9 Fall Dishes That Will Help You Deal with Summer’s End

 

“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.”

― William Cullen Bryant

 

Shut down the pool. Get out the rake. Summer has officially ended. Some of you may be thrilled about this. If you’re like me, there is a mourning period for the sun, the warm rains, and the carefree memories of the kids building sand castles on the beach. You may not quite be ready for summer’s end, but here are nine awesome Fall recipes to get you in the mood for the season to come.

  1. Roasted Squash with Cinnamon and Brown Butter. Food wise, this is my favorite part about fall: the return of squash. If you’ve never worked with this amazing food before, don’t be intimidated. They’re actually very easy! Just make sure you have a sturdy knife and peeler.
  2. Butternut Squash Bruschetta with Pomegranate. Want to try squash a different way? Maybe not as sweet, but with a saltier-nuttier flavor? Try this recipe from Bonappetitte.com and feel free to play around with the type of cheese to crumble over top.
  3. Apple Crostini. Did someone say bacon on apples? Sign me up. This is an excellent fall appetizer choice for when you unexpectedly find yourself hosting an event and need something quick that feeds many!
  4. Vegan Pumpkin Chia Pudding. I have made over 50 recipes from Melissa Costello’s vegan Karma Chow website, and every one of them is basically amazing. This is a great fall option for those of you who avoid meat and dairy!
  5. Turmeric Roasted Sweet Potato Soup Another one of my go-to websites is Skinnytaste.com. They have a rich, warm soup recipe structured around another one of my all-time favorite foods: the versatile sweet potato!
  6. Fall Leek Soup. Eating paleo? Eating whole foods? Leek soup is one of those foods served that silences a table because everyone is too busy enjoying it.
  7. Low Carb Stuffing. We can’t deny that although Thanksgiving is a couple months away, it’s looming closer and closer. For those of you who are low-carbing it, Melissa Sevigny from ibreatheimhungry.com has put together a great list of low carb/ketogenic stuffing recipes.
  8. Red Wine Braised Chicken Thighs with Balsamic Red Onions and Root Vegetables. The title may sound long-winded, but the recipe is worth it. I promise.
  9. Chestnut Mascarpone Mousse and Tuile Cookies. Are you a more daring baker? Looking for a challenge? This is not the simplest recipe, but man are these cookies adorable! Have your older children assistant for a fun fall activity!

 

 

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About Maia Rodriguez

"Military Mom" Maia Rodriguez was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but that was about twenty homes ago. After graduating from Syracuse University with a BFA in Musical Theater, she traveled just about everywhere in the country, lived in a green turtle-like tent for 6 months, toured and slept in the back of her van and even worked in Japan for a year. Then she met her husband who tamed her (ha!) and they embarked together on the adventure of parenthood in southern California where she worked as a professional pirate. Now, two children later, the family currently resides in VIrginia, where she sings for the US Navy as a vocalist. When she’s not mothering, she’s writing music for "Evernight," singing and writing for the Baby Bullet Blog.

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