11 Healthy Fall Comfort Foods

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11 Comforting Cold-Weather Recipes

By Melinda Hershey, Staff Writer

Indulge in the warm, sweet, and spicy flavors of fall with these recipes! As a bonus, each dish contains fewer than 260 calories--so you can still enjoy your favorite flavors while meeting your weight-loss goals.

Creamy Pumpkin Soup

This pumpkin soup recipe is nutty, peppery, and perfect for those chilly evenings. Serve with a crusty loaf of bread.

88 calories, 4 grams of fat per serving


Squash Casserole

This cheesy squash casserole tastes rich, but has fewer than 100 calories per serving!

88 calories, 4 grams of fat per serving


Three-Bean Chili

This low-fat chili is a real crowd pleaser. Make a big batch to warm you up the next time you go tailgating!

195 calories, 3 grams of fat per serving


Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

Your kids will never be able to tell the ''secret ingredient'' in this recipe! Butternut squash adds a boost of nutrition while cutting the fat from this healthy mac and cheese recipe.

230 calories, 4 grams of fat per serving


Pumpkin Scones

Warm up your morning with these fragrant (and guilt-free!) pumpkin scones.

131 calories, 2 grams of fat per serving


Autumn Pasta with Sage Brown Butter

This vegetarian pasta comes together in a snap, yet it tastes impressive and complex! Great for a fall dinner party.

255 calories, 10 grams of fat per serving


Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

Get a sweet taste of fall in every bite of these whole-wheat pancakes!

74 calories, 0.5 grams of fat per serving


Barley with Butternut Squash & Apples

Move over, rice! This recipes is a great introduction to cooking with barley, a hearty whole grain that's rich in fiber.

140 calories, 3 grams of fat per serving


Vegan Black Bean Chili

Chili isn't just for carnivores! You won't even miss the beef in this filling vegan chili recipe.

205 calories, 1.5 grams of fat per serving


Pumpkin Custard

This portion-controlled dessert is a perfect way to get your pumpkin pie fix without all the fat and calories!

115 calories, 2.5 grams of fat per serving


No-Bake Layered Pumpkin Pie

Forget the oven! This no-bake pumpkin pie recipe takes just minutes to prepare and is as delicious as the traditional dessert.

195 calories, 2 grams of fat per serving


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JAN211

11/12/2013 4:10:20 AM

It appears the pumpkin custard slide show picture features a light egg custard "Flan?" but when clicking through to the actual recipe the image shows the darker, denser pumpkin.

LEANMEAN2

11/10/2013 7:13:45 AM

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Thanks for sharing

JASMINASIN

11/9/2013 2:17:39 AM

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to Dametemplar - I find eating meat disgusting and barbarous so I am happy they did not include multiples of those recipes. I am sure there are tons of places one can find recipes including meat.

DAMETEMPLAR

11/6/2013 8:43:28 AM

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I find it really depressing when I read one of these and only two would I even consider making. All the beans and pasta look and taste so revolting that I start to feel dieting is beyond me: other than going with a low carb, high protein diet. But you don't offer that. Is there no way you can help those of us who find vegetables (and to a large extent, fruit) hard on the stomach and so difficult to swallow because of their disgusting tastes?

THEVOW2013

11/5/2013 7:24:40 AM

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don't add the sodium or look for low sodium ingredient for the chili gesh think people I don't have high blood pressure and don't typical add salt but will use sea salt and that only it doesn't have the effect of regular table salt.

CANDLEBERI

11/5/2013 2:50:06 AM

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KSGAMMA-The Black Bean Chili has 131.5 mg of sodium in one serving.

SCOTTIERICA

10/14/2013 8:36:58 PM

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The 3-Bean Chili is amazing. I used tomato paste instead of stewed tomatoes though. I loved it. It freezes really well also! A must try in my opinion.

MOOMSHINE

10/10/2013 11:37:46 PM

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Gimmeee, gimmeee, gimemee! ! !

MOTHEROF3THINGS

10/10/2013 6:06:12 AM

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Wow, I would try at least 5 of those. Thank you!!

RASPBERRY56

10/10/2013 4:14:19 AM

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Sadly, I don't care much for the taste of either pumpkin or apple :(

LYNNVERRECCHIA

9/26/2013 12:39:01 AM

Pumpkin soup is So Yummy!

WERSPBUDDIES

9/21/2013 1:31:22 PM

pumpkin spic e pancakes looks pretty good

SCREAMINGFLEA

11/16/2012 1:49:46 PM

The slide show wouldn't load for me either. :-( Is the recipe list available in another format?

BUG1MERLE21

11/9/2012 8:41:17 PM

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I'm up for three bean chili and pumpkin scones! Yum!

TIEDYED69PEACE

11/2/2012 10:15:39 AM

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Totally looking into the no bake pie and scones.... mmmmmm

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