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Fall is officially here!  Its time to break out the sweaters, boots, and flannel.  In my house fall also means endless college football playing on the tv and non-stop chatter about which Halloween costumes will be the best.  Of course nothing gets us in the fall mood quite like a hot steamy soup or fresh pan of apple crisp.  I’m bringing fall to your house this week with these seasonal favorites.

 Oat Waffles

Waffle Breakfast with blueberries

http://www.girlmakesfood.com/ridiculously-awesome-oat-waffles/

These waffles are AMAZING and freeze great too.  My family loves them so much I usually quadruple the recipe and freeze the extras.  The frozen waffles are perfect for a morning when you’re short on time. Pair this with fresh fruit and Greek yogurt for a balanced and satisfying breakfast.  While these say gluten free in the title if you don’t have a gluten allergy there is no reason to use gluten free oats in the recipe, you can use regular ones.  

Cooking tip: make sure your coconut oil is liquid and add it in last before mixing ingredients together.  Coconut oil solidifies when its cold so once you add it in with your cold ingredients (milk, eggs) if you don’t stir quickly you will get coconut oil chunks.  Enjoy!

 

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Nothing screams fall quite like soup.  I love using the crockpot on busy days, it does all the work for you. The prep on this one is so easy and the soup comes out tasting delicious.  My husband always complains that soup doesn’t feel like a meal and he doesn’t feel full from it.  If you feel like the chicken breast in the soup isn’t enough protein to keep you satisfied try using bone broth instead of chicken broth.  It has 9 grams of protein per cup and it will help you stay satisfied longer.  Pair it with your favorite salad and you’ve got a complete meal. 

 

Smoked Sausage and Zucchini Skillet

Smoked Sausage and Zucchini Skillet

This recipe is so quick and simple it can be thrown together on one of those nights you get home late from work, kids’ soccer practice, the gym, or whatever is keeping you from spending time cooking dinner.  We all have those nights.  With all the veggies already included, serve it over brown rice and you have a complete meal.

 

Teriyaki Grilled Chicken and Veggie Rice Bowls

Teriyaki Grilled Chicken and Veggie Rice Bowls

At my house we refer to this as takeout fake-out.  Its so good we actually prefer it over takeout.  Sometimes Chinese food can be greasy and heavy but not this recipe.  The fresh veggies and thick teriyaki sauce will make you think twice before ordering takeout next time you’re craving Chinese food.

 

One Pan Honey Garlic Chicken and Veggies

One Pan Honey Garlic Chicken and Veggies

One pan dishes are the best, you can make a well balanced meal without using a bunch of dishes and a million ingredients. A lot of times baked chicken turns out dry and over cooked but with the sauce, this chicken is tender and flavorful.  I also love how the broccoli absorbs the flavors of the sauce.  

 

Apple Crisp

{World’s BEST} Gluten Free Apple Crisp Recipe!

Balanced eating includes eating desserts too. Not the “healthy” desserts where they attempt to make cookie dough out of chickpeas (yuck!) but the real thing, occasionally, and in reasonable portions.  Apple crisp, warm out of the oven and topped with ice cream or whip cream, is the perfect fall treat.  Tart apples, such as Granny Smith, are the best for baking but any apples you have on hand will work. Once again this recipe has gluten free ingredients but if you don’t have a gluten allergy you can use regular flour and oats.  

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Allison Cardon
Allison is a food and fitness enthusiast fueled by her desire to create a healthy lifestyle for herself and her family. She is married to an amazingly busy medical student and the mom of three small children. She has a degree in accounting and is a certified personal trainer. Allison is passionate about food in large part to being diagnosed with Celiac disease four years ago, driving her to find the best recipes to keep her mind and body healthy and happy!

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