Comfort and Special Occasion Foods
Most of us have a signature dish bound to produce satisfied murmurs at special occasions during the fall months. From sweet potato soufflé to homemade macaroni and cheese, these decadent comfort food dishes are often the pièce de résistance at gatherings with family and friends. Mashed potatoes -- whether served lumpy, creamy or cheesy -- are another necessary staple for entertaining at this time of year. Even fruits have their place in the comfort food genre.
However, when they're baked into pies and cobblers, apples, pumpkins and other seasonal fruits lose some of their nutritional merits. Experts caution against going overboard on these dishes, which are laden with butter, sugar and cream. Instead of abstaining completely, keep your portion sizes in check or cut down the caloric content of these foods. Opt against pouring calorie-dense gravy over mashed potatoes and stuffing, make macaroni and cheese with low-fat milk and cheese, and reduce the amount of sugar in dessert recipes [source: WebMD].