Even though temperatures continue to rise and fall, autumn is here and the leaves are starting to turn! I officially entered the autumn culinary season with a batch of soup in the slow cooker and a dozen whole-grain pumpkin muffins. Not to mention I’ve been eating apples every day for two weeks straight (I follow the produce sales!). Last year I brought you delicious apple and pumpkin recipes; this year, I bring you an exclusive round-up of RDN-developed fall recipes! Feast your eyes on these delicious dishes from dietitians:

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Pumpkin Chickpea Soup from Lone Star Nutrition

Pumpkin is a perfect creamy addition to any soup, plus it adds fiber and vitamin A! I love how simple Shannon’s recipe is – it’s quick and easy enough to make any night of the week.

 

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Butternut Squash Chili with Quinoa from Snacking in Sneakers

This chili is the perfect every-night dish for fall! With a balance of whole grains, legumes and veggies, this recipe is loaded with nutrition and sure to keep your tummy satisfied for hours. If you just can’t with peeling and cubing butternut squash (this was me before I invested in a quality chef’s knife), save yourself the headache and buy pre-prepped squash.

 

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Fall Sorghum Kale Salad from Lively Table

Are you one of those people that gets tired of soups and slow cooker creations when cool weather hits? Remember that salads aren’t just for summer! I love the addition of the less-popular whole grain sorghum to this dark green salad. Why not make it a goal to try out a few new-to-you grains this season?

 

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Sweet Cranberry & Apple Lentils from Amy Gorin Nutrition

If you’ve only ever used lentils in a savory recipe, check this out! Seasonal fruit adds crunch, color and sweetness to this fiber-packed dish. Simple to make and perfect for the lunch box.

 

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Beet Falafel Sliders with Dill Tahini Dressing from Simple Swaps

Have you ever seen such colorful falafel? Mix up Mediterranean night with these zippy sliders and sauce served on a bed of greens or a bun. And don’t discard those beet greens – wash, chop and toss them into your salad or on top of your sandwich!

 

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Pumpkin Lentil Curry from Boquets and Baguettes

How cozy and warm does this sound? Another simple stew for cold nights – this dish can be made ahead and frozen for those days you’re short on time, patience or energy. Just don’t forget the pumpkin seed and cilantro garnish!

 

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Acorn Squash Stuffed with Pumpkin Seed & Cherry Quinoa Pilaf from Spicy RD Nutrition

Grain-stuffed acorn squash is one of my fall favorites and including it in this round-up inspired me to make it more often! Not only is it fun to feast on a beautiful squash filled with deliciousness, it’s also packed with fiber and vitamins A and C. EA’s use of dried cherries in the pilaf is a nice twist on dried cranberries which are so popular this time of year.

 

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Cool Weather Cobbler from Healthy Bites

I love a good fruit cobbler on cool autumn weekend mornings! They’re easy to make and you can customize them based on whatever fruit and grains you happen to have on hand. Bonus: they make your house smell amazing while they’re baking! Katie’s addition of fresh ginger and orange zest give this version extra flavor!

 

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Real Pumpkin Spice Soy Latte from Sharon Palmer

Wash that cobbler down with a mug of this stuff! Forget artificial flavors – whisk together coffee, soy milk, pumpkin and spices for a comforting autumn drink.

 

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