Since everybody is obsessed with Fall and Halloween so much, including myself, I thought it would be a great idea to share some of the personal favorite recipes I have done in the past that are fall theme. I am only including the shortened version of each recipe so I can post lots of ideas. If you have questions or comments about any item below, please feel free to ask and I will help you as best as I can. Thank you everyone, Happy October!
1. Pumpkin Spiced Carrot Juice
Carrots, oranges, pumpkin spice, turmeric, grated ginger, and a dash of cayenne pepper. I used a juicer for this one, but if you do not have one try using a blender. It will not come out as smooth with a blender, so you will most likely have to add water. However, I think it will taste just as delicious. Other option, buy freshly squeezed orange juice and carrot juice at a local store, ex. Mariano’s, then add the spices and your done. Aim for using organic, non-gmo produce. This recipe is immune boosting with a variety of antioxidants like vitamin A, C, and phytonutrient beta-carotene. Try out my amazing orange juice today and enjoy it as it’s polyacetylenes, an anti-inflammatory agent, provides cardiovascular protection.
2. Raw Peach Pumpkin Pie
My signature raw pumpkin pie is perfect for so many people. Whether you are following a raw diet, vegan, dairy-free, or gluten-free this is the recipe for you. I made a fully raw nut crust using almonds, walnuts, pecans, dates, flax seed, and spices (grated ginger and cinnamon). Blend in food processor, press in pan and freeze. Next I sliced peaches and layered them as the filling and topped with pumpkin puree and drizzled organic honey and desiccated coconut. Modify at your discretion because making minor changes are extremely simple in this case. Use any fruit you have on hand: apples, pears, plums. Prefer it warm? I made two and left one raw and baked the other for 10-15 minutes at 225 degrees. If you have a sweet tooth, this is a great health option for you. 1 slice= 280 kcals, 10 g fat (the “good” fat), and 7 g protein.
3. Health Candy Corn Cups
First layer, chopped pineapple (organic of course). Second layer, clementines. Top layer, Whipped topping. The easiest recipe known to man, am I right? I’m going to be honest with this one, I saw something sort of similar last year online, but of course I had to modify it to make it my own. I made my own vegan whipped topping with coconut milk so my sister could enjoy it as well. I made these for a halloween event I worked where all the kids loved it. Needless to say, I skipped the wine glasses for the little ones;). To save time, using fat free cool whip or vanilla greek yogurt are both great options to use as well. Plus you get the added protein bonus with the yogurt. This is a fun and quick sweet treat that can be shared with your kids and family for Halloween. Adults can use a wine glass to make it a bit more fancy;).
4. Cauliflower Mashed Boo-Tatoes
I clearly love my veggies and try to get them in everywhere. The best advice for weight loss and weight management is to get in as many veggies as you can, but the trick many people struggle with is not getting tired of them so quickly. Cooking with vegetables is like an art. You can use them in many different forms using creativity and disguising them to look like something new. For this recipe, simply steam the cauliflower. I added some of my favorites: fresh garlic, onion powder, a small amount of grass fed butter, and salt and pepper to taste. This is a good low carb side dish that is nutrient dense and great way to get your kids to eat their veggies. The pumpkins are made from sweet potatoes and topped with a sliced almond. Bake for 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees. I used a plastic bag and cut the tip in place of a pipet to form the ghost and pumpkins.
5. Pumpkin-Cabbage Smoothie Surprise
This one may sound weird, but the finished product was amazing and was more filling than any other smoothie I have every eaten. Red cabbage, oranges, and mango for the purple, pumpkin, oranges, and carrots for the orange. Use coconut water and sweetener of your choice for the whole thing. I used stevia in the raw. Blend in food processor.
I hope you all have at least one new fall recipe idea after reading this post. Now go enjoy this weather and have a fantastic Sunday!
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❤ Rebecca Raymundo, RD, LDN