We’ve created a short list of the best recipes for fall, including delicious desserts and hearty entrees that will keep you warm and full while being good for your heart.
1. Butternut Squash Soup
This brightly colored golden bowl of goodness is sure to please. This classic soup is a perfect recipe for cooler fall evenings because it’s thick, creamy, comforting and full of flavor, plus it’s good for the heart. This recipe can also be frozen for future use.
2. Barley risotto with beets
With a sweet, earthy flavor and bright color, beets work perfectly in this healthier version of a classic Italian recipe. It’s impressive yet easy to make, without the fuss of a traditional risotto. Serve with low-fat Greek yogurt for an extra dose of creaminess.
3. Easy roast chicken and vegetables
Why not try making this simple yet tasty dish of roast chicken and vegetables. It’s one of our most popular recipes: a seasonal classic that has all the convenience of a traditional roast, without hurting your heart.
4. Apple Braised Pork Chops
Pork and apple are a classic pairing, making this recipe a standout seasonal dish. Slow cooking the pork chops with the shallots, cider and mustard makes the meat beautifully tender and intensifies the flavors.
5. Chicken and leek crumble pie
This recipe uses chicken and leek with a crispy cheese filling, much less oily than a traditional pie. Another great thing about this recipe is that it makes individual pies, which are suitable for freezing at home. – allowing you to store some in the freezer for a chilly fall evening.
6. Eggplant, chickpea & spinach curry
The slightly warming spices in this recipe are ideal for when the days start to get a little chilly, and the variety of vegetables makes it a great heart-healthy option. For a twist, try replacing eggplant with butternut squash or zucchini.
7. Smoked Cod Stew
This hearty fish stew is inspired by an Icelandic recipe, but contains less salt than the traditional version. You’d never guess this meal was made to be good for you because it’s so creamy, warm, and full of fantastic flavor. A great way to enjoy fish during the fall months.
8. Pear and raspberry crumble
Who can resist a crumble? Well now you don’t have to, because the clever ingredient swapping in this recipe means it has less saturated fat (the kind that’s bad for your heart health). Sweet yet tangy raspberries (or blackberries if you prefer) pair perfectly with chewy pear and crispy crumble to create this comforting fall dessert. Get the most out of your oven and lower your energy bills by placing it on a spare shelf in the oven while you prepare any of the other dishes on this list, such as braised pork, chicken platter or chicken and leek pie.
9. Spicy apple bread and butter pudding
For an indulgent treat that sings with seasonal spices, this version of a classic bread and butter pudding really hits the mark. With a few clever tweaks, we’ve reduced the amount of fat and saturated fat in this recipe, which means you can satisfy your sweet tooth and keep your heart happy too.
10. Hot Spiced Pears
Delicious warming flavors come together in this baked dessert, thanks to sweet spices, rich red wine and orange. Best of all, it’s also low in fat. Get the most out of your oven and lower your energy bills by placing it on a spare shelf in the oven while you prepare any of the other dishes on this list, such as braised pork, chicken platter or chicken and leek pie.
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