Happy first day of fall! I don’t know about you, but the summer season has been over the top BUSY!! After dealing with a crazy work schedule for 4 months followed by Hurricane Irma, I find myself playing catch-up daily. While my social plate is busy overflowing, I still need to find food to put on my actual plate…and quickly.
It takes a little longer for fall to arrive in Florida, but we still love to participate in this much anticipated season – which is why most of us eat pumpkin spice everything beginning the first day of October. I think it is wishful thinking that if we sip on a hot autumn inspired latte, the cool winds will surely blow in soon. In any case, my table will be overflowing with some amazing fall recipes and pumpkin scented candles very soon just to make sure ;) Here are 20 must try meals to get your harvest season started…without spending all day in the kitchen:
What I love about this: A bowl of olive oil roasted fall vegetables, with goat cheese swirled grits in less than 30 minutes? Im in! This hearty dish is full of flavor and nutrients to fill your bowl and your tummy just in time for fall.
What I love about this: The combination of pork and apple in this dish is phenomenal! With a sauce that takes like 2 seconds to whip up, you can’t go wrong. Add a side of your favorite green veggies or sweet potatoes and you have a complete meal.
What I love about this: Any savory sweet combination is a huge win in my book. Plus, the play on textures with a creamy soup and hearty lentils topped crispy veggie chips…ummm, yum!! Parsnip and apples are such a great source of fiber and vitamins. Add the lentils into the mix and you have some added protein and iron for a complete meal. The lentils need to be precooked, so don’t forget to make them ahead of time, or start the cooking process right before you make the soup. Pressed on time? Check out these RED LENTILS for faster cooking.
What I love about this: Linda, you had me at apple vinaigrette. Some days you have had heavy food all day and just want something a little lighter for dinner. This meal won’t weight you down but still packs a hearty flavor with the addition of couscous and a protein of your choice. I love that it contains so many different flavors of fall such as apples, roasted pecans, cranberries and apricots. As Linda put it, it really is “Fall in a bowl.”
What I love about this: Sheet pan dinners ARE THE BEST! I love the convenience of throwing everything on one baking sheet and letting the oven do the hard work. This meal highlights Bok Choy which is sometimes grown by farmers in late summer for nice tender little shoots to be harvested in the fall. It is a great source of vitamin K and potassium as well!
What I love about this: The first inkling of a fall breeze just screams “MAKE CHILI RIGHT NOW!!” What a better way to enjoy chili than with some delicious seasonal sweet potatoes and fiber packed black beans. Topped with avocado? Yes please!!
What I love about this: Fall is all about pumpkin, so it wouldn’t be a full list without an amazing recipe including that little orange fruit – yes, it’s technically a fruit! I am definitely about combining textures to please the pallet and this one has it all. This recipe uses fresh pumpkin but can be done in 15 min if you choose the canned variety.
What I love about this: Purple potatoes have always intrigued me, which is great because they are loaded with nutrients. As Diane explains, the darker the fruit or vegetable (such as blueberries) the more antioxidants they contain. Potatoes are also an excellent source of potassium. Pair them with yummy chorizo and wrap it up like a taco – insert me jumping up and down with my hand raised high in the air – and you have one awesome 30 min meal.
What I love about this: Can we just say ‘yes’ to all things served in a bread bowl? I definitely can. Especially if it is a healthier bread bowl stuffed with a delicious and nutritious black bean soup. This recipe is lightened up with chicken or turkey sausage and packed full of veggies. So good y’all!!
What I love about this: This meal combines some of my favorite fall foods, such as lentils, sweet potatoes, pomagranates, and pears. The salad is cleverly placed on top of a chickpea pancake because, yes! Add a pancake to any recipe and you are winning, especially when it is made out of a healthy, gluten free chickpea flour. Want more? This recipe tells you exactly how much you will spend per serving.
What I love about this: When I can get a low carb, high protein, low fat dish and it is full of flavor, sign me up! This skillet chicken is smothered in a creamy cashew based sauce and loaded with veggies. Plus, it’s all cooked in one pan, saving you clean up so there is more time to savor the deliciousness on your plate.
What I love about this: You guys….you can have pumpkin stuffed ravioli in 30 minutes with this recipe. Seriously, I don’t think I need to sell it any more than that, but lets just talk about how pumpkin is packed full of fiber, beta carotene and another amazing amino acid called tryptophan which is a seratonin booster. When more seratonin is produced, it improves our mood. Literally, this dish will make you a happier person all around!
What I love about this: Broccoli soup is one of my go to comfort foods. Most recipes are made with a roux, which is loaded with butter and flour. This variety uses cauliflower as a thickener, elminiating the need for any gluten and decreasing the amount of butter without compromising flavor. It also spolights leeks, a member of the garlic family that helps prevent heart disease.
What I love about this: Brussels sprouts come into season around Sept and are such a versatile veggie, packed full of Vitamins A, C, iron, potassium and fiber. They are always great topped on Pizza and roasted. Especially when snuggling up next to crispy bacon. Ohhh yeahhhh.
What I love about this: Spirilized anything is always a win, not only because noodles made out of colorful veggies are super cool, but they tend to cook a heck of alot faster than the whole or chopped variety. Don’t have a spiralizer? They are one of those super cheap kitchen gadgets that you will never regret purchasing and can find one HERE on Amazon. Sweet potatoes are amazing to use in this way because they don’t turn into mush when sauces are added, and are fantastic when topped with a fried egg. I’m seriously over here computing in my head how fast it will take me to get home so I can make this, like, now.
What I love about this: Some days you just want something fried [insert my massive Chik-Fil-A addiction] but you’d really rather avoid the side of guilt that comes with the aforementioned, probably bad, decision. This dish is perfect because it delivers that crispiness you so greatly desire with a nutrient dense side of garlic kale. There will be no self shaming after this one. You go ahead and enjoy yourself ;)
What I love about this: I was totally obsessed with the movie A Walk in the Clouds when I was young. Aside from it’s some interesting
bad acting, it had a scene where pumpkin flower soup was served. There is this fondness in my heart for all pumpkin soup after that movie. It is one of those soups that smells amazing, coats your tummy and is hearty enough to be a meal on it’s own. I dare you to try and make it through the fall season without at least one bowl of pumpkin soup. Especially this recipe. It is soooo good you guys and can be done in 20 minutes!
What I love about this: 3 words – Warm Pumpkin Viniagrette. You really didn’t have to convince me any more, but the fact that it is ready to eat in 13 min is just an added bonus. Plus, I LOVE that there’s a nutritional benefit in every ingredient. As Jenn says, “You may be healthier just from looking at it!” I’m going to stare at it awhile longer just in case…
What I love about this: Smoky flavors are always an amazing addition to fall dinner menus. Especially when it is packed full of healthy kale, chickpeas and whole grains. I literally add smoked paprika to everything short of ice cream, but even that is negotiable. This dish features farro, a grain know for it’s popularity back in Roman times that is similar to quinoa except it acts like rice and has MORE protein per serving. Farro is also packed with magnesium, iron and zinc which is soooo great for immunity during the start of cold and flu season.
What I love about this: Some days you just crave Asian inspired dinner. Hands raised if you too live in the realm of mid-week-chinese-delivery-because-adulting-is-hard. This is an awesome fall version of fried rice that can be done quicker than delivery and will leave you feeling much better about your mid week food choices.
With much love from OUR tables to yours!
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