Fall is in the air, and there’s nothing like a cool weather that gets me excited about cooking. Slow cooker meals, soups, stews, you name it – it’s all good for fall.
With all the junk that comes along with this time of year (Halloween candy, baked goods for the holidays, etc.) it’s good to figure out some meals that are not only healthy but that the whole family, especially the kids, will enjoy.
So, we took a deep dive into all the healthy fall recipes for kids and came up with a good list to share with you.
9 Healthy Fall Recipes for Kids (that they’ll actually enjoy)
Here are some of our favorites (in no particular order):
#1 One Pan Sausage, Butternut Squash and Apples
This is a super easy, healthy meal that you can throw together in a matter of minutes (depending on how fast you can chop). I love one pan meals – similar to slow cooker meals, you just throw everything together and let it cook.
This is also one of those recipes where you can easily substitute a different meat or different vegetables and it still works.
#2 Beef Vegetable Soup
Fall weather = soup weather here. This is a great Instant Pot recipe (we love the Instant Pot).
This recipe also allows you to substitute ground turkey for ground beef if you want to make it a bit healthier.
#3 Feel-Good Apple Muffins
Eating healthy doesn’t mean you can’t throw in a little sweetness. These muffins are a great way to give your kids a delicious snack that tastes like it’s a treat, but not unhealthy like most snacks they’d probably be eating otherwise.
Grab one of these with your morning coffee too.
#4 Breadless Butternut Stuffing
Breadless stuffing? I’ve never heard of such a thing. Sure enough, that’s what this is.
If you’re trying to cut back on carbs, but love stuffing and want a healthier alternative, this is it. Kids will love it too.
Warning: this one calls for a lot of ingredients, so if you’re anything like me, you’re probably running out to the store to pick up a few things before you can make this one.
#5 Healthy Apple Crisp
A good apple crisp is definitely one of my weaknesses. Hard to believe you could make a healthier version it, but that’s exactly what we have here (you just can’t put any ice cream on top).
What makes this recipe healthy? No butter, no refined sugar. But yet, it’s still sweet enough to enjoy as a dessert.
#6 Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Chicken
The best part of fall cooking is the slow cooker. And this slow cooker meal has all the good stuff.
Cheese, garlic, chicken, potatoes – it’s fall comfort in a bowl.
#7 Pumpkin Oatmeal Pancakes
I’m normally not the biggest fan pumpkin-flavored foods, but this time of year I’m willing to try and enjoy them.
This is a great pancake recipe that that oozes fall flavor. I probably wouldn’t ever touch something like this in the summer, but in the fall/winter, it’s perfect.
#8 Healthy Caramel Dip (for apples!)
Apples are a staple for fall recipes, but sometimes you just want to eat the apple by itself.
Here’s a dip you can make that tastes great and is healthier than your traditional caramel dip. There’s no added sugar. And the key ingredient? Dates.
#9 Easy Minestrone Soup
We’re going to end this round up with another soup recipe. Because we can’t get enough soup in the fall.
This is a great one for kids because it has a fairly mild flavor (not spicy or anything else that might turn some kids off).
Those are our healthy fall recipes for kids!
We’ve barely scratched the surface on some of the best healthy fall recipes for kids, but these should be enough to get you started.
It’s sad to say goodbye to summer, but we’re happy to say hello to the delicious smells and warmth of these fall home cooked meals. And hopefully the kids are too.
What are some of your favorite healthy fall recipes for kids? Leave a comment below!