What makes a good fall recipe?

Well, for starters, it has to be warm. Now is not the time of year for cold soups and sandwiches. No, we need something hot to help fight off the autumn chill. Next, you’re looking for something hearty with stick-to-your-ribs flavors. A good fall recipe also doesn’t hurt to come in good sized portions, perfect for families and for leftovers.

The only problem with many of these kinds of recipes is they rarely have much in way of a healthy makeup. Potatoes, meat, and gobs of cheese are delicious, sure, but you’ll probably come out the other side of fall a few pounds heavier.

But what if we told you it was totally possible to make delicious and hearty fall recipes without the guilt? By using beans and other meaty vegetables like butternut squash, an autumn-time favorite, as a protein substitute you can watch your weight while staying warm and full this fall. Give some of these simple and tasty recipes a try.

Skillet Tomato Casserole with White Beans and Croutons

This “casserole” from Well Plated is anything but your ordinary fall casserole. Instead of relying on starchy potatoes to give in the bulk of its filling, this recipe instead uses fresh whole grain homemade croutons for filling power. Coupled with the croutons are plenty of fresh wholesome ingredients like tomatoes, spinach, garlic, basil and Randall Beans great northern beans. Topped off with grated parmesan, this Italian-style casserole is a guilt-free dinner spectacular.

Vegan Quinoa Chili with Butternut Squash and Black Beans

There’s no fall recipe quite like chili. It’s the perfect combination of flavor, warmth and heartiness. This recipe from The Pretty Bee gives classic chili a healthy, autumn twist. Instead of a tomato base, this recipe calls for a vegetable broth base but gives it thickness and tomato flavor from a little bit of tomato sauce and salsa. Butternut squash, quinoa and Randall Beans black beans keep this recipe vegan-friendly. full of protein and help give it unique fall flavors – all in under 30 minutes.

Crockpot Rosemary & Garlic Great Northern Beans

Great fall recipes don’t have to be complicated. This recipe from Skinny Ms. proves it. With just 7 ingredients and a crockpot, you can make this dish perfect as either a main course or side dish. This recipe calls cannellini beans, but as you know great northern beans are an even better substitute. And, of course, with this recipe you don’t need to soak your beans because Randall Beans are already presoaked, precooked and ready to eat. Get this recipe going early in the day in your crockpot so you can come home after work to a hot meal waiting just for you.

Stuffed Butternut Squash with Quinoa Cranberries and Kale

This recipe from Well Plated is as beautiful as it is delicious. And, with ingredients like butternut squash, cranberries and garbanzo beans it is full of amazing fall flavors. This fall recipe may take a little bit more preparation than the others, but the result is a recipe that is bound to impress and a perfect dinner for a family or small group. Kale, quinoa, cranberries, squash and beans don’t only make this recipe filling and delicious but also vegetarian-friendly.

When it comes to fall recipes, casseroles are king! Luckily, we have an amazing collection of casseroles and cassoulets. Download a free copy of our cookbook full of classic recipes.

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