Favorite Fall Recipes

There is something about Fall that makes me want to cook. I’m not sure if it’s the change in temperature, the early evenings or that some foods just taste better this time of year, but I love it. My Instant Pot and Slow Cooker are on the counter almost every day and I’m not mad about it. We’re only a few weeks into Fall, but I already know some of the meals we’ll be having in the coming months. Here are some old favorites and new recipes I want to try or have tried and loved recently. Enjoy!

 

Pan Seared Chicken and Broccolini in Creamy Mustard Sauce
Stars: 5

I’ve made this before and it was good, but not great.  I’ve modified the sauce a bit and it now it is perfect. I really like sauces that are thick and creamy, ones that really coat the pasta. To achieve that, I mixed about a ½ cup of cream with a tablespoon of cornstarch and added it to the sauce. That helped it thicken and made for a creamy filling meal.

Pros:

  • Easy meal for a weeknight
  • Different flavors than the usual red and white sauce
  • Toddler approved (I told him it was mac and cheese with trees)

Cons:

  • Broccolini can be hard to find- I subbed baby broccoli
  • Mustard can be polarizing (Although I had a friend who HATES mustard try it and she loved it…until I told her what was in it)

 

Tender Baked Pot Roast with Carrots and Gravy (featured photo)
Stars: 5

I made this for the fist time this past weekend and it was amazing! I was feeding 4 adults and 2 kids and this was more than enough (I went with about 5lbs in meat). It was met with rave reviews and it was delicious. If you follow my blog, you know just how much I love Carlsbad Cravings and every single thing she makes. This meal was no exception. The only warning I give if you choose one of her recipes- check and make sure your spices are well stocked before you begin. One of the best things about her recipes are that they rarely use any seasoning packets or premixed sauces. It makes everything delicious, but it takes a bit lobner to prepare, just be advised, but it is well worth the time.

Pros:

  • Easy meal for a if you have some prep time
  • The flavor of the meat was absolutely amazing
  • Using only carrots and serving mashed potatoes saved space and some prep

Cons:

  • Searing meat is a messy step, but worth it in the end

 

Here is an easier Pot Roast that is still very good!

Crock Pot Roast with Vegetables
Stars: 5

This is the perfect meal for a Fall day when you have an activity planed and want to come home to a full meal. We have tried a few crock pot recipes and this one is always the winner. I add more veggies than the recipe calls for, but that’s personal preference. It is a great option if you don’t want to turn on the oven or babysit a meal. I’ve never had a bad experience with this recipe.

Pros:

  • Very easy prep
  • No need to make any sides- it’s all in there
  • Great for leftovers

Cons:

  • Searing meat is a messy step, but worth it in the end
  • 10 hours is a long time- so plan ahead with this one

 

Slow Cooker Chicken and Mushroom Stroganoff
Stars: 5

If my husband could give this higher than a 5, he absolutely would. I almost feel guilty about how easy this meal is…almost. It is truly a dump and go meal for the crockpot but it tastes like you spent much more time making it. It is also great for entertaining because you can spend your time with your guests and not fussing over a meal. I’ve served it to family friends and both sets of parents- always with rave reviews. I serve this with dumping size egg noodles and it is a great meal, especially for fall.

Pros:

  • Delicious
  • So easy
  • Standard ingredients
  • Quick prep

Cons:

  • Maybe not the healthiest meal out there

 

Best Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches
Stars: 5

Once again I decided to try a recipe for my favorite blogger, Carlsbad Cravings, and it was, of course, amazing! The meat was so tender and delicious. Everytime I make this my husband comments, I forget about this recipe, we should have it more often. It is just that good. I served it to my in-laws this past week and it passed the test with flying colors. I was able to feed 5 adults with this recipe, but no leftovers. If you have some hearty eaters, I would get more that a 3lb cut of meat.

Pros:

  • Easy crockpot meal
  • Delicious
  • Great for a weeknight or a busy weekend lunch

Cons:

  • Large cuts of meat like this can be expensive- I got ours from Aldi for savings

I’ll end this post with 2 crowd leasing recipes- both mac & Cheese- because who doesn’t love Mac & Cheese?

 

Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese
Stars: 5

This meal is definitely an indulgent treat. It is one of the most popular dishes I’ve ever made and has become a request at big family gatherings and holidays. It’s become our Halloween meal tradition. I bake it right in my dutch oven so I’m not sure how the taste differs if you transfer everything to a baking pan. I also omit the onions and celery. I’m not an onion lover so I leave them out of most meals, but especially mac and cheese- they have no business there. The celery just didn’t seem to add much to the dish either so I saved myself a step.

The more I make this meal the more I experiment with the perfect recipe. Here is what I changed  this week- no onions or celery, I only baked the dish for 5 minutes and broiled it for 3. I found that the baking of the dish actually broke the sauce and it became really oily a few times. I shortened the baking time and broiled fort just a few minutes to get the panko topping nice and brown- it was perfect.

Pros:

  • Delicious
  • Enough for dinner and plenty of leftovers

Cons:

  • It is a labor of love and requires a time commitment- although prepping and pre measuring everything early helped a lot. I have been able to make the entire meal while babywearing. Win!

 

Panera’s Mac & Cheese
Stars: 5

This is such a crowd pleaser. I’ve made this for parties and just a weeknight dinner. If you’ve ever had Panera’s Mac & Cheese you know how good this is. This is the actual recipe that Panera posted a while back that Jillian from Food, Folks & Fun posted. It is best served right away, but if you need to prep early- add partially cooked noodles to a prewarmed crock pot and add the cheese to the top. That’s the best way I’ve found to serve it if you have to wait.

Pros:

  • Delicious
  • Enough for dinner and plenty of leftovers

Cons:

  • The cheese sauce can require babysitting, but it is amazing.

 

I hope you love some of these Fall favorites and add them to your chilly weather menu. Let me know what recipes you can’t live without this time of year!

 

For The Win,
Meg

 

 

 

 

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