Now that it’s fall, the arrival of autumn’s cooler temps makes cozy comfort foods seem more appealing than ever. Fall produce and seasonal flavors allow home cooks to make supercharged swaps for traditional ingredients in some of our favorite dishes, from soul-warming Mac and Cheese to Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins! There’s no better time to load up on fresh produce like apples, squash, beets, Brussels sprouts, cranberries, kale, pumpkin, and potatoes during the harvest season when they’re at their peak. Using in-season fruits and veggies brings out the best flavors in this collection of easy dinner and lunch ideas. Here are some of our favorite recipes, so you don’t have to sacrifice taste for a meal that’s properly balanced and holistically healthy. Whether you’re following a vegetarian, vegan, or low-carb diet, there’s something for everyone on the menu. Keep reading to find out more about these fantastic fall recipes to try out at home!
Acorn Squash With Brown Rice and Turkey Sausage
Acorn squash comes loaded with vitamins A and C, and it’s the perfect vessel for lean turkey sausage, peppers, and onions. Whole grains like brown rice supply even more fiber. Click here for Acorn Squash With Brown Rice and Turkey Sausage recipe!
Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
You might not realize it, but cauliflower is freshest at its peak season in September and October. You’ll love tucking into a soul-warming bowl of macaroni, knowing that the cheesy factor isn’t lost, even though it’s cut with puréed cauliflower. Get the recipe from Country Living!
Butternut Squash and White Bean Soup
A couscous with pistachios, apricots, and cilantro goes on top of the chickpea- and bean-based dish, so you know this vegetarian dinner will fill you right up. Get the recipe for Butternut Squash and White Bean Soup here.
Gingery Chicken and Spinach Stir-Fry
If you’re experiencing a take-out craving, whip up this easy stir fry instead. A few tablespoons of miso — a fermented paste — adds both flavor and gut-boosting probiotics. Click here for the recipe for Gingery Chicken and Spinach Stir-Fry!
Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffins
Fall is synonymous with baking, and while most of our favorite pies, galettes, and loaves of bread have sugar in them, there are ways to lighten up our favorite baked treats. Gracie Gordon over at the Hungry Blonde folds semi-sweet chocolate and pecans into these irresistible breakfast-or-dessert muffins but makes them gluten-free by ditching gluten altogether. Plus, the pumpkin base is perfect around Halloween. Get the recipe from The Hungry Blonde.
Now that you know a few fantastic fall recipes to try out at home share them with friends and family! The holidays usually call for foods heavy in sugar and carbohydrates, so why not switch it up with fresh produce and whole foods?