Fall is my absolute favourite season. In the Maritimes, we have the perfect weather for sweaters, lattes and fuzzy socks. The best part is the changing leaves – every time my partner’s mom visits she swoons over the beautiful warm colours that line all the highways. She’s from the Philippines and lives in British Colombia, so she loves the beautiful sights I take for granted every year.
Fall Recipes: Appetizers and Sides
Fall is full of tons of events to show off your cooking skills. Between Thanksgiving, Halloween and end of summer bonfires, it’s the perfect time to bring finger foods, starters and shareable foods to events – these are some of my favourites.
Roasted Beets and Sweet Potatoes with Ginger and Orange
Enjoy this warm fall recipe of Orange & Ginger Roasted Root Veggies from Monica Nedeff. Sweet potatoes, beets and carrots marinated in ginger, honey and orange zest make this a delicious side dish to add to your Thanksgiving or holiday food spread!
Vegan Pumpkin Risotto
This creamy and cozy one-pot Vegan Pumpkin Risotto from Zardy Plants is the ultimate comfort meal, but still healthy and family friendly. This 20 minute dish is sure to be a favorite entree, but also makes a fabulous side. Bonus points: it’s vegan!
Cranberry Jalapeno Salsa
This Cranberry Jalapeño Salsa from Alternative Dish is a unique festive sweet, tart and spicy appetizer. This colorful salsa will brighten any fall table.
Herbed Farro Dressing with Butternut Squash, Dried Cherries and Pecans
Healthy, fiber-rich, and delicious, Herbed Farro Dressing from Beyond Mere Sustanance has all the flavors of fall in a Thanksgiving side dish that can be made ahead and makes great leftovers! Are you ready to try a less traditional dressing? This one is a winner!
Fall Recipes: Main Dishes
I’m an absolute sucker for soups in the fall. I get into a pattern of only making soups and sandwiches – which are great – but here are some other ideas for what fall themed goodies to serve for amazing main dishes throughout the season. There are of course some soup and sandwich ideas in there too – but there’s some variety that I can’t seem to nail down throughout my fall recipe cooking.
4 Ingredient Pesto Pasta
Even though pesto is often seen as a summer ingredient, mixing it into a super simple 4 Ingredient Pesto Pasta dish makes it fresh, but also rich enough to be used as a comforting meal all fall long. Bonus – this recipe uses a Zero Waste Pesto recipe made from garden scraps!
Butternut Squash and Sausage Lasagna
A piping hot Butternut Squash Lasagna from Cooking my Dreams stuffed with layers of pasta, a creamy Béchamel topped with roasted butternut squash, Italian sausage, and melted mozzarella.
Sheet Pan Chicken with Roasted Winter Squash
This sheet pan Maple-Mustard Chicken with Winter Squash from Feast for a Fraction is bursting with fall flavors. And the best part, every finishes cooking at the same time and easy cleanup!
Butternut Squash Gnocchi with Brown Butter, Sage and Prosciutto
This warm Butternut Squash and Ricotta Gnocchi from Pina Bresciani is the perfect fall pasta dish! The best part is that they can be made ahead, frozen, and then cooked quickly whenever a craving strikes!
Roasted Parsnip and Potato Soup
Did I say no soups? Okay – only a few soups. This Roasted Parsnip and Potato Soup from Served From Scratch has simple ingredients but a lot of flavor. It’s creamy but healthy and is a great way to use fall parsnips!
Fall Recipes: Desserts
Is there anything better than apple desserts? Pumpkin desserts are a close second. I’m thankful I found some new fall inspired dishes to show love to – there’s no thanksgiving meal that isn’t elevated with a sweet bite at the end. Here are some favourites and all new fall recipes to show off at the end of your next autumn meal.
Apple Dapple Cake
My absolute favourite fall recipe will always be my grandmother’s (and great-grandmother’s) Apple Dapple Cake recipe. It’s loaded with apples and walnuts and topped with a rich caramel sauce. It’s a classic recipe that’s at least 50 years old!
Apple Cinnamon Scones
These Apple Cinnamon Scones from Maple + Mango are tender, delicious and filled with chopped apples and cinnamon. The perfect Fall treat!
Homemade Apple Sauce
This 5 ingredient Homemade Applesauce from The Forked Spoon is ready in only 30 minutes! A delicious and light recipe to counteract all the Turkey dishes and pie you’ll be knocking back this fall.
Fall Recipes: Drinks
There’s really no excuse needed to cozy up to the fireplace with a nice drink, but in case you needed one, here are some wonderful cocktails to warm you up from the inside when the weather starts to get cold! Ciders, spiked coffees and cranberry are all stars in these great drinks.
Instant Pot Spiced Apple Cider
This Instant Pot Spiced Apple Cider recipe from Curry Trail is quintessentially autumn. This homemade hot apple cider recipe is made from fresh apples. Citrus and fall spices are added to it to make it a perfect spiced treat for a winter night.
Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Latte
A cozy and healthy Turmeric Latte from Nathalia Fit made with the anti-inflammatory trifecta of turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger. This creamy treat is sure to keep you warm on a cool fall day. If you miss your coffee, make it dirty with a shot of espresso!
Apple Cider Mojito Cocktail
Toast the harvest season with this refreshing Apple Cider Mojito fall cocktail from A Taste for Travel. It features handfuls of mint, slices of fresh-picked apples and spiced rum.