Every season comes with certain celebrations, and celebrations usually come with lots of food. However, there’s no reason delicious dishes can’t be healthy as well, and this season surely offers you plenty of healthy ingredients that you can combine. So, whether you’re planning a menu for some celebration or simply looking for something healthy to spice up your family meals, here are a few recipes to consider this fall.
Nothing says fall better than caramel apples, and why not offer your kids this treat that is both delicious and healthy. All you need is apples, wooden popsicles, caramel, agave, butter, salt, sugar, and some nuts to add to the caramel later. It’s not had to make, and if any apples are left, you can store them in the fridge for up to a month – although that will most likely not be necessary. Just be careful when mixing caramel with agave, sugar, butter, and salt, as you don’t want the mixture to come out too runny.
Stuffed peppers are great for a family dinner or buffet. Plus, they are healthy, and they are easy to eat without making a mess. They take about 20 min to make and 30 min to cook, and you can also be creative with the stuffing. You can eat them alone, or you can serve them with something else your family likes. Also, if you’re feeling creative, you can carve something interesting in the peppers to make them even more appealing to your kids.
Spirulina is a very healthy ingredient that is unfortunately not so tasty on its own – but you can always combine it with something else and make a healthy and tasty treat. For example, spirulina lemon bites would be perfect for the season. What you need is ½ cup of raw pumpkin seed and the same amount of raw pecan seeds and unsweetened shredded coconut, 1 cup of chopped dates, 2 tbs. of hemp hearts ½ cup, 2 tbs. of healthy spirulina, and 2 tbs. of lemon juice. Chop the dates and prepare the other ingredients, process the pumpkin seeds, pecans, and dates in a food processor for about 15 seconds, add the remaining ingredients, and pulse until smooth.
Can you really go through this season without making a pumpkin pie at least once? What you need is canned pumpkin puree, and a roasted pie pumpkin or squash. You can make your own pastry dough or you can buy one from the store. Of course, you can decorate it with whipped cream and cinnamon, depending on your own preferences – but if you have kids, whipped cream will probably be a must.
If you like hosting social gatherings, and you happen to have vegan friends, this is one dish that you can safely serve. Plus, it’s also gluten-free, and it only takes about 10 minutes to prepare before putting it in the oven. Of course, you’d need to peel the squash and cut it into cubes first. Just keep in mind that if you have sensitive skin, you might want to wear gloves for this, as all the vitamin A in the squash can cause your skin to peel a bit. Once that’s done, it’s time to add all the flavors – smoked paprika, turmeric, and a touch of garlic. Spread it out on a large sheet pan, and roast it. Once it’s done, you can also add some parsley. The smoky and spicy flavor is bound to impress your guests, so make sure there’s plenty of it to go around.
If you crave something that is both sweet and healthy, this is the recipe for you. You need raw cranberries, one orange that you’ll first grind or mix, raspberry or strawberry jam, and some sugar. Usually, you’d use one pound of cranberries to one orange, and jam and sugar you can add to taste. It shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes to make, and if you have kids, you can rest assured that they would love this healthy treat.
This fall, spice up your usual sweets and meals by making them not just good-looking and tasty but also healthy. Do some research online as you can easily find more recipes, try the above-listed dishes, and throwing on a few pounds for winter is going to be easier than ever before.