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Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. I love everything about it. I love the cooler days, campfires in the backyard, reading a book outside while wrapped in a cozy sweater. And I love cooking all of my favorite fall meals!
Fall is also the time when our schedule starts getting busy again. Our small groups at church start up again, 4 out of 5 members in my family have Fall birthdays, other Fall festivities come up, and we have a potluck at least once or twice a month, if not more. So recipes that can feed a crowd, and take little prep are a must have in my fall meals recipe collection!
My parents recently decided to host a small group for their church at their home. Since they usually only have to cook for two, my mother asked me for some easy recipes that can feed a group. So I put together this list for her and thought it would be great to share here as well!
So here you are, a list of my go-to Fall meals that we enjoy often! Just click on the recipe title to open the recipe in a new page!
Fall Meals Roundup
Crock pot Recipes
I love this recipe! I am not a big fan of beans and this one is bean free! Although, if you are a lover of legumes, I’m sure you could easily add some in.
I always double this recipe. I like to have some leftovers and this gives me enough for a hearty dinner and a lunch portion for my family of five (two of which are only toddlers).
This recipe is also great on the stove top in a big soup pot. Just cook it on low and keep an eye it doesn’t dry out. The meat and veggies will be cooked in the first couple of steps so after that you are just really letting all the flavors blend. Keep it covered with a lid so it doesn’t cook down too much.
This one is yummy and so easy to throw together. I find it doesn’t need 5 hours to cook. I usually plan for 3 hours. You might need to test it out your first time. I’m sure it depends on the crock pot. Just MAKE SURE to watch it because it can dry out and start to burn.
Stir it at 1 hour and again after 2 hours of cooking. If it looks like its getting dry when you are stirring it then just put the crock pot on warm until ready to serve.
Soups that Satisfy
Am I the only one that can’t wait until Fall arrives so I can make soup every day? I usually make a big batch and have some the first day for dinner with some good Italian bread, and then have leftovers on a Saturday or Sunday for lunch with a grilled cheese sandwich!
This recipe is a great homemade version of the Olive Garden version. You can easily double this, just make sure you have a good size soup pot. Let it cook on low for maybe 30-45 minutes after you’ve put all ingredients to incorporate the flavors. Keep lid on to prevent it from cooking down too much if you decide to cook it longer to let flavors meld together.
One of our favorites! A hearty soup that even my littles ones love. Again you can easily double or triple this if needed. If you want to triple it, you don’t have to triple the meat, just all the other ingredients which helps to stretch the meal without the added cost.
Plan for 2.5 hours of cook time (not including prep), the barley takes a while to get soft. Add it in when there is about 45 minutes left of cook time.
Cutting the meat into bite sizes BEFORE cooking helps this recipe to cook a bit faster and also makes the meat bite size for the little ones. This also stretches the meat to feed more people. Trust me, don’t skip this step!
One Pot Meals
I love one pot meals. Mostly because it means less dishes, and c’mon…who doesn’t love having less dishes to wash!
This one is so easy and again can feed a group. I usually use a store bought rotisserie chicken to make this meal even easier. You could even cut up the chicken and make the rice the day before to help prep ahead of time. I like to add extra eggs. I do about 4 eggs per recipe.
I use Braggs Liquid Aminos in place of the Soy Sauce. Unlike Soy Sauce, Liquid Aminos has amino acid, protein, is non-GMO, and is gluten-free! You can use it in place of soy sauce in a 1:1 ratio, meaning if a recipe calls for a Tbsp of Soy Sauce, you would use a Tbsp of Liquid Aminos. In this recipe I usually add more to taste.
Again you can easily double this but would need a pretty big skillet or possibly a large wok.
Major comfort food here!! This one brings me back to my childhood. It is an inexpensive meal that feeds a crowd. Reheats really well too! Perfect for a Fall meal!
My kids love when we do breakfast for dinner! So do I because somehow breakfasts always seem like less work than a full dinner.
We love this pancake mix! Ever since we first tried this we’ve been hooked! You will never go back to a bock mix after having this pancake mix. We try to always have some in our freezer. It’s our Saturday morning go-to family breakfast.
This is another great one to feed a crowd. Buy the little individual chobani flavored yogurt to give flavored options and mix it up without much extra work. One small chobani is all you need for 1x the recipe. We generally double the recipe to feed our family of five (which means 2 chobanis).
I usually make this casserole on holiday weekends when we will all be home for an extra day or two. It makes enough for two breakfasts for my family of five. That means less cooking for me over the long weekend! We use regular jimmy dean suasage in the chub package, not a hot sausage.
We always find it takes longer that directed to cook so I plan for 45-50 minutes. As all ovens are different, begin with the recommended time, keep an eye on it, and just know that it may take a bit longer. Keep checking to make sure it firms up and isn’t runny in the center.
Sometimes my kids need something fun to entice them. One great tip I learned after having my first child about getting kids to eat: make it fun and make it small! Silly shapes or bite size food is hard to resist. As a mom that refuses to make 5 different dinners because of picky eaters (can I get an amen), I began making what I wanted and then tweaking it a bit to make it fun for the kids.
What kid doesn’t love mac n cheese?! But if you’re trying to stay away from the boxed version because of all the yucky things they add to it, then this one is a great alternative! It also has some added flavor so even the grownups will love it! This one isn’t just a Fall meals favorite, we eat it all year long because… it’s mac n cheese!
I love recipes that I make once but can get several meals out of, and this one is a favorite of mine. Not just because you make the patties and then toss them in the freezer, but because there is zucchini in it and my kids hardly notice! These burgers can go right from the freezer onto the grill. If you are going to eat some before freezing, you would be better off cooking them on a pan as it gets really messy on a grill when they haven’t been frozen first. We don’t even eat these on buns.
These are my go-to fall meals when I am in the mood for something yummy, easy, and all my family members will happily eat it.
The first time I made this I felt like I was in my Italian Grandmothers kitchen. Seriously, I got so nostalgic! So when I need a fix of what my grandmother’s kitchen smelled like on a Sunday afternoon, this is the meal I make.
When I want to make this quickly or to cut the cost, I don’t add in the pork. I also use store bought meatballs sometimes (gasp). Although, if you have time, make the meatballs that are linked in the recipe. They are delish and have carrots hidden in them, I won’t tell the kids if you won’t!
This is always a big hit and makes a ton! I fell in love with Chipotle when one opened up in my town a few years ago. I found this recipe and now I can make it anytime we want! It makes a lot so we’ve gotten creative with the leftovers by having it as burritos, as a salad, and even using the carnitas as the filling in empanadas.
I’ve made this recipe many times; for mom friends that just had babies, for friends that were grieving, and friends that were just coming over to have dinner with us. Every time they have asked me for the recipe because they enjoyed it so much. It feels like a fancy meal but it is so easy to make! Win-win!
I hope you and your family enjoy these meals as much as my family has! They are easy, versatile, and kids will eat them too!
If you are using these recipes for a pot luck where other people will be contributing to the meals, then you have to check out this website: Perfect Potluck
It’s an awesome website that will make planning and organizing a potluck a breeze! You can decide how many appetizers, salads, main dishes, etc. that you want. Send it out to the other families and let them sign up for what they want to bring. This website lets them see what everyone is already bringing so you don’t end up with a bunch of desserts and no main course. Although…would that REALLY be a problem??
If you don’t have a mini prep, I highly suggest getting one! I have had the Cuisinart Mini Prep for about 7 years and use it more than any other kitchen appliance I own! This would also be an amazing gift for newlyweds, housewarming gifts, or the holidays!
If you have any favorite Fall meals, I would love to hear about them in the comments!! I am always on the lookout for amazing new recipes!