The best of autumn: 10 fave gluten-free + vegan recipes


First, thank you for your outpouring of kindness & excitement about the release of my first eBook (is it ebook, or eBook, or e-book? no one really knows) yesterday.

If you haven’t got your free copy, you can get it here.

Also, some amazing comments on Tuesday’s post–I’m impressed with how many of you, regardless of your faith or denomination are committed to giving of yourselves, despite the sacrifices. In addition to the comments on the blog, some of you chipped in on facebook & twitter & further inspired me with your thoughts.

Be sure to read Inkling’s story, as well as everyone else’s insightful comments on the post, here. Jess summed it up best: “I truly believe in giving!” I’m honored that I have such open, giving, & intelligent readers. Thank you for sharing your perspectives & adding to a rich dialogue about things that matter most.

So what do you have in store for the weekend? We have two soccer games, a scouting centennial celebration, & hopefully between it all Joseph & I will squeeze in a movie/date night. I also have a very small baby shower with some of Joseph’s co-workers. If we’re lucky we’ll get in a game of “The Farming Game,” and have time to make at least one of these recipes.

The last best-of post was a success, & I thought I’d do another one, to save you some time trying to scour the internet looking for something delish to whip up in the kitchen. And to be honest, I love showing off other people’s amazing recipes–I’ve often felt there’s no need for me to create anything new–there’s already so much good stuff out there–so here it is.

A note on pinning etiquette: Feel free to pin the top image (it’s mine) from my site, but for all the recipes below, please click on the recipe name below each image & it will take you to the direct site where you can pin the image & recipe. Thank you, you’re a dear. 

And, for more autumn-themed faves, including DIY & decor, check out my autumn pinterest board.

My top 10 list of autumn-inspired recipes,
in no particular order:


red quinoa salad red quinoa with butternut squash, cranberries & pecans from Karina at Gluten-free Goddess


sweet-potato-gumbo sweet potato okra & chickpea gumbo from Susan at FatFree Vegan Kitchen


grilled cabbage with lemon grilled cabbage with lemon from Phi at Princess Tofu 


roasted butternut squash soup

roasted butternut squash soup from Alyssa at Girl Makes Food


roasted carrots
cumin roasted carrots from Shira at In Pursuit of More


cranberry-sauce maple cranberry sauce from Somer at Vedged Out
(you really have to read her story, it’s pretty incredible)


yam and peanut stew yam & peanut stew from Gena at Choosing Raw


autumn stew autumn stew from Ashley at (never)homemaker


for dessert,

pumpkin pops pumpkin “cheesecake” pops from Beth at TastyYummies


quinoa baked apples quinoa baked apples from Wendy at Cooking Quinoa


& a bonus recipe (it’s mine, how vain of me)

bring-joy-gluten-free-autumn-bars my autumn bars 

What’s your favorite autumn food?
Mine: hearty soups & stews, anything squash, & honeycrisp apples (even though they cost $2 a pound).


  1. Molly
    on October 11, 2013 at 7:44 pm said:

    Hi Janae. Just wanted to leave a note and say I discovered your site today and read for hours. The honesty and clarity of your voice is so rare and special. Every word on the blog holds its weight and has a purpose.

    I’m the opposite of you in a lot of ways—a single girl in New York who works nonstop and has little balance/discipline in her life—and it is inspiring to see how I might make some changes from the example you set. And by “example” I mean everything from the way you cook to the way you approach relationships. You seem like such a comprehensively lovely person. It made my week to find your blog.

    • Janae Wise
      on October 12, 2013 at 5:50 am said:


      Wow. Thank you for taking the time to leave such a thoughtful comment. Maybe the most heartfelt & kind thing a reader has said to me. Thank you.

      You’re right, we do lead very different lives! I could not imagine living in NY (NYC?)–I hope to go there someday (I would love to spend a few weeks just going to see a theater production every night!). Life is so fast paced there & everything so different from what my reality is, but I think it doesn’t matter where you live, or even your marital status, whether or not you have kids, you can have a very purpose-driven, connected life if you want, if that’s what your priority is. For me, I know that this is achieved through committed friendships & relationships, family, & giving. It’s kinda simple that way. Everything else–hobbies, career, etc. fall into place when there’s a harmonious connection with others & giving of oneself.

      Thanks again for leaving me a note. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.


  2. Emma
    on October 11, 2013 at 1:41 pm said:

    Great recipes! I made baked apples this evening, but use oats in mine- quinoa sounds great though.
    That first quinoa dish is especially beautiful.

    • Janae Wise
      on October 11, 2013 at 1:54 pm said:

      I know, isn’t red quinoa just gorgeous? I just bought some today & am excited to use it–I’ve never actually tried the red variety before.

      I found out cooked quinoa can be great replacement for oats in many recipes. My friend Leann, talks about it on her blog, Healthful Pursuit, here:

  3. Ricki
    on October 11, 2013 at 9:40 am said:

    Mmmm–that gumbo looks fantastic (well, everything does, actually!). I LOVE finding new recipes for fall–so many ways to use squash (and pumpkin, of course, right?) 😉