Indulgent (and Healthy) Fall Recipes

By Abby Henry Singh October 6, 2015Pearls of Wisdom Blog

Welcome the autumn’s cool weather with these comforting fall recipes that feature the season’s best ingredients and flavors. We’ve included our favorite healthy recipes ranging from meals and sides to desserts and beverages which are made with apples, pumpkin, squash, and more.

Apple Strudel Buckwheat Pancakes

Apple strudel pancakes are made with buckwheat flour, which gives them a unique, nutty taste. Top with maple syrup, apple butter, or fresh fruit for the perfect breakfast treat.

HEALTH BENEFITS: These pancakes are made with healthy whole grains to give you lasting energy.

Spicy Sweet Potato Bisque

This soup is a perfect pick-me-up for a cool, fall night. Coconut milk lends sweetness while the the mild spice of curry paste adds a savory touch.

HEALTH BENEFITS: Sweet potatoes contain phytochemicals that may help fend off cancer and heart disease while protecting your vision, immune system, and skin.

Brussels Sprout Slaw with Cranberries and Walnuts

The sweetness of the apples and cranberries go well with the bitterness of the Brussels sprouts in this slaw recipe.

HEALTH BENEFITS: Cruciferous vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts, may help keep you healthy during cancer treatment and decrease your chances for recurrence after treatment.

Caramelized Carrots and Orange Squash

This easy, colorful side dish is the perfect complement to your main course.

HEALTH BENEFITS: Carrots are a great source of vitamin A and antioxidants.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Turnips

Skip traditional mashed potatoes along with the added fat and calories and indulge in this nutrient-packed alternative.

HEALTH BENEFITS: Turnips contain a category of phytonutrients called indoles, which may reduce your risk for developing lung and colorectal cancers.

Chicken with Spinach and Apple

Autumn means one thing apple season. This nutritious recipe combines apples, spinach, and chicken, which means you’re getting servings of both fruits and veggies in one dish.

HEALTH BENEFITS: Chicken provides protein while apples are high in fiber and cancer-fighting antioxidants and spinach is full of fiber folate, carotenoids, and lutein.

Turkey Potpie with Cornbread Crust

Pot pie is the ultimate comfort food, and this healthy version boasts less than 300 calories per serving! Tip:

HEALTH BENEFITS: Turkey is loaded with protein and an assortment of veggies promises to provide fiber and other much-needed nutrients.

Sweet-Hot Pumpkin Seeds with Autumn Spices

Whether you’re carving a jack-o-lantern or baking a pie, save those pumpkin seeds to create this portable seasonal snack.

HEALTH BENEFITS: Pumpkin seeds are a good source of protein, which makes a great snack during treatment days.

Ginger Holiday “Mocktail”

When undergoing cancer treatment, limiting alcohol consumption is a good idea. Try this Ginger Holiday “Mocktail” instead! You can serve this drink hot or cold so it can be a refreshing treat during a holiday party or warm you up on a cold night.

HEALTH BENEFITS: Ginger helps combat nausea after treatments.

 Pear Crisp

If you’re looking for a warm, comforting dessert, this delicious pear crisp is a great option. You can always substitute or add additional fruits to this crisp as well. This recipe also offers whole grains and added fiber from the oats and omega-3 fatty acids from the walnuts.

HEALTH BENEFITS: Pears are a great source of fiber and vitamin C and even provide a little potassium.

Pumpkin Bundt Cake

Need a little more pumpkin spice in your life? Then this Pumpkin Bunt Cake recipe from the American Institute of Cancer Research is just for you.

HEALTH BENEFITS: In addition to being low in calories and fat, pumpkin also is a great source of vitamin A, fiber, and beta-carotene.

 

Abby Henry Singh

Author Abby Henry Singh

Manger Content, Outreach, and Outcomes Abby Henry Singh is a native of Sevierville, Tennessee, and a graduate of Belmont University with a bachelor’s degree in English and history. She has been a member of PearlPoint Cancer Support for over 5 years. Previously, Singh was the Program and Outreach Manger for the Lupus Foundation of America, Mid-South Chapter where she worked to raise disease awareness and support those diagnosed with the disease through educational programs. She is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority and the Belmont English alumni book club.

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