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12 Irresistible Fall Dinner Ideas

Cooler days may tempt you to run through the drive thru so you don’t miss any of the outdoor activities or dismiss workouts to cozy up on the couch. Stay on track this season and fill the kitchen with the aromas of these nutritious, fall dinner recipes!


Leaves falling, crisp air, and football games… Autumn is here! The cooler days may urge the persuasion of running through the drive thru and dismissing workouts to cozy up on the couch. Stay on track this season and fill the kitchen with the aromas of these nutritious, fall dinner recipes!

12 Irresistible Fall Dinner Recipes

1. Pumpkin Curry

Snug up with this warm, pumpkin curry with shrimp! Packed with nutrients and protein, a bowl of the pumpkin curry will leave you feeling satisfied without ingesting a high volume of calories.

2. Farmer's Market Cobb Salad

Hitting the farmer's market this fall can be a valuable way to obtain those fall-inspired veggies and support local vendors. The flavors in this salad highlights sweet potatoes along with an abundance of other veggies, healthy fat, and protein. Tweak ingredients to encompass your favorite farmer's market finds!

3. Pork Tenderloin

Married with an apple cider reduction, this pork tenderloin is the perfect dinner meal on a cool fall evening. The Waldorf apples stimulates the feels of a warm apple pie without high sugar and fat content.

4. Pulled BBQ Pork Tenderloin Crepes

This bistroMD original recipe takes a healthful spin on traditional BBQ pork. Ditching the heavy sandwich bread, the light crepes reduce carb content while offering protein and healthy fats.

5. Stuffed Acorn Squash

This acorn squash recipe is stuffed with nutrients. Loaded with quinoa, pumpkin seeds, naturally sweetened fruits, and herbs and spices, fall is served right into nature's plates (the skin of the squash)!

6. Roasted Turkey Breast with Cranberry Chutney

Fall and Thanksgiving flavors without feelings of guilt? This recipe accomplishes just that! Paired with roasted butternut squash and a wild rice blend, nutrients will be at a high peak.

7. Healthy Pot Pies

Hiding inside the heavy pie crust features nutrient-dense veggies. Lighten up chicken pot pie by utilizing wonton wrappers, as shown in this recipe!

8. Spicy Pumpkin Chili

Come cooler Autumn evenings, coming home to a warm bowl of chili becomes an inescapable desire. Fall into the temptation with this fall idea for dinner, utilizing pumpkin for added fall flavor. Dismiss the ground beef for a meatless option if desired.

9. Eggplant Parmesan

Pasta dishes are often loaded with carbohydrate. And with chicken parmesan, fat is increased relative to its dense bread coating. But with a few simple swaps and alterations, eggplant parmesan can offer high nutrients without packing on high calories!

10. Pumpkin Pasta Bake

Pumpkin and pasta collide in this decadent, fall dinner idea! Creaminess is copious with the help of pumpkin puree and warm cheeses while kale adds a nutritional punch. And topped with breadcrumbs, there is a bonus depth of textures! Find the complete recipe here.

11. Butternut Squash Enchiladas

Though enchiladas do not tend to scream "Autumn," these butternut squash and black bean enchiladas are sure to compliment the fall season. They are also a vegetarian-friendly fall recipe!

12. Baked Catfish

Cooler fall weather encourages fish fries that are filled with friends, family, and oftentimes calories… The fresh fish tends to be overpowered with a dense, heavy batter. Save on fat calories with this catfish baked in foil recipe!

Written By Sarah Asay, RDN. Published on December 13, 2016. Updated on May 29, 2019.


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