I’m convinced that the pumpkin craze sweeping Pinterest and grocery stores each fall is a good thing. No matter the weather, once October hits, I feel justified in tossing a can of pumpkin into my grocery cart during any given week. I have never once regretted having pumpkin in my pantry when that pumpkin craving hits.
There are soooo many good pumpkin recipes out there. Here are 10 no-fail recipes I love featuring this beloved fall ingredient, plus 3 I have my eye on to try out in the coming weeks. Enjoy!
There are so many awesome food blogs out there containing tons of free recipes. Really we never have to buy cookbooks ever again, but perhaps we will to support Baptist churches or chefs we love or because we love real books with pages to dog ear and splash a bit of lemon juice on. I have a shelf full of cookbooks I love, but when it comes to planning dinner lately, I keep coming back to a few easy dinner recipes I stumbled upon online.
Here are seven of my favorite tried and true online dinners. For recipes, click the photo above each description. Put these on your fall rotation and enjoy!
Dinner 1: The Best Tomato Soup + The Best Grilled Cheese – Everyday Occasions
Alex and I have been on a tomato soup + grilled cheese kick for months now. It’s just the best combo. The soup is the best with fresh basil, though I have made it sans basil and with dried basil. And really any grilled cheese will do, but this one has THREE different kinds of cheese. I dare say you could serve this to guests.
Dinner 2: Healthy Taco Salad – Wholesome Yum
This salad is easy and so satisfying. It hits the spot if you’re craving Mexican food without being too heavy. Don’t get me wrong, there is definitely a time for tacos and rice.
3. Eggs Simmered in Tomato Sauce – Southern Living
This dish is basically crushed tomatoes with seasonings, and then you poach eggs right in the sauce and top with cheese and herbs – delicious, simple and budget friendly! Serve with pita or naan.
First things first. Have you every made potatoes in a Crock Pot? GENIUS. This recipe doesn’t call for that, but what I do is place the sweet potatoes right on top of the meat in the Crock Pot. I made this dinner often in Houston on Tuesday nights last winter and spring when Alex and I ran with our track group. We’d come home late and so hungry to to this no-fuss, tangy, filling meal.
I usually shop at Aldi, which consistently carries (very inexpensive!) tortellini. It’s SO good in this soup. I usually use two cans of evaporated milk instead of three and it’s still plenty soup-y. You’ll love this.
6. Baked Parmesan Garlic Herb Salmon in Foil – The Recipe Critic
Don’t you need more salmon in your life? This recipe has loads of flavor and is ready in less than 30 minutes. Roast an assortment of veggies – like cherry tomatoes, carrots, and asparagus tossed with olive oil, salt, and pepper – on another pan while the salmon cooks. It’s so good!
7. Chicken Pot Pie Soup – Gimme Some Oven
I don’t think this list can have too many soups. I’m convinced Ali of Gimme Some Oven is the smartest person alive. EVERYTHING I make from her blog is incredibly delicious, healthy, and totally doable. When you click on the recipe above, you’ll also find a recipe for Coconut Oil Biscuits. They are perfect with this soup. Her Crispy Slow Cooker Carnitas and Baked Chicken Breasts are also favorite recipes of mine.
Thanksgiving is in just one week . . . yippee! The holidays have become a really special getaway time for me. The longer I live apart from family, the greater of a gift it is to spend one unhurried, long weekend with them. The extra delicious food is a major perk. And the road trip with my bff Al isn’t a bad deal either. He’s a fun guy. Case in point:
If you’re holding back on calories this week in preparation for the your grandma’s turkey and dressing and pumpkin pie next week, you need to know about this perfect, light yet filling salad. People, it is AMAZING. I’ve been eating it for lunch the last couple of days and love that it’s easy peasy to make and filling. It’s not diet food. It’s whole food with lots of flavor.
Even if you’re not a “salad person,” I’m confident you’ll be sold on this one after one forkful of tart pomegranate arils (love that term), creamy goat cheese, toasty pecans, and butternut squash. If not, just think of it as doing your body a clean eating favor and have it anyway.
The Perfect Pre-Holiday Salad
Recipe adapted from cookingclassy.com
Yield: About 6 Servings
2/3 cup copped pecans, toasted
3/4 cup pomegranate arils
3 oz goat cheese, crumbled
1 butternut squash, cooked and diced
9 oz baby spinach
1/4 c apple cider vinegar
3 Tbsp EVOO
1 1/2 tsp honey
1 tsp dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
Place all salad ingredients in a large bowl. Place all dressing ingredients in a small mason jar, put on lid, and shake to combine. Toss salad with dressing and serve.