As summer winds down and we settle into fall, you’ll want to swap out no-cook dishes for oven-roasted veggies, slow-cooked meats, heartwarming bowls of soup and freshly baked pies. Sometimes a change in season is all you need to excite your taste buds and get motivated to make home-cooked meals again.
Whether you’re training for a marathon, looking to get into a nutritious eating routine or planning a healthy holiday menu, these new cookbooks are filled with practical and satisfying dishes to add to your recipe repertoire. The possibilities with seasonal favorites like sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts and cranberries are limitless. Start pinning!
7 Fall Cookbooks for Healthy, Home-Cooked Meals
1. Run Fast. Eat Slow.
Olympic marathoner Shalane Flanagan and natural food chef Elyse Kopekcy want to change the way runners eat. (Truth is, many endurance athletes rely on sugary granola bars and other packaged foods). That’s why the duo’s recently released New York Times bestselling cookbook is filled with delicious, wholesome meals made with nutrient-dense ingredients to help athletes train and recover. Try their Ginger Molasses Granola, Don’t Get Beet Hummus and Wild Salmon Sweet Potato Cakes to get a taste of their winning recipes. ($24.99; available now)
2. The Soup Cleanse Cookbook
Thanks to Nicole Centeno, souping is the new juicing. The founder of Splendid Spoon, a detoxifying soup program, launched a new cookbook of 75 plant-based and gluten-free soup recipes to help you meet your health and nutrition needs. Unlike juice cleanses, the Soup Cleanse Cookbook features heartier recipes designed to help you feel fuller longer.
Plus, they offer a wealth of nutrients in just one dish. Health-boosting Butternut Turmeric, filling and nutrient-dense Lentil and Kale Soup and comforting Sesame Black Bean Chili are some of the delicious and filling soups you’ll find in this savory read. You’ll also find quick breakfast and snack recipes for overnight oats and chia seed pudding. ($14.52; available now)
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3. The Happy Cook: 125 Recipes for Eating Every Day Like It’s the Weekend
Daphne Oz wants you to enjoy every meal like it’s the freakin’ weekend. And that means simple but super-satisfying eats that make cooking Monday through Friday a breeze. Start your day with a stack of Coconut-Mango Pancakes or pack some Crispy-Crunchy Honey-Thyme Granola on the go. At lunch, enjoy a hearty Seared Garlic-Lime Shrimp Banh Mi sandwich or to-die-for Philly Cheesesteak Quesadillas. For supper: You’ll dig the Truffle Salt Roast Chicken with Lentils and Squash or Apricot-Rosemary Glazed Lamb Chops. And, let’s not forget the grand finale — dessert! Oz’s Nutty Banana “Ice Cream” and Better Brownies make healthy after-dinner treats. ($16.99; available September 20)
4. Well Fed Weeknights: Complete Paleo Meals in 45 Minutes or Less
CrossFitters and Paleo eaters may be familiar with Melissa Joulwan. This fall, the author of the bestselling Well Fed Cookbook series is back with more than 125 Paleo-friendly dishes. Inspired by your go-to takeout meals and food truck favorites, we’re talking Fried Chicken Meatballs, Italian Hoagie Salad and Sticky Orange Sunflower Chicken. These super-quick recipes are all free of grains, dairy, legumes and soy, so anyone with a food allergy will also find this cookbook helpful. ($15.97; available November 1)
5. Against All Grain: Celebrations
With the holidays on the horizon, you’ll want to grab a copy of Against All Grain blogger Danielle Walker’s new cookbook. From a family-style Thanksgiving spread to a buffet Christmas dinner or New Year’s Eve cocktail party, she’s serving up a variety of delicious grain-free, dairy-free and gluten-free comfort dishes.
You’ll feel good about swapping frozen finger foods for Prosciutto-Wrapped Glazed Shrimp, Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms and Ahi Tartare on Taro Chips. And delectable sides like Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Shallots and Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon Jam are sure to make your heart and stomach sing. ($35; Available September 27)
6. Oh She Glows Every Day
Beloved vegan cookbook writer, Angela Liddon, of the popular Oh She Glows food blog, makes plant-based eating even more convenient with her new cookbook. Featuring more than 100 recipes, including Apple Pie Overnight Oats, 9-Spice Avocado Hummus Toast and Oh Em Gee Veggie Burgers, you won’t believe how easy it is to turn some of your favorite dishes into simple, nourishing meals. ($27; available now)
7. Inspiralize Everything: An Apples-to-Zucchini Encyclopedia of Spiralizing
A quick read through Ali Maffucci’s cookbook will leave you inspired to spiralize anything and everything in your fridge. (Think: beets, butternut squash, radishes, apples and pears.) You’ll not only learn about the nutritional value of various vegetables and fruits, but also about new, healthy cooking techniques. Cheeseless French Onion Soup and Zucchini Noodle Bread with Coconut Cream Frosting are some unexpected dishes with spiralized vegetables. ($13.09; available now)