Which Are Your Favorite Fall Recipes? (Open Thread)

OK, ladies, let’s discuss: Which are your favorite fall recipes? Is it time to bust out your Crockpot or Instant Pot? Do you love oatmeal, soups, and stews? What meals do you make that the whole family eats, and what fall-centric things do you find easy to put in school lunches, either from a leftovers perspective or otherwise?

For our $.02, I don’t know what possessed me to buy pumpkin yogurt for my eldest to try (because I am definitely NOT a fan of pumpkin spice the way some people are), but he LOVES it, and it’s one of the few things he’ll eat right now. We just got an Instant Pot on sale at Amazon a few weeks ago, and coincidentally my beloved Crockpot lid just cracked — and after only 20 years, harumph (she said sarcastically) — so we’re probably going to be doing a lot of experimenting with the Instant Pot this season. A lot of the recipes that I listed in my easy weeknight dinners post (years ago, now!) are still favorites, and I also got a hot tip from someone recently that you can roast frozen veggies (freezer to hot oven!) so we’re going to be trying that. In terms of school lunches, my kiddo is still excited about oatmeal (I just make plain old-fashioned oats and add 1–2 Tbsp of a hot chocolate like Ghiradelli‘s*) so I’m curious to try that in a preheated Thermos jar* for him for lunch. (Hmmn, maybe with some peanut butter powder* for extra protein.)

How about you guys? Which are your favorite fall recipes to make for your families?

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  1. I make a lot of soups. I mostly do veggie soups from scratch but my go-to right now is actually a lentil soup from a bag. (https://www.soupsonline.com/p-527-lysanders-lentil-soup.aspx) It’s beyond easy and everyone including my little one eats it up. One tip if you actually make it – I change the instructions to sauté the onions and carrots first & then add all the ingredients. It’s 1 extra step but much tastier.

    We also do a lot of oatmeal – it’s basically my kid’s breakfast every morning. Kat, I just add peanut butter to it, something about protein powder weirds me out. Big spoonful or two of peanut butter is delicious with banana and cinnamon (or chocolate chips, if that’s your preference).

    Other things I like in the fall: chili, roasted butternut squash tacos, spaghetti with roasted butternut squash and ricotta salata, anything with eggplant, and lasagna and other things that require an oven.

    • Anon in NYC says:

      That spaghetti with roasted butternut squash and ricotta salata sounds delicious. I think I’m going to add that to my menu for next week.

      One of my favorite things to make in the fall/winter is sausage and cabbage (specifically: https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1881-sausage-and-cabbage). I don’t blanch the cabbage. I take a head of cabbage, chop it, wash it, and then make the recipe as is. It’s delicious, and perfect with bread and mustard. Jury is still out on whether my kid will eat it.

      I’m making this tonight: https://pinchofyum.com/instant-pot-wild-rice-soup

      Two of my favorite winter vegetable sides are Smitten Kitchen recipes: kale salad with pecorino and walnuts, and green been salad with pickled red onions and fried almonds.

    • EB0220 says:

      My kids love oatmeal with Nutella and banana.

    • Seconding no need for protein powder says:

      Just stir regular-old peanut butter into the oatmeal. That’s my breakfast most mornings. Though I do prefer it with steel-cut oats, regular oatmeal with peanut butter can get a bit pasty. I like also adding fruit (diced apple, blueberries, raisins, etc.) though the banana and cinnamon sounds delicious.

  2. I just made my first batch of beef stew – the Pioneer Woman’s recipe. Istrain it and send it in a thermos with my son for lunch.

  3. 12345 says:

    I was just checking out this Instapot recipe for green chicken chili. Has anyone tried it? https://simpleasthatblog.com/2017/02/instant-pot-green-chicken-chili.html

  4. NewMomAnon says:

    Kiddo won’t touch this with a ten foot pole, but one of my favorite sides is fall veggies sauteed in bacon fat – especially brussels sprouts. You saute on high-ish heat, then cover and turn the heat down to cook them through.

    Also baked sweet potatoes with brown sugar or maple syrup.

    And the Pioneer Woman’s braised short ribs…mmmm…

  5. I just made this orzo with caramelized fall veggies the other day and LOVE IT. I had all the ingredients on-hand except mushrooms. I will definitely make this again. I think it has flexibility, too – like if you didn’t have exactly those things you could sub in and out. It was a little labor-intensive, but I enjoy cooking, so it was fun to make on the weekend when the baby was in bed. Reheated beautifully, too.


  6. I’ve been making an eggplant curry this fall that we can’t get enough of. I just saute an onion, then add in a cubed globe eggplant, sweet potato cubes (or sometimes delicata squash), a can of coconut milk, a few tablespoons of tomato paste and a heaping tablespoon or more of curry powder. Good with chickpeas added too. Oh, and I stir in whatever old greens we have in at the end.

  7. Sabba says:

    I just tried this simple chicken and rice recipe that is made all in the oven (no stove). The cook time was a little long, so I will probably do it on a Sunday next time, but I liked how easy it was and it made the house smell heavenly while cooking. Pretty simple and not adventurous, the toddler loved it. You can also mix it up by putting different spices on the chicken. I’m also thinking of roasting some veggies on the side next time I make it.


  8. Anonanonanon says:

    Easiest stew in the world, and is done after 25 minutes of instant pot cooking:
    Brown stew meat on the “sautee” setting of the instant pot (or in a separate pan)
    Add in cut up veggies (i use carrots and green beans and onion)
    Pour in a big container of V8 juice as the base
    add some worcestershire (i’m not going to spell that correctly) sauce
    add some mashed potato flakes to thicken it a bit
    Pressure cook (or turn on the slow cooker)

    So easy, healthy, and delicious! Even my husband and son will eat it!

  9. Baby shoes says:

    Pioneer woman red pepper pasta! puree a jar of red peppers, add a little chicken broth, butter, and cream, serve over noodles- soooo good and easy and fast.

  10. Living in NW says:

    Saw this Rachael Ray recipe for “stuffed pepper stoup” on the Food Network ages ago: http://www.rachaelray.com/recipe/stuffed-pepper-stoup/. Makes a lot and pretty tasty. I make it with ground turkey. Unfortunately only one of my kids likes it, the other is selective.

  11. Metallica says:

    My almost-four-month-old keeps kicking off everything I put on her feet. Yesterday she sent her little faux Ugg (fugg?) boots flying across the living room. We have cold weather now and she needs stuff on her feet so no one calls CPS—any suggestions from the Mom Hive?

  12. Metallica says:

    Argh, posted this in the wrong place!

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