Now that the kids are back in school, the fall season snowball-effect begins. Every year the fall season seems to fly by. First, it’s Halloween, then Thanksgiving and Christmas, and before you know it you’re toasting in the New Year. One way to slow things down is to spend time at the dinner table with family and friends, sharing a meal and good conversation. Taking time to sit, eat together, and be fully present with your loved ones is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of the fall season. And there’s nothing like a few fall recipes to kick off the season. Fall is the return of warming, comfort food like soups, stews, chilis, and pasta. Read on for some great recipes.
Soups are easy to make, versatile, filling, and they can be very healthy. They can also be beneficial when someone is sick. Studies have shown that a hearty bowl of chicken soup may help you clear nasal congestion. It also has a mild anti-inflammatory effect that can help ease cold symptoms. Try this low-sugar Ultimate Chicken Soup recipe from allrecipes.com. If you don’t eat meat, this Vegan Minestrone Soup from veggiessavetheday.com is another option.
Chili is another great fall meal that’s perfect while you’re relaxing at home and watching Sunday night football. While the historical beginnings of chili are a bit ambiguous, stories suggest it all began in Texas. Used as a means to stretch small amounts of meat into a more filling meal, chili is made with everything from beef to sweet potatoes. Ree Drummond has a great Simple, Perfect Chili recipe made with beans and meat. If you prefer a lighter, healthier chili, No Bean Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili by skinnytaste.com is a great choice.
Stews are the ultimate cold-weather comfort food. Whether you prefer something classic, like a hearty beef stew in red wine sauce or something lighter, a good stew can really warm you up. Stews are generally made from an assortment of various ingredients and named for their place of origin. For example, a traditional Irish stew has lamb, potatoes, and cabbage, while a Hungarian goulash contains beef, Hungarian paprika, and vegetables. Stews do very well in a slow cooker, keeping all the ingredients tender and moist. Try this Slow Cooker Beef Stew from allrecipes.com.
Pasta is a great dish any time of the week. Tomato Basil Pasta Nests, by geniuskitchen.com, are a great option for a quick and tasty pasta recipe that uses angel hair pasta with pesto and tomato sauces. Risotto is another warming and filling dish. Traditional risotto can be a bit labor intensive, but if you have a pressure cooker, the cooking time is a fraction of what the traditional method calls for. In this easy, instant-pot risotto recipe from thekitchn.com, fewer ingredients are used and the cooking time is just 15 minutes. Butternut Squash Risotto is another recipe from wholelifestylenutrition.com that adds a fall flavor to the dish.
Happy fall and bon appetit!