Our Favorite Healthy Fall Recipes

Fall is actually here, which means it’s time for all things comfort food! But that doesn’t mean it can’t be healthy, too! We’ve got a great list of our best Healthy Fall Recipes starting with breakfast and ending with dessert. And all fall long we will be adding to this list as we have new recipes, so go ahead and bookmark this page so you can cook your way through all the best pumpkin, apple and lightened-up comfort food classics!

The Best Healthy Fall Recipes

It’s that time of year when everyone wants to get into the kitchen to get cooking and baking, and especially for all things comfort food. We’ve got you covered with all of the fall classics.

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal BakeHealthy Breakfast Ideas

Apple Baked Oatmeal: This Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal recipe is just what you need to make for breakfast! It is as good freshly baked as it is for meal prep. This classic flavor combination smells so good when it is baking, and bonus it’s so easy to put together. This dairy-free and gluten free oatmeal bake doesn’t contain any refined sugars and is a great fiber-rich and filling breakfast or snack.

Apple Scones: These Gluten-Free Apple Scones are the perfect fall baking recipe. They are light and crumbly and full of apples and cinnamon. They are such a treat to serve to serve on crisp fall morning! This scone will be the hit of your weekend brunch, the star of the dessert table, or the perfect snack!

Sheet Pan Chorizo Egg Bake: This Sheet Pan Chorizo and Egg Bake is probably my new favorite breakfast. It’s hearty, packed with the perfect amount of spice, and made easy with only one pan. It’s gluten-free and paleo-friendly and the perfect breakfast everyone will enjoy!

Fall Breakfast Skillet: This Fall Hash Brown Breakfast Skillet is packed with all  of the quintessential flavors of autumn! It’s the perfect hearty weekday breakfast (or brinner), and great for a weekend brunch! Hearty, nutrient-dense, and delicious!

Golden Milk Overnight Oats: These Golden Milk Latte Overnight Oats are the perfect make ahead breakfast that is hearty, nutrient-dense, and delicious! They require absolutely no cooking and make for a perfect anti-inflammatory overnight oats recipe.

Shakshuka: This easy Shakshuka recipe is hearty, flavorful, and the perfect breakfast, brunch, or even DINNER. It’s paleo, whole30, gluten-free, and packed with flavor! It’s a one pan dish that requires minimal clean up! 

Apple Pie Chia Pudding: This Apple Chia Seed Pudding is the perfect make-ahead breakfast! It is a delicious egg-free breakfast option that everybody will love, and the topping taste like a healthy apple pie filling! This seasonal breakfast is gluten-free, paleo and vegan.

Morning Glory Muffins: These gluten free Morning Glory Muffins are light, moist, flavorful, and filled with a variety of good-for-you ingredients! They make for the perfect start to your day.

Paleo Breakfast Hash: This Loaded Paleo Breakfast Hash is such a delicious hash for weekend BRUNCH or when you are craving breakfast for dinner! The spicy chicken sausage and bacon pair so perfectly with the sweet potato, onions, and peppers. It can be eaten as is for a veggie and protein filled breakfast, or topped with an egg!

healthy fall recipes for appetizersHealthy Fall Appetizers and Side Dishes

Roasted Eggplant Dip: Make This Roasted Eggplant Dip while eggplant is still around in early fall. It is such a delicious and healthy appetizer or snack for weekend entertaining! You will not believe how simple the dip is to prepare. It’s also gluten-free, dairy-free, Whole30 and Paleo friendly. Serve with some delicious homemade crackers and veggies and you’ve got an appetizer win!

Pigs in a Blanket: These Gluten Free Pigs in a Blanket are as perfect for a large holiday gathering as they are for game day eats. They are made using an easy gluten-free and nut-free dough that doesn’t need any chilling time. These are a sure crowd pleaser for both kids and grown-ups alike!

Bacon and Chive Deviled Eggs: These Deviled Eggs with Bacon and Chives are your answer for an easy-to-make appetizer to please a crowd! They are so delicious and can even be made ahead of time! The addition of bacon and chives bump these deviled eggs up to the next level! These are great to serve during the holidays but also make a great protein filled snack for any time of year and are compatible with Keto, Paleo and Whole30 diets!

Maple Roasted Brussels: If you are looking for a versatile side dish that works for both a quick weeknight meal or a decadent holiday dinner look no further than this Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon recipe! Cooking the brussels sprouts with bacon and maple syrup is sure to make this side dish a fan favorite for everybody! This paleo-friendly recipe is sweet and savory and definitely going to be in your winter meal plan rotation!

Honey Glazed Carrots: These Honey Glazed Carrots are the perfect fuss-free side dish. They’re cooked in one pan and result in the most tender, slightly sweet glazed carrots. They are so good they are borderline addictive and both kids and adults will love them! They’re paleo friendly and easily made dairy-free and a great addition to a holiday feast or a special weekend dinner.

Buffalo Chicken Dip: This 5-Ingredient Buffalo Chicken Baked Hummus Dip is the perfect lightened-up appetizer to serve for game-day or for any gathering! It is simple to prepare, made with minimal ingredients, has all of the buffalo chicken flavors you love, and it’s made with a healthy, creamy alternative: hummus.

Warm Harvest Salad with Honey Walnut Vinaigrette: This Harvest Salad has all the ingredients you’ll want in a Winter kale salad recipe! Packed with chopped kale, roasted squash, pomegranate seeds, toasted pecans and topped with a super easy & delicious Maple Balsamic Dressing for the absolute perfect holiday salad all Fall and Winter Long!

healthy fall recipes for soupHealthy Fall Recipes for Soup

Egg Roll Soup: This Egg Roll Soup is an easy, weeknight dinner that is full of the flavor of an egg roll, without any of the fuss of wrapping and frying! This veggie and pork soup is family friendly and would make great leftovers! We also offer options to make it vegetarian, and it’s already Paleo, Whole30 and Keto friendly too!

Slow Cooker French Onion Soup: This gluten-free and healthy Slow Cooker French Onion Soup is comfort food at it’s finest. It’s made using simple ingredients you likely already have in your pantry, is largely hands-off cooking, is an economical meal and is so rich and flavorful. It can be eaten as is as a light soup, or more traditionally topped with melted cheese and either store-bought or homemade bread.

Black Bean Soup: This Gluten Free Apple Pie has all the markings of the classic version we all know and love: a buttery crust with thinly sliced juicy apples laced with cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s the perfect pie to serve during the holidays or a fun weekend baking project to mark the fall season! It’s made using unrefined sweeteners and uses the BEST gluten-free crust.

Wild Rice Soup with Turkey or Chicken: This Turkey Wild Rice Soup recipe is the perfect lunch or dinner to whip up after a great Thanksgiving meal. If you don’t have turkey leftovers, no problem because it also works great with leftover shredded chicken as well! This easy to prepare soup is full of veggies, it’s warm and hearty and so delicious!

Hot and Sour Soup: This vegetarian Hot and Sour Soup is a super flavorful and easy weeknight dinner that comes together quicker than it takes to order from your neighborhood takeout! It’s packed full of veggies, is so warm and comforting, and a healthier option because you control the ingredients that go in to it! This easy soup is gluten and dairy free, low carb and with options for paleo and whole30 friendly.

Chicken Pot Pie Soup: This easy deconstructed chicken pot pie recipe is a classic comfort made quick! This hearty chicken pot pie soup is topped with biscuits for a quicker, yet equally as comforting family dinner. It is made gluten and grain free with  paleo and dairy free options!

Turkey Chili: This is healthy comfort food in a bowl because it’s hearty and satisfying for all of those chilly days. It is perfect for a big gathering, football Sunday festivities, or for a good weekly meal prep option since there are tons of leftovers! Make it on the stove-top or right in your Instant Pot pressure cooker for an easy turkey chili recipe! Simply swap out turkey for beef to make the best beef chili recipe!

Easy Pumpkin Soup: This Easy Pumpkin Soup is creamy, flavorful, smooth, and garnished just right with Chili Garlic Oil and roasted pumpkin seeds! It’s perfect for the fall season, and for any holiday gathering! This soup comes together quickly and is paleo-friendly!

Roasted Poblano and Chicken Soup: This Roasted Poblano & Chicken Soup is the perfect one-pot soup for any day of the week! Flavorful, light & hearty, and packed with good-for-you ingredients. The perfect soup for when you are craving a hearty soup with just the right amount of spice!

Easy Lasagna Soup: This Lasagna Soup recipe is gluten-free, made in one pot or in the slow cooker, is simple to prepare, loaded with flavor, and reminiscent of the classic lasagna flavors we all love! This is such a fun and hearty soup to serve any night of the week, and you’ll have leftovers, too!

Healthy fall recipes for dinnerHealthy Fall Recipes for Dinner

Instant Pot Balsamic Chicken with Kale and Potatoes: Ready for the juiciest chicken breasts, perfectly cooked potatoes and braised kale in sweet balsamic glaze for dinner without even turning on the stove? Then this Instant Pot Balsamic Chicken is just what you need to make tonight! This dish is perfect for those hot steamy summer nights (or cool, lazy fall or winter ones) when you want to eat a home cooked meal but don’t want to heat up the house. It’s also gluten-free, paleo, low carb and whole30 friendly.

Sheet Pan Kielbasa Sausage and Sauerkraut: This one pan dinner has unique flavors and is an easy way to get dinner on the table. Aside from prepping up a few veggies it’s largely hands-off cooking which means more time in your life! It’s Paleo and Whole30 friendly and will be a hit with the whole family.

Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs: These melt-in-your-mouth Instant Pot Beef Short Ribs are SO delicious and SO impressive but are SO easy to put together! And thanks to the Instant Pot, the braising time is slashed without sacrificing any of the flavor. This decadent dinner is naturally Paleo and Keto and Whole30 friendly and when paired with a side of quick cauli-mash will be the hit of the dinner table!

Apple Sage Turkey Meatballs: These Apple Sage Turkey Meatballs are the perfect fall dinner. They’re warm and comforting with just enough hint of spice to make you remember the season has changed. But even better is that you can have them on your table in under 30 minutes after coming home from fantastic fall activities! Oh, and they’re paleo, gluten-free and absolutely kid-friendly!

Loaded Turkey Meatballs: These delicious meatballs are healthy and perfectly packed with flavor. They’re easy to make and paleo, gluten-free and kid-friendly, as well!

 

Easy One-Pan Eggplant Chicken Dinner: In early fall when eggplants are still abundant make this vegetarian quick weeknight dinner. It’s a hearty weeknight meal that is also vegan, paleo friendly and packed with flavor.

Whole Roasted Chicken Dinner: This Roasted Chicken Dinner recipe is the perfect one-pan-meal. The tender and juicy chicken is roasted with garlic and herbs and the accompanying vegetables are baked underneath the chicken. It’s a hands-off meal that is easy to prep, so satisfying and versatile as it can be made with any veggies you have on hand. 

Sheet Pan Herb Butter Salmon: This easy sheet pan dinner is packed with flavors straight from the farm! Use up that fresh basil, parsley, cherry tomatoes, and green beans in this Herb Butter Salmon with Blistered Tomatoes and Green Beans dish! It comes together in under 20 minutes and will be a hit with the entire family!

One Pot Cider Braised Chicken: This One-Pot Apple Cider Braised Chicken with Brussels Sprouts and Bacon is the perfect fall meal! Packed with vegetables and hearty autumn flavor, this dish will be the hit of any dinner, weekday or weeknight! 

Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Chicken: This Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Chicken is comfort food turned easy weeknight dinner! This optionally dairy-free dish is so creamy and tastes just like spinach artichoke dip but with fresh healthy ingredients served for dinner!  This dish is Paleo, Keto and Whole30 friendly and so delicious!

Spaghetti Carbonara: This dish delicious pasta dish uses pantry staples and it’s easy enough to make on a quick night, while having robust flavor. It uses minimal ingredients that are inexpensive and easy to find!  You’ll feel fancy and totally surprise your family and guests. Easily made gluten-free, too.

Healthy fall recipes for dessertHealthy Fall Drinks and Dessert Recipes

Pumpkin Pie: This Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie is smooth and creamy (without any cream) with just the right note of spice. It’s made using our new (nut-free) crust that is so simple to put together! It’s the quintessential fall pie, destined to be the star of your holiday dessert table!

Apple Pie: This Gluten Free Apple Pie has all the markings of the classic version we all know and love: a buttery crust with thinly sliced juicy apples laced with cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s the perfect pie to serve during the holidays or a fun weekend baking project to mark the fall season! It’s made using unrefined sweeteners and uses the BEST gluten-free crust.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies: These Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies are the perfect Fall treat!  You can’t go wrong with chocolate chip cookies, especially when they’re flavored with the ultimate fall produce: Pumpkin! These cookies are also paleo friendly and gluten free!

Apple Upside Down Cake: This Upside Down Gluten Free Apple Cake is unbelievably simple to make and so delicious. It’s grain-free, nut-free and dairy-free but with no shortage of delicious apple cinnamon flavor. It’s perfect to serve up for Rosh Hashanah or to whip up for a weekend baking project after you’ve gone apple picking.

Apple Cider Sangria: This Apple Cider Sangria is everyone’s favorite Fall cocktail! It’s flavorful, packed with cinnamon, ginger, apple cider, and white wine for the perfect dinner party sangria! Serve it with a caramel rim (or opt out for simplicity), make a large pitcher, and enjoy this easy fall cocktail!

Gluten Free Brownies: If you are looking for fudgy, chewy and and ridiculously chocolate-y Paleo Brownies than this is the recipe for you! These healthy gluten free brownies are made with almond flour, they’re grain-free, optionally dairy-free and simple to make.

Apple Hand Pies: These Apple Hand Pies are such a great fall treat using my popular gluten-free pie crust recipe made with almond flour, and a classic apple pie filling that is heavy on the apple flavor, and perfect for so many things (hello pancakes & waffle topping)! They’re gluten-free and and the cutest thing to bake up with the bushels of fresh apples undoubtedly piling up in people’s homes this fall!  Plus, they are NOT hard to make!!

Cranberry Apple Crisp: This healthy, grain-free & paleo-friendly, Cranberry Apple Crisp is made with no oats, and is sweetened just right! It is the perfect healthier dessert for the holidays!

Pumpkin Smash Cocktail: This Pumpkin Smash Cocktail, made with Stoli Gluten Free, has all the flavors of Fall in one delicious cocktail! The easy vanilla bean pumpkin syrup makes a batch large enough to whip up a number of cocktails, perfect for a dinner party and for Thanksgiving! Top it with candied pepitas for the perfect garnish.

Apple Nachos: These healthy Apple Nachos are an amazing kid-friendly snack that is both nutritious and fun! It can be made in under 10 minutes and is perfect to serve at a playdate or send to school to celebrate a birthday. They can be customized based off of what you have on hand and we guarantee will be a hit!

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Butter: This smooth and creamy lightly sweetened spread is perfect for the fall. Made easily in the slow cooker, you can use it on everything from pancakes and waffles, on oatmeal or in your coffee. It’s refined sugar free and paleo friendly.

Slow Cooker Apple Butter: This Slow Cooker Apple Butter has no added sugar and is my all-time favorite Fall spread. It’s Whole30 compliant, paleo-friendly, and is so delicious! It’s filled with in-season fresh apples and fall spices that will make you’re home smell heavenly.

DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice: Pumpkin Pie Spice is ubiquitous come the fall, and we’re not sad about it! Especially because it’s so easy to make your own DIY Pumpkin Spice Blend and you get to control the quality of spices (and quantities) that are added to it!  Plus, you’ll likely already have what you need on hand at home in your spice cabinet so you can make it right now!


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Healthy Fall Favorites

Egg Roll Soup

This Egg Roll Soup is an easy, weeknight dinner that is full of the flavor of an egg roll, without any of the fuss of wrapping and frying! This veggie and pork soup is family friendly and would make great leftovers! We also offer options to make it vegetarian, and it’s already Paleo, Whole30 and Keto friendly too!

Pot of cabbage egg roll soupEasy Egg Roll Soup

If you’re looking for a weeknight dinner win, you’ve found it with this deconstructed egg roll made into a soup! It really taste like an egg roll only it isn’t fried, which makes it an easy, cleaned up version of your favorite Chinese take-out appetizer! This low carb soup is super filling and is a family friendly dinner. The best news is you can have this on the table in about 30 minutes and everybody will be satisfied.

Servings of easy egg roll soup

What ingredients do you need for this paleo egg roll soup?

  • Ground pork (but feel free to make this vegetarian by substituting in mushrooms here)
  • Onion
  • Red pepper
  • Fresh ginger
  • Beef broth
  • Green cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Coconut aminos (this is a soy free substitute for Tamari or Soy sauce)
  • Fish sauce
  • Rice wine vinegar (you can substitute white wine vinegar, or lime juice if you don’t have this)

Can you make this soup ahead of time?

Soups are the ultimate make ahead meal and it’s freezer-friendly! This  would be a great meal prep item to make a double batch of. Freeze some to eat later, and eat some throughout the week for lunches or dinners.

Two portions of paleo egg roll soup

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Egg Roll Soup

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:25 Inactive Time 00:00 Total Time 00:35 Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 1 small onion, sliced thin
  • 1 medium red pepper, sliced thin
  • 2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 6 cups water
  • ½ green cabbage (about 16 ounces, or 4 cups), cored and diced to 1” pieces
  • 2 large carrots (about 2 cups), shredded
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar (see note)

Directions

  1. Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Once hot add oil and brown pork, about 8 minutes.
  2. Lower heat to medium, add another splace of oil if the pot is dry and then add onion, red pepper, ginger and salt. Stir and cook until vegetables beginning to soften, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the broth and water and scrape up any browned bits. Add cabbage, carrots and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to medium and cook until the vegetables have softened, about 8 minutes.
  4. Add coconut aminos, fish sauce, rice wine vinegar and salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe Notes

  1. If you don't have rice wine vinegar, you can substitute white wine vinegar or lime juice.
  2. To make vegetarian: substitute in mushrooms for the pork, and veggie stock for the beef broth.

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Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

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This Slow-Cooker Beef Stew is the perfect healthy comfort food for cold days! It’s hearty, flavorful, packed with veggies, and easy to make right in your crock pot. Make it for a cold winter night, or a festive St. Patrick’s Day meal! Beef stew is a simple recipe that will wow everyone who tries it.

Traditional Beef Stew Recipe

The Slow Cooker is an amazing phenomenon in my opinion. Even those friends of mine who aren’t big cookers use it! Throw all the ingredients in with the right flavor combo and BOOM: the perfect stew. It’s hands off, easy to use, and safe!

What is Irish stew made of?

Filled with beef, carrots, mushrooms, onions, and potatoes is the perfect main dish for your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. The beef is so tender, it just melts in your mouth!

Tips For Slow Cooker Beef Stew

  • Brown your meat
  • Don’t use too much liquid
  • Don’t skimp on the cook time
  • Layer your beef and veggies
  • Set it and forget it! The beauty of a slow cooker!

Ultimate Slow Cooker Beef Stew

This stew is: hearty, flavorful, tender melt-in-your-mouth beef, and packed with veggies! It is also paleo-friendly, dairy-free, whole30 compliant and has no sugar added… does it get any better than that? I love making this soup at the beginning of the week and enjoy it all week long!

What defines a stew?

  • In a stew you aren’t looking for the consistency of a soup, so minimizing added liquids is helpful!
  • Beef stew doesn’t need to be super, super thick. You’ll most likely be using potatoes, and their starch will naturally thicken your stew! If not, don’t worry, this stew thickens whithout it, too.

What kind of beef is used for stew?

You can buy beef stew meat, which is cut and cubed and is generally chuck or round! Beef round cuts (bottom and eye) are generally leaner than chuck (shoulder, leg and butt) and very well-suited to stew.

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Can you put raw meat in a slow cooker?

You certainly can, but for this beef stew recipe, we prefer to sear the meat first to bring out the amazing flavor that you’ll get!

Easy Beef Stew

Tools used to make this easy slow cooker beef stew recipe:

  • Slow Cooker: Inexpensive and works great. I’ve had mine for years!
  • Cast Iron Skillet: I like a nice, hot cast iron skillet to sear our stew meat!
  • Chef’s Knife: My go-to chef’s knife. Use whatever you have on hand!
  • Tongs: To easily flip the meat while searing.
  • Cutting Board: A good cutting board, of course! To chop all those veggies!

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Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 8 hr Total Time 8:10 Serves 6

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Sear meat for about 3 minutes on each side, until brown. Set aside.
  2. Place meat and vegetables in the crockpot
  3. Add in broth, tomato paste, tapioca, and spices
  4. Mix well to combine
  5. Set on low for 8-10 hours
  6. After 7 hours, taste and adjust spices to your liking (i.e. add additional salt, cayenne, or red pepper flakes)
  7. Remove bay leaf and serve hot
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Slow Cooker French Onion Soup (Gluten-Free)

This gluten-free and healthy Slow Cooker French Onion Soup is comfort food at it’s finest. It’s made using simple ingredients you likely already have in your pantry, is largely hands-off cooking, is an economical meal and is so rich and flavorful. It can be eaten as is as a light soup, or more traditionally topped with melted cheese and either store-bought or homemade bread.

Slow Cooker French Onion SoupSlow Cooker French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup is such a classic comfort food, it’s hard not to love. If you’ve only eaten it at restaurants you might think it’s difficult to make because it’s SO rich and flavorful, but truly it isn’t that hard at all! And we’ve made it even easier by throwing the whole thing in the slow cooker for easy, hands-off cooking! This Slow Cooker French Onion Soup is a great example of taking really basic pantry items like onions, broth and a few other simple ingredients and turning it into something amazing by slow and low cooking. Recipes using pantry staples are a great to have in your back pocket on days when you don’t have time to run to the grocery store but still want to be able to cook up a great meal for your family.

Crock Pot French Onion Soup

What is French Onion Soup Made Of

Traditionally French onion soup is made by slowly caramelizing onions on the stove top, which can require lots of babysitting and stirring to make sure the onions don’t burn. The onions are then coated in flour and simmered for longer with broth. This Slow Cooker French Onion Soup recipe however takes all the amazing flavors of this bistro classic and tosses them all in the slow cooker to make while you are busy doing other things! The first step is to cook all the onions for about 6 hours, which doesn’t require any stirring. This step can have some wiggle room if you are about and about because it’s hard to burn onions in the slow cooker, so if you aren’t home during the end of the 6 hours of cook time, the onions will likely be fine for 2-3 hours after. Next you simmer the onions in the broth for the remainder 2 hours of cooking time. Classic French onion soup is topped with a large crouton-like piece of bread and cheese. We’ve given directions on how to do this, but truly you can leave this off and this soup is still really flavorful!

What is the best onion to use for French onion soup

This Slow Cooker French Onion Soup recipes uses two kinds of onions. Yellow onion are more sweet with a really bright flavor and red onions have more depth with a touch of bitterness. Together they make a really nuanced and flavorful french onion soup!

Healthy Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

Can you cook French Onion Soup in the Instant Pot?

The short answer is: yes! We’ve included the directions for cooking this soup in the Instant Pot in the notes section of this recipe. However we have to say that it is a little bit more hands on cooking than the slow cooker version.

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Slow Cooker French Onion Soup
Serves 8
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Ingredients
  1. 3 tablespoons grass-fed butter
  2. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil or avocado oil
  3. 4 white onions, sliced
  4. 2 red onions, sliced
  5. 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  6. 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  7. 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  8. 2 teaspoons dried thyme or 2 fresh thyme sprigs
  9. 2 bay leaves
  10. 1 teaspoon salt, more to taste
  11. 1 teaspoon black pepper, more to taste
  12. 7 cups beef broth
  13. 1/2 teaspoon fish sauce
  14. 1 tablespoon arrowroot flour
  15. Optional: chili flakes
  16. Options: 1/4 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
  17. Optional: 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  18. Optional: 1 batch bread (see recipe here)
Instructions
  1. Place butter and oil in the bottom of your slow cooker insert.
  2. Add in sliced onions, coconut sugar, garlic, balsamic vinegar, half the salt and pepper, thyme and bay leaves. Toss to coat and cook on low for 6 hours.
  3. After 6 hours, add in beef broth, fish sauce, arrowroot flour, and the remaining salt and pepper.
  4. Let cook for the remaining 2 hours. Remove bay leaves and thyme sprigs if using fresh thyme. Taste and add salt and pepper as desired.
  5. Heat the oven to 350°F. Divide the soup between oven-safe bowls. Top each with a slice (or two) of toasted bread and sprinkle cheese in a thick layer over the bread and up to the edge of the bowl. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes until cheese is bubbling. Broil on high for 1 minute.
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Split Pea and Ham Soup

This Split Pea and Ham Soup is the perfect meal to use up leftover baked ham (but don’t worry there is an option to use ham steak as well)! It’s a comfort meal in a bowl: warm, hearty and so delicious! This one pot meal is easily going to be your new favorite soup!

Split Pea Soup

Split Pea and Ham Soup

I’ve been wanting to make a Split Pea and Ham Soup recipe for so long now! While we were planning out our holiday menu for LCK the first thing I thought after we decided we were making a Maple Glazed Ham was SPLIT PEA SOUP! And this one does not disappoint. It’s so flavorful and the ultimate comfort food! The whole thing simmers away in one pot on the stove, and while it has some cooking time to it, it’s really easy to put together.

We use of course the leftover ham bone from our baked ham, but you can easily swap it out for a store-bought ham steak. This soup has such a classic flavor but we have two secret ingredients that really make this soup special: a pinch of nutmeg really rounds out the flavor of the soup and a touch of apple cider vinegar at the end of cooking brightens everything up! We know you are going to love this comforting soup as much as we do!

Split pea soup recipe

Additionally if you are looking for a Split Pea Soup recipe and prefer to leave the ham out all together, this recipe will work well without the meat. Just make sure to use a high-quality vegetable stock, or better yet a homemade one!

This soup takes about an hour and a half to cook. If you don’t have all that time before you want to get dinner on the table and you have an Instant Pot go ahead and use that! We’ve included directions for that in the recipe! The peas don’t hold their shape as well in the Instant Pot so this soup is slightly pureed, but just as tasty.

Split pea soup with ham

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Split Pea and Ham Soup

Prep Time 00:15 Cook Time 01:30 Total Time 01:45 Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon grass-fed butter
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 16 ounces green split peas, sorted, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (leftover) hambone from Baked Ham (see note)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2-3 cups of water plus additional
  • 2 cups leftover ham, diced, plus any from hambone
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • Additional Salt and Pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Heat a large dutch oven over medium heat and add butter.
  2. Once hot, add onion, carrots, and celery and cook until beginning to soft, about 8-10 minutes.
  3. Add garlic, and all spices and saute for 1 minute more.
  4. Add peas, hambone, bay leaf and broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 1 hour.
  5. Uncover and add diced ham and cook until desired consistency, stirring occasionally, about 30-45 minutes.
  6. Add apple cider vinegar, and additional salt and pepper. Remove the hambone and chop up any leftover meat and add to the pot. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

  1. If you don’t have a leftover hambone replace all of the liquid with stock and use equivalent amount of smoked boneless ham steak.
  2. Want to make this vegetarian? Leave out the ham bone and ham and swap the stock out for a high quality vegetable stock, or better yet a homemade one!
  3. To make in the Instant Pot (Please note this version is a more pureed version than the stove top):

    1. In a 6 or 8 Quart Instant Pot press the saute function and add butter.
    2. Once hot, add onion, carrots, and celery and cook until beginning to soft, about 8-10 minutes.
    3. Add garlic, and all spices and saute for 1 minute more.
    4. Add spices, peas, hambone, bay leaf and broth (making sure it doesn't go above 1/2 way up the Instant Pot) and set to manual pressure for 20 minutes.
    5. Use the natural release function for 15 minutes, and then release the remaining pressure.
    6. Add apple cider vinegar, salt and pepper to taste.
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Turkey Wild Rice Soup

This Turkey Wild Rice Soup recipe is the perfect lunch or dinner to whip up after a great Thanksgiving meal. If you don’t have turkey leftovers, no problem because it also works great with leftover shredded chicken as well! This easy to prepare soup is full of veggies, it’s warm and hearty and so delicious!

healthy leftover turkey soup

Turkey Wild Rice Soup

I found myself a few weeks ago with a lot of unseasonal turkey leftovers thanks to our recipe testing and preparation for all of our new 2018 Thanksgiving recipes. I whipped up this soup because Mike and I needed to eat dinner and we loved it so much I decided I should share it here!

I love the heartiness and the different texture of the wild rice and that it is chock full of veggies! If you are able to utilize the leftovers of a turkey carcass to make bone broth with, like I did, it takes it up to another level! The better the broth, the better the soup so make sure if you aren’t making your own to buy a good quality brand!

Leftover turkey soup with rice

How do you make turkey soup from leftover turkey?

You’ll want to pick off as much of the meat as possible from the turkey after it has been carved. If you are able to, pick all the meat from the turkey while it’s still warm because it is much easier to do! Our recipe calls for about 2-3 cups of leftover turkey meat. Once you’ve picked off meat from the turkey you should make a bone broth with it to use in your soup!

Once you’ve got your meat and your broth your ready to make the soup! And we aren’t reinventing the wheel here: You saute your aromatics, add some spices, meat, rice and broth and simmer away until the rice is fully cooked through and you have a flavorful dinner on your hands!

Chicken broth

How do you make homemade turkey broth?

I made a super quick turkey bone broth with the leftover carcass and it was so simple! I used the Instant Pot, of course, but you can also do this on the stove top. I put the whole carcass, a few aromatics, spices and water in the Instant Pot and cooked on high pressure for 50 minutes. It might have been the best broth I’ve ever tasted and was just so perfect in this soup. I’ve included instructions for both in the notes of the recipe if you want to make your own as well, but if you aren’t going to you can use regular bone broth or stock.

Turkey Bone Broth from Leftover Turkey Carcass

  • 1 turkey carcass
  • 1 large onion, halved
  • 2 large carrots, halved
  • 2 teaspoons peppercorns
  • 6-8 cups water (depending on your size of Instant Pot)
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  1. For Instant Pot: Combine all ingredients in a 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot and cook on high pressure for 50 minutes. Use the natural release function.
  2. On Stove Top: Simmer all ingredients away for 4-6 hours.

Healthy turkey vegetable soup

What vegetables are good in turkey soup?

We choose to include onions, carrots, celery and mushrooms! But if you have other leftover veggies like green beans you can add those in at the very end of the cooking time just to reheat!

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Turkey Wild Rice Soup

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 01:10 Total Time 01:20 Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter or avocado oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 large carrots, sliced to 1/4"
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 cup baby bella mushrooms, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 5 cups turkey bone broth or regular broth 
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 cup wild rice
  • 2-3 cups shredded cooked turkey breast (leftover thanksgiving turkey works great for this, or shredded chicken works as well)

Directions

  1. In a large dutch oven or stock pot, over medium heat and add butter/oil.
  2. When hot add onions, carrots, celery and salt and pepper to the pot and cook until beginning to soften, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the mushrooms and garlic and cook another 5 minutes.
  4. Add thyme, parsley and 4 cups of the turkey bone broth, fish sauce, and rice.
  5. Bring to a simmer and then cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  6. Add the turkey and simmer, uncovered, another 30-50 minutes, until the rice is cooked.
  7. Taste and adjust seasoning and add more broth if needed.

Recipe Notes

  1. This recipe was developed for thanksgiving leftovers, but it will work great with leftover chicken as well!
  2. To make Homemade Turkey Bone Broth:
  • 1 turkey carcass
  • 1 large onion, halved
  • 2 large carrots, halved
  • 2 teaspoons peppercorns
  • 6-8 cups water (depending on your size of Instant Pot)
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  1. For Instant Pot: Combine all ingredients in a 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot and cook on high pressure for 50 minutes. Use the natural release function.
  2. On Stove Top: Simmer all ingredients away for 4-6 hours.
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