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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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                                                                Last Updated on May 21, 2020

                                                                The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

                                                                The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

                                                                You have probably seen enough fad diets to last a lifetime. Many have become popular overnight and left just as quickly.

                                                                Some fad diets, though, have actually passed the test of time and are making some headway in the nutritional world.

                                                                Outlined below are four fad diets that are actually beneficial for your health and wellness. Read on to find out why you should consider adopting one (or more) of these healthy eating styles today.

                                                                An important concept you should keep in mind is to disregard the term “diet” as it is typically used. The word diet implies the idea of restriction and removal. Instead, think of the word diet in this context as a healthy eating lifestyle.

                                                                Let’s take a look at some of these healthy eating lifestyles that have been categorized, by no fault of their own, as fad diets.

                                                                1. The Paleo Diet

                                                                The paleo diet, or ancestral eating, is simply eating the way your paleolithic ancestors would have up to 10,000 years ago, or when the agriculture age began.

                                                                The advantage now is you don’t have to do this in a loin cloth, unless you want to… The focus of this diet is proteins, vegetables, some fruits, nuts and seeds and some healthy fats.

                                                                In the paleo diet, there aren’t any grains, starchy carbohydrates, sugars, or dairy.

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                                                                How Your Health Can Change With Paleo

                                                                The paleo diet is a good way to keep your blood sugar under control. It can also have a positive effect on type 2 diabetes, and can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

                                                                With this healthy eating lifestyle, people have also achieved good weight loss results and boast improved energy levels. [1]

                                                                It’s not just what’s in the paleo diet that’s important, it’s what’s NOT in it. There aren’t any processed and manufactured foods, junk foods, artificial ingredients or chemical additives.

                                                                Paleo is a way of eating that gets you more in tune with your body and, therefore, can provide a lot of benefits.

                                                                2. Whole30

                                                                The Whole30 diet is relatively new and owes its popularity to social media and the #Whole30 Instagram hashtag that allowed people to share and broadcast their success with the diet.

                                                                With Whole30 you are taking 30 days and focusing on nutritious whole foods such as meats, nuts and seeds, seafood, eggs, vegetables, and fruits.

                                                                During the month you are eliminating:

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                                                                • sugar
                                                                • alcohol
                                                                • legumes
                                                                • grains
                                                                • dairy
                                                                • soy

                                                                Whole30 is similar to paleo, but it goes a bit further eliminating sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup.

                                                                At the end of the 30 days, you strategically reintroduce those eliminated foods back into your diet to discover any possibility of health consequences from them or even potential food allergies.

                                                                Finding Out How Food Impacts You

                                                                Most people eat the same things so often and may not realize that certain foods are causing health consequences, as they’ve become accustomed to feeling lethargic and run down.

                                                                With Whole30 you get the chance to see how these foods may have a negative impact on your body. You’ll also reset your taste buds, which may have become desensitized from processed and artificial “foods” and excess salt.

                                                                This diet will help you regain your love of food… in a healthy way!

                                                                3. The Mediterranean Diet

                                                                The Mediterranean diet has been at the top of the list as a very effective diet for some time now.

                                                                For people in countries like Italy or Greece, this has simply been a normal way of life–along with higher activity levels, sunlight exposure, proximity to water, and lower stress.

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                                                                With the Mediterranean diet, the focus is on heart-healthy foods. It looks like this:

                                                                • Fruits & vegetables
                                                                • Whole grains
                                                                • Legumes & nuts
                                                                • Replacing butter with olive oil
                                                                • Using herbs and spices instead of salt
                                                                • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
                                                                • Moderate amounts of red wine

                                                                Help Your Heart & Overall Health With A Mediterranean Diet

                                                                Information from the Mayo Clinic shows that this diet reduces heart disease and lowers your “bad” LDL cholesterol. Studies involving 1.5 million people demonstrated that the Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality, along with overall mortality. [2]

                                                                With all these benefits, this is definitely a “fad diet” that’s worth the hype.

                                                                4. The Alkaline Diet

                                                                The alkaline diet is about changing the foods you eat so that you put your body into an alkaline state and out of an acidic state. When your body is too far on the acidic side it can result in a condition called acidosis. This can lead to issues in your body such as upset stomach, breathing difficulties, headaches, weakness and, fatigue. In extreme cases, it can result in shock, coma, or death.

                                                                The goal is to get your body in a more alkaline state, which results in overall better health. The focus is on including alkaline boosting foods such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, and legumes. You’re also wanting to reduce acidic foods such as low quality beef and poultry, dairy, eggs, grains, and alcohol.

                                                                Pros & Cons With The Alkaline Diet

                                                                The benefits that come from this way of eating is that reduction in inferior quality foods, processed items and alcohol. You may feel improved energy levels, mental clarity and even better joint health.

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                                                                People also report weight loss but again this may come from the reduction in calories from junk and processed foods but this is not a bad thing at all.

                                                                One con with this diet is that the pH value of the food you eat might not have an impact on blood pH, as your body is able to balance this pretty well on a day-to-day basis.

                                                                Follow These Fads for Better Health and Wellness

                                                                There can be a danger in categorizing things as a fad diet because fads come and go. People are always looking for the next big thing or a quick fix.

                                                                The four examples above buck that status quo. These diets, though mainstream, actually can give you benefits and aren’t going to go away anytime soon because they work.

                                                                What makes these diets special is that they boast real whole foods and the eliminate processed and manufactured junk.

                                                                The Big Takeaway:

                                                                Whatever way you choose to eat, the focus needs to be on whole unprocessed foods. Look for the cleanest, local and most natural things you can find for the benefit of your overall health and wellness. Your body and mind will thank you.

                                                                Featured photo credit: Dan Gold via unsplash.com

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