When it comes to fall dining, getting in a recipe rut can be common. Summer produce is out the door, and making mom’s tuna noodle casserole for the third time in a month can get bland and boring. Upgrade your menu planning with ten unique spins on recipe favorites that fit the fall vibe. We dare you not to get hungry.
A creamy bean soup with greens
Fall equals soup season. Check out this creamy bean soup for when you’re sick of chili and chicken noodle. Beans are loaded with fiber and a good choice for feeling satiated, while adding a fun veggie like swiss chard (with vitamin A!) is a fresh take on go-tos like spinach.
This one’s all about taking stock of what you have and making it work! Mix whatever you have on hand in the pantry like beans, tinned fish, or farro and add to what you have waiting for you in the fridge like in season produce and hard-boiled eggs. Fold it all together with a homemade dressing — try adding MCT Oil.
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Turkey Pumpkin Chili
Pumpkin is rich in beta-carotene (vitamin A) and also a great source of fiber! You can turn to this pumpkin chili (with noted healthier substitute, turkey) when you get a craving for something other than the usual tomato-based version. You don’t get more fall than this!
Yes, you read that right! This dream pizza-lovers casserole is made with quinoa, so it packs the protein you’re looking for. Try different mix and match toppings to spice it up throughout the season.
Fall chopped salads
A hearty salad is one of our favorite meals. Take the classic chopped salad and turn it on its head! Try adding sweeter seasonal items like Brussels sprouts, apples, pecans or walnuts. Mix that with a bitter lettuce component like chicory for a true winner of a dinner.
Baked sweet potatoes with garlic and herbs
You see the same old sweet potato recipes with butter and marshmallows all the time. We’re still rootin’ for the richly autumnal-hued vegetable! These baked sweet potatoes have a savory spin and taste more like a decadent french fry than a dessert, though they still bring a healthy punch to your dinner.
Pumpkin energy bites
These pumpkin energy bites are complete with a simple list of ingredients like oats, pumpkin, and almond butter, and are a flavorful alternative to typical pumpkin muffins. What a great coffee pairing!
Alfredo Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
How about this healthier spin on a notoriously-loved comfort food? Autumn squash is the perfect balanced pairing to the richness of alfredo! Try adding in some fresh spinach for an extra kick of vitamin C and iron.
Pumpkin Pie Rice Pudding
Noted pumpkin fan who likes sweets? This rice pudding recipe should be in your back pocket for a reason — it uses brown rice instead of white and maple syrup as the sweetener. We’re already in line for another scoop!
Seasoned Pumpkin Seeds
Love your basic oil and salt pumpkin seeds recipe, but why not dress them up a little bit? This guide shows you combinations for dill pickle and ranch, to name a few. Pack some for your next fall hike or football game!