Autumn Sheet Pan Maple Dijon Chicken and Roasted Veggies

Easy, healthy dinners are what it’s all about. AND dinners that work for meal prep. This recipe falls into both categories! I’m going to start sharing recipes on Mondays that are healthy, can easily be made in under an hour, and keep well during the week for leftovers or work lunches. This recipe is so flavorful and it’s fall-inspired, of course. Seasonal cooking is the best!
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Pumpkin Almond Butter Bars with Gingersnap Crust

To be honest, I’ve never been a big pumpkin pie fan. I mean it’s good, but doesn’t make me swoon like a rich fudge brownie, chocolate chip cookie, or a chocolate peanut butter dessert. Pies in general don’t do much for me. Call me crazy! I’ll always have a slice of pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, but that’s it. I don’t think about it for the rest of the year. Pumpkin BREAD on the other hand..totally different story. Obsessed to say the least.

These bars are making me change my tune! They’re reminiscent of pumpkin pie, but so much healthier, and they pack a gingery bite from the gingersnaps! They’re almost paleo, except for the gingersnap crust. I wouldn’t judge you if you ate one for breakfast or for a snack.
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Pumpkin Gnocchi Mac and Cheese with Crispy Sage

Now this is fall comfort food at its best. Carbs, cheese, pumpkin, brown butter breadcrumbs, and crispy sage..gangs all here. This recipe is definitely not light or healthy in any way. It’s truly meant for those days where you need wonderful, cheesy, comfort in a bowl.
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Delicata Squash, Pear, Pecan, and Cranberry Quinoa Salad

I have the perfect meal prep recipe for your Monday! This salad is full of fall ingredients (shocker, I know), and it’s so hearty. AND healthy! The quinoa is packed with protein for staying power, and the roasted squash makes it more substantial too. The pecans add much needed crunch, and the pear and cranberry add sweetness!

L-O-V-E this salad.
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Apple Cider Pumpkin Ale Beergaritas

I crammed all of my favorite fall flavors into a cocktail. My favorite cocktail, I might add. Also, it was completely unintentional to post two apple cider recipes back to back, but I’m embracing it. Can never have too much apple cider in my opinion.

I added a little cinnamon simple syrup to these, and used my favorite pumpkin beer. Feel free to switch it up with your favorite fall beer!
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Apple Cider Pulled Pork Sliders with Pomegranate Bourbon BBQ Sauce

I’ve been craving pulled pork for weeks and finally got around to making it. Honestly, what’s better? It’s one of my favorite foods, hands down. I love it in chili, by itself, on sandwiches, with BBQ sauce, without BBQ sauce, on grilled cheese, in breakfast hashes, you name it. This version is made in the slow cooker (yay!) and requires basically no cooking except for simmering the BBQ sauce for ten minutes.

I love the combination of apple and pork, so I cooked the pork shoulder in apple cider and a little apple cider vinegar. I wanted to take the fall theme even further, so I made a pomegranate BOURBON barbecue sauce. It’s pretty wonderful.
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Autumn Breakfast Stuffed Sweet Potatoes – 3 Ways!

img_8005My love for sweet potatoes grows by the day. They’re SO good. For awhile I ate them baked or roasted as a side with dinner, or on salads. A year or so ago I started eating them in breakfast scrambles, in smoothies, and roasted with eggs and sautéed veggies. I love eating them when I want an alternative to bread, and they’re a great source of fiber, beta-carotene, vitamin C, and potassium.

I just recently started eating them on the sweeter side, with yogurt and fruit, and KNEW I had to make a fall breakfast version with all of my favorite fall flavors. These are perfect for meal prep! Just roast all your sweet potatoes on the weekend and then top them with toppings during the week when you’re ready to eat!
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Pumpkin Ricotta Grilled Toasts with Chorizo, Sage, and Toasted Pepitas

I’m all about the apps. Always. I’m pretty sure I could eat a plate of appetizers for dinner every night. I love trying a bunch of different things and having VARIETY in my food..variety of textures and flavors is key.

These cute little toasts are such a flavor bomb of smoky, sweet, creamy, herby, and nutty. And you have crunch! From the toasted pumpkin seeds. You know I always need crunch.
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Caramel Apple Overnight Oats (with Date Caramel!)

It’s been a minute since I’ve made overnight oats and I’m SO glad I did. I CANNOT get over how good date caramel is. If you’ve never had it, it’s made by blending dates and a touch of hot water in the food processor or blender until super creamy. It’s the perfect accompaniment to these oats and makes them a thousand times healthier than using real caramel sauce.
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Apple Bacon Kale Salad with Brie Cheddar Grilled Cheese Croutons

How to make Monday better: add GRILLED CHEESE CROUTONS to your salad. Honestly, I never want to eat a salad without grilled cheese croutons ever again. If only, right?!

This salad SCREAMS fall and screams not-boring-and-also-healthier-comfort-food. Which is what I aim for always. I absolutely love my salads, and eat at least one if not two every single day, but sometimes you just need more than greens, veggies, and dressing. That is where this salad comes in.
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