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6 Super Healthy And Simple Recipes to Try This Fall

6 Super Healthy And Simple Recipes to Try This Fall

There’s no doubt about it. Fall is a time of indulgence. Between the sweet treats of halloween, huge Thanksgiving feasts, and pumpkin spiced everything, it can be tempting to overdo it. This can be problematic, especially when the holiday season isn’t too far away either, bringing its own temptations. The good news is that the coming of autumn brings plenty of healthy and tasty seasonal produce, and there are other ways to make some indulgent favorites just a bit healthier. Here are six super Healthy and simple recipes to try this season.

1. Curried Butternut Squash Soup

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    This delicious vegan soup is a perfect light lunch.

    • 1 Can Lite Coconut Milk
    • 2 Cups Diced Butternut Squash
    • 1 T Coconut Oil
    • Curry Powder
    • Salt and Pepper
    • Vegetable Stock

    Heat a saucepan over medium-high heat and add the coconut oil. Saute the squash in the coconut oil until lightly browned. Add salt, pepper, and curry powder to taste. Pour in enough vegetable stock to just cover the mixture. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Stir every 5 minutes. When the squash is fork tender, add the can of coconut milk. Use an immersion blender to puree the mix until it is smooth. Finally, taste the soup and adjust for seasonings.

    Pro Tip: Some cooked brown rice or quinoa adds bulk to this soup.

    2. Parmesan And Butter Mashed Fauxtatoes

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      There’s a good chance that someone at your Thanksgiving table is going low carb. They’ll appreciate this great substitute for mashed potatoes.

      • 4 Cups Riced Cauliflower
      • 2 T Butter
      • ½ Cup Heavy Cream
      • Salt And Pepper
      • Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese

      Take the riced cauliflower and butter and place in a microwave-safe dish. Cover and cook on high for five minutes. Remove and stir. Repeat this process until the cauliflower is soft. Add the butter, salt and pepper, and heavy cream. Mash with a potato masher until it is roughly the consistency of mashed potatoes. Stir in freshly grated parmesan cheese and serve.

      Note: All microwaves perform differently. Please adjust for yours. If your grocery store does not have riced cauliflower, simply toss four cups of florets into your food processor and pulse until it resembles rice.

      3. Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Bacon And Dried Cranberries

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        If you are tired of the same green bean casserole, this is a tasty alternative.

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        • 2 Cups Brussels Sprouts Halved
        • ¼ Cup Bacon Cooked and Crumbled
        • ¼ Cup Dried Cranberries
        • Olive Oil
        • Salt And Pepper
        • 1 T White Balsamic Vinegar

        Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a bowl, stir brussels sprouts, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Spread the mix on a shallow roasting pan and cook for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, sprinkle the dried cranberries and bacon over the vegetables. Continue roasting until soft and somewhat browned. Spoon into a serving bowl and toss with white vinegar just before serving.

        4. Speedy Pork Loin With Apples

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          If you’ve got a great pressure cooker, this is a great Sunday dinner recipe, or even an alternative to your Thanksgiving turkey!

          • 4 to 5 Lbs Boneless Pork Loin
          • 1 Onion Cut Into 8 Pieces
          • Olive Oil
          • Salt And Pepper
          • 3 to 4 Apples Quartered
          • 2 T Whole Grain Mustard
          • ½ Cup Apricot Jam
          • 1 Cup Chicken Stock

          Rub olive oil on the pork loin, add salt and pepper and sear it in the pressure cooker until brown on all sides. Remove the loin and add in the apples and onion. Saute those until somewhat soft and fragrant. Deglaze the pan with the chicken stock, and add the pork loin back in. Put the lid on the pressure cooker and bring up to pressure. Cook for 45 minutes to an hour. Remove the pressure and let the loin rest for about ten minutes.

          While you are waiting, mix the jam and the mustard in a microwave safe dish. Heat on medium for thirty-second intervals, and stir frequently. Then, glaze the pork loin with the mixture.

          Suggested Sides: Roasted Green Beans And Parker House Rolls

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          5. Cheap And Comforting Smoky Lentil Soup

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            Lentils are a true superfood. This soup is hearty, delicious, and extraordinarily inexpensive.

            • 2 Cups Brown or Green Lentils
            • ½ Cup Diced Carrots
            • ½ Cup Diced Celery
            • Chicken Stock
            • ½ Cup Diced Red Onion
            • 1 Can Diced Tomatoes
            • 1 T Minced Garlic
            • 4 Slices Diced Bacon
            • Salt And Pepper
            • 1 Bay Leaf

            Heat a large soup pot over medium on the stovetop. Add bacon and allow that to cook, stirring frequently until the fat renders and the bacon is cooked through. Throw in the carrots, celery, and onion and crank the heat to medium high. Saute for about 5 minutes. Toss in the minced garlic, and add salt and pepper to taste.

            Add the lentils and stir them into the vegetable mix. Pour in enough chicken stock to cover the mixture by approximately one and a half inches. Place one bay leaf into the soup mixture, and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to low, and let everything simmer for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, add the tomatoes and stir. Then simmer, stirring every ten minutes until the lentils have softened.

            Pro Tip: Swap out the bacon for a tablespoon of olive oil and use vegetable stock to make this recipe vegetarian. Add a couple of drops of liquid smoke for extra flavoring.

            6. Pumpkin Parfaits

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              This is a healthier, and portable alternative to many standard pumpkin pie recipes.

              • 1 Can Pumpkin Puree
              • 1 Pouch Sugar-Free Vanilla or Cheesecake Pudding Mix
              • 1 Container of Light Cool Whip
              • 1 Cup of Skim Milk
              • 1 Cup of Evaporated Milk
              • Pumpkin Pie Spice

              Combine all ingredients except for the Cool Whip in a bowl. Mix thoroughly with an electric mixer. Cover and place into the refrigerator until it is set. Spoon the mixture into parfait cups alternating with layers of Cool Whip. Finish with a final dollop of the Cool Whip and a sprinkling of pumpkin pie spice.

              Serving Kids? Dish this up into unbreakable plastic tumblers to keep your glassware safe.

              These recipes provide some great alternatives to their more calorie-laden counterparts. They are also a great way to add some healthy produce to your fall meal plans.

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              How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

              How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

              We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

              We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

              So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

              Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

              What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

              Boundaries are limits

              —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

              Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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              Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

              Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

              Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

              How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

              Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

              1. Self-Awareness Comes First

              Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

              You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

              To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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              You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

              • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
              • When do you feel disrespected?
              • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
              • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
              • When do you want to be alone?
              • How much space do you need?

              You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

              2. Clear Communication Is Essential

              Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

              Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

              3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

              Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

              That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

              Sample language:

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              • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
              • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
              • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
              • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
              • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
              • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
              • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

              Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

              4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

              Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

              Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

              Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

              We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

              It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

              It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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              Final Thoughts

              Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

              Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

              Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

              The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

              Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

              Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

              They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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