Luscious reds, golden oranges, and green leaves scattering the sidewalks, cool and crisp air, mugs of hot coffee, snuggling up in cozy knit everything, scented candles, fireplaces, riverside sunset runs, baking, and warm comforting foods.
Just a handful of reasons why Fall is unequivocally is my favorite season. F. Scott Fitzgerald said it right when he said,
"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall."
My wonderful friend, Joscelyn, of the amazing food blog, WifeMamaFoodie, posted her 15 Must Try Healthy Pumpkin Recipes to Celebrate Fall to kick off the first official autumn day last week. Her pumpkin-crumb muffins would be the perfect thing to nibble on with a warm mug of coffee on a crisp fall morning!
I always have said that I can smell fall in the air. Nothing makes me happier than to spend leisurely days in the kitchen with all the wonderful fall produce popping up everywhere. But lately work and life has been a little crowded, so it's been about sticking to quick meals. Unfortunately that doesn't leave much time for me to play around with recipe development-- so, I decided to round up my 14 favorite fall recipes from last year to get you in the mood for the season!
14 Favorite Fall Recipes
Breakfast and Sweets
1. Strawberry-Rhubarb Chia Jam Crisp: Swap out these strawberries and rhubarb for some more seasonal fruit like apples or peaches-- the easiest and healthiest crisp recipe that uses oat flour, coconut oil, and a dash of coconut sugar to make the crumble just right.
2. Chocolate Banana Zucchini Walnut Bread: Everyone is swimming in loads of zucchini still as we transition to fall- use them up on this nutritent-dense, chocolatey banana bread to share with friends and family.
3. Vegan/Gluten-Free Buckwheat Pancakes with Cashew Cream: There's nothing like weekend morning pancakes on a beautiful autumn morning. Cater to everyone's needs and tastebuds with these fluffy buckwheat pancakes with decadent cashew cream, topped with any fruit you like!
4. Pumpkin Oat & Quinoa Granola: I adore granola to add a little flavor and crunch to my usual morning greek yogurt, but store-bought ones are usually loaded up on oils and sugars. Not this one that even a beginner cook can make! Pumpkin puree and spices give classic granola a fall touch. It's also vegan/gluten-free, and has lots of healthy fats with flax seeds and coconut oil.
And Everything Else
5. Butternut Squash Carbonara w/Sage-Maple Bacon: This is basically a dressed-up and more nutritious version of mac and cheese. With bacon. Oh, and the pasta is Banza, so, gluten-free chickpea pasta with 14g of protein per serving. You're welcome!
6. Farro & Veggie Stuffed Peppers: Fall bell peppers at the market come in such gorgeous colors and varieties-- they also come in a pinch for an easy weeknight dinner like this. Use a leftover grain, whatever veggies you got, and stuff them inside those peppers to roast for awhile!
7. Autumn Butternut Thyme Soup: Nothing says fall quite like butternut + soup. Perfect for those chillier days, make a big pot of this and stick leftovers in the freezer when stuck in a pinch.
8. Baked Cauliflower au Gratin: Looking for a casserole-like dish to warm up your tummies? This creamy cauliflower bake is rather simple to make but it looks like you put a lot of effort in (and doesn't every homecook like that?). Dairy-free/vegan substitutes are listed, as well.
9. Chunky Chicken Chili: When I'm getting sick, I don't reach for chicken noodle soup- I want a big bowl of this hearty, chunky chicken chili that's got some spice to clear up my sniffles and a medley of veggies to provide lots of nutrition to help your body stay healthy.
10. Zucchini Noodles w/Kale-Walnut Pesto: The zoodle craze is here to stay, and there's nothing better than a rich tasting, nutrient-dense kale-walnut pesto to mix it in with.
11. Roasted Delicata Squash: I had never tried delicata squash until last year, but it's actually my favorite winter squash now for it's simplicity. You can eat the skin, so there's less prepwork too!
12. Gluten-Free Sweet Potato-Thyme Biscuits: I made these for my family's Thanksgiving last year, and it was a hit! A perfect blend of flavors, I was eating leftovers for breakfast in the following days with a teeny bit of butter and a drizzle of honey!
13. Sage Maple Roasted Chickpeas: Easiest fall snack that gives you a little protein with your carbs for a sweet-tooth fix. The hint of sage in the maple makes all the difference.
14. Roasted Brown-Butter & Sage Butternut Squash: All this talk about butternut squash, and no one tells you how to break one down without chopping a finger off. Here's my step-by-step tutorial here, and a recipe for the simplest flavorful roasted butternut you've ever had.