Fall Recipe Bucket List
Happy Wednesday, y’all!
I don’t know about you, but one of the biggest problems I have with feeding my family is that I tend to get stuck in a rut with the same recipes and I get burned out fast (as does the family).
One way I try and combat this is to make a goal of trying one new recipe every week or two. I have so many cookbooks and Pinterest boards full of recipes, I probably have enough new meals to try every week for the rest of my life. I like to keep a running list of recipes that I am most eager to try first, and then I can move these recipes into my regular rotation if we all like them.
Another way to avoid dinnertime burnout is to eat seasonally. This also helps reduce the cost per meal.
Fall is in full swing, and it brings with it some of my favorite ingredients. Squash of all sorts, sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberries… I’m about to have Thanksgiving all season long, guys.
With that in mind, I thought it would be a good idea to combine the two aforementioned techinques, and bring you my list of recipes that I am most eager to try this fall. Let’s check them out!
Normally we do cereal or oatmeal or something quick during the week, but I like to try to make at least one nice breakfast a week, even if it’s just plain ol’ pancakes and bacon. It’s nice to be able to switch it up with something seasonal. I mean how good does that caramel pumpkin french toast casserole sound?
Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding from Eat the Gains
Caramel Pumpkin French Toast Casserole from Belle of the Kitchen
Paleo Fall Breakfast Hash from Plaid and Paleo
Fall Breakfast Quinoa Bowl from Jar of Lemons
Pecan Pie Baked Oatmeal from Lively Table
Appetizers & Light Lunches
Okay appetizers are my THING. Like, hubby and I have actually had nights where we’ve made a bunch of appetizers instead of a meal, haha. And surprisingly, we’ve never been out for tapas. WTF. Anyway, here are some of my favorite fall appetizers from Pinterest, and one really amazing-sounding salad.
Pear and Prosciutto Triangles with Triple Creme Brie from With Salt and Pepper
Pomegranate-Avocado Salad with Candied Walnuts from Half Baked Harvest
Roasted Lemon Spinach and Artichoke Dip from Half Baked Harvest
Cranberry Pecan Goat Cheese Truffles from The Novice Chef
Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Mayo from Savory Tooth
Sides are really easy to overlook when you’re cooking for an entire family. I generally focus on the main dish and throw some quick sauteed or steamed veggies and rice or mashed potatoes on the side, I’m not gonna lie. But this year, I’m going to try and incorporate at least a couple of these sides into my meal plan.
Fall Harvest Pasta Salad from Inspired By Charm
Parmesan Roasted Carrots from Your Home Based Mom
Honey Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries and Feta from Peas and Crayons
Sauteed Pears with Bacon and Mustard Dressing from Bon Appetit
Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin from PureWow
The main dishes don’t need an introduction, but they can be a challenge nonetheless. Here’s a few ideas for your fall menu:
Slow Cooker Beef Ragu with Pappardelle from Pinch of Yum
Butternut Squash, Apple Cider and Cheddar Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons from Cooking for Keeps
Chicken Bacon Pumpkin Pasta Bake from Pinch of Yum
Black Bean Sweet Potato Enchiladas from Cookie & Kate
Creamy Pumpkin Spaghetti with Garlic Kale from Pinch of Yum
Thai Peanut Chicken and Pumpkin Curry w/ Sticky Pomegranate Rice from Half Baked Harvest
Cheesy Garlic Bread and Meatball Rolls from Cooking for Keeps
Brown Butter Seared Burgers with Bourbon Mushrooms, Bacon, and Gruyere from Cooking for Keeps
Greek Roasted Chicken Thighs with Lemon, Garlic, and Kalamata Olives from With Salt and Pepper
Butternut Squash and Sun-Dried Tomato White Lasagna from Half Baked Harvest
Basil Pomodoro Shrimp with Creamed Corn Polenta from Half Baked Harvest
Tortellini Soup with Spinach and Italian Sausage from Yellow Bliss Road
Now Apple/Pumpkin/Pecan Pie is all fine and dandy, but these desserts take it to the next level for your fall sweet tooth. I can’t wait to dig into these!
Dutch Apple Pie Cheesecake Bars from Mom on Timeout
Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie Cupcakes with Butter Pecan Frosting from Half Baked Harvest
Chocolate Turtle Apple Slices from Mom Loves Baking
Apple Dumplings from Cincy Shopper
New England Apple Cider Cake from A Family Feast
Last but not least, everyone needs a good cozy beverage (alcoholic or non-) to compliment an amazing meal. Here’s a few to help inspire your holiday imbibing.
That’s it for this week! Comment down below and let me know which recipe you’re looking forward to trying! And don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest for more great recipes.