Fall Healthy Dinner Recipes


Fall healthy dinner recipes can be tricky. While it is the time for comfort foods, we also need to keep in mind that the changing weather means our bodies are adjusting to the seasons. Here are three of my favorite fall healthy dinner recipes that your whole family will love!

There’s no doubt about it. The colder weather is here to stay. And that means it’s time to get out your slow cookers, pots and pans and start cooking up some of these amazing Fall Healthy Dinner Recipes.

Best Fall Dinners

Mushroom Braised Beef

These 40 Best Fall Dinners are sure to satisfy your craving for cozy weather comfort food and keep your whole family happy and well fed in the process.

A Whole Season of Autumnal Meals to Celebrate Fall.

This compilation of “stay-in” dinners is our first ever round up entirely composed of The Modern Proper recipes! In light of that, do you think we’re officially allowed to call ourselves the “no need to look anywhere else weeknight dinner blog”?

We need to start off by letting you know that there are NO soups in this round-up. Yes, it’s true—as soon as the leaves turn, thoughts of soup nights begin to swirl in our heads. BUT, we’ve shared so many soup recipes over the years, that we actually have all of our soup recipes in one place—a 30 Best Soup Recipes post for all of our favorite soup recipes in one convenient place!

Enough about soup. This fall recipe round-up is full of hearty, family-friendly dinners to get you through the chilly months. Let’s start with that trusty old Crock-Pot.

Slow cooker mushroom mac and cheese
Slow cooker swimming rama

Fall Dinners in the Crock-Pot.

Some people call it back-to-school season. We think of it as slow-cooker season.

  • Slow-Cooker Chicken Pumpkin Curry.
  • Slow-Cooker Swimming Rama, so simple and so much better than takeout!
  • If you are a mushroom fan, then this cozy Slow-Cooker Mushroom Mac and Cheese will be your jam!

If you’d like even more Crock-Pot inspiration, then be sure to check out our post for the 30 Best Slow-Cooker Recipes.

Italian Pot Roast in a bowl over polenta
mushroom and wine braised beef in a braiser

Because the Holidays Are Around the Corner

  • Practice for your holiday entertaining early and feed your family in the process by making this Herb Crusted Pork Roast with Port Wine Sauce for dinner this week.
  • This tender Italian Pot Roast is full of flavor and pairs perfectly with polenta and parmesan cheese.
  • Rich, wine-y and hearty, our Wine-Braised Beef with Mushrooms just screams fall that has begun!
creamy Chicken Orzo Soup with carrots and celery in s bowl with a linen
One pot braised chicken and kale

One-Pot Weeknight Wonders

  • Red Beans and Rice might just become your next favorite one pot dinner.
  • Our One Pot Braised Kale with Crispy Chicken is an autumnal one-pot recipe that we know you’re going to love.
  • A tangy honey-mustard sauce is the key to this super flavorful One-Pan Honey Mustard Chicken and Vegetables.
  • Creamy Chicken Orzo is the love child of chicken noodle soup and risotto, and it’s pure comfort in a bowl.
Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Four Ingredient Stovetop Mac and Cheese

It Always Comes Back to Macaroni and Cheese.

  • This 4-Ingredient Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese is easy, cheesy perfection.
  • If you’re feeling creative, mix things up with this spicy Jalapeño Popper Mac and Cheese.
  • Or keep it classic with our Classic Baked Macaroni and Cheese.
Turkey Meatballs in a Creamy Red Curry Sauce
Meatball shakshukah with feta and parsley in a pan with pita bread

Meatballs + Fall Dinner = LOVE

  • Ever put a stick of butter in your spaghetti sauce? It might sound crazy, but make these Meatballs with Tomato Sauce and you’ll never go back.
  • Meatball Shakshuka? Take two things you love, put them together and you’ve got yourself one delicious dinner!
  • We believe that most things benefit from a dose of red curry past, and these Turkey Meatballs in a Creamy Red Curry Sauce are no exception. They’re a hit with everyone who tries them and this 40 Best Fall Dinners list wouldn’t be complete without them.
  • Baked Teriyaki Meatballs make for a great freezer meal and are perfect for busy weekday dinners.
Award winning chili in a bowl with avocado and 3 beans
Instant pot white bean chicken chili

Chili When it’s Chilly

  • How about making this Award Winning Chili for some extra game-day luck…Lord knows we all need it.
  • Crock-Pot Paleo Chili….it’s all the rage!
  • If we could only eat one type of chili for the rest of our lives, it would have be this warming, comforting, healthy Turkey Pumpkin Chili recipe.
  • Are you an Instant Pot fan? If so you’ve got to try this Instant Pot White Bean Chicken Chili with all the fixins

Healthy Fall Recipes

Find healthy, delicious fall recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Most Popular


Sauteed Pork Chops with Apples

Rating: 5 stars2
The Sugar and Spice Rub makes extra. So another time, use it to season pork tenderloin or lean burgers before broiling or grilling.

Country Apple Tart

Rating: 5 stars1
The pastry for this rustic tart features gets a nutty flavor from fiber-rich oat flour and flaxseed meal. Pecans top it off.
By Diabetic Living Magazine
Simple Cabbage Salad

Simple Cabbage Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars4
Cabbage maintains a nice crunch when it’s tossed with an easy dressing in this simple cabbage salad recipe. This easy salad is perfect for fall when cabbage is at its sweetest.

Veggie & Hummus Sandwich

Rating: 5 stars16
This mile-high vegetable and hummus sandwich makes the perfect heart-healthy vegetarian lunch to go. Mix it up with different flavors of hummus and different types of vegetables depending on your mood.

Loaded Cauliflower Casserole

Rating: 5 stars19
You’ll never want to eat roasted cauliflower any other way once you try this tasty recipe. Bacon, sour cream and sharp Cheddar cheese coat good-for-you cauliflower in deliciousness for an easy side that will make everyone actually want to eat their vegetables.
White Bean & Veggie Salad

White Bean & Veggie Salad

Rating: 5 stars8
This meatless main-dish salad combines creamy, satisfying white beans and avocado. Try mixing it up with different seasonal vegetables.

Green Goddess Salad with Chickpeas

Rating: 5 stars2
In this cucumber, tomato, Swiss cheese and chickpea salad recipe, a healthy green goddess dressing is made from avocado, buttermilk and herbs. The extra dressing is delicious served with grilled vegetables.

Strawberry-Chocolate Greek Yogurt Bark

Rating: 4.5 stars14
Lightly sweetened Greek yogurt gets studded with fresh strawberries and chocolate chips then frozen so you can break it into chunks just like chocolate bark (but healthier!). This colorful snack or healthy dessert is perfect for kids and adults alike. Use full-fat yogurt to ensure the creamiest bark possible.
Stuffed Sweet Potato with Hummus Dressing

Stuffed Sweet Potato with Hummus Dressing

Rating: 4.5 stars17
Hearty yet simple to prepare, this stuffed sweet potato with black beans, kale and hummus dressing is a fantastic 5-ingredient lunch for one!

Ground Beef & Pasta Skillet

Rating: 4.5 stars14
Sneak extra vegetables into your child’s day (and yours too!) with this easy one-skillet pasta recipe. Finely chop mushrooms to resemble the texture of ground beef and stir them into a classic meat sauce for an extra-healthy twist on a dinnertime favorite.

Roasted Cauliflower & Potato Curry Soup

Rating: 5 stars59
In this healthy cauliflower soup recipe, roasting the cauliflower first adds depth and prevents the florets from turning to mush. A little tomato sauce and coconut milk give the broth a rich, silky texture. Serve with a dollop of sour cream or yogurt, if desired.

Creamy Chicken & Mushrooms

Rating: 4.5 stars19
Whether you scored wild mushrooms at the farmers’ market, found cultivated maitake or shiitake at the supermarket or just have some baby bellas on hand, this healthy creamy chicken recipe is delicious with any of them. Serve over whole-wheat egg noodles or mashed potatoes.

Healthy autumn recipes

Hearty, healthy and super satisfying – discover our nutritious, seasonal dishes for autumn. Tuck into flavourful soups, stews, risottos and curries.

  • A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.34 ratings

    Tangy apples and hot mustard ensure this dish is packed full of punchy flavours

  • Crisp sage & Parmesan pork with red apple coleslaw

    Crisp sage & Parmesan pork with red apple coleslaw

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.19 ratings

    Perk up some pork with this full flavoured sage and red apple coleslaw recipe

  • Orecchiette with purple sprouting broccoli & Calabrian pesto

    Orecchiette with purple sprouting broccoli & Calabrian pesto

    A star rating of 3.7 out of 5.3 ratings

    Whip up some homemade pesto and serve with orecchiette and broccoli. This one isn’t just good with pasta – you can also serve it with chicken or fish, and spoon it onto warm focaccia

  • A serving of vegan pumpkin soup in a bowl

    Vegan pumpkin soup

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.7 ratings

    Make the most of pumpkin season in early autumn with this healthy vegan pumpkin soup. Toast the pumpkin seeds and use as a garnish to add texture

  • Pumpkin and bean soup in bowl

    Italian borlotti bean, pumpkin & farro soup

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.24 ratings

    Warm up on chilly evenings with this hearty, healthy bean & pumpkin soup. Serve this low-calorie meal with a chunk of fresh bread for dunking

  • Pumpkin hummus served in a carved out pumpkin

    Pumpkin hummus

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.6 ratings

    Throw a Halloween party and use a carved out pumpkin to make this creamy hummus. At other times of the year use butternut squash or a blue-skinned pumpkin

  • Vegan kale pesto pasta served on a plate

    Vegan kale pesto pasta

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.13 ratings

    Whizz up kale, pumpkin seeds, basil and garlic to make this easy kale pesto. It’s perfect stirred through wholemeal spaghetti for a healthy vegan meal

  • Butternut squash salad

    Butternut squash salad

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.32 ratings

    Get a whopping 4 of your 5-a-day with this superhealthy salad, why not make extra for your lunchbox too

  • Curried kale and chickpea soup in a bowl

    Curried kale & chickpea soup

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.19 ratings

    Rustle up this budget-friendly, healthy soup for a nourishing, easy midweek meal. It’s packed with kale, chickpeas, sweet potato and plenty of flavour

  • Creamy pesto & kale pasta served in a bowl

    Creamy pesto & kale pasta

    A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.51 ratings

    Enjoy our creamy pesto and kale pasta as a tasty and nutritious supper. Make it with just a handful of ingredients and storecupboard staples

  • Leek & butter bean soup with crispy kale & bacon

    Leek & butter bean soup with crispy kale & bacon

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.36 ratings

    Butter beans give this dairy-free, healthy soup a creamy texture and the starchy liquid from the can helps to thicken it into a comforting supper

  • Scotch broth soup in a pan and large bowl

    Scotch broth

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.11 ratings

    Tuck into a hearty bowl of Scotch broth soup for a healthy lunch or supper. Packed with veg and grains, serve with a hunk of crusty bread

  • Roast chicken with lemon & rosemary roots

    Roast chicken with lemon & rosemary roots

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.6 ratings

    You can eat this roast chicken as a healthy Sunday lunch. Swede, celeriac and carrots flavoured with rosemary, lemon and garlic ramp up the taste

    • A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.738 ratings

      A comforting vegan one-pot recipe that counts for 3 of your 5-a-day! You can’t go wrong with this iron-rich, low-fat, low-calorie supper.

    • Moroccan chicken with sweet potato mash

      Moroccan chicken with sweet potato mash

      A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.243 ratings

      Fragrant, tender chicken and creamy sweet potato mash makes a comforting and low-fat midweek meal

    • Cardamom chicken with lime leaves 2016

      Cardamom chicken with lime leaves

      A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.32 ratings

      If you’re a true curry lover, the layers of spice in this fragrant and tender chicken thigh curry will really hit the spot

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