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If you’re sad to see summer fading in the rearview mirror, cheer up! The fall brings cool, crisp weather and countless opportunities for delicious and healthy fall recipes.

Sure, the Pumpkin Spice Latte is ubiquitous this time of year, but until last year, it didn’t even have any real pumpkin in it. There are plenty of other tastes of fall that you can make in your own kitchen, straight from the garden or seasonal produce section, to enjoy with your whole family.

Here are six fall recipes you can enjoy while getting out those jackets and sweaters.

Pumpkin Risotto

Pumpkins are good for more than just carving on Halloween! Pumpkins are a low-calorie vegetable and are high in fiber, calcium and Vitamins A, C and E. Pumpkin and mushroom risotto is creamy and warm, making it a great comfort food for chilly fall days.

Leeks With Roasted Chicken

Leeks are another familiar flavor of fall. Often featured in soup, this roasted chicken and leek entree is all-in-one: veggies and protein. By stuffing the chicken with the leek tops and roots, you can infuse the flavor into the bird.

After the chicken is roasted, using wine, mustard and vinegar to deglaze the pan and sauté the leek stems, you’ve softened them with the delicious flavor of the chicken. You can invite friends over or enjoy the leftovers for a few days.

Chopped Apple Salad With Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Usually, a few weeks into fall, after several pots of soup or pans of roasted veggies and meat, we begin to long for the raw veggies and fruits of the summer. Enter this apple salad with pomegranate vinaigrette, which has the right amount of crunch and freshness to balance out all of those fall comfort foods.

After you’ve gone apple picking at your local orchard, set aside four apples, like Gala or Granny Smith, to chop over the spinach and endives. Toast walnuts and crumble blue cheese over the top. The pomegranate dressing can be made two days in advance, which makes this recipe great for entertaining.

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Roasted Beets and Feta Cheese

Given their high Vitamin C content, beets are an especially great choice when your first cold of the fall shows up. Beets will be plentiful at your local farmer’s market in the fall if you don’t grow them in your own garden, and this colorful side dish of roasted beets and feta cheese is simple but different.

The prep of peeling and slicing the beets, shallots and parsley will only take minutes. Then, you can let the oven do most of the work! The red juice in beets can make a mess, so be sure to line your baking sheet with aluminum foil and wash your cutting board and knives immediately.

Loaded Mashed Cauliflower

Mashed cauliflower is a great, low-carb alternative to mashed potatoes, and most family members won’t even notice a difference in taste. These loaded cauliflower “mashed potatoes”  have the consistency of mashed potatoes and the crucial bacon crumbles, topped with an onion ring fried in the bacon grease.

If you want to go a healthier route, just leave off the bacon and onion rings. You can thin the mashed cauliflower with low-sodium chicken stock to save even more calories.

Amazon Bean Soup With Winter Squash and Greens

Winter squash are actually harvested in autumn, but maybe they’re so-called because they can stay fresh throughout the colder months. Winter squash is a general term that covers spaghetti, acorn and butternut squash, as well as sugar pumpkins and other lesser-known varieties.

If you really want to wow your guests, serve this amazon bean and squash soup in a hallowed out half of the squash. Just be sure to square off the bottom so the hot soup bowl doesn’t roll off of the table!


While we might miss the abundance of fruits and vegetables that comes during the summer, autumn ushers in a whole different palate of delicious flavors. Try these recipes straight from the garden and you’ll be loving fall in no time!