Crisp air and bold, colorful leaves against a bright blue sky are the trademarks of a perfect autumn day. This season may feel a bit different and possibly you’re longing for traditional fall festivities. Let’s boost your mood with seasonal flavors and produce that are perfectly paired for a mild autumn day and cozy evening at home. Start with colorful fruits and veggies that match the colors of the season, while boosting your mood and reminding you of the way autumn should be.

If there is one thing that home chefs look forward to in the fall, it’s using their slow cooker to create cozy meals that essentially cook on their own. This welcoming lentil chili recipe takes advantage of fresh, seasonal squash, along with convenient canned vegetables to create a colorful, hearty, slow-cooked dish. Enjoy a mood-boosting day outdoors hiking, apple picking and enjoying a fabulous fall day. Then return to find dinner done!

Autumn is all about apples, and this season let’s make it all about apple cider. Enjoy it warm with a stir of cinnamon or use it to create a scrumptious golden reduction to enjoy along with sweet potato wedges for a dish that mimics the colors of fall. You may just find that apple cider becomes a regular on your shopping list.

You may not be able to spend the day tailgating at the big game, but you can stay home and fill your home with the scent of fall (without lighting a single candle). Wow family and friends with this autumn harvest pandowdy, a sweet dish that blends fresh orange zest and juice with dried cherries, prunes, figs, and apricot along with fall flavors including allspice and vanilla.

Luckily for us pumpkin abounds in autumn. Even better, it’s a vitamin-packed fruit that creates the perfect ending to a fall day. Pass on the PSL and pick up some canned pumpkin to make allergy-friendly soft pumpkin bars. If you’re not into pumpkin (how can that be?!) then add frozen apple juice concentrate to your shopping cart, along with fresh green, Granny Smith apples to create apple crumb squares.

Lastly, while many autumn gatherings may not be happening, you can bring a festive feeling to your home with a vibrant pomegranate punch that celebrates the return of this seasonal delight.

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