Friday is the official first day of fall, and it’s time to say goodbye to summer. I love summer and all, but foods of the fall are near and dear to my heart. There’s something about pumpkins, apples, and pears that make cooking and baking so darn fun. The vegetables of the season also change from lighter mixed greens to broccoli, cauliflower and kale recipes — things that are hardy enough to cook down into soups, stews, or roast on sheet pans. I enjoy combining fall produce into one big pot with a little protein, and making meals that are served family-style, so everyone can get into the season.
Rustic grains like farro, quinoa and brown rice make the best partners with fall greens, but let’s not forget about legumes. Who doesn’t love a good pot of beans? Especially when they’re cooked in an electric pressure cooker. The high heat tenderizes beans in a jiffy and infuses seasonings in minutes. You can have dinner on the table in no time.
I have two chicken dinner recipes on the menu this week, one wing recipe and one slow-cooker recipe that ‘s been on my blog for ages. I think you’ll enjoy them all because they’re made with healthful ingredients. A pork tenderloin recipe this week is not to be missed because it’s easy and delicious. By the end the week I’m ready to bake and these Paleo pumpkin muffins are superb. I know it might be a little early for pumpkin for a few of you, but trust me, they’re so worth it. Have a great week and happy fall!
Monday – This chunky soup is super easy to prepare and it has flavors of the fall that your whole family will enjoy. The hardy grains amplify the texture and create a delicious meal.
Tuesday – There’s nothing better than a pot of beans with bits of smoked ham and greens. You can ladle it into a bowl over rice, grits or polenta for some of the best comfort food on the planet.
Wednesday – It must be game-night of some kind for you, and these wings are super easy, yet good-for-you because they’re paired with roasted broccoli. I look at it this way, a little wing and a little green, the best kind of meal.
Thursday – Pork tenderloin cooked in casserole dish with brothy mushrooms creates a magnificent one-dish wonder. There’s not much work to it, but it will taste like a professional chef was in your kitchen tonight.
Friday – This meal is one of my oldest, yet tastiest in the bunch. It’s all prepared in the slow-cooker, so when you’re done with your day, dinner is ready. The ginger infuses into the chicken and makes it super fragrant with Asian flavors.
Saturday – Okay, I did it. I threw in a pumpkin recipe in the month of September. I couldn’t resist and this one is relatively healthy with it being Paleo and all.