Colder temperatures and shorter days mean cozy sweaters, warm socks, and the aroma of pumpkin spice. It also means cooking warming and comforting foods that nourish and satisfy.
If you are looking for healthy fall recipes that are easy, delicious, and filling, check out this list. Here you will find healthy salads, soups, side-dishes, main-dishes, desserts, and more. All these recipes are easy and fun to make and are perfect for a fall menu.
Ready for a cozy breakfast or brunch? Here are a few healthy fall-themed recipes for you to try.
Make them for the whole family or enjoy all by yourself. These breakfast recipes might give you some new options you haven't thought about before.
If you have some left-over pumpkin puree, why not add it to your morning oatmeal? Sprinkle some chia seeds on top for a nutrition boost, and you'll have a filling breakfast to start the day.
These Healthy Oatmeal Pancakes are made from scratch using whole grain rolled oats and topped with the delicious apple cinnamon topping. Pancakes don't get any more appropriate for fall.
If you are looking for the easiest breakfast possible, this is it. All you have to do is to put all ingredients in a bowl, sprinkle them with cinnamon and enjoy.
These Healthy Sweet Potato Waffles are perfect for brunch. You can serve them with sweet as well as with savory toppings. For a balanced meal, serve them with avocado, blanched spinach, and a fried egg.
Salads are not the most popular fall dishes, but they are still an essential part of a healthy menu.
Making raw salads with fall vegetables is a great way to eat more fiber and other important nutrients.
Salads made with roasted vegetables are more filling and can even be served as a side dish.
Turnip might be not the most popular fall vegetable, but it's packed with nutrients and fiber. This raw salad is very easy to make and tastes great with many main dishes.
If you are looking for an alternative to coleslaw, this is it. This cabbage salad is made without mayo and includes both green and red cabbage. It's also budget-friendly and will last in the fridge for a few days.
This tabbouleh salad is made with apples and walnuts. They add an interesting texture and some sweetness to this classic dish. Perfect as a salad and you can also serve it as a side dish.
This Kale and Beet Salad is made with only 5 ingredients. It's a perfect salad to make ahead and take to work the next day to eat for lunch. You can also serve it as a side-dish for dinner.
Fall is the beginning of the soup season. Warming and comforting fall soups can be just as healthy as they are delicious. All you have to do is cook them using the right ingredients.
And the best part is that you can make them in large amounts. Cook a big pot on the weekend and then eat all week.
This Hearty Vegetable Soup is so rich and filling that you won't believe it's completely meatless. In addition, it's also very easy to make using ingredients most people have in their fridge and pantry.
This is a lentil soup with a kick! It's so spicy that it will quickly warm you up on a rainy cold evening. This budget-friendly soup is very easy to make and is perfect for meal-prep.
Butternut squash and barley is a classic fall combination. And when they are combined in a filling warming soup, you know you have the perfect comforting meal for a cold rainy evening.
If you are a lucky owner of the popular kitchen appliance, why not put it to good use and make this Mushroom Barley Soup. It's quick to make that you can even cook it on a weeknight.
Fall is the perfect time of year to cook vegetable-based side dishes.
When cooked properly, vegetables are delicious and make us feel fool longer.
Most fall vegetables can be cooked in advance, which makes them perfect for meal-prep.
Braised Red Cabbage is a classic German side dish. The best part about it is that it tastes better the next day so it's absolutely perfect for meal prep.
Roasted vegetables are the classic fall side dish perfect for any occasion. Toss them with olive oil, add some garlic and thyme and then bake them to perfection in the oven.
Many people avoid cooking beets because beets take a longe time to cook. But you can considerably shorten the time it takes to cook beets by shredding or spiralizing them first.
If you know how to cook butternut squash, you are pretty much set for the season. In this complete guide, you will learn how to cook butternut squash for soups, salads, and side dishes. In addition, it shows you how to make butternut squash puree and roast butternut squash seeds.
Keep warm and cozy this fall with these easy dinner recipes that are sure to satisfy everyone in your family.
Comforting foods don't have to be heavy, so skip the cheese and excessive carbs and try something new instead.
Oats for dinner? Yes, please! These Savory Steel Cut Oats are filling and satisfying. The oats pair very well with sauteed mushrooms and thyme adds just the right amount of fresh flavor.
These Healthy Turkey Meatballs are first baked in the oven and then mixed with the rich red pepper sauce. They are perfect for lunch or dinner served with the above-listed side dishes and salads.
Tuna chili? Why not? Make this creative variation of the favorite classic, and you will be wondering why you haven't cooked it before. Top it with avocado, red onions, cilantro, and some lime juice to boost nutrition and flavor of the dish.
If you've never tried a meatless goulash, you will be pleasantly surprised. This Vegan Mushroom Goulash is rich, flavorful, and super filling. Serve it over healthy grains, roasted vegetables, or even as a spaghetti sauce for a delicious fall-inspired meal.
Desserts & Baking
The best part of fall is fall-inspired desserts. Think apples and a lot of warming spices such as cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, and cardamom.
These desserts are very easy to make, and you can enjoy them on a Sunday afternoon or prepare them for a dinner party.
This Pear Cranberry Crisp is made without flour or cornstarch. It's low in added sugar and generously spiced with the popular fall and winter spices. This simple dessert is perfect for satisfying a sweet craving in a healthy way.
Baked apples are the ultimate fall dessert. And when they are paired with smooth ricotta cheese, you know you are getting a treat from heaven. Serve them at a dinner party, and nobody will know that you spent almost no time preparing them.
This Healthy Apple Cake is filled with raisins and small apple pieces. And of course, there is just the right amount of cinnamon. Serve it for brunch as a coffee cake or take it to work to have as a snack.
Who doesn't love a good oatmeal cookie? And when they are made a little bit healthier, it's simply a win-win. These Oatmeal Cookies are made with whole spelt flour and are refined sugar free.
Delicious warming drinks make the short cold fall days a little bit better.
Keep them healthy by avoiding excessive sweeteners and don't overindulge in high-calorie drinks with whipping cream.
Instead, try these homemade alternatives. Who knows, you might like them even better.
What can be better on a dark, gloomy evening than a cup of hot chocolate? This rich and creamy hot chocolate is made with cinnamon for a little extra flavor boost.
Did you know you can make tea using thyme you buy for cooking? It's very easy to make, and you can make it using fresh or dried thyme.
Learn how to make Hot Apple Cider from scratch. It's a perfect DIY project for a cold, windy weekend. This apple cider is seriously addictive. Make it once, and you will want to make it again and again.