By Linda Larsen
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.
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!
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.