These easy, healthy vegetable recipes are cozy and comforting, and include everything from savory pot pies to curries to cozy vegetable bakes.
When to make these healthy vegetable recipes
Fall brings cravings for cozy, and there’s no better time of year to hunker down and cook. Alex, Larson and I love to spend gray fall afternoons in the kitchen. Here are our top 15 easy healthy vegetable recipes for fall. We’ve curated our favorites into this list, but of course we have hundreds more fall recipes. All of these recipes are vegetarian and a good portion of them are vegan and gluten-free too! The healthy vegetable recipes below are main dishes and side dishes. And if you’ve got a sweet tooth, here’s our list of Fall and Winter Dessert Recipes.
When it comes to making vegetable-heavy recipes, we recommend working with whatever is in season. Not only will this save you money at the grocery store or farmers market, but it’ll also help you switch up your usual recipe repertoire and get creative in the kitchen! (But if there are any out-of-season veggies you’re itching to cook with, check the freezer section of your local grocery store.)
This vegan pot pie is one of our most beloved recipes! Earthy potatoes and peppers are slathered in a creamy sauce, along with fried shallots and white beans. And on top, a flaky sage vegan pie crust that you’d never believe has no butter (our secret: coconut oil). It’s truly a masterpiece. (Vegetarian, Vegan)
This tomato coconut cauliflower curry is delicious, nutrient packed, and ready in just over 30 minutes! It’s a crowd pleasing plant-based dinner recipe. It’s easy to put together and full of healthy veggies like sweet potato, spinach, chickpeas, cauliflower and tomatoes. And this one’s another fan favorite in our easy healthy vegetable recipes for fall. (Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free)
This creamy, dreamy red lentil soup is an easy vegetarian dinner recipe that’s ready in under an hour. Cumin, paprika and cayenne bring a flavorful flair. It’s brightened up with lemon and served with fresh herbs and almonds. Serve with a side salad or fresh bread for a full meal! (Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free)
This vegetarian red beans and rice recipe is budget-friendly meal with ingredients that are easy to find in most grocery stores. This take on Red Beans and Rice can be made on a budget, for about $4 per person. But even better, it’s very delicious and nutrient-dense: full of veggies, legumes, and Cajun spices that pack a large amount of flavor into some humble ingredients. (Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free)
This pomegranate shaved Brussels sprout salad will leave you glowing from the inside out. It’s a study in texture contrasts: the feathery shaved Brussels, the pop of the Pomegranate seeds, and the bright crunch of the apple. It’s vibrant and colorful, covered in a lightly sweet vinaigrette. And the flavor: it’s like eating a bowl of confetti, but the healthy kind! Truly a showstopper in this list of easy healthy vegetable recipes for fall. (Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free)
This Instant Pot acorn squash is quick to make using an Instant Pot (pressure cooker)! This vegetarian stuffed acorn squash features a rice stuffing with toasted pecans. This rice and pecan stuffing truly makes your kitchen smell like Thanksgiving while you make it! The onion, celery, garlic, and herbs combine to make something that smells just about like heaven. Add to that the crunch and rich flavor of buttery pecans, and you’ll find yourself just eating the stuffing alone. Here’s the Instant Pot we use. (Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free)
This sweet potato dinner recipe is easy and delicious: stuffed sweet potatoes with black lentils, fresh herbs and tangy goat cheese. The goat cheese is not only crumbled over the top with black lentils, fresh thyme, and crunchy celery leaves, but it’s mixed into the inside of the potato for a creamy, savory filling. So good. (Vegetarian, Gluten Free)
This hearty and delicious quinoa vegan chili is packed with protein and vegetables. Some secret ingredients: adobo sauce from a can of chipotle chili peppers in adobo, and a white wine vinegar for a tangy finish. It’s so, so tasty: definitely at the top of our easy healthy vegetable recipes for fall. (Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free)
Do you want to make sweet potato fries in the oven? These crispy sweet potato fries require very little oil to brown in the oven. Our secret? We use a little cornstarch to get a perfectly crunchy fry. (Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free)
This harvest vegetable bake is savory and refined: it tastes almost meaty! Perfect for Meatless Mondays or a cozy brunch. It’s a combination of vegetables and baked tofu, topped with cheese and baked until bubbly. (Vegetarian, Gluten Free)
This pumpkin pasta sauce recipe is delicious and creamy, made with Parmesan cheese and savory spices! Serve it over penne for an easy meatless dinner. Pumpkin puree actually makes for a great pumpkin pasta sauce! It’s got a creamy texture that melds seamlessly with Parmesan cheese. It’s comfy, easy (like 30 minutes easy), and lovely for fall. (Vegetarian)
Delicata squash is a yellow oblong squash that tastes sweet and tender! This stuffing features wild rice with brown butter and sage, along with some vegetables and sharp cheddar cheese. Talk about flavor! (Vegetarian, gluten free)
These broccoli cheese stuffed sweet potatoes are an easy, healthy weeknight dinner your whole family will love. The cheese sauce features a surprise ingredient to make it even creamier: white beans! This tops our list of easy healthy vegetable recipes for fall. (Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free)
Ready in 30 minutes, these baked butternut squash chips are delightfully crunchy. The sweet squash pairs nicely with salty Parmesan and is a great snack! (Vegetarian, Gluten Free)
The twist on this rosemary roasted potatoes recipe is the lemon; instead of squeezing on the juice prior to roasting, the lemon is thinly sliced and roasted along with the potatoes. This brings out a much more intense lemon flavor. You can even eat the roasted lemon, if you’re brave! (Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free)
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About the Authors
Cookbook Author and writer
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Cookbook Author and photographer
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.