Summer is definitely over and it’s time for warm comfort food, the kind of food that fills the house with familiar smells and warmth. The kids are coming home from school hungry, the days are getting shorter, and the weather is getting cooler.
Moms still need to be creative and come up with new twists on old favorites that are not time consuming or difficult to put together. It’s a never-ending cycle of creativity and time management; and when moms are working outside the home, it’s nice to be armed with some quick dinner ideas. Here are some tasty fall meal ideas that can be put together quickly and cooked in the oven, no special gadgets required.
Baguette pizzas are a twist on pizza without the dough and easier to make different combinations for each person in the house. Likely one member of the family is a meat lover, while another keeps it vegetarian. There are endless combinations for this meal; and if you have the necessary pantry staples on hand, this is a meal that can be made in a pinch. Fresh baguettes, pizza sauce, and cheese make the base for adding whatever additional toppings you choose. Here are three yummy versions from goodhousekeeping.com.
Casserole Queen Pot Pie
This dish takes the traditional chicken pot pie recipe to a casserole version that is really good. Using puff pastry in place of pie crust, this dish is also easy to make and put together quickly. It can even be put together ahead of time, adding the puff pastry to the top just before cooking. Using frozen peas, carrots, and diced potatoes is a quicker option than blanching and chopping as this recipe calls for. This is a crowd pleaser, and there are generally no leftovers. Find the recipe at Foodnetwork.com.
With a sheet-pan meal, all you need is a cookie sheet and an imagination. Roasting full meals in this way is fast and easy and involves very little clean up. Furthermore, covering the pan with aluminum foil before cooking really keeps cleanup to a minimum since the foil can be pulled off and thrown straight into the trash, rather than having to scrub off any baked-on mess. Several recipes and ideas can be found on the Myguthealthtoday.com page.
Turkey Stuffing Meatloaf
This meatloaf is one way to get the flavors of Thanksgiving without making the traditional meal. Using ground turkey instead of ground beef and stuffing mix in the meatloaf in place of standard breadcrumbs, crackers, or oatmeal turns the flavor into a familiar fall favorite. Add gravy, cranberry sauce, and green beans to the menu and you have a small feast on your hands. Find the recipe at afamilyfeast.com. You won’t be disappointed.
Chicken Enchilada Casserole
It’s always fun to spice things up during the week! This casserole is a Mexican twist to lasagna. Using leftover baked chicken or a rotisserie chicken from the store makes this dinner easy to put together in about 10 minutes. Layer corn tortillas with beans (black or pinto), corn, cheese, more cheese, and enchilada sauce, and bake in the oven for about 30 minutes. Garnish with sour cream, salsa, avocado, or cilantro and you have a great weeknight meal. This one can be a stand-alone meal or served with a salad. Find the full recipe at delish.com.
Here’s to enjoying food with family and keeping warm this fall.
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