Fall has been labeled the season that we get the freedom to gain a few extra pounds. There's something about being cold that just makes you want to snuggle up on your couch and eat.

Before you know it, you've gone through a dozen donuts during the first episode of your Netflix binge. Even though eating comfort food isn't bad, there are actually a few healthy choices out there that can make you feel just as great as your favorite brand of ice cream, without the guilt and the calories.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Sweet Potato Chili 


This is top three on my list of comfort foods for the fall. I came across it after a friend of mine made me a bowl when our church was on the Daniel fast (which basically means you can only eat fruit, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, and oils). This recipe was so delicious, that I would put in my request for it well after the fast was over; especially because it's a great substitute to regular chili.

I have to warn you, this one is a little extensive, but it can last you for a while.


  • Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
  • 4 Tbsp minced garlic
  • Tbsp chili powder
  • Tsp ground cumin
  • Tsp cayenne pepper (add more if you like your chili spicy)
  • 2 tsps unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • Large can of tomatoes (with juices)
  • 1½ cup cooked kidney beans
  • 2 cups veggie broth
  • Chopped red bell pepper, green bell pepper, and red onion
  • Peeled sweet potato cut into cubes


  1. Heat the olive oil in a stockpot on medium and add peppers, onion, and sweet potatoes.
  2. Delicately season with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Bring heat down to medium-low and add garlic along with all the spices and tomatoes, beans, and broth to stir.
  5. Cover the pot and cook for 45 min to an hour. (The goal is for the potatoes to get tender and the chili to have uniformity and evenness throughout).

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