6 Perfectly Seasonal Fall Dinners To Make In October (Recipes)


By Cooking Panda

Fall is in full swing, and I’m here for some warm, hearty dinners!

As the air gets more and more chilly, I start craving things like stews, braises and casseroles. Give me half a chance to put squash in something and I’ll run with it!

To accommodate seasonally changing palates, here are some tasty things you should make this month:

1. Slow-Cooker Texas Chili

Who can resist tender hunks of brisket slow-cooked with Tex Mex flavors? Not I! If you want to go against tradition, you can add red or black beans and/or corn — but don’t tell anyone I told you that.

2. Fricassee of Chanterelles

Thick, wide, chewy pappardelle noodles get a major umami kick from Chanterelle mushrooms. If you don’t have access to that variety, you can swap them out for porcinis, morels or even your standard grocery store fare like creminis, though the flavor will be a bit different and less delicately earthy.

3. Butternut Squash Skillet Lasagna

The rich, slightly sweet butternut squash just adds that much more creamy cheesiness to the classic dish, which gets an extra pep from brown butter and fresh sage. Yum!

4. Deviled Chicken Lollipops

These crunchy baked drumsticks are great fun as appetizers at a Halloween party or for dinner — maybe served alongside some homemade sweet potato fries?

5. Coq au Vin (Chicken in Wine Sauce)

This flavorful, rich dish is as easy to make as it is delicious to eat. You can totally make it in the slow cooker, too: Just brown your chicken (sear each batch for four to six minutes per side) and then braise everything in the slow cooker for four to five hours on low, until the chicken is tender and fully cooked.

6. Butternut Squash Pizza with Hazelnut Dough

This is as seasonal as they come! This recipe is cheese-free, so it’s really excellent for those looking to cut back on dairy or calories. If you want, you can save a little time by using canned pumpkin instead of squash slices — just spread the puree on your dough as you would with pizza sauce.

Featured Image: Ernesto Andrade/Flickr

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7 Hearty One-Dish Recipes That Are As Easy As They Come


By Cooking Panda

It’s just about fall, and regardless of how you feel about it, we suspect that your food wishes are similar to ours — you want filling, hearty meals, but you don’t want to put in the work. We got you! Here are some of our favorite fall recipes that only use one pot or pan — you can thank us later.

1. One Pot Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Pasta

Add your favorite protein and/or vegetables. Want more ideas for the wonder that is one pot pasta? Check this out.

2. Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili

With easy canned pumpkin puree, flavorful Italian sausage and a ton of beans and vegetables, you’ll love this easy but healthy Crock Pot meal.

3. One Sheet Pan Roasted Garlic-Parmesan Chicken Tenders and Green Beans with Fresh Grape Tomatoes

This would be tasty with fish as well, though you’ll want to keep an eye on it, as cooking times will vary.

4. One Pan Healthier Chicken and Zucchini Noodle Casserole

Craving casserole? Update that chicken noodle one you had 50x a week when you were a kid and turn it into something a little more edible.

5. 30 Minute Butternut Squash and Cider Soup

Who can resist creamy, rich butternut squash soup? It is sweet, savory and seasonal, and it somehow manages to be hearty and light all at the same time. But it can be a big pain to make. So skip all that nonsense, buy the pre-cubed stuff if you can, and make this super easy and very healthy but rich soup.

6. Everybody’s Favorite Strawberry Bacon Salad

Hang on to those last remnants of summer and make this flavorful, fruity, satisfying salad. Bonus: trick yourself into eating greens by loading them with bacon, strawberries, nuts and blue cheese (or feta, gorgonzola, goat cheese…whatever you prefer!)

7. Lamb Tagine with Couscous

Couscous is awesome because it cooks up in a flash, meaning that you can go ahead and throw it your pot towards the end of cooking your marinated lamb. Delicious and simple!

Featured Photo Credit: Half Baked Harvest

Tags: easy dinner recipes, fall dinners, one pot meals, one pot pasta, weeknight dinners
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