Mabon with a Kitchen Witch: 10 Traditional Foods for the Fall Equinox

Planning to celebrate Mabon with a traditional meal?  Try including some of these traditional, homemade, from scratch foods to bring the spirit of the season to your table.

For many more ideas on how to celebrate Mabon, check out this link.

mabon with a kitchen witch

Apple crumble.  If one symbol dominates the holiday of Mabon in North America, the apple wins!   Nothing ushers the essence of fall into your home like the sweet, warm awesomeness of a well-baked apple crisp Feature it in this traditional recipe for apple crumble.  On that note, take a moment to learn more on the significance of apples in witchcraft.

Sweet potato mash.  No need for a recipe, this one makes itself.  Just pop sweet potatoes in the over for 45-50 minutes at 400 degrees.  If you want to step it up, add maple syrup and butter.  Amazing.  Bonus:  you can make this up to two weeks in advance and freeze them for a no-fuss side dish.

sweet potato mash

Pumpkin seeds.  If your grocery started stocking the first of this season’s pumpkins, pick one up to gut and use those seeds.  But take caution: roasted pumpkin seeds disappear quickly!

Chai tea.  While not itself traditional to neopagan traditions, the typical recipe for spice chai tea usually includes many of the traditional fall equinox ingredients used in Mabon spell craft, like cinnamon, ginger and cloves.

cahi tea

Ground turkey balls.  While roasting a whole bird might not be practical for the average solitary practitioner, ground turkey balls freeze well and be made ahead to heat up on Mabon, which is especially helpful if Mabon happens to fall on a weeknight.

Brandied cranberries.  If you like to get fancy, brandied cranberries make for an elegant twist on the more typical cranberry sauce.

Green beans.  If you already canned some, consider Mabon the time to break your first seal.  Or, if you live in a region where green beans still arrive fresh at the market, fry them in garlic, butter and sprinkle some red pepper flakes on them to “heat up” a lively dinner conversation.

green beans

Spice cookies.  Remember these?  Nothing conjures the thrill and excitement of the imminent fall season like a fresh batch of gooey spice cookies.  They make a lovely addition to a group ritual as an alternative to the cake in the “cakes and ale” portion of the ceremony.

Corn on the cob.  If you haven’t yet experienced the magic of wandering through a corn field to gather your own fresh corn on the cob right off the stalk, go!  Before it’s too late!  And if you’ve already got Samhain on your mind, make it spooky by watching Children of the Corn before you do it!

corn on the cob

Spiced pears.  One lesser used but uniquely wonderful dish for Mabon takes the form of the spiced pear.  Make it as a (slightly) healthier alternative to heavier desserts.

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