When the weather starts to cool, there's a natural tendency to gravitate toward heavier and more comforting foods. With that shift in behavior, on top of the less active lifestyle the cold inspires, it becomes pretty easy to pack on some winter pounds. Especially if you're using central heating, which some scientist believe contributes to weight gain.

And while you might really want to dig into a big ol' bowl of creamy mac and cheese, we've put together a collection of recipes featuring fall produce that will satisfy your need for something rich in flavor, while still keeping it light in calories.

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  • Bean, Corn And Squash Stew

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  • Spelt Focaccia With Kale, Squash And Pecorino

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  • Baked Butternut Squash And Cheese Polenta

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  • Chicken And Sweet Potato Salad

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/chicken--sweet-potato-sa_n_1056868.html" target="_hplink">Chicken And Sweet Potato Salad with Pesto Vinaigrette recipe</a></strong>

  • Gingered Butternut Squash Soup With Balsamic Drizzle

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  • Farfalle With Spicy Sausage And Butternut Squash

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  • Crispy Chicken Thighs With Golden Raisin Compote

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  • Escarole And Roasted Broccoli Salad With Anchovy Dressing

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  • Hearty Minestrone Soup

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  • Carrot Osso Buco

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  • Shiitake-And-Swiss-Chard Soup With Hand-Cut Noodles

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/shiitake-and-swiss-chard-_n_1061066.html" target="_hplink">Shiitake-and-Swiss-Chard Soup with Hand-Cut Noodles recipe</a></strong>

  • Butternut Squash Salad With Hazelnuts

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/butternut-squash-salad-wi_n_1058261.html" target="_hplink">Butternut Squash Salad with Hazelnuts recipe</a></strong>

  • Chicken, Wild Mushroom And Roasted-Garlic Sauté

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/chicken-wild-mushroom-an_n_1058301.html" target="_hplink">Chicken, Wild Mushroom and Roasted-Garlic Sauté recipe</a></strong>

  • Mixed Mushroom Ragout

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/mixed-mushroom-ragout_n_1060883.html" target="_hplink">Mixed Mushroom Ragout recipe</a></strong>

  • Root-Vegetable Gratin

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/root-vegetable-gratin_n_1058654.html" target="_hplink">Root-Vegetable Gratin recipe</a></strong>

  • Sugar-And-Spice-Roasted Squash

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/sugar-and-spice-roasted-s_n_1059627.html" target="_hplink">Sugar-and-Spice-Roasted Squash recipe</a></strong>

  • Butternut-Squash-And-Sage Wontons

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/butternut-squash-and-sage_n_1061045.html" target="_hplink">Butternut-Squash-and-Sage Wontons recipe</a></strong>

  • Gin-And-Orange-Juice-Braised Endives

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/gin-and-orange-juice-brai_n_1061042.html" target="_hplink">Gin-and-Orange-Juice-Braised Endives recipe</a></strong>

  • Creamy Carrot Soup With Scallions And Poppy Seeds

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/creamy-carrot-soup-with-s_n_1058350.html" target="_hplink">Creamy Carrot Soup with Scallions and Poppy Seeds recipe</a></strong>

  • Crab, Apple And Watercress Salad With Walnut Vinaigrette

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/crab-apple-and-watercres_n_1058345.html" target="_hplink">Crab, Apple and Watercress Salad with Walnut Vinaigrette recipe</a></strong>


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