Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Great Meal Suggestions For The Fall

How to Celebrate Fall in Your Kitchen

Fall is the favorite time of year for many people. The cooler weather is a chance to change up the wardrobe and the beautiful colors are a great reason to enjoy time outdoors. There are also many food-related reasons to enjoy fall. Harvest season is full of delicious produce and it's a chance to move from light summer dishes to hearty comfort foods. Fall is also the perfect time to enjoy hot drinks, whether it's a good cup of tea or the seasonal pumpkin drink at your local coffee house.

If you want to celebrate all things fall in your own home, the best place to start is in the kitchen. Change up your normal cooking routine to try new things, and find a way to cook even on nights when your family is busy with school-related activities. You can also enjoy using both apple and pumpkin in a variety of desserts and breakfast pastries. If you're ready to embrace the cold weather and spend some time in your kitchen, here are some suggestions.

Have a Fall Cocktail Party

Whether you want to invite the entire neighborhood, or just celebrate with your family, having a night full of hot drinks and tasty snacks can be a great way to host a relaxing party. You can make hot cider in a crock pot and mull red wine for adult guests. Hot cocoa is another timeless favorite, and you can make several types of finger foods for everyone to enjoy. If a cocktail party isn't your thing, make it a game night instead and have every guest bring a favorite game and plate of snacks.

Try a New Spin on Classics

Fall is a great time to dive back into comforting meals like meatloaf and mashed potatoes, and hearty soups and stews. If you enjoy trying out new recipes, you can take some of those classic flavors and make them in a new way. You could make mini individual meatloaves and change out white potatoes for sweet potatoes. Or skip the hours of preparation required for classic lasagna and make skillet lasagna instead. You can also change up taco night and make chicken tortilla soup instead.

Try a Hot Breakfast

There's nothing like a filling breakfast to start the day, especially when you'll be out in the cold weather. No matter how busy your mornings are, you can find ways to make a hot breakfast for everyone. Break out the slow cooker again and make overnight oats that are ready in the morning. Or spend a few hours assembling and freezing breakfast burritos so your kids can have a grab-and-go breakfast on school mornings. If you love enjoying brunch on the weekend, try your hand at cinnamon rolls that rise overnight and are ready for the oven in the morning.

Pack Your Lunch

Bringing your lunch from home is a great way to stick to a healthy diet and save money. A Thermos lets you bring leftover soup from last night's dinner. You can also try packing scrambled eggs or chili in an insulated container. Sandwiches are always good options, but you don't have to stick with ham and cheese every day. Try an all-vegetarian option or make a cheese melt if your office kitchen has a toaster oven. You can enjoy the seasonal produce by bringing along an apple or pear with your lunch.

Stick to a Healthy Diet

While fall is the perfect time to indulge in comfort foods and the occasional pumpkin treat, it's important to maintain a healthy diet overall. That way you can enjoy the season and the upcoming holidays without dreading the resolution diet in January. Choose Buy as many things fresh as you can and then choose healthy pre-made options like low-cholesterol, egg-free mayo from Hampton Creek.

Try switching to natural sweeteners rather than relying on refined sugar for all your baking projects. Plan meals with a balance of protein, vegetables and carbs so you'll avoid sugar crashes and cravings.
Celebrate fall by hosting a cocktail party or modifying your family's favorite recipes to fall-friendly forms. Take the time to make a hot breakfast and pack your lunch every day. It's also a good idea to practice moderation by making healthy food choices often and indulging in comfort foods and treats occasionally.  

Fall is a wonderful time of year to spend time in your kitchen trying new things and enjoying the produce of the season.

Disclaimer: All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.