4 Easy Healthy Autumn Recipes: Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice
Following our recent post on how to embrace autumn for wellbeing, we wanted to share some healthy autumn recipes to help you further embrace the season. As we get closer to winter, the time has come to cosy down with a warming autumn meal. We’ve carefully selected recipes that are delicious, EASY, and full of flavour. So, there’s nothing stopping you from nourishing yourself properly this season.
We’re going to show you how you can make your own pumpkin spice mix, roasted autumn squash, warm apple and walnut quinoa salad, and baked sweet potato with maple and pecans – YUM. We’ve kept these recipes to-the-point for you, so you don’t have to go scroll endlessly through picturesque story-telling, searching for the autumn recipe of your choice! Let’s get going.
Making your own pumpkin spice mix
We highly recommend making pumpkin spice at home to make so many of the things you eat already – oats, cereals, drinks, pancakes, toast, and so much more – another autumn meal!
Homemade Pumpkin Spice Blend
3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1.5 teaspoons ground allspice
1.5 teaspoons ground cloves
All you need to do is measure out the ingredients, whisk them together (or use a small sieve for a finer blend), and store them in an airtight container in a cool, dark place! For more ways to use your pumpkin spice mix, Mountain Rose Herbs offers you 10 ways to use it!
Roasted autumn squash
Squash is an incredible health food. Full of vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium, it is well worth the trouble cutting through its dense skin! For more information about the vast nutritional benefits of squash, see this detailed post by Healthline. This roasted autumn squash is a delicious, deeply satisfying, and truly nourishing gift to give yourself this autumn.
1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and diced into bite-sized cubes
1 acorn squash, sliced into rings and seeds removed
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon dried sage
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional sprinkle of cinnamon for added warmth
Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
Peel, seed, and dice the butternut squash into bite-sized cubes.
Slice the acorn squash into rings, removing the seeds.
In a large bowl, toss the diced butternut squash and acorn squash rings with olive oil, maple syrup, thyme, rosemary, sage, salt, and pepper. If you enjoy a hint of warmth, add a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Spread the seasoned squash evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Ensure that the pieces are in a single layer to allow for even roasting.
Roast in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until the squash is tender and slightly caramelized. You can toss the squash halfway through the roasting time to ensure even cooking.
Once roasted to perfection, remove the squash from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. Serve warm as a side dish or as a flavorful addition to salads.
This roasted autumn squash recipe is not only a feast for the senses but also a great source of vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants. We hope you love it.
Apple and Walnut Quinoa Salad
Another autumn recipe worth the extra effort, this refreshing salad combines the crispness of apples with the nutty flavor of quinoa, creating a dish that’s both satisfying and nutritious. Rich in fiber, protein, and antioxidants, this salad is a perfect autumn lunch or a light dinner.
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 apple, diced
1/2 cup walnuts, toasted
1/4 cup dried cranberries
2 tablespoons balsamic vinaigrette
Fresh thyme for garnish
In a large bowl, combine cooked quinoa, diced apple, toasted walnuts, and dried cranberries.
Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette and toss to combine.
Garnish with fresh thyme before serving.
Baked Sweet Potato with Maple and Pecans
Sweet potatoes are a staple in many autumn meals, and this recipe elevates them to a whole new level. Baked to perfection and drizzled with maple syrup, these sweet potatoes are not only delicious but also rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Sweet potatoes contain beta carotene, vitamin C, and potassium. They are also high in fiber! For more information on the nutritional benefits of sweet potato, check out this post by Healthline.
4 medium sweet potatoes
1/4 cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and cinnamon to taste
Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
Wash and pierce sweet potatoes with a fork. Rub with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and cinnamon.
Bake for 45-60 minutes until tender.
Top with chopped pecans and drizzle with maple syrup before serving.
These healthy autumn recipes are not only a treat for your taste buds but also a celebration of the season’s vibrant and nutrient-rich offerings. We hope you are excited to enjoy autumn cooking beyond the realms of pumpkin spice and love every autumn meal we’ve created for you. If you’d like to add some snacks to your new menu too, we have 5 healthy afternoon snacks recipes to keep you going!