I was definitely lacking food inspiration as the weather vacillated between summer and fall at the beginning of this month. But now that the weather has decided that yes, it's fall! and as the leaves change to yellow, red, and orange, I am (finally!) motivated to cook again. There is something about the change of seasons that kicks it into gear, I think. Here is a whole list of recipes that are inspiring me right now.
After our second trip to the apple orchard, I'm making jars of applesauce and will finally try making my own apple butter. I also made pear/apple sauce - just like applesauce, only with some pears thrown in too.
Soups! My kids inhaled this roasted red pepper soup, I am looking forward to trying this sausage, bean and pasta soup, and I finally got wise and made a double-batch of split-pea soup so we are set for lunches this week.
This hearty, colorful salad will be landing on my plate soon. I'm also pulling out kale, hearty lettuces, and cabbage and tossing them with some combination of walnuts, pears, apples, bacon, dried cranberries, and pumpkin or sunflower seeds and topped with my balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
And is there an end to my love of pumpkin? Each year my love affair for this fall favorite seems to grow. Here are some recipes that have caught my eye this year.
pumpkin-baked oatmeal was a hit at my house. I didn't soak my oats but will try that next time.
Pumpkin chili - something I'm looking forward to trying!
pumpkin-chocolate chip baked doughnuts - this may be the reason I break down and buy a doughnut pan.
Pumpkin in a salad dressing? Hadn't thought of that, but I think I will give this fall cobb salad with smoky pumpkin dressing a try.
But let's not forget the classic pumpkin bread - this one is gluten-free and uses maple syrup instead of refined sugar, plus you can add nuts which is a plus in my book.
And I found that the perfect fall snack is a bag of freshly popped popcorn and a pumpkin pie smoothie. So simple and yet, so lovely. Of course, when I saw this hot cocoa popcorn, I knew that we would be trying that this season too.
Where are you finding inspiration this fall?