on a hot summer day. Your slow cooker will do all the work while you go to office, hit the gym, and finish your fourth grader’s astronomy project (because we all know it’s not the child, but the parent that gets stuck doing those ridiculous projects.

Another secret to this sauce: arrowroot powder. Contrary to its peculiar name, arrowroot powder is surprisingly NOT made from arrowroots. It’s actually a healthy alternative to cornstarch (which I avoid since I don’t do many grains these days). Arrowroot powder can be found in most health food stores, and it absolutely helps thicken up sauces and compotes.

One final tip. You can eat this sauce in a variety of ways (dare I say, heated and drizzled over vanilla ice cream). But my favorite way to eat it lately is to top it over my paleo pumpkin pie oatmeal and add some nuts and pear slices. Weird, I know. But it works.

Plum sauce retouched

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Paleo, Vegan, and Gluten-Free Red Plum Ginger Sauce
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
  1. Wash plums, remove pits, and chop coarsely. Place in slow cooker. Add coconut sugar and fresh ginger. Cook on low for 3-5 hours, stirring occasionally as needed. You might also need to add up to 1/2 cup of water.
  2. Towards the end of the cooking process, remove a small amount of the liquid into a small bowl. Add the arrow root and mix until well combined. Then add the arrow root mixture back to the plum sauce and stir to combine. This cooking method keeps the arrow root from getting too thick and gelatinous.
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