5 Shockingly Easy Dinners That Give You That Cozy Fall Vibe
These easy, cozy dinners are as healthful as they are comforting: they’re basically the food equivalent of slipping back into your favorite warm sweater and lined slippers this fall. So often, we associate cozy fall and winter foods with unhealthy ingredients, but the truth is, you can make delicious dinners that taste really rich and hearty while still being packed with lean proteins and vegetables. Check a few of our favorites out here:
With fresh sage, ginger, rosemary, and extra-virgin olive oil, this soup is packed with healthy ingredients but somehow tastes rich and creamy. This is a lighter-feeling option for lunch and dinner, while still being nourishing. It’s extra delicious served with a side of sourdough bread and grass-fed butter.
Pro tip: To make this recipe even easier, buy pre-chopped or frozen butternut squash. It will save you time and the nerve-wracking experience that is trying to cut a squash (without cutting a finger off in the process).
Is there anything more comforting than a bowl of warm, savory grits? (If you’re from the south, you definitely know what I’m talking about.) Try this recipe from Maya Feller, R.D. M.S., registered dietitian and author of The Southern Comfort Food Diabetes Cookbook. It features nutrient-rich seafood broth and offers the option to sub quinoa for grits for extra protein and fiber.
Pro Tip: If you do use grits, we highly recommend using Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free corn grits.
This sweet potato casserole is just what you’re craving on any given cold, dark evening (or morning, really — can you imagine this for breakfast?). It’s salty, sweet, and filled with antioxidants — and it will also make your home smell amazing. In an hour or less, you can have a rich, decadent-feeling dinner that’s still totally good for you. This would be great served with wilted baby spinach with garlic and lemon juice — the bitterness can chop right through the sweet to create a balance.
Pro tip: To make this recipe dairy-free, substitute ghee or coconut oil; just make sure that it’s semi-solid (not melted) for the streusel topping.
When it comes to saving time, cleanup is just as important as prep. This one-pan recipe, which features a mix of seasonal produce like cauliflower and kale — as well as canned beans and frozen vegetables — succeeds at reducing both. All you need is a blender and a casserole dish, so prep and cleanup are an absolute breeze. Pop it in the oven for 30 minutes and you have a flavor-packed dinner with all the cozy vibes.
Pro Tip: This is intended to be a full meal, but you can also add poached eggs or shredded rotisserie chicken on top for more protein.
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