Tired of microwavable meals, college campus food, and overspending to eat out? Then try out these five healthy recipes that celebrate the flavors of fall. You don’t need to have much experience in the kitchen to make these dishes —they’re straightforward and simple, but delicious. These are perfect to make in small apartments where space is limited, or to share with your family during a weekend visit home. Most residential buildings on campus have at least one communal kitchen, so if you’re in a dorm, no problem. College students, let’s get cooking!
1. Pumpkin Oatmeal
There’s nothing like having a warm bowl of oatmeal for breakfast on a crisp autumn morning. Give it an extra kick by adding in the flavor of pumpkin. This recipe is tasty, healthy, and as easy as stirring ingredients into a saucepan and bringing them to a boil.
Health benefits: Pumpkin puree has plenty of vitamin A, potassium, antioxidants, and fiber, making it an awesome way for you to start your day off right.
2. Cranberry Rice
Five ingredients plus water—that’s all you need for this tasty recipe. Don’t settle for bland rice this fall. Adding cranberries to brown rice offers you added nutrition plus a bold taste to satisfy your sweet tooth!
Health benefits: Cranberries are high in fiber, a good source for antioxidants, and simply a great thing for sweetening up your rice.
3. “Mom’s Zucchini Bread”
Okay, so zucchini isn’t often something you think of as an ingredient for tasty fall bread, but this loaf is as sweet as dessert and suitable for even the picky eaters out there. To make it a bit healthier, while still keeping the flavor intact, substitute one banana for each egg.
Health benefits: Zucchini is rich in fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium, making this bread not only delicious, but good for your health too!
4. “Sarah’s Applesauce”
Take advantage of apple picking season, get a bag of ripe apples, and start mashing! Making your very own applesauce from scratch is pretty simple, and it’s sure to taste fresher than any packaged applesauce from the store. It just takes a few ingredients.
Health benefits: Apples are a good source of fiber, contain 80% of your daily vitamin C needs, and are naturally sweet!
5. Butternut Squash Fries
Give a healthy twist to french fries by subbing butternut squash for potatoes. And to make these sweet fries even sweeter, try sprinkling on a little cinnamon sugar.
Health benefits: Butternut squash is a great source of vitamin C, potassium, and vitamin B6. Try finding those benefits from your fast food fries!