Autumn Favorites 2012

It's about time that I compiled a seasonal Favorite Recipe list - with autumnal fruit and vegetables, combined with a whole array of immune-strengthening spices, like turmeric and cumin, cinnamon and chili, to be well prepared for all the winter colds and flus that may come (and hopefully go without us even noticing). Here are my Top 10 favorite autumn recipes in alphabetical order:

Barley and Root Vegetable Soup:
I love chunky vegetable soups when the days get colder. You get a good amount of veggies in, and with it comes a good amount of vitamins, minerals and fiber.

Cumin-Scented Chickpea Soup:
This the ideal midweek dinner soup that is can be made from precooked or canned chickpeas. Seasoned with a good amount of cumin and turmeric, it has numerous health benefits that ranging from improved digestion to keeping flu at bay.

Dukkah Spiced Pumpkin Salad:
An amazing salad with seasonal pumpkin that wows with many layers of textures and flavors: roasted pumpkin, steamed green beans, feta cheese sprinkled with dukkah (and Egyptian nut spice mix).

Frozen Chocolate Nut Bars:
When the weather gets to cold for ice cream, it might be time for a frozen chocolate nut bar: this is nutrition in dessert form as it includes the goodness of raw nuts, flaxseed, coconut oil and and the antioxidant properties of cocoa.

Grain Free Apple Walnut Bread:
This little loaf is made with coconut flour and almond meal, sweetened with dates only and gets extra crunch from chopped walnuts.

Orange-Scented Hazelnut Prune Truffles:
Every year in autumn, I fall in love again with orange zest. I put it into any dessert. These truffles are made of dried fruit and nuts and orange zest. Heavenly and healthy at the same time.

Red Lentil Dal:
Ever since I reduced my grain intake to a minimum, I find myself resorting to legumes when I need some comfort food. This red lentil dal is my favorite dinner in front of the TV food when I am alone.

Roasted Butternut Squash with Goat Cheese:
These filled butternut squashes are a true flavor explosion. The butternuts are seasoned with chili, garlic and thyme. The filling consists of Parmesan, goat cheese and pine nuts and more veggies. Vegetarian food can't get much better.

Roasted Pumpkin & Pomegranate Salad:
This is a simple salad in which roasted pumpkin, carrots, pomegranate, arugula and crumbled feta cheese bounce their flavors off each other.

Spicy Roasted Chickpeas:
These roasted chickpeas are spiced with cumin for depth and chili for heat. My family loves them that I usually do double or triple portions, as they disappear as soon as I take them out of the oven.