Today is the official first day of fall, and actually the back half of this week marks the first time all month it’s been cold enough to need a sweater or light jacket out to the car in the mornings.
No matter how much I whine about snow, I love this time of year best- the cool weather, the changing leaves, apples and pumpkin being in full season- something about the whole vibe just makes you want to curl up in a cozy sweater and watch the epic fall streaming lineup with a warm meal and the ones you love.
I’m a pretty picky eater, but the one thing I’ve found about fall recipes is that the core element is comfort: hearty foods like potatoes, beef, different types of casseroles- that I absolutely adore. I really don’t have any trouble finding recipes to make, but I did want to list a few of my favorites for you, as well as ones I’m dying to try!
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1. Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti
Oh, man, I really love this recipe. I made it the other day actually (you can find a photo of it on my Instagram). It’s always a fine line to cross when it comes to “healthy” comfort food, but I think this is a great compromise- a truly tasty homemade alfredo sauce with low-fat milk, chicken broth, and parmesan cheese, fresh baked chicken, and I even subbed in Banza chickpea pasta for a high fiber, high protein option. Delicious!
Find the recipe here.
2. Barley Vegetable Soup
A good vegetable soup recipe is a staple of fall cooking, like a warm hug in a mug. And I love putting barley into my soups because it’s incredibly heart-healthy and ridiculously cheap! Plus, it’s so easy to customize- add whatever veggies you want, or a bit of sriracha for added heat (a blessing in the colder months).
Check out a great recipe here.
Image credit via A Mindfull Mom
3. Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheddar Soup
I’m a sucker for the broccoli cheddar soup at Panera’s (bread bowl for the win), but not exactly a fan of how bloated I feel afterwards. Enter this recipe I found while researching for this post that I can’t wait to try! My favorite part is that it’s ready in 30 minutes- which is a lifesaver on the days that I’m running ragged and Mike is equally wiped out from his commute.
Find the recipe here.
Image credit via Apron Strings Blog
4. Root Beer Stew
Yep, you read that one right! I love adding root beer to stews because it gives an added zing that I can’t particularly explain, but makes the dish so good. I also find it helps break down beef exceptionally well, especially in the crockpot. Try it, I promise it’s not gross!
Check out a wicked delicious recipe for it here.
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5. Swiss Chard & Mushroom Galette
Ok. This is one of the recipes I’ve had on my to-make list for quite some time, and I haven’t actually tried anything like it so I can’t go on forever about how great it is, but it just sounds great. Definitely one of those “wow” recipes I’m itching to get cracking on, now that I have a ton of counter space.
Join me in my quest to make this here.
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6. Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese
Who doesn’t love a two-for one? I have some boneless ribs sitting in my freezer just begging to get popped in the slow cooker, slathered in bbq, and then made into the most amazing mac and cheese this side of grilling season. I. Cannot. Wait.
Drool with me here.
7. Wine Marinated Pot Roast
Let me set the scene- it’s a blustery Friday afternoon. Cold. Rainy. You’ve had a really hard week at work, and want to just sit back, and relax for the weekend. Lucky for you, you’ve had a pot roast marinating for 8 hours, and all you need to do is stick it in the oven for a few hours, and bam! The most tender, flavorful pot roast your tired heart could ask for. And, if some of the wine ends up in your glass, hey, that’s just the icing on the cake!
Try it out here.
8. Ginger Garlic Chicken Ramen
Vegetable soup’s equally fragrant & delicious cousin, ramen broth is one of my all time favorite things to make when it’s cold, and especially when I’m on a budget. This recipe I found is great because it uses prepackaged ramen noodles (which are dirt cheap), and elevates it with bok choy, shiitake mushrooms, and sweet snap peas. Not to mention a hearty dose of ginger!
Check it out here.
I’ve really been enjoying the space and freedom I have in my new kitchen, so please don’t hesitate to shoot more recipes my way!
Keep it real,
*None of the above photos, including the featured image, belong to me. I have linked to their respective recipes and encourage you to go to their sites and support them by trying their recipes- I know I will!