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8 Simple & Cozy Dinner Recipes for Fall

8 Simple & Cozy Dinner Recipes for Fall

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I don’t know about you, but I find myself doing a whole lot more “pantry cooking” in the fall and winter than I do the rest of the year.  We seem to crave anything that will pair well with cornbread, biscuits, or crusty French bread and a simple side salad.  That usually results in such things as soups, stews, casseroles, and basic pasta dishes…in short, comfort food.  I don’t know why we don’t really eat these things year-round because they are definitely some of our favorite meals, but for some reason chicken and dumplins just doesn’t seem like a suitable meal for spring, right?  I’m also usually busy as most parents are, and prefer meal prep options that are quick and easy.  So today I’d like to share eight of our family’s favorite simple, classic, and cozy dinners for the cooler weather.  All of these are prepared in under 30 minutes, with the exception of the Chicken Pot Pie which is a bit more labor intensive (but soooooooo worth it on an evening when you have the extra time).

  Hamburger Soup  from  The Pioneer Woman

Hamburger Soup from The Pioneer Woman

  Chicken Pot Pie  from  Better Homes & Gardens    I will admit that I make a couple of changes to this recipe: 1) I use two pastry sheets...one for the bottom/sides and one for the top 2) I use a lot more veggies than is called for and 3) I thicken it a bit with more flour (probably because I add more veggies and more veggies = more water)

Chicken Pot Pie from Better Homes & Gardens 

I will admit that I make a couple of changes to this recipe: 1) I use two pastry sheets...one for the bottom/sides and one for the top 2) I use a lot more veggies than is called for and 3) I thicken it a bit with more flour (probably because I add more veggies and more veggies = more water)

  Classic Goulash  from  Allrecipes

Classic Goulash from Allrecipes

  Chicken & Dumplings  from  Southern Kissed

Chicken & Dumplings from Southern Kissed

  Baked Shrimp in Tomato Feta Sauce  from  Simply Recipes    Crusty French bread is a MUST with this dish!

Baked Shrimp in Tomato Feta Sauce from Simply Recipes 

Crusty French bread is a MUST with this dish!

  One Pot Beef Stroganoff  from  Taste and Tell

One Pot Beef Stroganoff from Taste and Tell

  Tomato-Basil Parmesan Soup  from  365 Days of Slow Cooking

Tomato-Basil Parmesan Soup from 365 Days of Slow Cooking

  Shepherd's Pie  from  Kraft   I actually make my shepherd's pie from memory/my own recipe but this one is close.  1) Seasoned ground beef with mixed veggies on the bottom 2) Creamy mashed potatoes on top 3) A good bit of shredded cheddar cheese to finish it off (don't be stingy with that cheese...it's the best part!)

Shepherd's Pie from Kraft

I actually make my shepherd's pie from memory/my own recipe but this one is close.  1) Seasoned ground beef with mixed veggies on the bottom 2) Creamy mashed potatoes on top 3) A good bit of shredded cheddar cheese to finish it off (don't be stingy with that cheese...it's the best part!)

I think I'll also also add the following three meals to this list, but I don't really think recipes are required because every family makes them differently and they're just so simple: 1) Plain old pinto beans, cornbread, and fried potatoes 2) Chili!  My husband makes the BEST chili (award winning…seriously!) and we usually go that route when there’s a big college football Saturday. 3) Seasoned hamburger patties with cream of mushroom gravy served with mashed potatoes, green beans, and corn.  My mom used to make this for us when we were kids and it makes me smile to make it for ours. 😊

And if you find yourself short on kitchenware for making these wonderfully cozy dishes, you can find my go-to products here:

     -Corningware (a classic kitchen staple that was unexpectedly gifted to us for our wedding and quickly became my favorite way to cook/serve hearty meals)

     -Cast iron skillet (I can’t get enough of mine and use it as much as possible; is there anything better than a perfectly seasoned cast iron?  No, the answer is no. 😉)

     -Slow Cooker (I had a different one for many years and didn’t realize until it would only cook on HIGH and I replaced it with this one, just how important a GOOD crockpot really is!)

     -Pyrex baking dishes (my other go-to baking dish besides the corningware.  I tend to use this on a daily basis and reserve the corningware for when we’re entertaining or making something extra special or cozy)

     -Pyrex baking dish with keep-warm carrying case (for toting your yummy dishes to those pot luck dinners and get togethers!)

So tell me, what kinds of food does your family enjoy in the cooler months?  Is there one particular dish that is requested over and over again?  Do your kiddos help out in the kitchen?  I’d love to add some new cozy recipes to my book so let’s share!

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