The crisp air, bountiful orchards and farmer’s markets all bring out the need for a new twist on an some time favorite foods. At times, the internet can be overwhelming with the number of recipes. Many sites have healthy and delicious options to try. We have selected five unique recipes from Good Housekeeping this month to share with you.
Healthy recipes do not have to be lacking in flavor. The recipes we chose are packed with healthy ingredients and flavor. Always think outside the recipe. If you see an ingredient you don’t care for, create your own twist. No raisins? How about some dried cranberries? You are the master in your kitchen, so create the dish that makes your mouth water. Have fun with it!
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Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash With Cranberries and Feta
Acorn squash and cranberries are powerhouses of antioxidants. Free radicals make it difficult to maintain overall good health. These antioxidant packed goodies neutralize those harmful molecules.
As an added bonus, Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash with Cranberries and Feta contains 100% whole grains.
Creating a dish with this squash as the base is both savory and sweet. Top it with the ingredients listed in the Good Housekeeping recipe, or change it up to fit your own tastes.
Need another reason to love this dish? The recipe shows a ten minute prep time and only 45 minutes to cook. A delicious, vegetarian fall delight in under an hour.
Supercarb Loaded Sweet Potatoes
The photo says it all – delicious! Sweet potatoes have increased in popularity. Unique and scrumptious ways to prepare them has as well.
Supercard Loaded Sweet Potatoes, from the Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, turns a simple potato into a hearty meal. Add your own favorite twist with veggies, cheeses or legumes.
Just seven ingredients, and under an hour from preparation to table, this recipe can be a go-to for weekday nights.
Autumn Squash Salad
Salads change with the season. They don’t have to be the same old greens and veggies. Autumn brings options like squash, apples and more. Explore your local farmer’s market and discover some new options to add flavor to your salads.
Autumn Squash Salad is a one dish prep. Toss together the squash, chicken and seasonings on a baking sheet. Less than an hour later, you have a hearty salad sure to please most anyone.
You may want to add some antioxidant rich cranberries for added health benefits and flavor. Maybe you have a couple apples left over from the orchard. Chop them up and toss on top. The options are endless.
Savory Pumpkin and Sage Soup
Autumn brings about cravings for hearty soups. There are the traditional chicken and vegetable soups but pumpkins are good for more than carving and seeds. Keep in mind, if your time is limited, using canned pumpkin puree is an option.
Savory Pumpkin and Sage Soup is a hearty soup that needs little more to be a meal. This thick soup is created from the pumpkin “meat”. That stuff you scrape out for the kids before carving!
The ability to serve this dish hot or cold makes it a unique soup. To serve cold, allow it to cool a bit then refrigerate for at least four hours. Consider a side of multigrain bread.
Healthy Makeover: Pumpkin Bread
Pumpkin fans have another reason to love that fall favorite flavor. Good Housekeeping shares a recipe that is packed with flavor. However, it is not packed with the traditional saturated fats and cholesterol though.
Good Housekeeping describes Healthy Makeover: Pumpkin Bread as a twist on the traditional recipe that your friends and family won’t even suspect was revised. The canola oil, egg whites and low fat yogurt blend can be used in other bread recipes as well.
A perk of pumpkin bread is the versatility. A delicious dessert in the evening or paired with a cup of coffee to start your day.
Although these fall favorites are easier to find while leaves are falling and the air is cooling, keep an eye out for them all year long. Sometimes enjoying a familiar comfort food is just what you need after a long day; no matter what time of the year.