Fall Foods Better Than a Pumpkin Spice Latte
Saying goodbye to summer is bittersweet. We love the fruity drinks and backyard BBQ’s from May to August, but fall is here and we must say goodbye until next year.
Luckily, fall is filled with some of our favorite comfort dishes. This fall, ditch the overhyped Pumpking Spice Latte that’s crowding your news feed in favor of these cozy, homemade fall favorites.
Crock Pot Meals
Try delicious roasts with pulled pork, potatoes, carrots, garlic, and thyme. My mouth is already watering. These meals are warm and filling, always an excellent dinner option on a cold day.
Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are in season, and they’re extra tasty when toasted and topped with a sprinkle of salt. They’re also a nutritious treat. The seeds have lots of magnesium, healthy fats, zinc, and protein.
Black Bean Soup
As the weather cools down, there’s nothing more comforting and filling than a hot soup. Black bean soup is excellent source of fiber and antioxidants. Mix in some carrots and chicken for an even more nutritious meal.
Chicken Pot Pie
Who knew chicken would do so well inside a pie crust? You can mix and match just about any vegetables you want to add variety and texture.
Whether you prefer the classic turkey or a honey glazed ham, we always look forward to the meat feasts that come in November. And as we all know, the best part of Thanksgiving is the sides, like mashed potatoes, baked brussel sprouts, cornbread, yams, and that decadant cranberry sauce. These aren’t the healthiest food options, but we don’t have to worry about our beach bod until next summer. It’s getting cold outside, and we’re ready to indulge a little.
Whoever brings potato skins is always the tailgate MVP. This is an excellent finger food to snack on while watching the game. We like ours topped with white and yellow cheeses and bacon..
Green Bean Casserole
When done right, green bean casserole is worth raving about. Ours is made with cheese, soup mix and green beans, so don’t be tricked into thinking it’s a health food. And don’t shirk on the fried onions. They give it that extra crunch and savory flavor.
So many desserts taste best in the fall, and pie is a mainstay of the season. Our favorite is made with freshly picked apples with cinnamon, baked to perfection. Let it cool off once it’s out of the oven and put a dollop of vanilla ice cream on top. The ice cream provides a tasty contrast with the warm, gooey apples.
Cobbler is another fall dessert made famous at the Thanksgiving table. Cobbler is versatile: you can use mixed berries, cherries, peaches, apples, and just about anything else you can think of. Cobbler works as an alternative to pies as it has the warm fruity taste, without the stress of making crust.
Caramel apples are a dessert that’s easy to make at home and great for getting kids involved in the kitchen. Grab some fresh apples from the store or hand pick them at a local farm. Melt down some caramel and you’re ready to dip. You can create a spread with different toppings so kids can make their own dessert.