We know that the transition from summer to fall can be rough. Gone are the long days, trips to the beach or pool, and perfectly ripe heirloom tomatoes at the farmers market. But there are some pretty great things about fall as well — pumpkin, for example, not to mention all the apples and hearty greens that start showing up at the market. To help make the seasonal transition a little easier, here are 25 of our favorite recipes that will get you excited about cooler temperatures.
Why not keep things simple? Choose a few of your favorite fall veggies and sauté them in plenty of oil or butter, then toss with orzo or the pasta of your choice. It's the best option for putting those flavors on display.
Apples usually steal the show, but these muffins are ripe for the inclusion of the other fall fruit. We'd recommend making a double batch.
There's nothing terribly fall-specific about chicken tikka masala, but we definitely crave heartier fare like stews and braises when the weather starts to turn. And we'll always welcome a little bit of spice.
Mix up your traditional grain bowl with this version made with freekeh and all the fall veggies and fruits you could possibly want. It's a perfect make-ahead lunch as well.
In the summer we tend to stick with chicken breasts or thighs — they're quicker to cook and are perfect on the grill — but during the fall and winter, we're back to cooking the whole bird. And then making stock, of course.
Fall marks the return of cozy casserole season, and we can't think of a better dish to start off with. You can rest assured that this isn't overly cheesy, thanks to all the greens that are mixed in as well.
Don't just roast your squash, add butter, and call it a day — mix things up with this fresh green curry sauce instead. It has a kick of spice from the green serrano chile and herbaceous flavor from plenty of cilantro and basil.
Forget pumpkin spice — we'll be loading up on maple treats this year, starting with this irresistible maple butter popcorn. Movie night just got a lot better.
For as long as we can find fresh figs in the market, we'll be eating this treat for breakfast. The juicy figs will all but make you forget about the stone fruit that's disappeared until next summer.
Feta might seem like an unusual choice for roasted veggies, but the saltiness of the cheese keeps things feeling a bit lighter and mellows some of the richness from roasting.
The window for fresh persimmons is short, so make sure you have this recipe saved so you're ready when they finally arrive. The sweet flavor only enhances everything else in the salad.
If you want to try your hand at deep-frying, our theory is go big or go home. These mouth-watering apple fritters are the perfect Sunday morning project after a Saturday spent apple picking.
If you aren't quite in full-on blended soup mode yet, try making this chicken- and veggie-filled minestrone. Consider it a gateway soup from summer into fall.
This spiced granola gets a hit of savoriness from the tahini paste that's mixed in. It adds a more complex flavor than the other nut butters you might normally use in granola.
There's almost always a sweet potato or two in our kitchen during the cooler months. They are so versatile and easy to prepare that they've become a pantry staple. This appetizer or light lunch only helps to solidify their staple status in our minds.
Potatoes, cheese, breadcrumbs, and enough kale to make seconds a requirement.
You can use just about any of your favorite roasted fall vegetables to make this soup. The herb-filled dumplings actually cook in the soup, so you won't need to dirty a separate pan.
Don't forget that your slow cooker is frequently the best way to make sure your dinner party includes dessert. Toss all the ingredients in your slow cooker a few hours before guests arrive, and it will be ready by the time the main course is cleared.
Just because this soup has bacon in it doesn't mean that it's heavy. Instead the light broth or stock gets plenty of flavor from the bacon, and the veggies keep things tasting fresh.
This spicy fall dish is made almost entirely out of pantry staples. It stews in no time flat and you can serve it atop the grain of your choice, from polenta to farro.
Don't be fooled into thinking that this soup will be heavy. The leeks and potatoes are finely chopped and then stewed in butter before the stock is added to complete the soup. Of course, if you want to make it a bit more decadent you can serve it with shredded Gruyère on top.
If your apple-picking trip didn't end up being as fruitful as you'd hoped, you can still make applesauce. The key is to blend everything with your immersion blender instead of reaching for the food mill or slow cooker.
When a pasta craving hits, but we're short on time, we always turn to gnocchi. This one-skillet dinner is melt-in-your-mouth perfection.
24. Lamb Korma
Lamb might not be your normal weeknight fare, but if you want a dish that's perfect for entertaining and has some of that fall stick-to-your-ribs quality, look no further. This spicy stew is the recipe to try.
Brown butter and sage is one of those flavor combinations that just screams fall. You can use that sauce for any pasta that you like, but we're partial to how it enhances this fettuccine and squash dish.