Fall is the best time to prepare delicious, healthy meals. The days are cooler and shorter, so we are more indoors than in summer. We are also happy about the hot stove and oven that add extra warmth to our homes. Autumn offers us lots of delicious and fresh ingredients to work with. To inspire your autumn menu, we've put together this collection of some of our favorite healthy autumn and seasonal dishes for you. They're easy to make – no advanced cooking skills are required to prepare them – and they're as colorful as they are tempting to eat on the plate. Best of all, these dishes are so flavourful that the whole family will enjoy them, but they will suit you perfectly Weight loss plan.
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Here are 15 colorful recipes for your autumn menu:
1. Crème Fraiche and Fruit Sweet Potato Crostini>
Calories per serving: 199
Count on Nutrisystem as: ½ SmartCarb and 3 extras
Crostini are like crunchy little bites of toast with a few complementary ingredients that will delight your palate with a variety of flavors and textures. For our healthy version, we've replaced bread with nutrient-rich sweet potato slices and made them crispy in the air fryer so they're just as crispy as toast. Then we added sweet creme fraiche, dried cranberries, almonds and figs to make open-faced cupcakes that you can enjoy anytime for a snack.
2. Caprese sweet potato crostini>
Calories per serving: 161
Count on Nutrisystem as: 1 PowerFuel and 2 extras
This variation on the crostini couldn't be easier to prepare or more satisfying to eat, making it one of our favorite recipes for a healthy fall. After we have "roasted" the thin sweet potato slices, we add creamy mozzarella, cherry tomato halves and basil leaves. You can eat four of these crostini for one snack (only 161 calories!) Or double them up for a full flex meal.
3. Zoodle Mac and Cheese with Roasted Vegetables>
Calories per serving: 156
Count on Nutrisystem as: 1 PowerFuel, 1 extra and 1 vegetable
You can enjoy mac and cheese and stay on track with your weight loss by making it with zucchini noodles and low fat cheese. (Zoodles are easy to make with a spiralizer and fresh zucchini, or you can buy them already made in the grocery store's produce or frozen food section.) We tossed a mixture of brightly roasted fall vegetables, including broccoli, onion, and diced sweet potatoes . They add flavor and texture – and a serving of non-starchy veggies – so this dish is one step higher than regular old mac and cheese.
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4. Roast chicken with rainbow carrots and potatoes>
Calories per serving: 253
Count on Nutrisystem as: 1 SmartCarb, 1 PowerFuel, 2 extras and ½ vegetables
When the air gets cold, the aroma of an oven-roasted chicken seems to warm the whole house up. We seasoned this version with fresh lemon, rosemary, thyme, garlic and black pepper to give the chicken more flavor but no extra calories. Just add brightly colored carrots and red potatoes to the pan and you have a complete meal that will please the whole family. What's even better is that it is easy to clean with just one pan.
5. Superfood Autumn Health Bowl>
Calories per serving: 289
Count on Nutrisystem as: 1 SmartCarb, 1 PowerFuel, 2 extras and 1½ vegetables
Try this simple, colorful meal in a bowl for a hearty lunch with a mix of great flavors and textures. It contains high-fiber ingredients like lentils, edamame, and kale, plus crispy carrots and pumpkin seeds, all of which are flavored with a quick and easy maple vinaigrette. Do you want more protein? Add two ounces of cooked chicken or turkey breast.
6. Sweet and savory spaghetti pumpkin bowl>
Calories per serving: 288
Count on Nutrisystem as: 1 SmartCarb, 1 PowerFuel, 3 extras and 1 vegetable
After baking, the spaghetti squash can be scooped out in long, thin strands, which are a healthy and filling substitute for pasta. Sauteed sweet potato cubes provide a brilliant color and strong nutrients as well as a slightly sweet taste, which is enhanced by a little honey and cinnamon. The spicy goat cheese gives this complete meal a pleasantly creamy texture in a bowl.
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7. Spicy hummus with white beans>
Calories per serving: 67
Count on Nutrisystem as: 2 extras
The immersion makes snack time a fun and easy way to enjoy one of your daily servings of non-starchy vegetables. Our version of the classic hummus is smooth and creamy, but low in calories and fat. It's easy to make in minutes and contains turmeric, a zesty spice that also boosts your immune system. Serve with a variety of brightly colored chopped vegetables for the ultimate lunch snack.
8. Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chicken Chili>
Calories per serving: 241 (283 when using cream cheese)
Count on Nutrisystem as: 1 SmartCarb, 1 PowerFuel and 1 vegetable (add 1 extra if using cream cheese)
Chili is the perfect way to warm yourself inside when the weather gets colder outside. We make it with chicken and white beans, so it's low in fat and loaded with fiber. Pumpkin gives the sauce a tangy fall flavor that you can spice up with jalapenos and other hot peppers to suit your family's tastes. This colorful dish practically makes itself on its own thanks to the handy slow cooker that gradually heats it up and mixes the flavors.
9. Instant Pot Pumpkin Risotto>
Calories per serving: 267
Count on Nutrisystem as: 1 PowerFuel, 1 SmartCarb and 1 Extra
Risotto turns high-fiber brown rice into a filling and hearty meal that is perfect for autumn days. The sauce on this risotto has the tangy taste of Parmesan and the creamy texture of pumpkin puree. With the Instant Pot the rice is easy to prepare and ready in no time.
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10. Sweet Potato Hash Power Bowl>
Calories per serving: 242
Count on Nutrisystem as: 1 SmartCarb, 1 PowerFuel, ½ vegetables and 2 extras
Power bowls combine a mixture of satisfying flavors and textures in one dish. We started with super nutritious sweet potatoes (a fall favorite) and added peppers and onions, just like we did with the classic breakfast hash. Top with a fried egg and sliced avocado for protein and healthy fats, and you have a meal that will keep you energized all morning long.
11. Autumn noodle salad>
Calories per serving: 214
Count on Nutrisystem as: 1 SmartCarb, 1 PowerFuel and 2 extras
Tired of the same old side dishes? Bring the flavors and colors of autumn to your table with this combination of delicious autumn vegetables and whole wheat pasta. It features cubes of tender sweet potatoes, firm broccoli, chewy dried cranberries, and zesty red onions, plus satisfying bites of fried chicken breast and pieces of cheese.
12. Cashew cream veggie pasta>
Calories per serving: 272
Count on Nutrisystem as: 1 SmartCarb, 1 PowerFuel, 1 vegetable and 1 extra
If you love a creamy pasta dish, but prefer to avoid the lactose or additional fats in dairy products, try this simple cashew cream sauce. It's smooth, rich, and goes perfectly with whole wheat pasta, spinach, and cherry tomatoes. It's so good you might forget about the high-fat alfredo sauce.
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13. Fried beet salad>
Calories per serving: 377
Count on Nutrisystem as: 1 SmartCarb, 1 PowerFuel, 2 extras and 2 vegetables
Beets are very similar to potatoes, only with a tangy edge that makes them more flavorful than mild tubers. After roasting, the beets become tender and slightly sweet, a tasty basis for this grain-based salad. Add in goat cheese, fresh spinach, and arugula and you have a dish filling enough to be a meal.
14. Roasted maple root vegetables>
Calories per serving: 152
Count on Nutrisystem as: 3 extras, 1 vegetable
Slow-boiling beets, carrots and parsnips bring out their natural sweetness and fill your home with the scents of the season. The maple syrup icing enhances these flavors and almost makes you forget you are eating vegetables.
15. Fried maple acorn squash with Brussels sprouts and bacon>
Calories per serving: 299
Count on Nutrisystem as: 1 SmartCarb, 1 PowerFuel, 3 extras and 1 vegetable
Everything here is delicious over the autumn in one delicious dish. You get sweet and tangy acorn gourd, earthy Brussels sprouts, smoky bacon, and maple syrup that complement and balance each other's flavors and textures. It's a vegetable dish that is perfect for holiday meals or family dinners in the fall.
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