Fall = pumpkins. I recognize that. Truth be told, I lean into that fact hard.
But it’s now October — the true month of pumpkins — and I feel like I’ve been on pumpkin overload since the PSL flooded my feed. No offense to Mr. Jack-o-Lantern, but I’d like to save a sliver of my pumpkin-longing for Thanksgiving day, when a fresh slice of pumpkin pie perfectly tops off my nap-worthy feast.
In case you’re also ready to take a break from pumpkins, but not from fall (who would ever speak of such a thing?!), here is a round-up of 14 recipes from around the internet that capitalize on the crispness of autumn and satisfy your non-pumpkin taste buds.
Peruse by meal or type of food. This list aims to take you out of your usual fall comfort zone, but all recipes utilize easy-to-find ingredients at your local grocery.
Apple pie smoothie bowl by Fit Foodie Finds: Apple pie for breakfast — but it’s healthy and you can even add a serving of greens without your taste buds noticing! How great is that?
Crispy quinoa cakes by Oh She Glows: Crispy, protein-packed veggie cakes that’ll keep you fueled and full till lunch.
Morning grain bowls by NutritionFacts.org: Nutrient- and antioxidant-packed breakfast bowl with surprising taste combinations.
Almond butter apple cinnamon baked oatmeal cups by Ambitious Kitchen: Craving something warm and cozy? This is the perfect on-the-go oatmeal option to celebrate apple season.
Kale potato soup by Running on Real Food: Hearty, creamy soup to combat the colder months’ arrival. Also the perfect remedy to a sore throat during cold and flu season.
Warm roasted butternut squash salad by Minimalist Baker: Fall is the time to capitalize on warm salads, and this recipe is the perfect preview of classic Thanksgiving tastes.
Butternut apple cranberry sandwich by Love & Lemons: When you think of fall, sandwiches likely don’t come to mind…but hearty carbs sandwich autumn favorites here — it’s one proper way to celebrate the air’s new chill.
Black bean quinoa chili by Fit Foodie Finds: Leaves turning colors? Pulling your sweaters out of storage? You need this recipe to fill the chili-hole in your heart.
Stuffed acorn squash by Running on Real Food: Pumpkins get all the love, but have you tried an acorn squash? This fall-twist on stuffed peppers is the perfect introduction.
Harvest stuffed sweet potatoes by Minimalist Baker: The crowd-pleasing side starch, complete with the sweetness of pears, the tartness of cranberries, and the bite of cinnamon.
Chickpea apple broccoli salad with honey dijon dressing by Ambitious Kitchen: This recipe’s colors scream fall, and what a versatile way to use apples leftover from apple picking.
Easy cinnamon baked apples by Minimalist Baker: A mouth-watering, easy way to prepare a fall classic.
Sweet potato blondies by Healthy Seasonal Recipes: A healthy, veggie-packed, fall-specific version of the classic blondie recipe.
Mexican chocolate pie by The New York Times: It’s finally chilly enough to add some spice, so sign me up for this Mexican hot chocolate in pie form, please.