Written by Karen Shi.
The election results are in, and we couldn't be more excited! There's a new energy running through DC, and we want to carry that high into the winter. With the colder weather coming in and stricter quarantine guidelines popping up, we're probably all about to spend some more time in the kitchen. We know that eating well makes you feel good, so here are some of our favorite recipes to help fuel your body this season. Be sure to tag us on Instagram if you try any of them out!
To Jump-Start Your Morning:
Honestly, pancakes are great any time of year, but we love this recipe from Shut the Kale Up because the pancakes turn out crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. This recipe is flexible, so use whatever flour and milk you have on hand! (And if you’re still on the fence, just check out all the positive comments from her post here).
For Veggie Lovers:
We love a good salad, and this one from Gimme Some Oven hits all the marks. Loaded with healthy fats from the avocado, and vitamin A and fiber from the sweet potatoes (great for immune system support!), this salad is actually filling, tasty, and healthy. The link includes some great variations, so have fun playing around with other mix-ins!
Brussels sprouts can be controversial, but when prepared correctly, they’re so delicious. Crispy and garlicky - this recipe by Mark Bittman is a winner. If you want some extra flavor, bacon is a great addition. This recipe is fast and easy, so it’s perfect as a Thanksgiving side!
For Cozy Dinners:
It’s not fall without some chili! This version from Rachael's Good Eats is paleo, but if you’re vegetarian or vegan, just leave out the turkey and try vegetarian broth or water. Pair it with some cornbread, sneak in spinach for more veggies, or top it off with some avocado and tortilla chips and you’ll be good to go.
Sohla’s recipes are always delicious, and her videos with Babish are great if you need a laugh (or proof of how talented she is). This chicken and rice recipe has a few different steps, but it’s easily riff-able to meet your needs! Try it with different spices (like this one with garam masala) or veggies (maybe some kale, mushrooms, or broccoli) for your own twist.
For Something Sweet:
Apple crisp is such a classic fall recipe, and for good reason! This version from Ambitious Kitchen is a little healthier, and can easily be made gluten-free or vegan. (Also, if you need apples or fresh air, apple picking is a great outdoor activity for the whole family!)
Apples not your thing? Healthy desserts not your thing? Then try these decadent salted caramel pumpkin cheesecake bars from Broma Bakery. They’re easier than they seem, and would be a great alternative to Thanksgiving pie!
These are some of our favorite fall recipes, and we hope you love them as much as we do. Show us your creations on Instagram, and happy cooking!