5 Great Fall Dinner Ideas

Fall DInner Ideas

As the temperature begins to drop and the fall sports season heats up, you and your family start coming home tired and cold at the end of the day. What better way to fix that than a hearty, healthy fall dinner? There's no better time to catch up with your loved ones than over a great dinner. We've collected some ideas for perfect fall dinners that give you the sustenance needed to take on the next day.

Crockpot Beef and Sweet Potato Stew

Sweet potatoes are the perfect fall comfort food. Paired with beef and vegetables, you're getting a good serving of protein paired with vital nutrients and minerals. This is a crockpot recipe, so you have the option to start it in the morning or make it over the weekend and heat up for weekday dinner.

There are a few different recipes for this dish. Most are fairly simple: begin by trimming the beef and cutting into small strips, then brown in a skillet for about five minutes with olive or vegetable oil. Then add in some vegetables of your choice. We recommend tomatoes, onions, peas, and carrots, but you can use others. Add some spices to the mixture like garlic cloves, cinnamon, or parsley. Then slow-cook for about 6-8 hours, and you'll have a delicious healthy stew that you and your loved ones will enjoy at the end of the day.

Fettucini Alfredo with Spinach and Sausage

Pasta is a great fall dish, but can often fall short of your nutrient criteria. Spice it up with some spinach that gives you a full serving of vegetables and some lean sausage that adds protein. It's a delicious, hearty dish- and a great way to sneak some veggies into a kid's diet without them really noticing.

Start with a regular fettucini alfredo. Boil the pasta until al dente and then drain. Then cook the sausage (we recommend a lean sausage like turkey or chicken, but it works well with pork too) in a skillet until browned. In the same skillet, add a cup of spinach and cook until wilted. Add in a simple alfredo sauce; you can either use a canned one or make your own from heavy cream and parmesan cheese. Presto! You've got a yummy, kid-friendly pasta dish that still gives you that protein and nutrient punch.

Pumpkin and Chicken Quesadillas

If you're craving the taste of a fresh fall pumpkin, you can include it into your dinner. Quesadillas are a great, easy way to use up any remaining vegetables, too. Add pumpkin puree (fresh or homemade) onto a quesadilla wrap with cooked chicken and cheese. Fry in a skillet for an easy, tasty, filling dinner.

Chicken and Broccoli Fried Rice

Fried rice is a terrific vehicle for lean proteins like chicken and vegetables like broccoli. Cut cooked chicken into strips and fry in a skillet with broccoli. Add rice, a touch of soy sauce, and then cook two eggs in the skillet until done.

Macaroni and Cheese with Tuna

Good ol' mac n cheese is a staple fall comfort food, but you can amp it up by adding some omega-3 rich tuna to improve heart health and overall mood. For parents with picky eaters, it's a great way to sneak some healthy protein in there.

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