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Foods That Start With A: 19 Recipes

There are hundreds of foods that start with A. Many are sweet, and some are savory. Either way, this list of foods offers a variety to choose from.

Baked apple pie on the counter
Photo Credit: Mom Loves Baking

1. Apple Pie

Apple pie is one of our favorite desserts, and very American. The recipe has been around for generations and can be made in a variety of ways, and is one of the most popular foods out there. The apple pie dessert, like the one above from Mom Loves Baking, is perfect holidays, special occasions, potlucks, or after dinner. The pie is wonderful with sweet apples or tart apples.

Acorn squash on a plate.
Photo Credit: The Kitchn, Kelli Foster

2. Acorn Squash

Acorn squash is used in many recipes, including maple-roasted, baked with brown sugar, or herb-roasted. The possibilities are endless for recipes made with this vegetable. The Kitchn has a great tutorial on how to cook acorn squash.

Homemade Alfredo sauce with noodles.
Photo Credit: The Snappy Gourmet

3. Alfredo Sauce

Alfredo sauce is a creamy, cheesy, rich sauce that is perfect for noodles, sandwiches, chicken, casserole, and so much more. The white sauce can be made in a variety of ways, but usually features parmesan cheese, heavy cream, and a few more tasty ingredients that make this a favorite sauce.

Photo Credit: The Recipe Critic

4. Almonds

Almonds, from the almond tree, are one of our favorite foods and have so many uses, from almond milk to cookies to topping salads. The possibilities are endless for making recipes. Almonds add a nutty flavor to salads, cookies, or even on top of savory foods. The Recipe Critic has a great recipe for almond joy macaroons.

Asparagus on a cooking sheet
Photo Credit: Julia’s Simply Southern.

5. Asparagus

Asparagus is a favorite vegetable that can be made in so many different ways. Julia over at Julia’s Simply Southern makes hers in a variety of ways, including roasted parmesan asparagus. The recipes are endless including cheesy, sautéed, cut up and added to a chicken dish, and so much more.

Guacamole in a bowl
Photo Credit: Simply Recipes

6. Avocados

Avocados are one of those fruits that can be used in so many different ways. On toast or as the primary ingredient in guacamole are two of the most popular ways it is used. The popular fruit is full of flavor, tastes great in smoothies, and is a great addition to a lot of recipes. Be sure to check out Simply Recipes mouthwatering guacamole recipe.

Apple cider vinegar in a jar.
Photo Credit: The Prairie Homestead

7. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has a lot of great uses. You can add it to a recipe or pour a small amount in some water to drink. Apple cider vinegar can be used in chili, on salmon, or in quite a few different dishes. The Prairie Homestead has a great step-by-step post on how to make apple cider vinegar. If this is your first time making the cider, you will love the simplicity of the steps.

Allspice in a small jar on the counter.
Photo Credit: Julie Blanner

8. Allspice

This might just be one of my favorite spices. Allspice is used in pumpkin pie, sausage, spice cake, and so much more. The popular ingredient is made up of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and black pepper. It is used all year round, but we love it, especially in the fall. Julie Blanner has a great how-to recipe for allspice.

Apricot cobbler in a pan.
Photo Credit: Greedy Gourmet

9. Apricots

Apricots, a tropical fruit, are a favorite. The sweet fruit tastes good in apricot cobbler, like the one from Greedy Gourmet. Apricots are wonderful in bars, cakes, and so much more. The fuzzy small fruit is only in season from around May to September. But it always has a sweet flavor.

Artichokes in a bowl
Photo Credit: Bites of Wellness

10. Artichokes

Artichokes are used in a large variety of recipes. You can stuff them, steam them, bake them, grill them, and more. The vegetable is grown all over the United States, and the artichoke hearts are a popular dish to eat year-round. The heart of the artichoke is one of the best parts, and many people love it.

Albacore tuna on a white plate.
Photo Credit: The Spruce Eats

11. Albacore Tuna

Albacore tuna is best prepared by either baking, grilling, or frying. There are a lot of ways to make the main dish. You can drizzle a little olive oil on top, add some seasonings, squeeze a little lemon juice on top and you’ve got one great meal. You can add some butternut squash, roasted winter squash, broccoli, or Asian greens on the side.

Alphabet soup in a bowl.
Photo Credit: The Girl On Bloor

12. Alphabet Soup

Alphabet soup was one of my favorite childhood soups and still is. The recipe is so much fun with the pasta-shaped alphabet. It’s a great way for kids to practice their letters from the first letter of the alphabet, all the way to Z.

Asian greens in a bowl
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13. Asian Greens

Asian greens are typically bok choy, lotus root, choy sum, Chinese cabbage, and more for flavor-filled dishes. The vegetables are easy to make, like this chili and garlic stir fried Asian greens recipe.

Aniseed cookies on a white plate.
Photo Credit: Little Sunny Kitchen

14. Aniseed

Aniseed is an herb that has a sweet and spicy flavor. The Egyptians used the herb thousands of years ago, and it has been used ever since. It tastes great on bread and on cookies, like these Aniseed cookies from Little Sunny Kitchen.

Arrowroot cookies in a container.
Photo Credit: Rezel Kealoha

15. Arrowroot

Arrowroot is a plant that people use to create powders, flour, and other items. The flour and powder are starchy and can be used in drinks, biscuits, bread, cookies, and more. Rezel Kealoha has a great recipe for Arrowroot cookies, also known as uraro cookies.

Arugula in a bowl
Photo Credit: Foodie Crush

16. Arugula

Arugula is popular in salads these days and looks just like a type of lettuce. However, it’s not lettuce but related to mustard instead. Arugula’s unique flavor is a tad spicy and nutty, which adds a ton of flavor to your dish. You can easily find it in grocery stores’ produce sections. Foodie Crush has a fantastic recipe for arugula with shaved parmesan.

Lo Mein in a bowl.
Photo Credit: Pinch of Yum

17. Asian Noodles

Asian noodles come in many different forms and are popular in Asian countries, as well as the United States. You can make a large variety of dishes with the noodles, including Lo Mein from Pinch of Yum. Asian noodles include lo mein, wheat flour noodles, yaka mein, lamian, and many more.

Acai smoothie in a bowl
Photo Credit: The Suburban Soapbox

18. Acai

Acai berries have grown in popularity over the last decade and acai bowls, smoothies, and restaurants are popping up all over the place. The berry comes from a palm tree and is grown mainly in Central America. So many delicious recipes can be made with acai berries including the homemade acai bowl recipe from The Suburban Soapbox. You will love the sweet taste.

Mushroom lentil adzuki bean soup
Photo Credit: Soup Addict

19. Adzuki Beans

The adzuki bean started out in China and is now grown in East Asia and the Himalayas. Adzuki beans are popular in Japanese cuisine. The beans are red and are used in desserts, hummus, ice cream, soups, and so much more. The Soup Addict has a delicious mushroom lentil adzuki bean soup. It’s the perfect soup for rainy days.

Michele Richburg

Friday 1st of October 2021

I came here for good old fashioned southern recipes and there's not one biscuit or homemade bread recipe! Southern roots my butt! I'm unsubscribing right now. False advertising!

Julie Pollitt

Sunday 3rd of October 2021

Hi Michele, thanks for bringing that to my attention. I do have a biscuit recipe on the site, as well as quite a few cornbread recipes that you might like. I have a beer bread recipe, as well. What types of bread and biscuit recipes do you like? I can make some!