Fall Recipes the Whole Family will Enjoy

Now is the time of year that we celebrate Thanksgiving and crave the comfort of fall flavors. While you may think traditional holiday meals are heavy and unhealthy, seasonal produce like pumpkins, turnips, Brussels sprouts, squash and apples are not only delicious, but are also rich in antioxidants, vitamins, fiber and other nutrients that are great for your health. 

I’ve compiled a list of mouthwatering recipes that take traditional fall favorite foods and put a unique twist on them for the whole family to enjoy. Colorful and delicious, don’t be surprised if they become some of your new favorite meals.

Hope you enjoy these delectable treats as much as I enjoyed find them.  If you make these for you or your family, I’d love to see your tasty creations. Post your photo on social media and tag @ymcaLA or #LAYFallPicks.

Incredible Squash Pizza by Wholehearted Eats
(makes one 30cm pizza) 

Pizza ingredients:

  • 3 cups mashed butternut squash (1 large squash)
  • 1 cup almond flour (if you want a nut free pizza, try using fine corn meal)
  • 3/4 cup garbanzo flour
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • Ground flax (2 Tbsp; 1 Tbsp)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano

Topping ingredients:

  • A handful of pitted Kalamata olives
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes (chopped)
  • A couple of handfuls arugula, herbs or baby beet greens.

Begin by preparing the squash for roasting. Cut the squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Lay cut side down in a roasting pan and fill halfway with water. Cook in a 200 C (400 F) oven for 40minutes to 1 hour (adding more water as needed to top up), or until a fork can easily pierce the flesh of the squash. Let cool, then scoop out the flesh.

In a small bowl combine the 2 Tbsp of ground flax with 4 Tbsp water. Let sit for 5 minutes.

In a larger bowl combine 3 cups of squash with the soaked flax meal, almond flour, garbanzo flour, salt, pepper, dried oregano, and extra ground flax. Stir to combine.
Spread the mixture onto a parchment lined tray and create a 30 cm (12 inch) circle, making sure that the edges are a little bit thicker. Bake in a 220 C (425 F) for 30-35 minutes or until the edges are crisp and golden and the centre is set (and can peel away from the paper). Top with pizza sauce, tomatoes, and olives, and bake for another 10 minutes. Let sit a few minutes before garnishing with greens.

Green Pizza Sauce ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup packed basil
  • 1 cup packed spinach
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 Tbsp olive oil

In a food processor, puree the cashews, basil, and spinach until smooth. Add the salt, pepper, lemon juice, and oil, mix to combine.