Fall recipes for parties: keep it easy, keep it healthy

Fall recipes for parties: keep it easy, keep it healthy

Fall is all about crisp air, snug sweaters and rich aromas wafting through the house. Try the following fall recipes when cozying up with company or increase the fall recipes for parties or your favorite fall festivities. Here are some simple, healthy recipes that are a great fit for fall. They’re easy enough to whip up after a long week at work. Delicious and packed with enough fall flavor to delight party guests on the weekend. And if you’ve got any leftovers, great to share with your co-workers who may be watching their waistlines with the upcoming holiday season on the horizon.

Check them out!

Kettle Corn Style Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

This yummy recipe combines two autumnal favorites in one crunchy treat that is great as an afternoon snack or in bigger batches as Halloween party treats.

Ingridients

  • the seeds from one small pumpkin
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter or margarine
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • sprinkle of salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
  2. Use a spoon to scrape out the innards of your pumpkin. Separate the seeds from the pulp (save your pulp for other lip-smacking treats like pumpkin pie or pancakes) and rinse the seeds in a colander under cold water.
  3. While your seeds dry on a kitchen towel, combine melted butter and sugar in a bowl. Add dried seeds and stir. Spread the seeds in an even layer on a baking sheet lined with foil and sprinkle with salt, bake seeds for 25 minutes or until the seeds and sugar topping are golden brown and crispy.

Baked Apples

Apples are the perfect foundation for fall recipes healthy enough to warrant guilt-free indulgence, but sweet enough to satisfy an ornery sweet tooth. This recipe is ideal served with vanilla ice cream at dinner parties, and reheats well for a late night dessert.

Ingridients

  • 4 apples cored apples (my favorite are Honey Crisps or Galas)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Pinch cloves
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine (divided in four)
  • 1 cup hot water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Mix the brown sugar, oatmeal, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in a bowl. Divide this mixture between the apples by filling in the core.
  3. Arrange the apples in a baking and top each one with a quarter of the previously separated butter. Pour the water into the bottom of the dish and cover loosely with aluminum foil. Bake with foil covering for 20 minutes.
  4. Remove the foil and continue baking the apples uncovered for another 20-30 minutes. Finished apples should be soft and wrinkled; a knife should slide easily into the oatmeal core and brown sugar should be melted and syrupy.

Cinnamon Coffee

Among the easiest of fall recipes for a crowd, cinnamon coffee turns your everyday coffee into a spicy gourmet treat. Whipped cream and cinnamon garnishes will really emphasize all the work (your guests will think) you did.

Ingridients

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Ground coffee to make six 12-ounce coffee servings
  • Enough water for six 12-ounce servings
  • Long cinnamon sticks
  • Whipped cream
  • Extra ground cinnamon for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Add 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon to ground coffee and brew coffee with water in coffee maker as you usually would.
  2. To serve, pour your cinnamon spiked coffee into mugs and top liberally with whipped cream. Include a cinnamon stick, an extra sprinkle of cinnamon and cuddle up around a raging bonfire. Cheers!

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