Fall is in full swing. With the change in season comes shorter, cooler days, but it’s also time to roast, braise, and bake your way through our favorite fall recipes. Try any one of these ten recipes to welcome the season with healthy and delicious flavors.

1. Spicy corn chowder

This recipe takes full advantage of the late summer bounty of fresh sweet corn and basil but can also be made with frozen corn. The turmeric and cayenne pepper have anti-inflammatory properties and can be adjusted to preference. Note that you can also substitute the cream from full-fat coconut milk for yogurt if you are dairy-free or vegan. Simply chill a can of full-fat coconut milk overnight and skim the cream from the top.

2. Ginger peanut sauce

Sometimes one sauce can take your cooking in many different directions. This is one such sauce that just so happens to help alleviate inflammation and promote digestion. Make a batch of this sauce and use for stir fry, as a dip, or in pasta. Note that this recipe is also dairy-free!

3. Green fried rice

You know those times when you are starving and just want food to appear as if by magic? If you happen to have some leftover rice on hand, this recipe is about as close as you can get without picking up the takeout menu. Fried rice is warm and comforting on chilly fall days. This recipe comes together in a flash and is high in protein, selenium, and vitamins A and C. Feel free to add any of your favorite veggies to this recipe, including fall greens that may be coming up in your garden.

4. Baked sweet potato fries

During the hottest summer months, turning the oven on is the last thing you may want to do. As the days get shorter and cooler, the oven comes back into play, especially for roasting. This easy and delicious recipe includes directions for making sweet potato ketchup. Sweet potatoes are high in magnesium, a mineral that is essential for over 300 functions in the body. Since more than 50% of adults in the U.S. don’t get their recommended daily allowance of magnesium, this is a great way to make sure you are the better half.

For those of you with a glut of sweet potatoes, make your own puree for the ketchup (instead of buying) by boiling or roasting and then blending sweet potatoes until smooth. You need just under two cups of puree.

5. Spice-roasted carrots

Take advantage of your first crop of fall carrots by roasting them with cinnamon, cumin, and cayenne. Control your level of spice to help control inflammation, and eat them as a snack when you need a quick energy boost.

Spice-roasted carrots can also be pureed and used as a side dish for grass-fed, hormone-free grilled steak.

6. Polenta with wild mushroom Bolognese

Few things are more comforting to eat than rich, creamy polenta finished with cheese and maybe a dab of butter. In this recipe, polenta is paired with a wild mushroom Bolognese, an Italian sauce traditionally made with ground beef. Mushrooms can mimic the texture of beef and provide numerous health benefits, including a boost in immunity. This can be welcome, as fall means the start of school and a traditional spike in doctor’s visits. While cheese is traditional, for a vegan option, eliminate cheese and butter, swirling in a dash of best-quality olive oil instead.

7. Cinnamon tea poached pears

This recipe scents your house gently with cinnamon as the pears poach, offering a total sensory experience. The pears simmer gently in a spicy broth, becoming infused with all of the flavors of honey, cinnamon, and lemon. You can serve them with whipped cream, or substitute coconut whipped cream for a vegan option. Chill a can of full-fat coconut milk and skim the cream, then whip with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.

8. Crunchy cinnamon granola

Here is another fall recipe that offers an excuse to fire up the oven, warming up the house and sweetly scenting the air. Crunchy cinnamon granola has infinite possibilities in terms of varying the dried fruits and levels of spice to taste. Get your kids involved in making this easy granola; for more than one flavor, divide the recipe in half and let each child choose their own dried fruits and levels of spice.

For a gluten-free option, make sure your oats are certified gluten-free. Although oats are naturally gluten-free, they are one of the most cross-contaminated cereals. Look for gluten-free certification to ensure they are truly gluten-free.

9. Salmon two ways with five sauces

The end of August is the beginning of wild salmon season in Alaska. Salmon is an excellent source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, a crucial anti-inflammatory compound found in this flavorful fish. Wild salmon is now being more sustainably harvested and is better for you than farmed salmon that is often filled with antibiotics.

Grilled or broiled and topped with a delicious sauce, wild salmon is an easy, healthy dish that has infinite possibilities.

10. Gluten-free meals in a snap

One of the easiest, most comforting meals is a big bowl filled with grains, some type of protein, seasonal vegetables, and a delicious sauce. Follow this formula to assemble delicious bowls that can be customized for different palates. Even the pickiest eater can be satisfied here!

Fall recipes are warm and comforting. Flavors are created by long, slow roasting times and generous use of spice and flavor. What are your favorite recipes to welcome fall?


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