Flavorful and easy recipes to help support your immune system and protect you against chronic diseases. Dietitian-approved!
We have some cloudy days ahead of us here in Austin, which has me craving cozy dishes. That’s why this week, I’ll make comforting meals with all sorts of fall flavors! Plus, these dishes feature anti-inflammatory foods that will help me stay healthy as the weather starts to drop. Enjoy!
Your Meal Plan
While eating anti-inflammatory foods is important all year round, I usually prioritize them when the seasons change to help support my immune health. That said, anti-inflammatory nutrients, like omega-3 fatty acids, anthocyanins and vitamins C and D, help protect your body against chronic diseases as well.
Thursday’s 25-Minute Sweet Potato & Bean Enchiladas are a delicious fall dinner you can get on the table in 25 minutes. This recipe features convenience items like canned beans and pre-made salsa to make the job easier. Sweet potatoes get their lovely orangish hue from carotenoids—a type of antioxidant that helps reduce inflammation. Additionally, this compound helps protect your vision and improve your immune health. To round out the meal and add some freshness, I’ll serve my enchiladas with a bright and citrusy Cilantro-Lime Green Cabbage Slaw.
Sunday: Rosemary Roasted Salmon with Asparagus & Potatoes
Monday: White Bean & Sun-Dried Tomato Gnocchi
Tuesday: Butternut Squash Soup with Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Wednesday: Scallion-Ginger Beef & Broccoli
Thursday: 25-Minute Sweet Potato & Bean Enchiladas with a side of Cilantro-Lime Green Cabbage Slaw
Friday: Minestra Maritata (Italian Wedding Soup) with a side of whole-wheat baguette
Something to Sip On
My weekday mornings are usually busy with meetings and to-do lists. And nutritious snacks like smoothies help me stay energized and fueled for whatever the day holds. One of my favorites is this Berry-Kefir Smoothie. This recipe is not only ready in five minutes but is also naturally sweetened with berries and banana and skips the added sugar. Plus, it packs a whopping 15 grams of protein per serving, which helps me feel satisfied until my next meal.
What’s Inspiring Me This Week
As the fall season makes its way in, grocery stores like Trader Joe’s are stocking their shelves with seasonal items. I love pumpkin-flavored products, so needless to say, I’m excited to see the pumpkin overnight oats and pumpkin cranberry crisps on the list. And I’ll definitely add the creamy Toscano cheese with cinnamon to my list for my next visit to this beloved store.
I wish you all a great week and don’t forget to add a recipe review if you try one.