This Super-Light Dish Has All the Fall Flavors You Want Right Now

Dan Churchill’s healthy recipe makes a weeknight meal feel special.

October 02, 2020

Get a Complimentary 1-Year Subscription to the Food Network Kitchen App

Download Food Network Kitchen to sign up and get access to daily live classes, thousands of on-demand cooking classes, in-app grocery ordering and so much more. Own a Fire TV, Fire tablet or Echo Show? You can now get a 1-year complimentary subscription to the app — read here for more details. Terms and conditions apply.

In this series, we're showing off some of the coolest recipes, tips and tricks we've learned from chefs in the all-new Food Network Kitchen app.

Fall is in full swing, which means apple and pumpkin-flavored indulgences – from doughnuts to breads and even mac and cheese – are in abundance. But between weekend baking projects and a few more at-home happy hours than usual, it may feel like you have to choose between savoring those fleeting fall flavors and getting back into a healthier routine.

Thankfully, Dan Churchill proves you don’t have to – with a light weeknight meal so gorgeously-plated you won’t believe you cooked it yourself.

In his class on Seared Halibut with Apple Pumpkin Puree, available on the Food Network Kitchen app, Dan seamlessly incorporates quintessential, no-fuss fall ingredients into a better-for-you meal. First, he makes a vinegar-based slaw, which includes fresh apple slices. Then, he gets a quick puree, comprised of applesauce and canned pumpkin puree, simmering on the stove. Finally, he sears two halibut fillets, and seasons them with just a few ingredients: olive oil, salt, pepper and butter. In 30 minutes, he puts fall on a plate, swirling the brightly colored puree in the shape of a circle, placing a heap of the slaw just off-center and gently placing the flaky, golden-seared halibut beside it.

The finished product looks like something out of a fancy restaurant – but is unbelievably simple to make on a busy Monday night. Best of all, you can keep things light, and still get your fall fix.

For more fall-inspired plates, check out the Food Network Kitchen app and get cooking.

Related Content:

Next Up

You Can Always Find the Right Noodles to Make Drunken Noodles Online

You’re just a few clicks away from this classic from Jet Tila.

How to Cook Every Single Squash That's In Season This Fall

They're about to take over your produce section.

5 Quick Pickle Recipes For All Your Fresh Summer Produce

These pickled veggies can last, but once you taste ’em, they probably won’t last for long!

All Your Sourdough Questions, Answered

Our test kitchen pro tells you everything you need to know before you make your own loaf.

7 Lucky Foods for Friday the 13th

Banish bad vibes with these lucky recipes from Food Network.

8 Cooking Projects to Tackle Over the Long Weekend

Hunker down at home with these cozy dishes.

The Comfort Food Recipes Food Network Staffers Always Turn To

Because is there really anything better than comforting classics?

Disney Just Dropped the Recipe for Its Fan-Favorite Dole Whip

It only takes three ingredients to make this iconic treat.