Friday, November 2, 2018

Mealtime Magic: Healthy Fall Recipes

Recipes provided by Guiding Stars

Number of Servings: 4 (134 G)
Prep Time: 15 min.

There’s no candy or corn in this tasty fruit and yogurt parfait, but it packs a great flavor. Don’t feel stuck in a rut with the suggested fruit, either! Any yellow or orange fruit will have the same gorgeous effect, so play around with what your family likes.

  • 1 cup shredded pineapple
  • 1 cup minced cantaloupe
  • 1 cup sugar-free, fat-free vanilla yogurt
  1. Divide the pineapple between four clear, tall serving dishes.
  2. Top the pineapple with a layer of cantaloupe.
  3. Finish the parfait with a layer of yogurt to serve.

Number of Servings: 12 (87 G)
Prep Time: 5 min.

This good-sized batch of hummus is the perfect appetizer for a fall or holiday gathering. Serve with sliced apples and whole-grain crackers.

  • 2 (15 oz.) cans no-salt-added chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin puree
  • 1 Tbsp. smoked paprika
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ¼ cup olive oil

  1. Process all ingredients together in a food processor or blender and serve.
Number of Servings: 2 (146 G)
Prep Time: 30 min.
Cook Time: 10 min. 

Squash can be a tricky vegetable to put under the blade of the spiralizer, but the flavor and texture are worth the effort. Once you get comfortable with butternut, branch out into other squashes by slicing the squash into suitably sized pieces. Consider tossing with some sliced cloves of garlic or pumpkin spice for fun flavor variations.
  • ½ small butternut squash, peeled
  • ½ Tbsp. olive oil
  • tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
  1. Cut the squash to divide the neck from the bulbous bit, setting the bulbous bit aside. Using a spiralizer, turn the neck into noodles. If you have a larger squash or a small spiralizer, it may be easier to cut the neck in half lengthwise.
  2. Toss the noodles with oil, salt and pepper. Spread on a parchment-lined baking sheet and roast until soft, about 10 minutes.
  3. While the noodles are roasting, scoop the seeds and use a spoon to hollow out the bulb a bit. With a pumpkin carving kit or knife, carve a face onto the front of the bulb.
  4. When the noodles are cooked, scoop them carefully into the hollow of the bulb, mounding up to form a brain shape above the top of the bulb.

Number of Servings: 10 Servings (267 G)
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 45 Minutes

Fresh cider is one of the joys we delight in during the chilly fall months, which means that it’s bound to make an appearance at parties from harvest time to New Year’s. Fortunately, it’s a treat that comes with little guilt. Dress it up for Halloween, Thanksgiving or even Christmas for some responsible fun.

  • 2 qt. apple cider
  • 4 (3-in.) cinnamon sticks
  • 1 T. whole cloves
  • 1 t. ground ginger
  • 1/2 t. allspice
  • 6 pieces orange peel

  1. In a stock pot, combine all the ingredients. Simmer for 30 minutes. Let cool a bit and strain. Serve warm or cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Reheat and serve in mugs.

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