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Four Recipes for a Nutritious Start to Fall

Posted by Colleen Sideck, Technical Information Specialist, National Agricultural Library in Food and Nutrition
Sep 22, 2021
A blue bowl filled with lentil soup on a table

What recipes are you looking forward to this fall? Do foods like pumpkin, apples, soups, casseroles and baked goods come to mind? Here are four recipe ideas to bring nutrition and seasonal flavors to your table:

  • Roasted Root Vegetables: This recipe is packed with fiber, vitamins and minerals. Get potassium from the potatoes and rutabaga, vitamin C from the turnips and sweet potatoes, and vitamin A from the carrots and sweet potatoes.
  • Lentil Soup: Warm up with soup as the weather gets cooler. One cup of cooked lentils provides nearly 18 grams of plant protein and 16 grams of fiber to help keep you full between meals.
  • Pumpkin Pancakes: Pumpkin is a fall favorite for kids and adults! These pancakes use one cup of whole wheat flour to add more fiber compared to all-purpose (white) flour alone. Try topping them with yogurt, fruit or nuts.
  • Banana Oatmeal Cookies: Baking is a fun family activity, especially when it is too chilly to get outside. With no added sugar, these cookies are sweetened naturally from bananas and raisins, which also provide potassium.

These recipes are just some of the many flavorful and nutritious options that could be enjoyed this fall. Explore the nutrition content of other seasonal and traditional foods using USDA’s FoodData Central nutrient database.

Category/Topic: Food and Nutrition