40+ Healthy Fall Recipes for People Who Want Comfort Food Without the Calories


The arrival of autumn’s cooler temps makes cozy comfort foods seem more appealing than ever, but integrating more seasonal superfoods into your fall recipes can make your favorite hearty dishes way healthier. Fall produce and seasonal flavors allow home cooks to make supercharged swaps for traditional ingredients in some of our favorite dishes, from soul-warming casseroles to bountiful pasta medleys. There’s no better time to load up on fresh produce like apples, squash, beets, Brussels sprouts, cranberries, kale, pumpkin, and potatoes during the harvest season when they’re at their peak. Using in-season fruits and veggies brings out the best flavors in this collection of easy dinner and lunch ideas.

Our favorite recipes are developed so you don’t have to sacrifice taste for a meal that’s properly balanced and holistically healthy. Whether you’re following a vegetarian, vegan, or low-carb diet, there’s something for everyone on the menu (including kid-friendly weeknight heroes like a light chicken parm). Dig into these piping hot soups, fresh salads, smoky chilis, and roasted veggies knowing that you’re eating something truly wholesome, as these meals are all low-calorie, nutrient-dense options. There’s even slow cooker and Instant Pot ideas for the chilly nights when you want to come home to a readymade dinner. If you need more fall menu inspiration, don’t miss our best pumpkin and butternut squash recipes. Plus, we also have all things Thanksgiving covered, like these vegetarian and vegan choices that every health-conscious guest will appreciate.