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28 Delicious Fall Recipes with No Dairy, Gluten or Sugar

As we enter our coldest seasons, it’s natural for our eating habits and meal planning ideas to change a little.

Who’d be down for a nice bowl of creamy stew, chili or homemade mac and cheese right now?

Comfort foods such as these are typically energy dense, thanks to inclusion of many grains, dairy and other animal products. These ingredients give us a distinctive sense of satisfaction, and many of our favourite comfort foods also tie in with an emotional memory – making our choice in comfort food a form of nostalgic eating [1].

While we may love the feeling of a comforting meal, these meals don’t always love us back – all of those heavy nutrient dense ingredients add up, and rather quickly for some of us.

You should be able to enjoy some of your favourite classics, so i’m bringing some classics back to your kitchen table with these 28 Healthified Comfort Food Recipes. These are nutritionist-developed, wholesome options that will leave you feeling more than content – these utilize clean-eating ingredients that will love you back.

28 HEALTHIFIED COMFORT FOOD RECIPES

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte

Meet the ‘kind’ pumpkin spiced latte. Made with whole-food ingredients, and none of the artificial preservatives and additives. This healthified version is naturally sweetened, made with actual pumpkin, and it’s vegan too.

Turmeric Latte

Fall in love with more than pumpkin spice lattes this fall. This anti-inflammatory latte is vegan and packed with phytonutrient powers from fresh turmeric root (learn more about turmeric here).

Savory Oatmeal Bowl

Looking for a new great way start to your morning? This high-fibre breakfast is perfect for fall (and all!). Oats are such a versatile grain, we often associate them with sweet pairings, but it’s time to wander into the realm of savory outs, your tastebuds will thank you!

Morning Glory Oats

This deluxe oatmeal is complete with shredded carrot, sprouted buckwheat, medjool dates, goji berries and chia seeds. Sweetened with maple syrup, this comforting vegan recipe is guaranteed to satisfy your cravings and keep you satiated all morning.

Chocolate Sweet Potato Porridge

Grain-free porridge anyone? This paleo/vegan oatmeal alternative uses sweet potato as its base. With the addition of other superfoods, this recipe will be sure to power-up your morning!

Gingerbread Pancakes

Get festive with gingerbread pancakes! These are made with sprouted spelt flour and they utilize blackstrap molasses, true cinnamon, fresh ginger, pure vanilla and nutmeg to get your holiday spirit all fired-up! Looking for gluten-free? Substitute in your favourite gluten-free flour blend instead of spelt!

Crispy Cassava Blender Waffles

Crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside. Besides their fabulous taste and texture, these cassava waffles are grain-free, dairy-free and totally paleo!

Yum Yum’s Breakfast Cookies

Cookies for breakfast? You’re not breaking any rules with these! Paleo, gluten-free and vegan – filled with all the wholesome goodies: from sesame seeds, sunflower seed butter, cacao nibs, hemp hearts and coconut. Yum yum is right!

Hearty (Chicken) Caesar Salad

A healthy twist on a total classic. Chicken is optional. You’re going to love this cashew based caesar dressing, and the chickpea croutons are a delight! Naturally gluten-free and you can totally substitute or eliminate the chicken entirely to make this vegan!

Quinoa Cranberry and Butternut Squash Salad

A true healthycomfort bowl at it’s finest. This gluten-free and vegan salad is the perfect way to welcome fall. Leftovers are also ah-mazing!

Chicken & Sweet Potato Cutlets

Based off of a traditional Pakistani dish, these flavourful chicken cutlets make for a simple protein-packed snack or side dish! You can add them to a salad, a wrap, or enjoy as is. A great option to tie you over before your next meal, and they’re also a perfect freezer staple – it just takes 5-10 minutes to heat them up on the stove.

Tempeh Shepherd’s Pie

This vegan version is almost better than the real thing! Marinated tempeh with all the classic shepherd’s pie fixings (besides the beef), a layer of herbal parsnip mash and optional vegan shiitake gravy to top it off. Sure to impress vegans and meat-lovers alike!

Kimchi Fries

Root vegetable fries, vegan butternut squash ‘cheese’ sauce, avocado, seared tempeh and kimchi? This is like a healthified poutine that you will love you (and your microbiome) back!

Butternut Macaroni

This vegan mac and cheese utilizes the most mouthwatering (and versatile) butternut squash ‘cheese’ sauce. Choose your base of spiralized vegetable noodles, ancient grain pasta, sprouted grain pasta or a gluten-free option. Stir in some leafy greens for added body-loving benefits.

Grass-Fed Beef/Tempeh Chili

This dish could so take first place in a chili cook off. Use grass-fed beef for its omega-3, B12, heme-iron, fat-soluble vitamin and conjugated linoleic acid content (read more on grass-fed beef here) OR go plant-based and make it tempeh! Either way, this flavourful recipe is a sure competition for the classic version.

Cheesy Vegan Broccoli Soup

This super creamy potato and broccoli soup just hits the darn spot. Complete with sourdough croutons and microgreens, this healthified soup is a total fall staple.

Lemon Turmeric Rice with Paleo Naan Bread

Choose between regular rice or cauliflower rice as your base and enjoy the anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric and its other spice friends. Eating this dish is even more enjoyable with the super simple 3-ingredient paleo naan bread.

Hemp Crusted Chicken Tenders

Chicken tenders are a nostalgic meal for most. Feel good about what you’re eating with this recipe! Not only is this recipe a total hit for the whole family, but they’re also naturally grain-free!

Paleo Chicken Stir-Fry with Cauliflower Rice

Need a healthy and comforting dinner in a pinch? Try out this super simple stir-fry with cauliflower rice! Make it vegan by subbing the chicken for your favourite plant-based protein option.

Hemp Crusted Salmon

So much omega-3 goodness! This Hemp Crusted Salmon can be on the table in less than 30-minutes and it pairs wonderfully with this Shredded Kale and Cranberry Salad.

Vegan Burrito Bowl

Rich in fibre, colour and flavour. This simple burrito bowl is totally plant-based and does not lack in comfort-feels!

Yeast-Free Rustic Spelt Crust Pizza

A perfect compromise for a healthier pizza. Made with a yeast-free sprouted spelt crust – just add your favourite toppings, bake and enjoy!

Sweet Apple Crumble

This light apple crumble is crust free and contains less than 10-ingredients (spices included!). Use gluten-free oats as needed. (Also, find out which apples are the healthiest here)

Chewy Matcha Coconut Cookies

Cookies with gut-healing benefits? This ‘sweet’ recipe uses grass-fed gelatin to provide an irresistibly chewy texture for these paleo cookies – gelatin also has benefits for Better Digestion.

Paleo Lemon Zinger

Lemon treats are some of the best treats. If you agree, you’ve got to try this zesty Paleo Lemon Zinger.

Lemon Poppy Seed Zucchini Loaf

This loaf is just simply divine and many substitutions can be made! Replace the eggs with a flax or chia egg and use your favourite gluten-free flour instead of sprouted spelt flour. However you make it, this loaf is sure to impress. Did I mention it also has a hidden source of vegetables?

Golden Milk Turmeric Chia Seed Pudding

Meet the queen of chia puddings. Ready in just 15-minutes, this chia seed pudding is made with a base of Golden (Turmeric) Milk and is served warm (the secret to its quickness). Super high-fibre, vegan, gluten-free and anti-inflammatory benefits for all!

Paleo Ginger Snaps

These little snaps are a quick and easy festive-themed cookie. Made with minimal whole-food ingredients, get into the holiday spirit with some paleo ginger snaps!

BE vibrant.

REFERENCES

[1]  5 Reasons Why We Crave Comfort Foods
Shahram Heshmat – https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/science-choice/201609/5-reasons-why-we-crave-comfort-foods

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Nicole Eckert is a Holistic Nutritionist and the founder + owner of Holisticole. Powered by her passion, it's Nicole's intention to share her abundance of holistic knowledge & inspire YOU to become the best version of yourself. On her healthy living blog, you can find informative blog posts, online programs and whole-food recipes. You can follow Holisticole’s daily adventures on Facebook & Instagram (@holisticole) and get inspired at holisticole.com.
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