PUBLISHED: 4:59 PM on Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Seasons change. There's a nip in the air, and our taste buds are ready to savor the flavors and foods of fall.

Featured here are three delicious vegetable recipes just right for cool weather cooking.

• Rustic Vegetable-Beet Soup is unusually easy. It simmers to perfection in under 30 minutes, and needs only crusty bread to make a meal for the family or casual entertaining.

• Thyme-Scented Roasted Vegetables & Beets, ready in about 30 minutes, is a tasty accompaniment for a roast, chops or poultry.

• A quick side of Sweet & Sour Red Cabbage & Apples will dress up any weeknight meal. Add ham and make it a main dish skillet supper.

These tasty recipes team up with prepared products that save cooking and preparation time, without sacrificing flavor. Ingredients like baby carrots, canned broth, canned beans, jarred pickled beets and prepared sweet and sour cabbage really put you a step ahead.