Don’t let fall slip away without checking off these warming, hearty recipes from your fall cooking bucket list!

Don't let fall slip away without checking off these warming, hearty recipes from your fall cooking bucket list! | iowagirleats.com

I don’t tend to change decor for the seasons, except to toss up the Christmas tree and stockings around the holidays, but then I found this adorable, fall-themed felt ball garland and my stance on home decor as I knew it changed forever.

I guess this is the right time to tell you that I started watching Fixing Upper. And by started watching Fixer Upper I mean I caught one episode a few weeks ago, became instantly obsessed, and DVRd every single show that has aired since so I can slowly watch them over the course of the rest of my life I guess. I thought felt ball garlands rocked my world? Fixer Upper is rocking my world. Forget Beyonce – always be yourself unless you can be Joanna Gaines, and I WANT TO BE JOANNA GAINES. (And Chip’s BFF!)

Needless to say, decorating my home has become more of an interest to me over the past several weeks, specifically for the season that’s currently upon us. In addition to the felt ball garland, I procured a gorgeous gold leaf runner for the dining room table at Homegoods, a beautiful fuchsia mum for the front porch from the farmer’s market, a near entire patch of mini pumpkins from Howell’s to fill up the large wooden bowl on my entryway table and, well, I guess that’s it for now. Next up: a fall-themed wreath for the front door.

But first, since we’re on the topic of fall, let’s talk fall cooking bucket lists, shall we? (A concept I borrowed from the New York Times – such a great idea!) Every year I scramble to find time and space on my weekly meal plans for all my fall favorites – so many great dishes, so little time, right?

MY OTHER RECIPES

That said, I went through the IGE archives and rounded up my *must-try* fall recipes, aka your fall cooking bucket list! Filled with hearty, soul-satisfying dishes, warmed and spiced with the flavors we all adore this time of year, be sure to try these delicious, healthy, and gluten-free recipes sometime over the next month or two.

Are y’all ready to see your fall bucket list? (Had to sneak that in there!)

Fall Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad

By far my most popular fall recipe is Fall Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad, so it’s claiming top spot on my fall cooking bucket list. Filled with healthy, fall-inspired ingredients, it’s crispy, crunchy, savory, and sweet. You gotta try it.

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Fall Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad is crispy and crunchy, and full of fresh and savory flavors! | iowagirleats.com

 

No-Bake Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip

Like I said earlier this week, No-Bake Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip is so good it made me lose my mind. Whip this crowd-pleasing dip up for fall parties, showers, potlucks, and/or any occasion in between. Thanksgiving, for sure!

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No-Bake Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip is absolutely luscious! Dip into this whippy, 3-ingredient dip recipe with fresh apples and graham crackers. It is such a treat! | iowagirleats.com

 

Easy Pumpkin Spice Latte – 3 Ways

All you need is 5 minutes plus a coffee or espresso machine to make your own Pumpkin Spice Lattes at home. These warm and cozy drinks tastes way (WAY) better than the coffee shop’s. I’ve also included instructions for a kid-friendly option (spoiler alert: just leave the coffee or espresso out!) which Lincoln adores.

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Save money and calories by making your own Pumpkin Spice Latte at home in 5 minutes or less! Use espresso, strong coffee, or keep it caffeine-free for a festive, kid-friendly drink. | iowagirleats.com

 

Stovetop Apple Crisp for Two

Stovetop Apple Crisp for Two was created out of necessity – every fall I go crazy making big batches of apple crisp then end up eating way more than I should. Problem solved with this awesome, small-batch recipe. I am so obsessed with the skillet crisp topping.

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Stovetop Apple Crisp for Two is for when you're craving apple crisp, but don't want to make a big batch that has to bake for an hour. Just 1 skillet and 15 minutes is all you need! | iowagirleats.com

 

Perfect Roast Chicken

The first time I made Perfect Roast Chicken this season (ie last week) everything felt right in the world. This 3-ingredient recipe  (chicken, salt and pepper!) will make your kitchen smell amazing, the dishes you can make with the juicy chicken are limitless, and the only fighting going on during dinnertime will be over who gets the most crispy skin.

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Perfect Roast Chicken calls for just 3 ingredients, chicken, salt, and pepper, yet is the most tender and juicy roast chicken you’ll ever eat. | iowagirleats.com

 

Orchard Turkey Burgers with Brie and Caramelized Onions

Bye-bye bland, boring turkey burgers – this juicy fall version SLAYS. I add grated apple to the Orchard Turkey Burger patties then top with drippy brie and sweet caramelized onions. Serve on a bun or over a bed of fresh greens. So, so good.

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Roasted Balsamic Butternut Squash

My kids love roasted butternut squash (especially Cameron – my word!) and after scooping some onto their plates I drizzle good balsamic vinegar over Ben’s and my portion. The combination of tangy vinegar and sweet squash is incredible, making Roasted Balsamic Butternut Squash fall cooking bucket list-worthy for sure.

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Roasted Balsamic Butternut Squash is easy and delicious. Serve as a fresh and seasonal gluten-free side with any weeknight or holiday meal! | iowagirleats.com

 

Smoked Sausage, Kale and Cider Quinoa Skillet

Save a cup of cider from your apple picking adventures to add to Smoked Sausage, Kale and Cider Quinoa Skillet, aka fall in a one-skillet dish. This is a recipe where I can’t pick my favorite flavor because I love it ALL.

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Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Do yourself an enormous favor and make a batch of Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Covered Pretzels PRONTO. This fall (non)cooking bucket list recipe is insanely addicting. That said, plan on making these when you have friends or family members around to share with!

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Pumpkin Spice White Covered Pretzels are absolutely irresistable...dare you to stop at just one! This easy gluten-free dessert recipe calls for just 4 ingredients, and 15 minutes. | iowagirleats.com

 

Sparkling Hard Apple Cider Sangria

No fancy liquors or mixers necessary to make Sparkling Hard Apple Cider Sangria. All you need is wine, hard apple cider, and fruit – boom! So festive.

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Wild Rice Harvest Bowls with Fig-Balsamic Vinaigrette

I mean…does it get more fall than Wild Rice Harvest Bowls with Fig-Balsamic Vinaigrette?! Not only does this bucket list all-star taste fabulous fresh, but the leftovers make for easy, yummy lunches too.

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Wild Rice Harvest Bowls with Fig Balsamic Vinaigrette are full of healthy, fall-inspired ingredients. Make a big batch then enjoy for lunch all week long! | iowagirleats.com

 

Fiesta Pork, Bean and Green Chili Chili

It’s tradition to have chili, soup or gumbo simmering on the stove on fall Sunday afternoons to eat between football games, yard work, and house chores, and I predict Fiesta Pork, Bean and Green Chili Chili will be made on repeat over the next few months. I adore how tender the pork becomes in this flavor-packed chili.

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Fiesta Pork Bean and Green Chili Chili has just the right amount of kick, spice, and sass. This filling chili recipe is perfect for a cool fall nights, or game day, and leftovers just get better! | iowagirleats.com

 

Apple Orchard Panini

Apple Orchard Panini is one of my all time favorite fall recipes, which is why it’s included in my fall cooking bucket list, of course! I find toasted sandwiches so satisfying, and the combination of melted cheese, deli turkey, fresh apples and apple butter in this version is INSANE. I recommend Canyon Bakehouse Mountain White bread for this particular sandwich.

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Baked Apple Chips

Every time I make Baked Apple Chips at home I end up keeping my oven on for 12+ hours because we eat the crispy, sweet chips faster than I can cool and store them! This fall snack recipe is easy, so healthy, and such a treat. Your kids will adore them.

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Baked Apple Chips are an easy, healthy fall snack recipe! | iowagirleats.com

 

Chicken, Bacon, Date and Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Power Salad

Chicken, Bacon, Date and Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Power Salad is a mouthful both literally and figuratively! This power salad packs an entree punch and is full of ALL THE FALL THINGS.

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Crock Pot Broccoli-Cheddar Potato Soup

No more excuses needed to hunker down with a big bowl of soup, my friends, and Crock Pot Broccoli-Cheddar Potato Soup is my current favorite. I could eat bowl after bowl of this thick and cheesy soup.

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Crock Pot Broccoli-Cheddar Potato Soup is thick, creamy, and oh-so cheesy. This crock pot soup recipe is easy and gluten-free, too! | iowagirleats.com

 

Caramel Apple Crisp with Easy Caramel Sauce

I think I’ll let the recipe name speak for itself – Caramel Apple Crisp with Easy Caramel Sauce. Just do it. Trust me – you won’t regret making this decadent fall treat for a second.

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Caramel Apple Crisp with Easy Caramel Sauce is decadent and delicious gluten-free dessert recipe. Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream for a heavenly fall treat! | iowagirleats.com

Happy eating!