Summer is officially over & my love-hate relationship with fall has begun.
Now don’t get me wrong, I adore fall. It’s the prettiest, coziest & most fashion-friendly time of year! You can light those candles without people getting mad because it is already so hot; you can pull out all those pretty sweaters that you’ve been dying to wear & make all the soups to your life’s content! & don’t forget being choked with all the pumpkin spice everything you could possibly want. Now, why is it a love-hate relationship? Because Winter follows. Period.
But I digress…let’s get back to the food! Fall is definitely the season for food – yummy soups, hearty meals & all the comfort you need!
I have rounded up some of my tried & true favourite autumn-y meals & some new ones I cannot wait to try! Come along with me on this cozy + tasty ride!
To Make Right Now
BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP
Now, of course, I need to start with a soup – one of the tastiest + simple soups ever! This butternut squash soup is not only tasty + simple, but it is a paleo, primal + gluten-free recipe, so you can serve it to just about anyone & they will love it!
RUSTIC CHICKEN WITH GARLIC GRAVY
When there is rustic in the name of the dish – you know it’s going to be good! This is one of my many favourite recipes that I make on some of the coolest nights to warm up every tummy. I have a special place in my heart for chicken thighs … & garlic gravy? Yes, please!
PUMPKIN RISOTTO WITH GOAT CHEESE + DRIED CRANBERRIES
We can’t go through fall recipes without including pumpkin, obviously. I still haven’t tried the sweet art of cooking a risotto, but I think this recipe is pushing me towards taking the plunge. Anyone out there that has perfected the art?
CRANBERRY GLAZED TURKEY BREAST
Listen very carefully. Thanksgiving is coming, & there will be turkey, lots of turkey; and there will be leftovers, lots of leftovers. Remember this post, remember this recipe. Your eyes, your mouth + your tummy will thank you.
PUMPKIN SPICE WAFFLES
This recipe is good for breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, lunch, mid-afternoon snack, dinner, supper, late night snack, middle of the night snack + just about any other time you’d like to eat. Fluffy pumpkin spice Belgians? I think so.
SPICED HOT FRUIT BAKE
For some reason, cool weather + cozy times calls for entertaining with family & friends – it is the beginning of the optimal Hygge season after all! So why not serve a fruity + warm + SUPER EASY dessert like this fruit bake? Maybe add some whipped cream? I think it’s perfection!
BUTTERNUT SQUASH LASAGNA
Even though pumpkins are usually the stars of Fall, we cannot forget the delicious + understated butternut squash. Want to hear a secret? I like it WAY better than pumpkin! So you can be sure I will be making this comfort food this Fall!
THAI PEANUT CHICKEN + PUMPKIN CURRY WITH STICKY POMEGRANATE RICE
This one is for the people. Not for me, but the people. It’s one of the prettiest meals, but it has peanuts, and I am allergic. If anyone can help me with an alternative so I can indulge in this pretty meal, please let me know! Also – please make this for me & tell me how glorious it is. Thank you!
WINTER SQUASH CARBONARA WITH BROCCOLI RABE + SAGE
I’m down for any type of Carbonara. So if it’s fall inspired, I’m in! … & there’s bacon in it…I really shouldn’t have to explain any further.
CHORIZO SAGE MAC + CHEESE BAKED IN A PUMPKIN
It’s Mac & Cheese, baked in a pumpkin. Baked in a pumpkin. I MUST try this wizardry…so must you.
BAKED PEARS WITH GORGONZOLA + HONEY
I know apples are usually the cat’s meow during the cool months – but I LOVE a good pear recipe…& I am salivating looking at this. What is better than fruit + cheese? I’m betting this will be a surprising favourite!
PAULA DEAN’S APPLE PIE
I have to end the Fall recipe round-up with an apple pie. My mother-in-law makes THE BEST apple pie – everything is absolutely perfection, but I can’t give away her secrets…so here is the next best thing. Paula Dean’s Apple Pie – you can’t deny it will be delicious! Heart-stopping most likely – but delicious nonetheless!