There’s loads to like about fall: Crunchy leaves, boots, Harry Potter film marathons on TV. Nonetheless, what I sit up for most concerning the season is all the nice and cozy, comforting meals that comes with it.

Autumn is hands-down my favourite “eating season” (which, for my part, is a factor). All yr lengthy, I gravitate towards cozy dishes like veggie-packed pastas, something with pumpkin or butternut squash, hearty soups, and slow-cooker dinners. So as soon as fall hits, I am in my factor, as a result of chillier days and in-season components imply it is lastly socially applicable to cook dinner my favourite meals on a regular basis (though I might be mendacity if I mentioned I might by no means made chili in the summertime).

That mentioned, whereas many basic fall dishes characteristic root vegetables and different in-season produce like Brussels sprouts, apples, and bitter greens, in addition they are inclined to depend on heavy components that ratchet up the saturated fat, refined carb, and calorie counts. Typically I fortunately dig into my favourite fall meals in all of their basic, indulgent glory, however I’ve additionally discovered that more healthy variations of my favorites—recipes made with extra veggies, much less cream and cheese, leaner cuts of meat, and so on.—could be simply as flavorful (and do not intrude with my balanced consuming objectives).

As a result of the autumn window is brief, I do not need to miss a single alternative for pot pies, risottos, and extra. So at below 500 energy every, these are the recipes I will be cooking on repeat all season lengthy. (Observe that a few of these recipes have fewer than 300 energy, so you may need to double or triple the serving measurement for a full, filling meal.)