30 Delicious Healthy Fall Dinner Recipes
What’s lovelier on a cool fall night than a delicious, hearty dinner? A healthy, delicious, hearty dinner, of course! These 30 healthy fall dinner recipes help you create a warm, cozy atmosphere around your family dinner table.
Here on Our Small Hours I primarily share recipes that meet real food standards. Most often that means the recipes I share are paleo, whole 30, or keto. While I share recipes with wheat and other grains sometimes – if the grains are prepared in a traditional way – I prefer to share gluten-free recipes.
All of the recipes in this healthy fall dinner recipes collection are gluten-free.
Healthy Fall Soup Recipes
I love to eat soup all year around, but my family balks when I make soup recipes in the hot months. I get it. Who wants soup on a hot day? (I mean, I do sometimes but anyway . . .)
When fall rolls around I get crackin’ on my soup list. I like trying new soups each fall. It’s always interesting to see which soups my family deem as keepers and which soups result in plenty of leftovers.
We’re keeping the fall soups below in our cold-weather soup rotation this year.
Instant Pot OR Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chowder
When you need a quick meal after soccer practice pop this healthy fall dinner recipe in the slow cooker before you start your day or in the instant pot when you get home.
Creamy Ham and Potato Soup
Surprise! This thick and creamy soup requires no cream. It uses potatoes to create the soup’s creamy texture.
Roasted Carrot and Apple Autumn Soup
The roasted carrots are the star of this delicious fall soup recipe. Don’t skip the step of roasting the carrots if you want the best balance of flavor in this soup.
Slow Cooker Fall Spiced Apple Sweet Potato Soup
Just the name of this recipe is a mouthful. And the dish itself is also a mouthful – of comforting, delicious fall flavors.
Slow Cooker Chicken Bacon Soup
You had me at chicken bacon. Who doesn’t love that combo? Put it in a soup and you’ve got my palate convinced before I take the first bite. Yum!
Sausage Soup With Roasted Garlic and Potatoes
This soup stays on my meal planner well into the winter months. It’s hearty enough to satisfy my three teenage boys.
Healthy Fall Salad Recipes
I know, I know. Salads are typically spring and summer fare. But I miss salads during the cold weather months. These salads feature fall flavors making them perfectly acceptable healthy fall dinner recipes. Salad on, my healthy friends.
Warm Kale, Chicken, Apple, and Sweet Potato Salad
This salad is hearty enough to eat as a full meal. However, if you wanted to serve it alongside your favorite soup I’m sure it would complement it nicely.
Warm Crispy Mushroom Salad With Greens and Potatoes
Oh, how I love mushrooms. The mushrooms in this fall salad recipe provide a lovely crispy texture to contrast with the creamy potatoes and wilted greens. More please!
Harvest Chicken Salad With Pear, Apple, Pecan, and Thyme
Here’s another filling fall salad recipe to add to your repertoire. My oldest son once said that chicken salad without a fruit component makes no sense. I think he’s right. The pears and apples in this delicious salad create a lovely flavor balance.
Healthy Fall Chicken Recipes
This wouldn’t be a good recipe roundup if I didn’t include several ways to jazz up chicken for the fall. Chicken offers such an affordable and versatile way to feed the family. These healthy fall dinner recipes use chicken as a canvas for our favorite fall flavors.
Cranberry Apple Chicken Thighs With Rosemary
If you’re ready for a little taste of Thanksgiving in September, add this yummy fall chicken recipe to your rotation. This one gets bonus points for using chicken thighs, which are one the most affordable and flavorful cuts of chicken.
Harvest Sheet Pan Chicken
Sheet pan dinners became popular with us moms because they require minimal clean up. A hearty fall dinner with only one dish to clean afterward? Winner, winner chicken dinner. (I’m sorry. I had to find a way to work that in. Forgive me. I promise I won’t do it again.)
Apple Chicken With Bacon and Potatoes
This apple chicken recipe has so many flavors. There’s apple and bacon, obviously, but the recipe also calls for a simple honey mustard sauce that completes the taste.
Roast Chicken With Apple Cider
While this makes a lovely dinner for the family I think this fall chicken recipe is perfect for when company is coming over. It’s an easy but dressed-up dish you can serve with pride.
Rustic Chicken With Apples and Bacon
Here’s another fall chicken recipe that uses chicken thighs. Affordable and flavorful? Yes, please!
Healthy Fall Turkey Recipes
I couldn’t leave out turkey in a fall recipe collection, now could I? I’ve got only two recipes to share in this section, but they’re good ones.
Sheet Pan Turkey Dinner
This makes a great recipe for a smaller family or provides a delicious way to use turkey leftovers after Thanksgiving.
Ground Turkey Shepherd’s Pie
I love my Easy Shepherd’s Pie recipe, but turkey costs less than beef, so sometimes it’s simply a smarter option.
Healthy Fall Beef Recipes
Beef costs a little more than poultry, but sometimes there’s no substitute for a warm, hearty dinner made with beef. There are so many cuts of beef to choose from, but we’re mostly sticking to the more affordable ground beef and stew for this healthy fall dinner recipe collection.
BBQ Meatloaf Muffins With Sweet Potato Topping
These look similar to my Meatloaf Cupcakes, but the flavor profile differs. This recipe makes a fun, kid-friendly dinner.
Beef Stuffed Acorn Squash
If you’ve ever wanted to try acorn squash start with this recipe. Who knew that beef and cheese combined so well with fall flavors?
Apple Cider Chili
Chili is the one cold-weather dish my family eats all year around. Fall becomes the perfect time to experiment with various chili flavors and add-ins.
Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Fall brings busy days and busier evenings. You need this slow cooker beef stew recipe in your set-it-and-forget arsenal for those days when you’re away from home from sunup to sundown.
Pumpkin Spice Chili
I purposely took it easy on the pumpkin recipes for two reasons. First, I prefer my pumpkin with sugar and that’s not very healthy. Secondly, I’ve done a whole collection of healthy pumpkin recipes. However, this chili looked too delicious to pass up.
Spiced Beef Stew With Cabbage, Butternut Squash, and Sweet Potato
This recipe offers a unique twist because it calls for white sweet potatoes.
Beef, Beets, and Dandelion Stuffed Acorn Squash
Beets and Dandelions? What an interesting combo. Now, I know this recipe seems more spring-like, but dandelions grow in the fall, too. What a great way to introduce your kids to new flavors.
Healthy Fall Pork Recipes
Pork lends itself to fall flavors really well. In fact, one of my favorite fall recipe is my Pork Chops and Fried Apples. Here are a few new fall pork recipes to try.
One Pan Sausage, Apples, and Butternut Squash
Here’s another great sheet pan recipe. Fall flavors makes a delicious dinner; one pan makes an easy clean up.
Sausage and Sprouts Sheet Pan Meal
And anotha one . . . This sausage and brussels sprouts sheet pan meal is super simple to prep. And you already know how clean up goes!
Cranberry Apple Pork Chops
This dish gives your family a taste of the holidays. Cinnamon and coriander round out the fall flavors in this recipe.
Healthy Fall Seafood Recipes
Just like salad, seafood tends to be a summer food. However, when you need to mix things up a little and get away from the chicken/beef/pork rotation, seafood provides a delicious break from the norm. These fall seafood recipes pack a nutritious, flavorful punch.
One Pan Roasted Rosemary Salmon
Salmon plus fall vegetables equals a mouthful of nutritious yum!
Pan Seared Salmon Fall Salad
So this one is technically a salad, but I needed another seafood recipe, so here it is. Bacon, cranberries, pumpkin seeds on romaine? Delicious!
Healthy Fall Vegetarian Recipes
Some nights you want a break from meat. I know how you feel. These healthy fall vegetarian recipes are tasty and filling. Your family will love them.
Five-Ingredient Butternut Squash Fritters
This is a fun and yummy recipe that the whole family will love. The contrast in texture – crispy and creamy – is lovely and the taste is perfection.
Creamy Four Cheese Spinach Stuffed Butternut Squash
This healthy fall dinner recipes doubles as a delicious Thanksgiving side dish. Perfect it by preparing it for your family on a weeknight, then surprise your guests with this unique dish at the holidays.