FALL PREP: SIMPLE MEALS

Fall brings out my culinary side, or at least my culinary ambitions. I think it does for most people. I'm not talking about the sudden need to dump pumpkin in everything, though. I'm talking about whatever it is this time of year that makes turning on the oven, chopping, seasoning, roasting and stirring pots on the stove so dang appealing.

I've always loved a good homemade meal. Given the chance, I will gladly stand in the kitchen, chopping vegetables, kneading dough and timing everything just right so that my family can sit down to a hot meal that tastes just as good as it made the entire house smell.

When fall hits, that becomes the norm. Except, I don't always have the time. I need simple and quick, but every bit as warm and fulfilling as if I'd had all afternoon to make it.

I rounded up a few easy recipes that scream fall to me that you can add to your arsenal. I looked for things that require minimal equipment- no four bowl recipes here, are relatively quick to make, or can be made in advance, with ingredients you likely have on hand, or can grab during your weekly grocery trip. Oh, and they're nutritious. (I don't think there's any pumpkin, though.)

Here we go.

I would double this spiced red lentil, tomato, and kale soup recipe just so I could eat the leftovers for lunch for the next few days. Feel free to adjust the spices to suit your preferences, or according to the dictates of your spice rack. I always do.

Image via Oh She Glows





This stacked roasted vegetable enchilada dish leaves plenty of room for customization, but looks delicious as is. You could double it and freeze for an easy dinner another day.

I like the sound of this roasted carrot soup. I would swap out the butter, though, maybe for coconut oil.

I have a dozen different chili recipes. I might make this sweet potato one tonight. This one looks good, too.

When in a crunch, I like some quinoa with some curry and veggies are a go-to. Here's a naan recipe that goes great with it.

This vegan cream of broccoli soup looks so simple you could whip it up for lunch, with a kid hanging on your leg, no less. And I guess I can admit I'm a soup addict. There are worse things to be. Here's another one to try while we're on the topic. Lentil!

Speaking of lentils, use them in vegan sloppy joes. I will also admit to having the palate of a five-year-old.

I'm going to go make myself some mac-and-cheese now.

Happy cooking. Over and out.

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