Fall means a new school year, cooler weather, and a return to routine. No more lazy days of summer! As your needs change, you need different food. For cooler weather, heartier and more comforting recipes are in order. Pull out your crock pot and use it again so dinner is ready and waiting when you get home. Breakfast becomes more important; how are you going to ensure your kids eat well before they head off to school? And let's celebrate the new season with fabulous recipes using apples and pears, the fruits of fall. Pull out your sweaters and set the alarm clock, because fall is here.
These hearty and warming recipes are perfect for cool fall days and crisp nights. They are delicious and easy to make, using ingredients of the new season. Try some Fresh Apple Quick Bread or a Crockpot Roast Beef Dinner, or a Pork Chop casserole made with creamy hash brown potatoes. Yum.
Chicken casseroles are easy to make, comforting, and delicious. And you can make most of these recipes ahead of time, so you just pull them out of the fridge (or freezer, if you make a casserole that can be frozen) and bake until hot and bubbly. Dinner's almost on the table!
Pasta is the perfect food for fall. You can make it so quickly, even in one pot! And everybody loves it. These fabulous and fast recipes are the best for the new season.
Crisp, juicy apples, either plucked fresh from the tree or eaten after a chill in the fridge, are one of the very best things about fall. These delicious and easy recipes use apples in many ways; from main dish salads to hot casseroles to delicious desserts, cakes, and cookies.
6. Pear Recipes
Pears also come into their own in fall. I love using them in all kinds of recipes, from salads and quick breads to delicious tarts and even chicken and fish recipes.
The new school year is always exciting, whether you have a child going off the preschool, starting grade school or high school, or heading off to college. Your kids need fuel to give them the best shot at success. Their brains just don't work as well without the calories and nutrients a good breakfast provides. Then there's the challenge of lunch! If you pack your child's lunch, get them involved. If they help pick out the food and pack the lunch, the chances they'll eat it improve! And what about after school? Kids are hungry at 3 PM; it's been hours since lunch and it's still a couple of hours until dinner. Healthy snacks (some they can make themselves!) will help fill the gap and set them up for homework and evening activities.
If your slow cooker has been taking a break this summer, now's the time to pull it out. You can make everything from desserts to breakfast to side dishes to sandwiches and soups in this fabulous appliance. In fact, you really should own more than one crock pot. These easy and fabulous recipes will keep your crockpot busy all season long.
I don't know if it's politically correct to call it "Indian Summer" anymore, but every fall there's a bucolic few days after the first frost when the weather briefly warms up. Take advantage of that wonderful time with these easy recipes and menus, including a Saturday lunch of Waldorf Chicken Salad Sandwiches and Crunchy Chocolate Brownie Bars. Yum.
10. Skillet Meals
Skillet meals cook completely in one dish on the stovetop, or in an electric skillet. They can be a lifesaver when your kitchen is out of commission, or if you need to cook in a tiny space. And they're just plain delicious! Don't forget to check out my more skillet meals article too.