Fall has finally reached us here in Michigan & so has my favorite season. There is something about this season that just reaches deep into my soul. I love fall because I finally feel like we begin to wind down from summer, but bonfires feel more comfortable & red wine tastes so much richer. We get together with friends again, the ones that we love but are all to busy to get together regularly in the summer. The ones that understand when we say, "We'll see you in the fall". My favorite time of the year is also here.... crockpot season. Warm soups & toasty bread & roasted autumn vegetables & smells of pumpkin laced with cinnamon.
I love entertaining in the fall but I'm all about keeping it as simple as possible. Something about the fall feels unfussy. I love being able to throw something in the crockpot, head out for Saturday activities, & then have a warm meal waiting for us when we arrive back home. It also makes it that much easier to say, "Want to come back to our place for a bite?". These recipes are ones that I've made multiple times for guests & are versatile enough for a quick Sunday supper or a more leisurely Saturday dinner party.
Full disclaimer: I don't own, nor did I come up with any of these recipes. In the spirit of keeping things simple & easy I enjoy adapting my favorite recipes to fit the occasion.
Apple Pear Tart
This tart is so incredibly simple. The reason I love it is because you can make it with any kind of fruit combination you desire. The favors are simple but satisfying. Fall meals can have the tendency to be heavy & comforting so a dessert like this is also a welcome refreshment after a hearty meal. It highlights the flavors of the season without being the star of the show.
Deconstructed Chicken Pot Pie
Here comes an absolute winner. This deconstructed chicken pot pie could not be easier... guess what? You throw it all in a crockpot! This is also such a fool-proof meal for when you're having guests over. I don't know anyone that doesn't enjoy chicken pot pie. I actually prefer the deconstructed version because the filling is my favorite part and sometimes I find the traditional pie shell to be just too much. Nixing the pie shell & replacing it with warm biscuits also keeps things a little more diet friendly (so long as your biscuits are gluten-free!). I don't really mess around with making biscuits from scratch unless I really feel like I want to go for it. Here is my favorite gluten-free biscuit mix.
Recipe adapted from: Pip and Ebby
Stuffed Acorn Squash
This recipe is probably the most time consuming out of all the recipes, but let me tell you it's so worth it when it's finished. The rich flavors are so quintessentially fall. I crave this every autumn. The recipe itself isn't too complicated, it just requires a bit more prep. This would be the perfect meal for a Saturday dinner party when you feel like you want to spend a little more time in the kitchen. This meal is even good the second day when all the flavors have had more time to meld together. You could easily make this meal ahead of time & pop it in the oven before guests arrive.
Recipe adapted from: Paleo Running Momma
Tuscan Bean Soup
Last but not least (photo from the original recipe post because ours was devoured so quickly) is this super easy soup. Don't get me started on how much I love soup. Some don't consider soup a meal, but coming home to this after a chilly fall day... there is nothing better. Pair it with some crusty bread, salad, & a glass of red wine. That sure sounds like a meal to me! I will sometimes even make this soup on a Sunday afternoon with whatever we have left in the fridge & we'll eat it for lunch all week long. Definitely a versatile dish!
Recipe adapted from: The Wanderlust Kitchen
Here are a few more of my favorite, foolproof recipes:
Slow Cooker Sweet Potato, Quinoa, Chicken Soup *when I make this, I usually add less broth so it's more of a stew!
Blueberry Crisp *make it with apples for all the fall vibes.