20 of my favorite fall recipes including scones, sandwiches, sides, salads, soups, and more!

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It’s the MOST, won-DER-ful tiiiime, of the yeeeear.

Can I go on a little Christmas tangent real quick? Because that legit just stirred a little sparkle in my soul.

1.) Grandparents – if you need a gift for your grandkids this holiday season, give them a recordable Hallmark storybook with your voice on it. Lincoln got one from my Grandma last Christmas and is obsessed with it which means I get to listen to her reading The Night Before Christmas all year round. Nothing like teaching your kid the names of all 8 tiny reindeer in September! (By the way did you know “Donnor’s” name is actually “Donder”? Mind = blown.) Just remember to close the books when you’re done with ’em because they have a tendency to go off randomly at night and you’ll be all, Grandma?

2.) Target has a secret Christmas aisle in the back of the store! I know. I went there Tuesday for the second time this week (you do the math,) looking for school supplies to donate. I figured they’d be in the clearance corner in the back of the store by all the Halloween stuff but nope – a whole hidden Christmas aisle instead. Shysters!

MY OTHER RECIPES

Ok now where was I? Oh yes, the most wonderful time of the year – fall food time! While fresh summer recipes really rev my engine, fall comfort food completes me. Apples, pears, squash, chili, soup, stews, salads, scones, casseroles, cinnamon, warm, cozy, elegant, cornucopia! Whew. That is to say, fall food is such a pleasure to eat, isn’t it? Warms the soul and fills the heart (and belly, of course.) I’m so excited to share a roundup of 20 of my favorite fall recipes today as we close out the first week of fall. I can’t remember the last time I was this excited to compile a collection as each one of these recipes is a true favorite of mine.

I hope you give some of them a try this fall and, in the meantime, have a wonderful first weekend of fall. We’re going apple picking for my Mom’s birthday. Can’t wait! What are you up to? 

NOTE: not all these recipes are gluten-free so read ingredient lists and labels carefully! 

Apple Crisp Muffins

Apple Crisp Muffins are fluffy apple cake muffins topped with sweet apple crisp topping. The best muffin you will ever have!

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Crock Pot Sweet Potato & Quinoa Turkey Chili

Crock Pot Sweet Potato & Quinoa Turkey Chili is packed with healthy ingredients including sweet potatoes, quinoa and ground turkey. Love this easy yet flavorful fall crock pot recipe.

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Skinny Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Rice Casserole

Casserole recipes are perfect to warm up with in the fall and wintertime. You’d never guess Skinny Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Rice Casserole is much lighter than it’s comfort food counterparts.

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Roasted Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons

The recipe that got me to love tomato soup once and for all! Roasted Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons is super fresh tasting and the grilled cheese croutons totally put it over the top.

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Apple Orchard Panini

Sweet, savory, crispy Apple Orchard Panini is dripping with cheese and packed with sweet apple flavor. The PERFECT combo for fall!

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Quinoa with Caramelized Butternut Squash and Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Quinoa with Caramelized Butternut Squash and Roasted Brussels Sprouts is a hearty and healthy fall side dish that’s full of yummy flavors and textures.

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Autumn Chopped Salad

There’s a reason why Autumn Chopped Salad has remained one of the most popular recipes on my blog for almost three years. It’s an amazing entree salad that’s full of my favorite fall ingredients.

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Fresh Apple Cake

Fresh Apple Cake is one of two cake recipes that I will undoubtedly be making until the end of my days (the other is a chocolate cookie cake recipe passed down from Ben’s Grandmother!) This cake is dense and truly delicious.

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15 Minute Tomato-Basil Soup with Cheese Tortellini

Need a filling fall dinner in a jiff? 15 Minute Tomato-Basil Soup with Cheese Tortellini to the rescue! This soup is crowd-pleasing and takes just 15 minutes to make.

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Apple Cider Pancakes with Maple Cider Syrup

I made batch after batch of Apple Cider Pancakes with Maple Cider Syrup until I got them right. A comforting fall breakfast never tasted better.

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Mini Pumpkin Sticky Buns

If you like my 8 Minute Mini Cinnamon Rolls then you will love the pumpkin version of them. Mini Pumpkin Sticky Buns are fall-spiced and irresistible. Don’t say I didn’t warn ya’!

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Black Bean & Butternut Squash Quesadillas with Lazy Girl’s Guacamole

Black Bean & Butternut Squash Quesadillas with Lazy Girl’s Guacamole are a delicious weeknight supper that uses one of my favorite fall squash – butternut squash. Slightly sweet, it’s wonderful when paired with black beans and garlicky guacamole.

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Chipotle Turkey Chili with Apples

Although I have a signature chili recipe, I love experimenting with different flavored chilis. Chipotle Turkey Chili with Apples combines smokey chipotle peppers with sweet apples which is truly unique and delicious.

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Shortcut Butternut Squash and Sage Risotto

I was bursting at the seams to share my time-saving risotto-making tip with you last year in the post for Shortcut Butternut Squash and Sage Risotto. Even better than the tip is the taste of this all-fall dish. So yummy.

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Lighter Buffalo Mac and Cheese

I don’t know about you but my cravings for a cozy bowl of mac and cheese rises as the outside temperatures fall. Lighter Buffalo Mac and Cheese is a fantastic take on the classic. Totally addicting!

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Orchard Turkey Burgers

Put your fresh orchard picks to good use in Orchard Turkey Burgers with Brie and Caramelized Onions which calls for adding fresh grated apple right in the patties resulting in an ultra-juicy burger.

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Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting are one of my all-time favorite fall desserts. Pillowy pumpkin-spiced cookies with the texture of cake sandwich sweet, cinnamon-spiced cream cheese frosting. EPIC.

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Apple-Almond Quinoa with Maple Sausage

Apple-Almond Quinoa with Maple Sausage contains all the warm flavors of fall in one dish. Serves as a side or main – good warm or cold!

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Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Garlic Butter Sage Sauce

Spend an hour making Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Garlic Butter Sage Sauce on the weekend then reap the rewards for months to come. This mouthwatering, freezer-friendly meal cooks the same frozen as fresh, aka no thawing required!

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Starbucks Clone Pumpkin Scones

Skip the drive-thru and make Starbucks Clone Pumpkin Scones at home! These scones are moist and cakey, not dry and crumbly. They will knock your socks off. Clean off – promise!

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