Some days, you get home after a long day of work followed by an evening workout class and you’re just plain beat. The only thing better than plopping down on the couch with your Netflix queue lined up is doing it with a hearty, healthy and warm meal that fills you up and gives you the energy you need to tackle the next day ahead of you.
Guess what? You can have it all — even after a long day at the office and sweat sesh, thanks to these easy one pan (or pot) meals that are fall-inspired. Infusing the season’s most popular and healthy ingredients into dinners that will make your mouth water has never been so easy. Check them out and try one tonight.
Quinoa Stuffed Butternut Squash with Cranberries and Kale
If you’re looking for a healthy recipe that gives you all of the upcoming holiday feels this autumn, turn to this protein- and vitamin-rich dish. It stars one of fall’s most famous ingredients, butternut squash, and also calls for kale packed with protein, fiber, folate, and omega-3 (great for a post-workout snack or dinner ingredient). The best part is that it takes 10 minutes to prep and just 50 minutes to cook!
Get the recipe: Well Plated
Paleo Pumpkin Chili
If you’re following a Paleo diet that involves avoiding nightshade veggies (tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes, bell peppers, etc.) you might be thinking you’ll have to say goodbye to chili for quite some time — after all, isn’t the main ingredient tomatoes? Turns out, you can make chili without tomatoes — and it’s equally as good. The swap is pumpkin puree along with beets to give it that red color.
Get the recipe: Strictly Delicious
One Pan Chicken and Squash Dinner
A chicken dinner clad with a baked vegetable does sound like a lot of work — but it doesn’t have to be. All you need are the right ingredients and a little know-how (aka this recipe) to whip up something so satiating you’ll start serving it around the holidays. This meal can be made in one pan — all you have to do is combine all the ingredients (spices included) and bake it all together.
Get the recipe: Let the Baking Begin
Pumpkin, Spinach and Walnut Spaghetti
There’s no denying that the all-star ingredient of fall is pumpkin. Not only is it as festive as it gets, but it’s also incredibly delicious and nutritious! Pumpkin is great for the heart — plus it’s loaded with fiber, potassium and vitamin C, a crucial ingredient as the weather changes and the flu becomes more prominent. This recipe calls for chopped up and baked pumpkin as well as iron-rich spinach and protein-filled walnuts. You can also swap regular spaghetti for the whole wheat kind to add even more fiber.
Get the recipe: Lazy Cat Kitchen
Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup
If you haven’t already dusted off your slow cooker for the fall and winter seasons, it’s about time. This handy kitchen appliance cranks out the most delicious meals with little-to-no effort and time commitment on your part. This slow-cooked take on an American cold-weather classic is so easy — just toss everything in the Crock-Pot and cook on high for four hours (or on low for 6 hours).
Get the recipe: Laura Fuentes Fresh Living
Easy Shepherd’s Pie
When we deem something “comfort food,” we tend to think that it can’t be healthy — but, in fact, this is untrue. Even a meat- and potato-heavy classic like Shepherd’s Pie can be made with nutrient-rich ingredients that give it a healthy spin. Just try this recipe from Noshtastic. Instead of using ground lamb, which is what’s called for in the traditional recipe, it calls for ground beef, which is loaded with protein. She also provides swap suggestions for various diet preferences such as Paleo or Whole30, so you can customize it accordingly!
Get the recipe: Noshtastic