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Welcome the cooler weather with these seasonal menus
If you succumbed to the chilly breeze this morning by grabbing a sweater before you walked out the door, it’s official — autumn has arrived. Although the leaves may still be on their trees, that doesn’t mean we can’t get a bit excited. After all, Sept. 21 is only days away.
While we’ve been oohing and ahhing over barbecue and summertime fare for the past three months, we’re looking forward to soups, stews, and roasts.
So, to kick off your party planning for the coming season, we’ve rounded up some of our best menus for fall. So throw on a cashmere sweater and get ready to turn on the Crock-Pot, because autumn has arrived.
Whether you are celebrating an anniversary or simply savoring alone time together, this menu is seasonal and sexy.
A variety of easy dishes infused with fall flavors for healthy weeknight dinners.
From leaf piles to lasagnas in pumpkins, inspiration for get-togethers this fall.
Throw a fall-themed cupcake party to welcome the new season.
60 Fall Recipes and Dinner Ideas
These healthy fall recipes will satisfy any autumn craving! They include quick dinner ideas, cozy desserts, side dishes, salads, and more.
I’m always sad to see summer go, but as I compiled this list of fall recipes over the weekend, I couldn’t help but look forward to the new season. It’s a chance for a fresh start, to dive headfirst into a new routine and new activities. Of course, I’ll miss our summer picnics and the nights when the sun didn’t set till 9, but I’m also excited for change – for hot bowls of soup, weekend baking, and long walks on crisp afternoons.
To celebrate the start of the season, I’m sharing over 60 of my favorite fall recipes below. They include cozy soups, fresh salads, decadent desserts, and everything in between. So whether you’re looking for quick fall dinner ideas, a healthy lunch, or a cooking project for an afternoon at home, you’re in the right place. Happy first day of fall!
Is Ricotta Toast Healthy?
The answer is a resounding &ldquoyes!&rdquo
Ricotta toast is an excellent source of protein. It boasts just under 10 grams of protein in the 3 ounces used on each piece of toast. A high protein breakfast is the perfect way to start the day because it will keep you feeling full and satisfied all morning long!
Ricotta toast has some other benefits, too. Three ounces of ricotta contains 18% of your daily value of calcium. Pairing it with some hearty whole grain bread adds extra iron, too. My slice of toast contained 6% of my daily value of iron. The final touch &ndash fresh fall produce &ndash adds healthy vitamins and minerals, like vitamins A and C. I don&rsquot know about you, but now that we&rsquore on the cusp of flu season I&rsquom trying to load on the fruits and vegetables! Fortunately this natural breakfast really has your morning covered!
Be choosy when picking your produce, and look for a new-harvest olive oil for this, which will lend a bright, robust flavor.
Recipes you want to make. Cooking advice that works. Restaurant recommendations you trust.
Senposai, Daikon, and Chili Garlic Chicken Wraps
On one of our recent adventures to our friendly neighborhood farm, my son and I came home with a new and unusual vegetable to conquer called senposai. Basically, it&rsquos a rather large, edible leaf. My 4-year-old got a kick out of this new vegetable by taking one of the leaves, making &ldquocaveman pants&rdquo out of it (more like a skirt, actually), and running around the house on a dinosaur hunt. These leaves may not be the height of civilized fashion (and we didn&rsquot catch any dinos), but they sure are tasty big leaves! I&rsquom adding them to my repertoire of leafy greens that I can get behind.
Most of the large-leaf greens have a chewier or tougher texture that needs to be massaged or cooked before eating, but senposai is a gentle giant with tender leaves that are more like baby spinach in texture. Senposai, by origin, is a cross between Japanese Mustard Spinach and regular cabbage. Don&rsquot be fooled by it&rsquos mustard green origins, though. It&rsquos sweet and mild. This green takes the tender texture of the mustard spinach and combines it with the sweetness of cabbage to make a delightful hybrid. Use this green in a stir-fry, salad, or in the case of today&rsquos recipe, as a wrap!
This wrap is a fusion of Asian flavors with fall vegetables. I turned this into a weeknight-friendly recipe by making the chicken in a crockpot. All of the ingredients came together quickly in the morning. After a busy day of running errands, I came home to a sweet and spicy smell, which was inviting on a brisk, fall day. For the chili sauce, my grocery store was out of the organic version, but I typically would have selected the Organicville Chili Sauce, which is made with agave instead of corn syrup. Since I made this for dinner, I wanted it to stick with my family and myself until bedtime, so I selected black rice, which is aromatic and nutty. For the veg, I stuffed it with daikon radish and carrots that I julienned, which added a big crunch. Julienning can be done by hand, but I wanted dinner made in a hurry, so I used my favorite economical mandolin.
After all of the ingredients are prepped, it&rsquos just as easy as rolling them all together as pictured below.
The leftover sauce in the crockpot makes for a perfect, no fuss, dipping sauce, so be sure to save it aside and then dig in!
Give salad a whole new meaning when you try this kale-based dish. With chipotle roasted chickpeas and butternut squash chunks, you'll be satisfied for hours. Top if off with pumpkin seeds, and lunch is served.
Imagine: an easy, cheesy meal. What could be better? With only four ingredients, you can nosh on this anytime the craving strikes.
6 Best Tacos to Make in the Fall
Just because it&rsquos fall, doesn&rsquot mean you have to say so long to #TacoTuesday. Simply adjust your tacos for the season with these great recipes packed with delicious fall produce.
Just because it’s fall, doesn’t mean you have to say so long to #TacoTuesday. Simply adjust your tacos for the season with these great recipes packed with delicious fall produce.
1. Homemade Green Chorizo Tacos with Kale & Potatoes
Chef Alex Stupak calls parsley-flecked green chorizo the “vegetal cousin” of the more commonly seen red variety. Here, he sautés the crumbled sausage with kale and fingerling potatoes for an exceptional taco filling.
2. Marinated Skirt Steak Tacos with Pecan-Chipotle Salsa
This inauthentic but delicious skirt steak taco is topped with a smoky, rich, nutty salsa made with toasted chipotles and pecans.
3. Fresh-Chorizo-and-Potato Tacos
A crispy mix of chorizo and potato chunks makes for a hearty taco filling.
4. Tofu-and-Vegetable Tacos with Eggplant-Ancho Spread
Chef Alyssa Gorelick wraps grilled vegetables and tofu in tortillas with an eggplant-and-ancho-chile spread that gives the tacos a rich, smoky taste.
5. Grilled Salmon-and-Lentil Tacos with Spicy Pickled Onions
Fish tacos get a fall makeover with lentils and onions pickled in apple cider vinegar.
6. Picadillo Tacos
Chef Jenn Louis uses lots of aromatic spices in this hash-like beef picadillo, which also includes toasted almonds and sweet golden rasins.
Healthy Smoothie Recipes To Start Your Day
If you have next to no time to wake up, get ready and have breakfast before going to work, then you should look into to making yourself a healthy smoothie. Don’t make the mistake of skipping this all-important meal because of a lack of time – your day will be longer and harder without something to fuel you. Try one of these healthy smoothie recipes to get your day started – they are delicious and quick to make if you are organised. If you make them right, they are packed with the right vitamins and minerals to keep your body energised and nourished.
Top tips for Healthy Smoothie Making
>> Be prepared! Have the recipe you want to make in mind and the ingredients you need at hand. That way you can pop everything in, blitz and go.
>> Invest in a great tool. Choose a smoothie maker that is easy to use and clean, no one wants to be hassling with cleaning a cumbersome machine.
>> Vary it up. You’ll get bored if you have the same thing every day. A great way to do this is to buy fruits and veggies that you want to use and portion and freeze. If you have a good blender it should blitz frozen ingredients easily and will keep your smoothie nice and chilled.
>> Be smart about ingredients. Make sure you don’t load up with too many sugary fruits that taste good but don’t have substance. You need a balance of fruits, veggies and other ingredients like nut mylks and butters for protein, or avo or coconut oil for satiety. Check out this list of potential smoothie pitfalls so you can avoid them.
>> Add substance. Check out this list of superfoods that can help add nutrients to your smoothies to give you the get-up and go you need.
Some of our Favourite Healthy Smoothie Recipes
Avos are so packed with nutrients and they add a great creamy texture to smoothies. As they contain good fats, they keep you feeling full for longer which is a great way to get your day started.
Chocolate and Avocado Smoothie
Dessert or a smoothie? We’re not sure. It’s good enough to be either.
Avocado, Almond and Cocoa Smoothie
Avocado lends creaminess to this smoothie making it delicious and satisfying.
Berries not only taste amazing but are full of antioxidants. There are a variety of them to choose from, so pick your favourites and get blitzing. Tip: berries work really well if they are frozen and can go straight into your blender to give an icy coolness to your healthy smoothie. This is also a great way of having berries when they are not in season – buy when they are available and freeze for when you need.
The bright colour of berries is an indication of their antioxidants, phytochemicals and flavonoids, all the good things our bodies need to fight free radicals. We love this berry-packed smoothie recipe.
This very pretty in pink, Pinkberry smoothie, is made with antioxidant-rich berries, coconut milk and potassium-rich banana. This is seriously yummy and so satisfying.
Get Up and Go Healthy Smoothies
Nuts and bananas are a great source of energy. Mix and match to find your favourite combo and get a hit of protein from the nuts at the same time.
Nutty Banana Smoothie
A great option for an on-the-go breakfast, prepare just before you leave the house and sip while you start your day.
Banana and Peanut Butter Breakfast Smoothie
Peanut butter and banana are a great combination for a breakfast booster and will help keep you feeling full and energised through the morning.
You know when it’s green it’s going to be good for you! A great way to get your veggies in if you can’t face them at dinner time.
Green Breakfast Smoothie
Cinnamon, apples, and pears are blended with spinach for a quick, on-the-go breakfast smoothie.
Get up and Go green
A gorgeousgreen smoothie that is packed full of nutrients and will start your day off right.
Vegan Green Mamba Smoothie
This refreshing Vegan Green Mamba Spinach Smoothie will kickstart your day. Vegan-friendly and combining banana and avo to keep you full until lunchtime.
Love The Flavour
Start your day with something you just can’t get enough of!
Tropical Fun Smoothie
Mango is known to have antioxidant compounds that fight cancer and lower cholesterol. Drink this smoothie every day for your health, and be transported to a tropical island – at least in your head.
Energy Boost Fully Charged Smoothie
With peanut butter for protein and flavour and pumpkin seeds, almond milk and vanilla, you won’t be able to put this healthy smoothie down!
Healthy Smoothie Bowls
Bowls are all the rage. Try these two flavours.
Carrot Cake-style Smoothie Bowl
How about eating your smoothie instead of drinking it? We love the smoothie bowl trend and this carrot cake smoothie bowl is a winner!
Avocado Smoothie Breakfast Bowl
If you’re not a fan of bananas it can be tough to find a way to thicken your smoothies – using ripe avos is one way to add healthy fats, satiety and texture. Try this delish smoothie bowl recipe.
Risotto is one of those one-pot meals I often forget about until the weather cools off. This Instant Pot version is no-frills, but you can dress it up with any seasonal favorites you want, like roasted squash, end of summer roasted tomatoes, or garlicky greens.
No need to save chicken Alfredo for your neighborhood Italian restaurant. This pasta recipe starts by browning chicken breast and is finishes with a flurry of grated parmesan cheese — and oh, it only requires the Instant Pot.
60 Tasty, Easy Fall Dinner Recipes for Busy Weeknights
These cozy fall dinners and sweater weather are a match made in heaven.
We're not supposed to play favorites, but there's just something about fall dinner recipes that makes autumn our favorite season of the year (hello, comfort food!). Don't get us wrong, we love summer grilling recipes and spring's bounty of bright and beautiful greens &mdash but hearty fall soups, harvest salads, and cozy pasta recipes really warm our hearts (and fill our bellies!). Not to mention the overflow of apples, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and winter squash popping up. With so many fall fruits and vegetables to cook with, the family dinner ideas are endless this season.
Whether you&rsquore up for protein-focused fall recipes or on the hunt for vegetarian autumn recipes, the meals on our list will satisfy every taste. Some of the picks you'll find in our roundup are vegetable based (like butternut squash, cauliflower, and kale dishes), while others fill your bowl with pasta (bring on the Chickpea and Kale Rigatoni!) and creamy risotto. We&rsquove also gathered some kid-friendly fall dinner recipes to please even the pickiest eaters, as well as our favorite fall dinner party ideas to make over the weekend. Who can resist? Make the most of what's in season with these uncomplicated fall dinner ideas.