35 Healthy Recipes That Put Fall Produce to Good Use
These seasonal recipes feature our favorite fall-friendly foods turned into some of the top tastes of autumn — and all without breaking the bank. Indeed, as these fruits and vegetables reach peak season (and become their most delicious), they become more affordable, easier to find, and quite bountiful at your neighborhood supermarket. Use this collection of acorn squash, Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, apples, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, and beets recipes to inspire your dinners, snackers, and desserts. Enjoy them all season long!
Roasted Acorn Squash Salad
There are a ton of fresh fall flavors in this savory salad, including acorn squash, apple cider vinegar, dried cranberries, and chopped pistachios. "Fantastic," raves voraciousgirl. "I love the dressing. I added some poached chicken breast to make it a full dinner."
Acorn Squash Risotto
You'll fold savory mashed acorn squash into a creamy risotto with rosemary and grated Parmesan and Fontina cheeses.
Roasted Honey Cinnamon Acorn Squash
"Caramelized roasted honey cinnamon acorn squash is drizzled with honey and cinnamon, and sprinkled with crumbled cheese and crunchy almonds." — Culinary Envy
Apple-Stuffed Acorn Squash
Roasted acorn squash combines with chopped Granny Smith apples, golden raisins, and shredded Cheddar cheese. "Nothing says fall like apples and acorn squash," says Heather. "The apples and onions make a great flavor combination!"
Wild Rice Stuffed Acorn Squash
You'll stuff acorn squash with cornbread stuffing mix, chopped fresh mushrooms, and wild rice flavored with garlic and sage. "Delicious and super flexible," says Nicholio.
Spicy Brussels Sprout Chips
Here's a spicy, addictive twist on veggie chips. Brussels sprout leaves are tossed in olive oil and Dijon mustard and roasted until crisp.
Kale, Cabbage, and Brussels Sprout Salad
"Hale and hearty, this kale salad is a powerhouse of nutrients," says Crystal S. "The salad bursts with the flavor of mandarin oranges, sweet and tart strawberries, and has a pleasant poppy-seed dressing. When mangoes are in season, you can substitute them for the mandarin oranges or walnuts and pomegranates, toasted cashews or walnuts, and apples in the fall for different flavors."
Bacon, Brussels Sprouts, and Mushroom Linguine
You'll toss tender linguine with bacon, Brussels sprouts, crimini mushrooms, and a little grated Parmesan cheese. "Simple dish, great for weeknight supper," says Magnolia Blossom. "I added garlic and shallots for an added boost of flavor."
Brussels Sprout Slaw
In this quick and easy slaw, Brussels sprouts, dried cherries, almonds, and Parmesan cheese are tossed in a simple olive oil, white vinegar, honey, and brown mustard vinaigrette. "This is the best Brussels sprouts salad I have ever eaten," says dewyew2. "Delicious!"
Pan-Roasted Chicken with Lemon-Garlic Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes
Chicken breasts are roasted on a bed of potatoes and lemony Brussels sprouts. "A delicious one-pan dinner that tastes like you cooked all day but only takes a small amount of hands-on time," says LAMBR. "Great flavor and easy clean-up! We make extra sprouts, my family loves them."
Butternut Mascarpone Gnocchi
Light, tender, and delicious, these gnocchi feature butternut squash and mascarpone cheese with a hint of sage. "Pure heaven in your mouth and fun to make, too," says chefster.
Butternut Squash and Turkey Chili
A healthy, delicious, and filling chili, it combines ground turkey breast with diced butternut squash, green chilies, diced tomatoes, kidney beans, white hominy, and tomato sauce, and seasonings. "This chili is basically a miracle," says jen. "Delicious, incredibly healthy, and fast."
Butternut Squash Risotto
Butternut squash lends its naturally sweet flavor to this creamy risotto. "Great comfort food," says Chef Shills. "Quite yummy!"
Turkey Lasagna with Butternut Squash, Zucchini, and Spinach
Here's a new spin on a classic Italian favorite. It features layers of butternut squash, zucchini, fresh spinach, cheeses, noodles, and meat sauce starring ground turkey. "Loved all this garden goodness," says luv2bake. "Wonderful, wholesome, and delicious!"
Butternut and Apple Harvest Soup
This comforting soup brings together a medley of Autumn vegetables — potatoes, butternut squash, carrots, apples, and leeks. "Perfect soup! A balance of tangy and mellow, sweet and savory," says SunnyByrd. "Comforting, fresh, and wholesome."
Dijon Pork with Apples and Cabbage
"A honey-mustard marinade gives pork a tangy-sweet punch," says Molly Gilbert. "Charred cabbage and apple make a crunchy side dish."
Apple Pumpkin Muffins
Canned pumpkin and chopped apple create extra-moist muffins. Made with whole-wheat flour, these are perfect for a breakfast-on-the-go or an afternoon snack. "Wanted a healthy, tasty muffin to use up all the extra apples my neighbor gave me," says Stephanie. "Love these muffins."
Baked Apple Roses
So impressive but actually quite simple! Apple slices are arranged in rose shapes on puff pastry and baked in individual ramekins to create a gorgeous fruit dessert or breakfast Danish. "These were delicious and super easy to make," says RainbowJewels. "I drizzled them with some warm caramel, and it was amazing."
Spicy Apple Cake
A spicy cake made with fresh apples, ground cinnamon, and nutmeg. A wonderful treat for the harvest season. "An easy and delicious cake with a creamy frosting," says Linda. "Great for apple-spice lovers!"
Apple Jicama Coleslaw
A crispy, crunchy, and refreshing coleslaw recipe featuring apples, jicama, and a sweet-hot dressing. "A Killer recipe," says Baking Nana. "The CornNuts are not optional! Fresh, delicious, and oh so good!"
Chef John's Chicken and Mushrooms
With this recipe, Chef John proves that delicious doesn't need to mean complicated or elaborate. He builds big flavor using just two main ingredients — chicken and mushrooms — plus salt and pepper, a splash of olive oil for sautéing, and a touch of butter for finishing the dish. The trick is searing the chicken to a beautiful brown crust and cooking the mushrooms so they give off their natural juices.
Hungarian Mushroom Soup
This creamy mushroom soup is seasoned generously with dill, paprika, parsley, and lemon juice. A little sour cream at the end adds rich flavor. "Truly superb," raves BG Adams. "If you love mushrooms and you love soup, this recipe is for you."
Portobello Mushroom Burgers
Meet the steak of veggie burgers! Serve the grilled marinated mushroom caps on a bun with lettuce, tomato, and aioli sauce. "Wonderful flavor," says TRACIDU. "They were filling, but not heavy!"
Chef John's Meatless Meatballs
These vegetarian meatballs are made with sauteed mushrooms. You'll be amazed by their hearty taste and perfect texture. "Thanks to a thorough browning, mushrooms provide more than enough savoriness," says Chef John. "The garlic, cheese, and parsley do the rest. What really blew me away was how close the texture was to actual meatballs. They are officially approved for use on spaghetti!"
Salisbury Steak with Mushrooms
This classic, comforting dish is made with seasoned beef patties simmered in a homemade mushroom and onion sauce. "The mushroom and onion gravy is wonderful over mashed potatoes or rice," says Krystal Green Wetter.
Sweet Potato and Coconut Bread
Mashed sweet potato, flaked coconut, and walnuts are baked into a delightful bread perfect with a cup of coffee or tea. "I loved this," says Star. "It turned out perfect! Not too sweet but very filling."
Sweet Potato Enchiladas
Corn tortillas are stuffed with a seasoned sweet potato and cream cheese filling and baked with enchilada sauce and cheese. "Now this is one of my all-time favorite meals," says LIBBYS04. "And I have served it to so many people — everyone always loves it."
Ham and Sweet Potato Soup
This creamy ham and sweet potato soup is the perfect comfort food to serve on chilly winter evenings. "Really a simple, fast, and delicious soup," says Kelly2. "The flavor is wonderful. The creamy broth has enough flavor to carry a lot."
Scalloped Sweet Potatoes and Butternut Squash
Here's a colorful twist on scalloped potatoes. You'll layer sweet potatoes and butternut squash with a cream sauce and Asiago cheese. Heather Billings gave it five stars: "Decadent!" she says. "All the girls devoured it at the party."
Sweet Potato Pie VII
You can really taste the sweet potatoes in this creamy wonderful pie. There 's buttermilk stirred into the filling and a bit of vanilla, but no spices, so the finished pie is mostly sweet potato. "This is the best sweet potato pie I have ever tasted," says LIGHTHOUSELADY. "Everyone just loved it."
Beet Salad with Goat Cheese
Beets, goat cheese, candied walnuts, and baby greens combine in this delicious salad. It's a great meatless main course with a little roasted or grilled chicken. "My fav salad of all time," raves gracegirl. "And I don't even like beets! I rave about this salad to my friends and family. Fresh beets make all the difference."
Red Beet Eggs for a Crowd
This recipe for ruby-red pickled eggs and beets is so easy to make. Just mix the ingredients and marinate hard-cooked eggs in your refrigerator for one to three days for a pretty and tasty side dish that serves a crowd.
Roasted Beets 'n' Sweets
Beets baked with sweet potatoes and onion make for a colorful, delicious fall or winter side dish.
Here's a fun way to serve beets! Boil and serve these little dumplings immediately after you make them or freeze them for later. "This is a great way to enjoy beets," says Flipper. "My family loved them."
Beef and Beet Borscht
Borscht is a traditional Russian and Polish soup made with beets and cabbage simmered in a rich broth. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream to add a little decadence. "The way the tangy, rich cream melts into the hot, beefy broth is a wonder to behold," says Chef John.