There’s something about this shift of season that inspires transition within us as well. As we come down from the whirlwind high of summer, we tend to sink into fall with renewed motivation. Perhaps it’s for starting a new project. Or taking up a new hobby. Or, of course, going back to school!
As you’re settling into your new or revised routine, don’t forget the grounding power of a quick and easy homemade dinner. Here are a few recipes to inspire seasonal nourishment.
Crockpot Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Soup
Few things feel better than coming home after a long day to the smell of dinner waiting for you. Thanks to the crockpot, you don’t need a personal chef to achieve this luxury. This recipe is the simplest on the list and is flexible to whatever produce and spices you might hand on hand. Just throw your roughly chopped vegetables into a crockpot, add some spices, top with chicken or vegetable broth and let your crockpot do the work for you! All you have to do when you get home is blend it up (an immersion blender works best for this), taste for salt, get under a blanket, and enjoy!
Sheet Pan Chicken with Red Potatoes and Sage
It’s no secret we love sheet pan meals here at The Beecher’s Foundation. With endless possibilities and only one dish to do at the end of the day, what’s not to love? This recipe combines chicken thighs (more fat = more flavor and more forgiving in the oven), herbs, and potatoes to make a satisfying quick meal without much prep or forethought. Feel free to experiment with the wide world of seasonal root vegetables – rutabaga, celeriac, beets, parsnip, or sweet potatoes would be delicious and colorful additions to this easy dinner.
Rosemary Garlic Pork Chops with Chickpeas
Did we mention we love sheet pan meals? This variation includes pork, chickpeas, and roasted red peppers all mixed up and broiled for 10 to 12 minutes. Add a hearty cruciferous vegetable like cabbage wedges, halved Brussels sprouts, or roughly chopped broccoli to make a balanced meal.
Butternut Squash Alfredo Pasta
Butternut squash is a tasty and versatile ingredient to pay tribute to the season. Cube it and roast for a side dish, use it as a base for soups or baked goods, or, as this recipe suggests, ditch the tomatoes and pair it with pasta! When cooked and blended, its silky-smooth texture makes for a perfect sauce. Plus, it boasts loads of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, magnesium and potassium and contains high levels of antioxidants.
Walnut-Stuffed Baked Apples
Okay, okay, we know that this falls solidly into “dessert” category but couldn’t resist including this childhood favorite. As the weather gets colder and days get darker, we tend to seek sugar as way to release that powerful “happy hormone” serotonin. Baked apples are a great way to get your sugar fix but with the added benefit of fiber, protein, and various micronutrients. The best part – the versatility of the recipe makes it a great dish to tag-team with your family!
– Nora Dummer