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Easy, Quick, and Healthy Fall Dinner Ideas

Easy, Quick, and Healthy Fall Dinner Ideas


Searching for easy, quick, and healthy fall dinner ideas? There are so many autumn foods that could add some much-needed pizazz to my meals.

But as much as I’d like to bake homemade bread from scratch, I have two rascals running around. So I reach for the Quick Bread more often than not.

But just like me, you might be getting sick of mac and cheese, cheeseburgers, and nuggets. And want to add more nutrition to your dishes. However, us mamas are busy people, and many of us aren’t able to bake pumpkin ravioli from scratch.

Although you might want to add some autumn flair to your dishes, who has the time?

As a mom of two young boys, I get it. That’s why I whipped up a list of these easy, quick, and healthy fall dinner ideas based on my mama’s and grandma’s fall recipes. After all, I could use some more variety too!


Bean sprout chili with roasted pumpkin seeds

Beans, beans the magical fruit. Okay, I’ve been hanging out with my three-year-old a lot. But beans can provide you with high protein, so why not cook up some chili?

While you’re at it, toss in some bean sprouts too. That’ll trick your kiddo into eating some healthy food! And did I mention that this is a Crockpot dish? Just gather the following ingredients, throw them in your Crockpot, and cook on low for five hours - yum!


  • 2 cans of pinto beans.
  • 1 jar of tomato sauce
  • 1 diced onion.
  • 1 pound of ground turkey
  • 4 cups of water
  • 4 cups of bean sprouts
  • A dash of salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

You can also use your jack-o'-lantern for an easy side. Just put the seeds on a tray, and add some cinnamon.

Then bake at 325 degrees for around 25 minutes. Dinner is served!


Spaghetti squash

To me, squash embodies fall cooking.

And spaghetti squash offers a healthy alternative guessed it...spaghetti! It’s the same consistency as pasta without the carbs. And it’s a super easy dish.

  1. Gather the following ingredients:
  • A spaghetti squash
  • 1 jar of tomato sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil

  1. Cut the squash in half the long way. Then spoon out the guts (the seeds).

Next, sprinkle some olive oil on the squash.

  1. Add some salt and pepper.

  1. Put the squash face down on a baking tray, and pop it in the oven for 40 minutes at 375.

Need a side? You can serve this with wheat garlic bread.

Take advantage of your kid’s sandwich makings, butter some bread, and add some garlic powder.

Then put the bread slices on a tray and bake at 325 degrees for around 10 minutes.

Now you can enjoy a healthy and budget-friendly feast!


Cinnamon goulash with ground turkey

My grandma makes the best goulash in the world. Okay, I’m biased. But it’s darn good.

Plus, this homey, cozy dish hits the spot after a long day of raking leaves. To make this one of those easy, quick, and healthy fall dinner ideas, it needed a few modifications. But I think my grams will still be proud.

  1. Gather the following ingredients:
  • 1 box of whole wheat macaroni
  • 1 jar of tomato sauce
  • 1 diced onion.
  • 1 pound of ground turkey
  • 1 green pepper
  • 5 sliced mushrooms
  • A dash of salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

  1. Bring 6 cups of water to a boil.

  1. While waiting for the water to boil, brown the ground turkey in a frying pan with the onions, peppers, mushrooms, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

  1. Once the water boils, add the pasta and cook it according to the package directions.

  1. Drain the pasta and add the cooked ingredients from the pan.

  1. Heat the tomato sauce and add that too.

You just made yourself some healthy goulash - delish! Serve it with a side of wheat garlic bread (directions above), or a sweet side salad. Shazam!


Chicken sausage and cabbage stew

Want a meal that will fill you up after going for a brisk autumn walk? Then cook up some cabbage stew! It will provide you with your veggies and stick to your gut too.

And since I’m a major fan of Crockpots, here’s another recipe that uses one.

  1. Gather the ingredients below:
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 diced onion
  • 1 can of green beans
  • 1 cut up cabbage
  • A dash of salt, pepper, garlic powder, parsley, and basil
  • 6 cups of chicken broth (low sodium)
  • 1 chopped carrot
  • 2 cut up chicken sausages

  1. You know what’s fantastic about this quick, easy, and healthy fall dinner idea? All you have to do is throw all the ingredients above into a Crockpot and set that baby on low for 4-5 hours.

During that time I’m sure you have important things to do, such as work, clean up marker stains, meditate...I have faith you'll find something :)

And when you're done, a beautiful, luscious stew awaits. Booyah!

Apple Cider Chicken

Apple cider chicken puts a spin on traditional chicken dishes and can add some autumn spunk to your dinner.

This recipe has only five ingredients, so I’m automatically a fan. Even Frugal Gourmet would be proud.

What's also great about this recipe is that you can use any unseasoned chicken. If you love drumsticks, great! Boneless thighs, sweet! Heck, even chicken tenders will work.

  1. Gather the following ingredients.
  • 1 pound of chicken
  • ½ cup of apple cider
  • ½ cup of Dijon mustard
  • A dash (or two) of salt and pepper

  1. Once you’re ready for this chicken extravaganza, mix the cider, mustard, and salt and pepper in a bowl.

  1. Then pour the sauce on the chicken.

  1. Next, bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.

Wallah! You now have yourself some apple cider chicken the whole family can enjoy. You can serve this with a cinnamon covered baked sweet potato. Dig in!

I hope you’re as excited as I am about these easy, quick, and healthy fall dinner ideas. Let’s get cookin’! I’m inviting grandma.


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