All Things Autumn Inspired: Easy, Healthy Pumpkin, Apple, and Squash Dishes

Raw oatmeal pumpkin parfait. So yummy!

Raw oatmeal pumpkin parfait. So yummy!

I simply love fall and the bounty of wonderful fruits and vegetables it brings! Not to mention the fall foliage and the crisp weather that allows you to dust off your light jackets and boots. I have been kind of obsessed with the pumpkin puree that is now so readily available in every grocery store. Organic pumpkin puree has been incorporated into many of my everyday dishes such as my daily bowl of oatmeal and my smoothies. I also made a raw oatmeal parfait with unsweetened vanilla almond milk, pumpkin puree, chia seeds, and berries. Some of the fruit was frozen and organic, since berries are not particularly in season. This makes for the perfect snack or breakfast.

Amazing pumpkin smoothie.

Amazing pumpkin smoothie.

This pumpkin smoothie with cinnamon, molasses, nutmeg, banana, chia seeds, oats, and unsweetened almond milk turned out creamy and delicious. I cannot encourage you enough to have fun with this fantastic food and take advantage of the health benefits that go along with it including Vitamin A and C, fiber, and Beta-carotene, which is excellent for your skin. Cinnamon is also popular around this time of year and has many healthy benefits including lowering bad cholesterol. So try to include that in your recipes as well. You can even sprinkle it into your oatmeal or on top of your coffee or chai tea.

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Another favorite fall food is squash. I made this stuffed acorn squash with a quinoa mix and it was simple and simply delicious! The perfect healthy fall comfort food. I threw in some celery, onion, and dried cranberries with the quinoa and baked the squash.

The delectable roasted squash before mixing into the rest of the soup ingredients.

The delectable roasted squash before mixing into the rest of the soup ingredients.

Butternut squash makes a great soup to keep you warm on those chilly days. I prefer to make my soup without any dairy and it tastes amazing! The hardest part of making it was resisting the urge to eat all of the baked chunks of squash that I pulled out of the oven! Just baking this sweet squash makes a delicious snack in itself. I recommend adding some pumpkin seeds on top to garnish.

I love how beautiful these veggies looked while I was preparing them. The recipe was surprisingly quick and the taste was worth all the work. I absolutely love sharing my passion for plant-based food with my family and friends. Feeding the ones you love amplifies the joy by a thousand. Get to your local farmer’s market and take advantage of all the wonderful harvest that awaits you.

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The raw finished product before adding everything to the blender.

The raw finished product before adding everything to the blender.

The finished product!

The finished product!

Apples are also everywhere this season! Since they’re so bountiful, it can get exhausting trying to finish the entire bag of apples by just juicing them or eating them raw. So, I decided to put them to work for a different use. I made some super simple and yummy raw apple sauce. It is so easy to make and takes mere minutes. You slice and core and quarter about 4-5 apples with the skin, and throw into the blender with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. I stored what I didn’t eat in a mason jar and buried a cinnamon stick into it to season overnight. It’s refreshing and all natural. You can’t beat that! 🙂 Tell me what you like to make and share during the fall season.

My fresh apple sauce with some added cinnamon flavor.

My fresh apple sauce with some added cinnamon flavor.

 

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