One thing most new parents realize quickly is how little time they have and how much time daily household tasks require. While most of us tend to take it for granted, having a hot, nutritious meal to eat is a crucial part of postpartum recovery. Unfortunately, meal preparation can rapidly become a chore if it takes large amounts of time or leaves a massive sink full of dishes when you are done. Keep reading for eight fall recipes for new parents that can help ease the burden of figuring out what’s for dinner.

Quick Butternut Squash Soup

Fall is the season for butternut squash. While there are a variety of ways to prepare butternut squash, making a hearty soup is one of the easiest ways to enjoy this nutritious vegetable. Part of what makes this recipe excellent is the simple ingredient list that results in incredible flavor. Click here for the recipe.

One Pan Chicken with Apples

Another excellent fall recipe for new parents because it only requires one pot to prepare. The use of peak ripeness apples provides a unique flavor to this exceptional dish. Find the recipe here.

White Chicken Chili

While chili is delicious at any time during the year, there is something about enjoying a bowl on a crisp fall evening that warms you all the way through. Try this chicken alternative to the traditional beef variety. The recipe can be found here.

Walnut-Cranberry Turkey Salad

Nutrient-dense meals are a necessity for new parents as they help to keep your body going. This delicious salad combines two fall staples, cranberry, and turkey. Follow the recipe here.

Green Festival Fall Salad

This kale-based salad is a family favorite, and as a result, we are often asked to make it for family functions. It has been requested every year at Thanksgiving and Christmas since the first time we made it. The best part is, it is easy to put together in a short amount of time. Click here for the recipe.

Cozy Butternut, Sweet Potato, and Red Lentil Stew

With cozy in the name, this stew is perfect for the end of fall when the days are short, and the temperatures begin to plummet at night. Mix these fall ingredients, stew, and enjoy. Find the recipe here.

Cranberry Apple Stuffed Pork Loin

Cranberries, apples, and pork; what’s not to love? This one has all the flavor of a calorie bomb style dish with none of the guilt (it’s paleo!). Try it out here.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Brussel sprouts are a fall tradition and are packed with vital nutrients that new parents need to remain functioning during those first few months. With bacon and shaved parmesan added on top, these are sure to be a hit with everyone. Follow the recipe here.