We admit it: We intend to cook gorgeous fall recipes that make our homes smell like we’ve been burning a pumpkin spice candle for hours, but more often than not, we just don’t feel like it. Then, less-impressive meals are delivered to our doorstep, and we only slightly enjoy them. That’s why it’s refreshing to find clean-eating recipes that are simple enough so we won’t be tempted to rely on takeout, and tasty enough so the minimal effort we put in is worth it. With her upcoming cookbook Power Food On the Go, best-selling author and food blogger Rens Kroes proves that you don’t have to compromise your health, even when you’re pressed for time. Check out eight of Kroes’s newest superfood recipes below to get a taste of what’s coming to your kitchen this fall.
Just in time for fall, this apple carrot muffin recipe bakes in the health benefits (we see you, cinnamon, nut milk, and coconut yogurt). Whip up a batch for the next brunch you host or make into a one-bite snack when mid-afternoon hunger strikes.
This is one we bet you’ve never tried before. Slice sweet potatoes super thinly, then throw them on the grill to create a super-easy vegetarian carpaccio. Seasoned with cilantro, parsley, and red chili pepper, this sweet veggie will up your appetizer game.
Pomegranate seeds are like little fall jewels that add crunch and a tart bite to any dish. This salad is no exception. Full of protein-rich ingredients such as almonds and millet (you can also use quinoa if that’s what you have in your pantry), this recipe will be one to make when you’re looking to impress a crowd or need an awesome solo lunch (because you deserve that too).
Ice cream is an obvious treat after dinner, but if you’re craving something a little lighter (or you ran out of Ben & Jerry’s the night before), this date-sweetened chai smoothie will still give you all the feels. Cinnamon, ginger, and pepper give it that fall taste and the perfect balance of sweet and spicy.
Vegetable soup can be a total snoozefest, which is why we’re texting Rens the *praise hands emoji* for sharing this pumpkin recipe with us. The curry flavor is brought to life with coconut milk instead of heavy cream, so we won’t feel so bad about eating it… weekly.
There’s not much excitement in the title of this one, but if you give it a chance, you’ll realize the taste can’t be beet (we had to). If fall weather isn’t coming as fast as you’d like, you can eat this soup like a gazpacho, but as soon as it’s time for oversize sweaters and bunchy socks, heat it up for a cozy meal. You only need 10 minutes and a few fruits, veggies, and spices to get dinner served ASAP.
Who needs to rely on tea bags when you can make your own soothing concoction with ingredients right off of the spice rack? Use leftover apple juice that you freshly made after apple picking… or store-bought. You’ll crave the cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger combo whenever you’re in need of a little extra warmth.