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