3 Healthy Fall Favorites

by Victoria Le Maire, RD, LD

Last Updated: November 30, 2020

Fall is here, and with cooler temperatures starting to take over our weeks, we find ourselves changing our approach to our meal-prep. Warm and hearty foods are the name of the game as the seasons change. We have some simple recipes for busy weeknights. Slow-cooker and pressure-cooker meals are a strategic method to get many nutrients in one place and a fuss-free way to make healthy foods for the whole family.

Keep in mind that “healthy” may mean something different to almost everyone. What healthy eating may mean for you depends on considerations like dietary restrictions, varying health conditions, your relationship with food, or your culture. The recipes we selected reflect tasty options that offer nutrients to help you live a healthier life, such as fiber, heart healthy fats, and an assortment of vitamins and minerals.
  1. Vegan Quinoa Slow Cooker Chili.
    This vegan chili takes a twist on classic chili by adding quinoa to it, which provides a lift in plant-based protein and fiber. Chili is a versatile dish that can be used in a variety of new ways. Check out our suggestions on how to enjoy every bit of your batch without getting bored with leftovers.
    • Try loading it in a bell pepper and baking it in the oven. This recipe is ideal for stuffing into vegetables since it contains rice, making it a thicker consistency.
    • Fill up a baked potato or sweet potato with the chili for a quick and easy lunch the next day. Switch out sour cream for Greek yogurt to increase your plate’s potassium and protein content, and voila! An exciting way to serve up your beans.
    • Top tortilla chips with chili for a healthier spin on nachos! Nachos are a leading snack in many households, and adding chili on top puts them in a league of their own!
  2. Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats.
    Pressure cooker dishes shouldn’t be limited to evening meals. With breakfast being an important way to fuel your day, here’s a delicious recipe that can help you prepare for a busy week ahead. Steel-cut oats prepared in the pressure cooker will offer a pleasantly different texture than your classic oatmeal prepared on the stovetop or microwave. Different toppings to add to your oats:
  3. Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup.
    This dish lends all the flavors from a traditional lasagna without spending time working on the layers! This is a comforting and warm, veggie-packed recipe that will leave you satisfied. Try adding whole wheat wide egg noodles for a fun pasta swap that provides 5 grams of fiber per serving! Since this is a spin on traditional lasagna, it’s your chance to make changes and bring out your creative side. If you choose to switch the type of pasta used, keep in mind that cooking times may vary based on what is used. We recommend topping it off with ¼ cup of shredded mozzarella or parmesan that will perfectly melt into the soup. Here are a few vegetable substitutions or additions that work well with this recipe:
    • Chopped red or yellow bell peppers
    • Sliced yellow squash
    • Sliced eggplant
    • Chopped kale

Using a slow-cooker or pressure cooker can help make it easy and convenient to prepare vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and lean proteins that taste delicious. These meals are meant to make cooking trouble-free and provide you with a little less stress and more time during the week.

Disclaimer: This information is educational only and not providing healthcare recommendations. Please see a healthcare provider.

Victoria Le Maire, RD, LD

Victoria Le Maire, RD, LD

Victoria is a dedicated dietitian with a love for helping others develop a positive relationship with food, while setting realistic goals. Victoria has professional experience with various conditions such as strokes, diabetes and weight management. She strives to make a nutritious lifestyle attainable for all. You can catch Victoria scratch-cooking at home, trying new workouts at her local gym or spending time with her dog, Jack.