Thursday, 22 September 2016

10 Essential Fall Comfort Food Recipes

I can't be the only person who is suddenly craving soups and casseroles now that the temperatures are dropping and the days are getting shorter right? This time of year always has me seeking out all my favourite comfort food recipes that are big on delicious and low on lettuce (no salads here). It's funny how we divide up recipes between Spring/Summer dishes and Fall/Winter dishes; even on a cold and rainy summer day I would never think of making a batch of chili. 

While doing up the meal plan for this week I started reaching for those Fall recipes that have been on the back-burner for the last few months and it was another reminder of how much I love this season. Winter is a hard pass for me but I would be happy with year round fall...if only that's how leaves worked! Anyways, here are a few of my picks that I'm adding back into our menu rotation for the Fall. 

1. 7-Ingredient Easy Zuppa Toscana
This is my all-time favourite soup and was the first thing we made when the weather turned earlier this month. I could eat gnocchi for every single meal and it's such a delicious addition to this soup. 

2. Asian Pork Tenderloin with Ginger Glaze
Our slow cooker pretty much lives on the counter from now until April because it is the simplest way to get a quick dinner on the table after work but still get a dish that tastes like you've put a ton of work into it. Pulled pork is delicious and the ginger glaze from this recipe is a great twist. 

3. Dill Pickle & Potato Soup
This one is a bit divisive in my house as the bf isn't a fan of dill pickle soup but I definitely am. I've been known to make a big batch of this up when he's gone and then freeze it up for lunches so I can get my fix. 

4. Jalapeno Popper Chili
Confession, I don't really like chili that much. Feels like I'm breaking some sort of sacred tradition but it is what it is. This chili is an exception though, and while it might not be my top pick for dinner I much prefer it to any other chili I've tried...I guess it just takes the addition of cream cheese to get me on board. 

5. Oven Roasted Chicken Shawarma
This chicken recipe is one of the best I have ever tried and it works by itself or all wrapped up with all the fixings. If you're going with wraps I highly recommend not skipping out on the garlic sauce, it's perfectection! I've also made Jo's tabbouleh salad recipe that she recommends in this recipe and it's also really good. Make a big batch of the chicken and you can use up the leftovers in wraps or on salads for lunches. 

6. Baked Buffalo Chicken Taquitos
Cream cheese and hot sauce, how could you go wrong? These little taquitos are a great appetizer but they can also make a quick weeknight dinner if you add in a side of veggies. 

7. Simple Vegetarian Skillet Lasagna
The bf always prefers that dinner includes some sort of meat but pasta is usually one dish I can make meatless and he is ok with. This recipe is packed full of vegetarian goodness (and cheese, lots of cheese) that you wont miss the meat. It's the epitome of comfort food. 

8. Apricot Chicken Orzo with Marcona Almonds
I know, this recipe sounds a little weird...who wants dried apricots in their dinner? Trust me though, it's worth it. It's actually fairly similar to risotto and the combo of chicken, apricots and almonds works better than you'd expect. 

9. Sweet Potato Turkey Shepherd's Pie
Shepherd's pie is one of those classic dishes that everyone seemed to have as a child and didn't necessarily like that much (at least that's the case for me). The switches from ground beef to ground turkey and normal white potatoes to sweet potato really change things up and make it healthier and I think more delicious. 

10. Fish Pie
Another throwback for me but I'm not sure if fish pie is as common as shepherd's pie over here in Canada...it's a British thing. My mom used to make a fish pie that I've never been able to properly recreate but this one from Jamie Oliver is a pretty good substitution. It's got a fairly strong lemon flavour which I really like and has the essential topping of cheesy mashed potatoes. 

Do you guys have specific dishes you only cook in the Fall/Winter? Any suggestions on new recipes I should try? 

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