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    20 Classic Fall Meals You’ll Love

    By Erin Cassidy, AccuWeather staff writer
    September 25, 2013, 8:25:43 AM EDT

    Let's hear it for fall: Fabulous foliage! Cozy sweater weather! The return of tights! Okay, so maybe we get a little fired up this time of year. But what's really putting our enthusiasm over the top? These delicious meals take full advantage of the season's freshest produce. C'mon, get excited!

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    Curried Sweet Potato & Apple Soup Keep your heart healthy with this tummy-warming soup. Sweet potatoes and apples are both excellent sources of vitamin C, which studies have shown can help lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease.

    One-Pot Chicken Potpie Swapping fattening cream for a reduced-sodium broth slims down this fall fave without sacrificing taste.

    Homestyle Apple Pie Abundant apple orchards signify that autumn has arrived. Fill your home with the comfy-cozy aroma of freshly baked apples with this all-American favorite.

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    Super-Stuffed Potatoes Take advantage of fresh broccoli—at its peak during the fall and winter months—and turn a plain baked potato into a hearty main dish.

    Portobello Pasta Bake Fresh bell peppers blend with chicken, mushroom soup, and sage for a healthy, satisfying meal.

    Roasted Beet Salad Shorter days and less sunlight can lead to seasonal blues. Fight the effects with this tastebud-pleasing salad. Beets are rich in folic acid, the essential B vitamin that helps fight depression.

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    Wild Rice-Stuffed Squash Stuffed squash is the perfect fall dish: hearty, flavorful, and warm. Plus, the variations are endless, so you can use whatever veggies you have on hand to fill it up.

    Quinoa with Raisins, Apricots, and Pecans Embrace the abundance of in-season pecans by adding them to this quinoa dish. Apricots and raisins combine for the perfect pairing of sweet and nutty flavors.

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    Spaghetti Squash Casserole Whip up a wholesome casserole using winter squash instead of pasta—you’ll dramatically cut down on the calories.

    Cranberry-Apricot Pork Roast Now is the time to take advantage of ripe cranberries, which are loaded with cancer-fighting antioxidants. Dress up your slow cooker pork loin with this savory cranberry and apricot recipe.

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