Although Fall is not officially here….. I consider my favorite season to have STARTED! Piper starts school this week, there is (dare I say it) a slight bit less humidity in the air, school clothes are hanging in the closet and I’m ready to embark on a SUPER busy season of work before bebe #2 arrives in December! One of the main ways I’m trying to prepare is getting super organized for the week ahead on Sunday and of course you know that means meal planning! I’ve been trying to save easy dinner recipes for the past few months and I’ve rounded up my very favorites — tried & true dishes I’ve been cooking for years and new recipes I can’t wait to try out. I love pasta and comfort food, easy slow cooker recipes and I’ve tried to include healthy options too!
Image above by Anna Reynal
Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta: I’ll put butternut squash in anything I can this time of year and while I love pasta with roasted chunks of it I also love this simple, creamy sauce! I serve it with a side of wilted kale + spinach.
Turkey Pesto Meatloaf: Meatloaf is a classic weeknight meal – and I’ve never found a recipe I truly love, this one sounds delicious with the addition of pesto + sautéd onions and garlic!
Sweet Potato Quesadillas With Goat Cheese & Apples: Quesadillas have become a weekly addition to our menu since Piper started eating solids since they are one meal I can usually count on her to like (and I can sneak in veggies). This seasonal take sounds so yummy and would be great with a side of soup.
30 Minute Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Chowder: I made this a lot last winter, it reheats well when you add a little broth before heating.
One Pot Lasagna : This dish is indulgent comfort food at it’s finest and will quickly become one of your favorites!
Creamy Tomato Soup : This soup is a classic for a reason, serve it along side a grilled cheese for a busy night and the leftovers are great for lunches all week.
Quinoa Fried “Rice”: This is another of my go-to meals that we have at least once a month, my whole family loves it. These days I don’t follow a particular recipe and use whatever fresh or frozen veggies we have on, leftover chicken or tofu and egg for protein.
Buddah Bowls: One of my very favorite quick + filling meals when I’m feeling like we need something healthy!
30 Minute White Bean Chicken Chili: Growing up my dad made a delicious White Bean Chicken Chili recipe from the Washington post with crispy quesadillas – it was always one of my favorites but pretty labor intensive. I love how nostalgic the flavors are in this dish but it only takes 30 minutes to put together!
One Pan Coconut Shrimp Noodle Bowls: These were my standby comfort food when I spent a year on a dairy + soy-free diet while breastfeeding Piper (more on that here) and are still in my meal rotation – they are so good!