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31 Delicious And Creative Recipes You Need To Try Before Winter

31 Delicious And Creative Recipes You Need To Try Before Winter

When the leaves start changing colours and the temperatures drop (more like plummet in my part of the world!), there is nothing more comforting than indulging in what nature does best at this time of the year: sweet, brightly-coloured fruits and vegetables that lend themselves beautifully to intoxicating autumn spices, to warm the cockles of our hearts!

The best thing about fall produce is that not only is it utterly delicious when combined with the right ingredients, as you’ll see in the recipes below (just wait); it’s also really good for you. That vividly orange pumpkin we enjoy so much in the chilly autumn months? It’s chock full of vitamin A and beta-carotene. Those apples that taste so incredible in crumbles and crisps? Filled to the brim with fibre that keeps you fuller for longer and brilliant for your teeth. As if anyone needed an excuse to gorge on these awesome dishes, am I right?!

Here are 30 delicious recipes for fall, that’ll have you using your favourite traditional ingredients in some fun and creative ways. Good for the body and good for the soul! Let’s get cooking!

Gorgeous appetizers and nibbles

Beta-carotene and vitamin A-rich pumpkin and butternut squash, and crunchy, delicious apples, these tasty dishes will be the perfect start to any autumn meal.

Pumpkin Pickles

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    Caramel Apple Nachos

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      Mini Caramilized Pecan Brie Bites

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        Pumpkin Hummus with Cinnamon “Sugar” Tortilla Chips

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          Pumpkin Shaped Dinner Rolls

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            Moroccan Butternut Squash and Goat Cheese Soup with Coconut Ginger Cream + Pistachios

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              Delicious main dishes

              Everyone loves a hearty plate of comforting autumn food when the temperatures drop. These delicious fall offerings – a tempting mix of healthy and not-so-healthy (but oh-so-tasty) – will tempt you right into the kitchen!

              Sweet Potato Oatmeal Breakfast Casserole

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                Crockpot Chipotle Pulled Pork and Pumpkin Chili with Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

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                  Turkey Wellington

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                    Fall Detox Salad

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                      Stuffed Turkey Cutlets with Pumpkin Brie Sauce and Cranberry Chutney

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                        Pumpkin-Chipotle Pizza with Kale and Burrata

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                          Brie and Cheddar Apple Beer Soup with Pecan and Maple Crumble

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                            Simple Caramelized Butternut Squash and Kale Florentine Lasagna

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                              Glorious side dishes

                              While I could certainly spend all day digging into the above stars of the show (don’t judge, so could you!), a little side dish does wonders to lift a whole meal to higher levels. These beautifully fragrant plates offer all the best that autumn has to offer: delicious sprouts (which fight cancer, by the way!), tasty pumpkins and energy-giving sweet potatoes all come out to play here.

                              Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic and Cranberries

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                                Roasted Pumpkin Fries

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                                  Brussel Sprout, Bacon, and Apple Naan Stuffing

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                                    Roasted Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad with Maple Orange Dressing

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                                      Twice-Baked Sweet Potato (Yam) with Chipotle Pecan Streusel

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                                        Mouthwatering desserts

                                        These incredibly delicious desserts will be the perfect swan song to your autumn feast. Let’s not kid ourselves… These recipes are not healthy but man, will they do wonders for your soul! Dig in!

                                        Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream (with Pie Crust!)

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                                          Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake

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                                            Slow Cooker Sticky Caramel Pumpkin Cake

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                                              Sweet Potato Cinnamon Roll Cake

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                                                Caramel Apple Blondie Cheesecake

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                                                  Slow Cooker Apple Butter

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                                                    Cheesecake-Stuffed Baked Apples

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                                                      And if you’re a little thirsty…

                                                      …Because there can never be too much autumny goodness:

                                                      Pumpkin Pie Protein Smoothie

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                                                        Pumpkin Spice Martini

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                                                          Apple Pie Punch

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                                                            Pumpkin Chai Latte

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                                                              Salted Caramel Apple Cider

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                                                                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                                Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                                                You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                                                Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                                                1. Work on the small tasks.

                                                                When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                                                Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                                                2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                                                Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                                                Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                                                3. Upgrade yourself

                                                                Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                                                The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                                                4. Talk to a friend.

                                                                Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                                                Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                                                5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                                                If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                                                Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                                                Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                                                6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                                                If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                                                Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                                                Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                                                7. Read a book (or blog).

                                                                The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                                                Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                                                Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                                                8. Have a quick nap.

                                                                If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                                                9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                                                Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                                                What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                                                10. Find some competition.

                                                                Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                                                Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                                                11. Go exercise.

                                                                Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                                                Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                                                As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                                                Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                                                12. Take a good break.

                                                                Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                                                Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                                                Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                                                Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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