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Healthy Dinners for Fall

These warm and healthy recipes are perfect for the crisp fall weather. We've collected our favorite fall recipes, including soups, stews, casseroles, savory steak, pork, pasta, and chicken recipes, so your menu is full of healthy dinner options.


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    • Fall Vegetable Fajitas

      For fall fajitas that are full of flavor, soak seasonal veggies and steak in a chile-lime hot sauce. Once cooked, wrap the mix in a warm tortilla and sprinkle with your favorite toppings for a colorful dinner that is low in calories.


      Cooking Steak Tip: Try freezing steak for 20 minutes before slicing or just until it is firm but not frozen. This allows for thin slices of succulent steak.

    • Cheesy Butternut Squash Cavatappi Bake

      Our thick and bubbly pasta bake has all the cheesy goodness you love without all the guilt. By substituting some of the cheese for seasonal butternut squash, you not only save fat and calories, but also gain a healthy helping of fiber and vitamin A.

    • Feta-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

      Improve ordinary chicken breasts with a creamy feta and sun-dried tomato filling. This dish uses fat-free cream cheese, keeping it low in both fat and calories. Serve over a bed of basil sprigs or with mixed greens for a light and healthy entree.

    • Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Meatballs

      Trade traditional spaghetti noodles for warm strands of spaghetti squash. Not only will it save you fat and calories, but spaghetti squash is also rich in antioxidants. A chunky roasted tomato sauce and bulgur-enhanced beefy meatballs top the healthy dinner.


      Pasta Dinner Makevoer: Typical restaurant spaghetti and meatballs have nearly 1,000 calories and 36 grams of fat. This healthy version has just 280 calories and 8 grams of fat. 

    • Tomato Pizza Rolls

      Your late-night pizza craving can now be nutritious as well as satisfying, thanks to these mouthwatering pizza rolls. Homemade pizza dough surrounds a rich Parmesan-flaked tomato sauce, savory prosciutto, and basil leaves for pizza rolls so tasty you won't believe they're not from a restaurant.

    • Rosemary Cod with Plum-Tomato Sauce

      Plums and tomatoes pair to form the irresistible rosemary-infused sauce in this cod recipe that mimics the changing colors of the season. If you don't have plums on hand, swap in any seasonal stone fruit, such as nectarines, apricots, or peaches.

    • Creamy Potato and Asparagus Soup

      A creamy blend of asparagus and potatoes form the base of this fall soup recipe. Finish it with sauteed asparagus spears and crisp honey-drizzled bacon for a warming weeknight supper.

    • Italian Barley and Sausage Casserole

      With rich Italian turkey sausage, button mushrooms, roasted red peppers, and melted mozzarella, these individual casseroles provide a comforting fall dish. As if those tasty ingredients weren't enough, chewy barley, a high-fiber whole grain, guarantees to keep you fuller for longer.

    • Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Red Pepper Pesto

      Season pork tenderloin with smoked paprika, garlic, and oregano, and pair with red pepper wedges and pesto. You'll love the rich, warm flavors, plus the top-rated dish comes in at just under 300 calories.

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      Spicy White Chili

      On a crisp fall day, cozy up with a warm white chili made flavorful with green chiles, Monterey Jack cheese, and a dash of cayenne pepper. By swapping the ground beef traditional for turkey or chicken, you'll save both fat and calories.

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      Broccoli Rabe, Garlic, and Mushroom Pizza with Golden Raisins

      Have your pizza and enjoy it, too, with our 300-calorie deluxe pizza. Broccoli rabe, golden raisins, anchovy fillets, and cremini mushrooms taste as luxurious as they sound, and only get better under a blanket of Pecorino-Romano cheese.

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      Herb-Crusted Cod with Cauliflower Mash

      For a healthy twist on cheesy potatoes, mash cauliflower, gold potatoes, and carrots with a semisoft garlic-herb cheese, such as Boursin. Pair your potatoes with a golden dill-crusted cod fillet; the flaky fish is high in protein and low in fat.


      Test Kitchen Tip: When making mashed potatoes, reserve some of the cooking water from the vegetables. Add it to the vegetables as needed for the desired consistency.

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      Pan-Fried Garlic Steak

      Tender beef ribeye steak is high in protein and vitamins, and tastes great garnished with garlic and parsley. Pair the red meat with buttery cannellini beans for a complete and wholesome meal.

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      Perfectly Cooked Steak

      Savory steak bursts with flavor when cooked to its desired doneness. With tips on how to season meat and test steak temperature, we show you how to cook steak to perfection.

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      Pork Loin with Parsnips and Pears

      We've marinated tender pork loin in zesty Pickapeppa sauce, a Jamaican condiment similar to Worcestershire sauce, for a spicy, protein-packed dinner recipe. Parsnips, a cool-weather root vegetable, and juicy pears replace typical white potatoes for added nutrition.

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      Seared Scallops and Baby Spinach with Spiced Pomegranate Glaze

      Not only are scallops rich with protein, but they are easy to prepare. Just sear each side until caramelized, then serve on a bed of wilted spinach. A drizzle of our cinnamon and coriander pomegranate glaze completes the meal with seasonal spice.


      Health Tip: Antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice has been linked to heart health, and may help prevent the formation of fatty deposits on artery walls.

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      White Bean Tuna Salad

      Get a heart-healthy serving of omega-3 fatty acids with our flaked tuna and cannellini bean salad. A red wine vinaigrette and side of toasted crusty bread keep the salad light, fresh, and flavorful.

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      Turkey-Vegetable Casserole

      There are few things more comforting on a cool autumn night than a warm and bubbly casserole with home-style gravy. Combine the gravy with vegetables, sage-seasoned turkey, and an apple topping for a casserole that is healthy, hearty, and ready in 30 minutes.

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      Beef with Mushrooms and Pearl Onions in Red Wine Reduction

      Have all the sophistication of a fancy steak dinner for half the calories (and price) in the comfort of your home. Combine seasoned beef sirloin with garlic, mushrooms, and pearl onions in a skillet; when meat has reached its desired doneness, plate with a warm red wine reduction and enjoy.

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      Golden Squash Bisque

      For a cream-based soup that won't unravel your diet, try our beautiful fall bisque that is ready in just 20 minutes. The golden squash soup is low in fat, thanks to fat-free Greek yogurt, which adds protein and creaminess. A dash of curry powder adds a touch of heat.

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      Pancetta-Wrapped Chicken with Glazed Date Sauce

      Pancetta is a widely loved Italian cousin of bacon. Wrap the salt-cured meat around semisoft cheese, such as Boursin, and a chicken breast, then coat with a warm date vinaigrette for a healthy dinner recipe exploding with flavor.

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      Chicken Meatball Noodle Bowl

      Balanced meals don’t have to be boring, and this chicken-noodle bowl is proof. Rice noodles, shredded salad, and low-fat ginger-chicken meatballs join a coconut-lime chili pan sauce for one delicious dinner.

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      Beef Bourguignonne Pot Pie

      Our twist on traditional French beef bourguignonne features an array of flavorful veggies and cooked beef tips in warm, bubbly Burgundy gravy. Golden croissant cubes top the pot pie with some crunch.

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      Hearty Minestrone with Farro

      With savory turkey bacon and hearty vegetables like tomatoes and Tuscan kale, we're hard-pressed to pick this soup's most delicious ingredient. Plus, it has a tasty helping of whole grain farro, a nutty grain full of cholesterol-lowering fiber and complex carbs to keep you fuller longer. 

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      Shrimp and Greens with Pasta

      Kale is a powerhouse of nutrients, and we’ve paired it with diced tomatoes, Kalamata olives, and garlicky shrimp in a pasta dish that goes from prep to plate in less than 30 minutes. 

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      Secrets to Perfectly Cooked Shrimp

      Learning how to cook shrimp is easier than you think. Watch as we show you how to peel and devein shrimp so you can use it in delicious everyday recipes.

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      Turkey Steaks with Spinach, Pears, and Blue Cheese

      For a white meat take on steak, try our sage-rubbed turkey tenderloins. With wilted spinach, juicy seasonal pears, and a blue cheese topping, the delicious low-calorie dinner is hard to resist.

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      Pork and Poblano Stew

      Cinnamon, the quintessential spice of fall, and orange juice balance the heat of poblano peppers and fire-roasted tomatoes in this flavorful, full-bodied stew. Plus, it’s got tons of protein, thanks to savory strips of pork tenderloin.

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      Pear and Potato Salad with Pickled Mustard Seeds and Sausage

      Anjou pears are especially ripe from September through spring. Pair them with chicken-and-apple sausage and gold potatoes for a hearty, satisfying dinner salad. Pickled mustard seeds add a burst of flavor and texture to the healthy recipe.


      Test Kitchen Tip: Brown and roast rock-hard pears to enhance their natural sweetness.

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      Bacon-Wrapped Salmon with Fruit Chutney

      One of America's most-loved indulgences is bacon; to reduce the fat content of this melt-in-your-mouth meat, try a center cut version. When wrapped around flaky salmon filets and topped with a cranberry-apricot chutney, you get a seasonal entree so enticing you won't believe it's healthy.

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      Lemon-Braised Chicken Tenders and Cauliflower

      Ditch the bag of frozen chicken nuggets for our delicious lemon-braised chicken tenderloins – they've got all the succulence with half the calories. Cauliflower, wilted spinach, and a crunchy combination of green olives, dates, and pistachios complete the healthy one-pot chicken dinner.

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      Cheesy Bean-and-Rice Bites with Pumpkin-Sage Sauce

      Give rice and beans a healthy seasonal makeover by shaping mashed cannellini beans, brown rice, and parmesan cheese into balls. Bake them with a panko and walnut crust and serve on a bubby pumpkin-sage sauce for a low-calorie dinner that is crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. 

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      Sunday Dinner Stew

      This Sunday dinner stew has all the cold weather essentials, including hearty chunks of carrot, onion, potato, and beef. A creamy gravy smothers the stew yet one serving yields less than 10 grams of fat.


      Test Kitchen Tip: To make this recipe even more seasonal, substitute 1 pound sweet potatoes for the new potatoes and add a handful of chopped kale. Serve stew with crusty bread or whole grain crackers.

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      Spicy Oven-Baked Fish and Sweet Potato Fries

      For a healthy twist on traditional fish and chips, bake breadcrumb-coated white fish fillets instead of frying them. You’ll still get a crunchy crust without adding unecessary fat. 

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      Steak with Fennel and Beans

      This protein-packed dish is budget friendly thanks to its use of beef shoulder petite tenders. Serve steak on a bed of fennel, cannellini beans, and cherry tomatoes and drizzle with savory pan sauce.

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      Chunky Vegetable-Lentil Soup

      This vegetable soup gains additional nutritional value from French lentils, a high-fiber legume packed with heart-healthy folate. The flavorful fall soup is under 200 calories and features mushrooms, carrots, and a crunchy cabbage topping. 

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      Herbed Chicken, Orzo, and Zucchini

      Lightly seasoned chicken and sauteed zucchini toss with cooked orzo for a nutritional trio of grains, vegetables, and poultry. Fresh lemon and a sprinkle of snipped dill finish the zesty, low-fat dish that's ready in just 20 minutes.

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      Delicious Asparagus Recipes

      Whether grilled, roasted, or baked, asparagus adds flavor and nutrients to any meal. Here are our favorite asparagus recipes, including roasted asparagus, grilled asparagus, and baked asparagus. There's certain to be an asparagus recipe for everyone.
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