Boy am I glad it’s fall! It’s finally starting to cool down, which means you can find me in the kitchen more often. Fall flavors are my favorite of all seasonal cuisine. I love using fruits and veggies in season and fall is bursting with options. Fall recipes tend to be heavy on various squash, apples, and cool weather greens like kale or cabbage. Hearty stews and soups start to really hit the spot. And heat up that oven because baked goods abound. Pumpkin spice, anyone? Read more on 15 Healthy & Tasty Fall Recipes that you can cook all season long.
I live in upstate New York where apple season is in full-swing. And I mean FULL SWING. It’s almost as if I forgot about the apple. Because now when I take a bite of a locally grown, perfectly crisp apple, I swoon. It’s heart warming that as soon as its cools down, there is a giddiness in the air, particularly for fall foods. Therefore it’s no surprise that cooks are happy to pull out their slow cookers, season their cast iron pans, and get to work!
As with any other week, I love to try and eat mostly plant-based, healthful meals that satiate and comfort. Amping up my fruit and veggie intake is a daily goal. And with good reason! Eating mostly plant based leaves me feeling good, both physically and mentally. But you don’t have to skimp on flavor. And I will prove it to you.
15 Healthy & Tasty Fall Recipes
1. Butternut Squash & Apple Soup w/Fried Sage & Halloumi
Alright, I’ll admit. I’m a bit of a foodie. When I saw this recipe I thought “Oh hell yes!” So many things about the recipe that I find appealing. First off, butternut squash is on point for Fall recipes. Secondly, crispy fried sage is a culinary delight. And finally, HALLOUMI! I used to work at a Syrian restaurant when I was in grad school and I was introduced to Halloumi. It’s a soft traditional middle eastern cheese that is meant to be cooked. It has a mild but savory flavor and becomes soft but chewy when fried. Yes please!
2. Loaded Sweet Potatoes w/Pomegranate & Feta
I love sweet potatoes. Strange enough, I didn’t like them much when I was kid. They only kind we had was when they were covered in marshmallows, which I found disgusting. Fortunately, I found the savory version to be more up my alley. The salty feta is a perfect offset to the already slightly sugary sweet potato. Plus pomegranate seeds and chives? Lovely splash of color and flavor to this filling vegetarian fall dish.
3. Curry Cabbage
I am not sure if you know this, but cook cabbage long enough and it turns into a delicious, buttery, tender, meaty concoction. Spice it up with curry? I’m sold. Curries are one of my favorite things to cook. They are so versatile. You can literally make curry anything! And yet, I had never thought to do curry cabbage, until now. That’s why this recipe will be on my “to make” list this Fall season.
4. One Pan Autumn Chicken Dinner
Look at this pan!? Bacon, brussell sprouts, apples, sweet potatoes, and chicken? That smells like fall to me! I love the idea of cooking the meat and the veggies together to allow their juices and flavors to marry. Plus this saves on time and effort, which is always appreciated. Did I say I eat mostly plant-based? I do. But I will eat a meat centered dinner about 3 days a week and I’m very thankful for bacon. Because: bacon.
5. Pumpkin Morning Glory Muffins
Oh my morning glory! These pumpkin muffins look divine. Pumped up with apple, carrot, cranberries, and pecans, they are healthy and hearty. Great for a weekend breakfast or brunch. I can just imagine them now, still warm from the oven, wrap em’ up in a towel, and bring them in a basket to your next social gathering. Sounds like a good plan for this awesome fall recipe.
6. Baked Pears w/Gorgonzola & Honey
Oh. no. she. didn’t! Ok, so apparently she did. This fancy, slightly splurge-worthy appetizer is making me drool. And now I need to figure out how I can justify making this without have to throw a dinner party and invite guests. Pears are one of my favorite fall fruits. There’s nothing like a ripe, juicy, sweet pear. Well apparently it can get even better. Try out this tasty fall recipe now. And don’t worry, I won’t tell if you don’t share yours either.
7. Fall Breakfast Quinoa Bowls
Wait a minute, quinoa for breakfast? Alright, you have my attention. A fall inspired breakfast bowl sounds great, especially with a healthy dose of protein packed quinoa. I love the sliced apples, pears, and pumpkin seeds. No wonder this fall recipe made it to the list. Try it out!
8. Kale White Bean & Sausage Soup
My sister makes a version of this once every week or 2. Her kids will eat it (which is quite the win considering it has green in it) and the adults are loving it as well! At one point, I would keep a large bag of kale in my fridge at one time. It is so easy to come up with ways to use it and sneak it in to lots of things (ie smoothies, kale chips, etc). This soup is packed with nutrients, fiber, and protein. Soooo satisfying, I guarantee it.
9. Beet Pesto Gnocchi w/Goat Cheese & Pecans
I’m not shy to say that I love beets. They are bright, beautiful, and have complex, sweet earthy flavor. And pesto is one of those summertime sauces that you just don’t want to see go. That’s why I love this dish for fall because it combines a summertime favorite (pesto) with a autumnal flavors. Goat cheese and pecans? That’s such a tasty combo that makes everything pop with flavor and texture. Check out this recipe and I’m sure it won’t disappoint.
10. Roasted Garlic Pumpkin Hummus
Pumpkin has a way of blending well into dishes. Here’s another example of a creative way to sneak pumpkin into a year round recipe, such as hummus. Roasted garlic is an excellent accent to this fall recipe. Sweet, smoky and full of flavor, Roasted Garlic Pumpkin Hummus is definitely on my menu this autumn season.
11. Butternut Squash and Spinach Lasagna
Look at this lasagna! Whoa. I love lasagna. But it can be a bit heavy and less than healthy. This Butternut Squash and Spinach Lasagna is the perfect solution. Rich in veggies, swap out for gluten-free noodles and you are good to go. With a blend of low-fat mozzarella and ricotta, you will still be wooed with the power of cheese. A nice filling warm meal for the upcoming chilly nights this fall.
12. Festive Fall Farro Salad w/ Kale, Cranberries, Goat Cheese, and Pecans
Yes. Yes. YES! Everything in this salad is a huge “yes” for me. Kale is a cool weather staple. Farro is a surprisingly tasty grain. And the flavor pop from cranberries, goat cheese, and pecans won me over. A salad like this could be prepped and eaten within a couple of days, great to take to work for lunch, or pair it with a bowl of hot soup for dinner. Light, nutritious, and healthy fall salad recipe.
13. Shredded Brussels Sprouts w/Bacon and Walnuts
I know, I know. Back to the “bacon” again. I’m sorry for my vegetarian friends, this salad would have to be tweaked for your liking. But I’m all for a little bacon every now and then. And with brussel sprouts in season, this is a perfect fall recipe. Warm, savory, and delicious. Plus packed with healthy fats from walnuts and tons of vitamins from these hearty brussel sprouts. Can’t go wrong here!
14. No Bake Apple Pie Protein Bars
I love make ahead snacks, such as these No Bake Apple Pie Protein Bars. It’s great to have healthy snacks on hand when you need a grab and go. These paleo and vegan friendly protein bars feature applesauce and spices, lending a delightful fall flavor to this healthy recipe. Guilt-free snacking at its finest, check out this great fall recipe!
15. Vegan Root Vegetable Pot Pie
Who doesn’t like a good pot pie? It’s warm and filling, perfect for a crisp Fall day. This recipe showcases seasonal root vegetables, including purple potatoes, butternut squash, carrots, and and red onion. You could even sneak in some meat if you aren’t strictly vegan. A splurge-worthy, hearty fall meal, check out this recipe!
What are your favorite fall recipes? Any feedback, questions, or comments? Leave me a message below! Thanks for reading, friends, and have a happy Fall!