14 Fall Recipes That Leave the Pumpkin in the Patch


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.

Main Dish

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.

Side salad

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.


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