September 23 marked the first official day of fall, y’all, and now there’s no going back. We have fall foods on our brains, with everything from apples to squashes to winter greens, oh my!
Luckily, you don’t need to cook up a storm to get seasonal medleys on your plate, not if you turn to prepared meal delivery services anyway.
So what seasonal ingredients can you expect to see this and next month and which companies are producing exceptional fall foods?
Read on to learn more.
What Foods Are in Season During Fall/Autumn?
The fall/autumn provide blockbuster hits of nutrition, such as antioxidant-rich apples and cranberries and cruciferous vegetables galore (think cabbage, rutabaga and cauliflower) that are said to have “cancer-fighting potential.”
What else is in season? Here’s a quick cheat sheet of fall goods:
- Broccoli rabe
- Brussels sprout
- Green beans
- Herbs (rosemary, parsley, thyme, and sage)
- Sweet potatoes
- Winter squash
Many of these seasonal produces are already cropping up on menus of some of our favorite meal delivery services, with many even providing fall discounts.
If seasonal meals on sale sound right up your ally, then you’re going to want to keep reading.
Is There Anything to Eat Beyond Pumpkin Spiced Lattes in the Fall?
The short answer is yes, there is SO MUCH to enjoy in the fall that isn’t latent with fake sugary pumpkin goop!
If you revisit the seasonal list provided above, you’ll appreciate that there’s actually a bevy of ingredients that can be used to bring about creatively healthy and delicious meals.
You can enjoy these ingredients without having to cook, too. Enter prepared meal delivery services.
What we love about companies offering fall inspired meals is that seasonal dining FOMO (or “fear of missing out”) is reduced.
If you equate fall with heavy rich stews, sweetened pumpkin EVERYTHING, and creamy root veggies, eating well AND healthy may seem challenging. If you don’t have these dishes you may feel like you’re missing out.
But in offering healthy takes on seasonal favorites, meal delivery companies are helping you stay on track and enjoy a fall bounty guilt-free, no matter if you’re trying to eat clean, vegetarian, keto or paleo.
This way you’re not “falling” off the wagon. See what we did there?
We’ve gathered our favorite meal services offering up seasonal dishes, some of which–and we’ll share this with you–are even offering fall discounts!
Our Reviews for the Best Fall-Inspired Meals Delivered Straight to Your Door
1. Factor 75
If you’re looking for delicious Paleo meals or Keto meals delivered straight to your door, Factor 75 will definitely be your speed. On top of that, if you’re looking for FALL-INSPIRED Paleo or Keto (or gluten-free for that matter since ALL Factor 75 meals are free of gluten) meals then we may have just made, not only your day, but your season.
You can read our detailed Factor 75 review for the details of their philosophy, menu and services.
Thier meals are delivered fresh, not frozen. Once you receive your meals, you should place them in the fridge ASAP and they’re are good for at least the next 7 days. Don’t worry, there’s no guess work as expiration dates are printed on the label.
You can freeze your meals if you do not expect to eat them in the first seven days though with these meals, fresh just tastes better, especially fresh fall foods.
Now before we start breaking down which fall-inspired meals on Factor 75’s menu caught our attention, we wanted to point out that aside from offering delicious fall foods, Factor 75 is also giving a fall discount to celebrate the changing of seasons!
So from RIGHT NOW, as you read this until 11:59pm EST on October 1st, 2019, you’ll be able to save $50 DOLLARS OFF two weeks of Factor 75’s dietitian-approved, gourmet meals.
Keep that in mind as you peruse their fall offerings. Now leggo!
Some of our favorite seasonal meals are their:
- Beef & Zucchini Bowl
- Turkey Ragu-Zucchini with honey roasted carrots
- Paleo Teriyaki Salmon with broccoli and spaghetti squash
- Burger with mushroom gravy and herb-roasted radishes
- Pork tenderloin with roasted brussel sprouts on top of cauliflower fondue
And perhaps our favorite breakfast item: spiced pumpkin pancakes!
Factor 75 also has a line of cold-pressed juices, many of which currently have fresh fall flavors.
These are delivered as a 4 pack. Current flavors are:
- Apple Beet Ginger
- Apple Kale Wheatgrass
- Pineapple Turmeric Basil
- Carrot Orange Ginger
It’s like drinking the fall and much MUCH healthier/better for you than a Starbuck’s PSL.
Each juice contains nutrient-rich ingredients, such as leafy greens containing antioxidants and nitrate-rich beets (seasonal beets!), that provide you with a wide-array of health benefits.
Getcha fall-on with Factor 75!
Like Factor 75, Freshly too has an all gluten-free, fresh-not frozen-delivery program.
Read our detailed review of Freshly.
Freshly meals take 3 minutes, ONLY THREE MINUTES, Y’ALL(!!), to fully heat up and be ready for your devouring.
Overall, we’ve always found their menu to be varied and tasty. Their fall offerings only further having us impressed with their attention to seasonal foods.
Some of their most mouth-watering fall meals we found are:
- Grilled chicken breast and serve it over roasted zucchini and squash
- Turkey and mushroom meatloaf with cauliflower mash
- Butternut squash risotto
- Turkey and mushroom meatballs over butternut noodles
- Chicken and rice pilaf with fall-spiced carrots
Each Freshly meal is one serving, for one person, at one sitting so you can’t overeat on fall goodness and you’ll feel good…all season long!
Trifecta ships all organic, professionally cooked meals to your doorstep.
What we love about their program is the plethora diets they cater to. They offer Keto, Paleo, Clean Eating,
Vegetarian, Vegan, and Classic menus.
You can read our Trifecta review to get the scoop on its service.
Trifecta uses all organic produce and grass fed meats so the fall meals we’ve fallen in love with are not only seasonal, but utilize the best ingredients.
Trifecta’s meals are made from scratch and arrive to you vacuum sealed and last for 10 days in the fridge.
The vegetables on their A la Carte menu are chock full of seasonal produce. Some of their current fall vegetable offerings are:
- Green bell pepper
- Portobella mushroom
- Yellow squash
The vegetables are baked with minimum fat so you’re getting healthy and delicious fall veggies on your plates.
If you want full on fall-inspired meals, there are plenty of those as well!
Fall meals include, but are not limited to:
- Pumpkin Almond Loaf, Quinoa And Roasted Cauliflower, and Butternut Squash And Kale With Chickpeas on the Vegetarian Meal Plan
- Butternut Squash And Kale With Chickpeas, Shitake Mushroom Wild Rice, and Squash Quinoa And Cranberries on the Vegan Meal Plan
- Meatloaf and mashed cauliflower on the Keto Meal Plan
- Chicken Breast Mushroom Risotto and Cranberry And Almond Cinnamon Oatmeal on the Clean Meal Plan
- Sweet Potato Fritatta and Tangerine Chicken And Mixed Veggies on the Paleo Meal Plan
Get your fall-on and order today!
4. Balance by bistroMD
Balance by bistroMD is a meal delivery system in which meals are created by way of a calculated ratio of healthy fats to complex carbohydrates to lean proteins that make up a balanced meal; ah-hah, hence the name.
(Learn more about their services by reading our Balance review or continue on for fall magic.)
You be thinking with all this talk of ratios and nutrition, these meals are probably lackluster and might taste like hospital food. But you would be mistaken. Their meals– which address many specialty diets and needs– are very tasty!
You’ll find many fall-inspired meals such as:
- Pork Tenderloin with Spiced Apple Chutney on the Gluten-free menu
- Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal with Scrambled Eggs
- Turkey breast with Cranberry and Apple Chutney
- Cinnamon Sweet Potato Pancakes with Apple Compote
- Chicken Mushroom Crepe with Cinnamon Apples
Granted, it’s pretty apple-heavy but keep in mind, these aren’t the only items on their ever-rotating menu.
What’s more, is not only are all these dishes delicious but, you can save you can save up to 40% this fall!
What are you waiting for?!
5. Mama Sezz
MamaSezz meals are fully plant based ready to heat and eat meals.
They offer a bevvy of lunch and dinner entrees available to purchase a la carte or as cost efficient bundles.
Though their fall offerings may not be as varied as the other companies we mentioned but they still showcase seasonal ingredients, many of which
- Mushroom Soup
- Classic Cornbread
- Mashed Sweet Potato
- Rice Cauliflower
- Stuffed Acorn Squash
… and more! Read about Mama Sezz here to get an overview of their full menu and services.
Veestro meals are 100% plant based, preservative free and made with organic, non GMO ingredients, and we should add, TASTY!
They’re all about you eating more plants and vegetable so serving up seasonal dishes are right up their proverbial ally.
Some of our fall favorites on their menu are:
- Carrot Osso Bucco
- Eggplant Casserole
- Portobello Steak Dinner
- Beluga Lentil Braise
- Kale and Quinoa Salad