We’ve created a short-list of the best recipes for autumn, including delicious desserts and hearty dishes that will keep you warm and satisfied whilst being kind to your heart.
1. Butternut squash soup
This brightly coloured bowl of golden goodness is sure to please. This classic soup is a perfect recipe for chillier autumn evenings as it’s thick, creamy, comforting and full of flavour, as well as being heart-healthy. This recipe can also be frozen for future use.
2. Beetroot barley risotto
With a sweet, earthy flavour and vivid colour, beetroot works perfectly in this healthier take on a classic Italian recipe. It’s impressive yet easy to prepare, without all the stirring of a traditional risotto. Serve with low-fat Greek yogurt for an extra dose of creaminess.
3. Easy roast chicken and vegetables
Why not try making this simple yet flavourful one-tray dish of roasted chicken and vegetables. This is one of our most popular recipes: a seasonal classic that has all the comfort of a traditional roast, without harming your heart.
4. Braised pork chops with apples
Pork and apple is a classic pairing, making this recipe a standout seasonal dish. Giving the pork chops time to cook slowly together with shallots, cider and mustard makes the meat beautifully tender and intensifies the flavours.
5. Chicken and leek crumble pie
This recipe uses chicken and leek along with a crispy, cheesy topping, which is much lower in fat than a traditional pie. Another great thing about this recipe is that it makes individual pies, which are suitable for home freezing – allowing you to store some in the freezer for a chilly autumn evening.
6. Aubergine, chickpea & spinach curry
The gently warming spices in this recipe are ideal for when the days start to get a little colder, and the variety of vegetables makes it a great heart-healthy option. For a variation, try replacing the aubergine with butternut squash or courgette.
7. Smoky cod stew
This hearty fish stew is inspired by an Icelandic recipe, but is lower in salt than the traditional version. You’d never guess that this meal was designed to be good for you, because it’s so creamy, warming, and full of fantastic flavours. A great way to enjoy fish during the autumn months.
8. Pear and raspberry crumble
Who can resist a crumble? Well now you don’t have to, as the clever ingredient swap in this recipe means that it has less saturated fat (the kind that is bad for your heart health). The sweet yet sharp raspberries (or blackberries if you prefer) work perfectly with the mellow pear and crunchy crumble to create this comforting autumn dessert. Make the best use of your oven and keep energy bills down by putting this on a spare shelf in the oven whilst you’re baking one of the other dishes in this list, like the braised pork, chicken traybake or chicken and leek pie.
9. Spiced apple bread and butter pudding
For an indulgent treat that sings with seasonal spices, this take on a classic bread and butter pudding really hits the spot. With some clever tweaks we’ve reduced the amount of fat and saturated fat in this recipe, which means you can satisfy your sweet-tooth and keep your heart happy too.
10. Hot spiced pears
Delicious warming flavours come together in this baked dessert, thanks to sweet spices, rich red wine and orange. Even better, it’s low in fat, too. Make the best use of your oven and keep energy bills down by putting this on a spare shelf in the oven whilst you’re baking one of the other dishes in this list, like the braised pork, chicken traybake or chicken and leek pie.