Homemade food is wonderful any time of year (just think of all the colorful spring salads you’ve enjoyed, or the refreshing frozen treats of summer), but the autumn season definitely adds a touch of something special. As the temperatures start to dip, we reach for the recipes that will really satisfy our cravings for comfort and coziness.
Our friends at Home Chef know a thing or two about homemade comfort foods, so we’ve picked our favorites for the fall season to share with you! Let’s dig in:
Start your meal with a bowlful of hearty chowder that’s chockful of fall flavors, thanks to butternut squash, spinach, shallot and potatoes. Want to make it your main course? Top with pan-cooked diced chicken or shrimp.
You haven’t tried Brussels sprouts until you’ve tried them nestled with pecans atop a bed of rice infused with browned butter. And if you’re daunted by the term “risotto,” never fear: Home Chef offers step-by-step instructions to turn you into a risotto-making pro.
After a long day, doesn’t curling up with a bowl of pasta just sound divine? We certainly think so, which is why we love this combination of spaghetti and butternut squash, smothered in a creamy homemade sauce of steamed kale, garlic, cream and cheese. (Can fall last forever, please?)
Stew may be a seasonal standby – but this unique recipe takes full advantage of autumn’s magic. It’s not an all-day affair, either – in just 45 minutes, you can serve up bowlfuls of creamy and flavorful chicken, kale and butternut squash goodness. How’s that for comfort food?
Fall just isn’t fall without a pot of perfectly seasoned chili. This version boasts turkey, tomatoes, shallot and butternut squash, simmered with a chile and cumin rub for maximum flavor. Grab a spoon and garnish your bowlful with all the best fixings: cilantro, sour cream, cheese and more!
Can you create an impressively flavorful, fall-inspired chicken dish in less than 40 minutes? Yes, you pe-can! Thanks to expert instruction from Home Chef, you’ll be able to turn roasted pecans into a delicious crust for chicken that you can serve alongside BBQ-spiced carrots. Not into poultry? This same technique can be used for sirloin steak or salmon, too.
Your meal deserves a finishing touch that’s full of fall flavor, too. Enter baked apples, cinnamon and dough (oh, hello). These gourmet-looking galettes are best served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream – and who are we to balk at that suggestion?
Hungry for more meal ideas? Check out all the delicious recipe ideas here on The Upside blog!