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By Melissa D’Arabian The Associated Press

Put pumpkin puree to work as part of a frozen winter treat

All four of my daughters love frozen acai bowls because they feel like you’re eating ice cream for breakfast, except healthier. If you haven’t hopped on the acai bowl craze, allow me to update you. Superfood acai berry puree is blended up with fruit ‚Äî usually berries or banana ‚Äî and then served thick, creamy and semi-frozen, topped with granola, fruit, nuts or other goodies.

Sweet potato and Brussels sprouts hash gets a bacon blast

A chill is finally in the air, which transforms what goes on our table.

Winter squash, hardy greens like kale and chard, cabbage, cauliflower, and sweet potatoes are filling the markets and my recipe-testing table. The colder weather has me craving filling side dishes to go alongside juicy roasts and festive winter meals.

This Ten-Minute Tortilla Soup is filling comfort food - fast

I owe the idea to well-meaning fans, who over the years would approach me to thank me for the genius of making 10-minute-meals. I never had the heart to correct them: I hosted Ten Dollar Dinners. Ten-minute meals, I always mused, would be about a thousand versions of PB&J, which sounded like hard television to pitch my producer. But the idea marinated.