Ahhh – it is finally fall! Cooler temperatures, warmer clothes and shorter days. Everything about this time of year makes us yearn for being comfortable and cozy. Although the idea of “comfort” rarely makes us think of health, if you play it right you can create simple, healthy meals that will make the house smell delicious and require little clean-up. Here are some of my favorite fall one-pot meals:
Mexican Quinoa Casserole
Most of the ingredients for this meal are shelf stable, making it makes a great quick meal to throw together in a pinch or have on hand when you come back from vacation. It is a simple and delicious vegetarian meal on it’s own but you can also use it as a side for fajitas or pack it with even more veggies to dress it up a bit. And it has AVOCADO MOUSSE! I’ll just leave you with that.
Find the recipe at The Dish on Healthy
Lemon Roasted Salmon, Potatoes and Parmesan Asparagus
Do you ever have those meals that just make you feel like a chef? As if any minute the Food Network will be knocking on your door to be their next star? This is one of those recipes. It combines simple and fresh ingredients that come together in a way that packs a ton of flavor. Plus it is only one pan so you will have a quick clean up and plenty of time for selfies and signatures for your adoring fans;)
Find the recipe at Half Baked Harvest
Sheet Pan Steak Fajitas
When I am cooking and planning my meals, one of the main things I’m thinking of is color. Both from a health standpoint (different colors indicate different vitamins and minerals) but also from a visual standpoint. I’m a firm believer that the more beautiful a dish is, the more likely and excited you are to eat it. That is one of the reasons I love this dish. The colors are gorgeous and this a great idea for a football filled Sunday.
Thai Peanut Coconut Cauliflower Chickpea Curry
If you are trying to sneak in more vegetables in a delicious way, this plant based curry dish is a must. Pairing it with quinoa will pack in a little more protein and make it a great weeknight comforting meal. Although it is certainly not a low sodium dish, utilizing whole ingredients rather than relying on flavor packets keeps the sodium a bit lower than most Asian dishes.
Find the recipe at Ambitious Kitchen
Maple-Roasted Chicken Thighs with Sweet Potato Wedges and Brussels Sprouts
This is your quintessential fall sheet pan dish. It combines traditional fall flavors with seasonal produce that will make you happy for shorter days. With only a 20 minute prep you can throw it in the oven, jump in the shower and before you know it have a complete fall meal cozy on the couch.
Find the recipe at Eating Well