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

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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.

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