The leaves are changing, the air is crisp and pumpkin everything is filling the shelves faster than you can say “apple cobbler.” It’s officially fall. Nothing beats this season for its fragrant, spicy smells and abundance of seasonal squash and apple offerings. We can’t get enough of it! Which is why we’ve put together a handy guide that can fuel your autumnal cooking arsenal with inspiration and your belly with seasonal goodness. Your taste buds are going to fall in love with fall!
First though, it all starts with learning foods to harvest yourself or choose from during this time of year. Because there’s nothing more delicious than foods when their in season, especially fall foods which need to be just ripe before using and enjoying. Here are some foods to stock up on while they’re in season:
- Belgian Endive
- Brussels Sprouts
- Date Plums
- Figs (early fall, late summer)
- Key Lime
- Muscadine Grapes
- Sweet Potatoes
- Swiss Chard
- Winter Squash
Cozy Fall Porridges
Not much says comfort like a hot bowl of porridge on a sunny (or cloudy) fall morning. There’s something so nourishing found in porridge that makes us feel more wholesome and healthy with every last bite. We have lots of porridge recipes you can choose from, but why not start with these 10 healthy, flavor-packed options?
From breakfast to lunch, down to dinner and dessert, there are so many cozy recipes you can make with everyone’ favorite fall food: pumpkin! See 20 cozy pumpkin recipes here!
How to Use Pumpkin Flesh and Seeds
Aside from just the typical recipes, there are many culinary uses for pumpkin from the flesh to the seeds, and in many ways you wouldn’t normally think of. See 10 uses for pumpkin seeds and flesh here!
Fall Inspired Soups
Now’s the time of year where we’re ready for slow-cookers, heavy pots for stews and soups, and bowls of warmth to comfort the chilly nights approaching our doorsteps. Soups are one of the easiest foods to make plant-based and also some of the most filling and inexpensive. Though you can make raw soups in the summer, there’s nothing like that first bowl of warming soup on a chilly fall night too soothe the soul. Here are all of our soup recipes for endless meal ideas all season long!
Who says salads are just for summer? With ingredients like roasted squash, apples, beets, nuts, grapes and fresh, leafy greens, fall salads can be just as delicious and satisfying when made in the fall. Try all our hearty salads when you need something to accompany your next bowl of soup, or to enjoy for a lighter meal instead!
Gluten-Free Baked Fall Goods
For those wanting some dessert without all the refined flour, try baking with some of our special tips for yummy, gluten-free fall recipes. From pie to cakes and everything in between, healthy, delicious recipes await all your fall baking needs!
Raw Vegan Fall Snacks
If you’re a raw foodie and wondering how to enjoy all these yummy seasonal eats without the oven, then these snack ideas are a great place to start. Plenty of foods can be enjoyed raw, no matter what the temps are outside. Check out these healthy snack recipes that aren’t just seasonal, but also satisfying and healthy too!
Along with soup, casseroles also start to appear more often this time of year. These “all in one” dishes are great if you’re short on time, tired of traditioal recipes, or just want to try out a new ingredient without changing the whole recipes. For instance, you can swap layers of potatoes or noodles out for strips of butternut squash or eggplant instead. Implement mushrooms in place of meat, and even slices of beets and carrots instead of tomatoes. Try out all our favorite cozy casserole recipes for your fall dinners and, of course, cozy lunches made from leftovers!
Grain and Veggie Bowls
Hearty grain and veggie bowls are some of the easiest dishes to make next to soup. You can put in whatever ingredients you like, and even make yours completely veggie-based if you’re a grain-free eater. These can be enjoyed for a warming dinner and make excellent leftovers for the next day’s lunch too. Best of all, most require no heating before serving and can be customized to be gluten-free if needed. Try our grain and veggie bowl recipes to see which ones you might enjoy!