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Easy Fall Dinners

Do you ever notice how when the seasons change so does what you eat and what you cook? In warm weather we’re all about barbecues, cookouts, and ice cold lemonade (or beer depending on your preference). When it starts to get cold out, we start craving soups and other food to warm us on the inside. Here are some of my favorite fall dinners as well as other delicious options that make for a great meal any night of the week!

Soups and stews are always a must when fall weather sets in. Tomato soup, chicken noodle soup, beef stew, etc. One of my favorite stoups (soup+stew) is my Everything But The Kitchen Sink Tomato Veggie Stoup. With this stoup, you get your daily dose of lycopene thanks to the tomatoes, protein from the hamburger, and more than your daily dose of vegetables. Plus, you can cook it on the stove or in the Crock Pot if you want more leftovers. And if you are someone who has issues with sodium, this stoup has zero salt except for seasoning. Here’s what you’ll need:

Everything But The Kitchen Sink Tomato Veggie Stoup

  • 2  large cans Red Gold No Salt Added Tomato Juice (you can substitute other tomato juices in here if you like)
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 4 packages of Bird’s Eye Steam Fresh Mixed Vegetables
  • 2 cans Red Gold No Salt Added Diced Tomatoes
  • When it comes to seasoning, I always use the staples: salt, pepper, garlic, onion powder. With the salt, a palmful (or about the size of a quarter) is all I use. You can also add other seasonings as well to help flavor.

My mom and I usually cook this in the Crock Pot for left overs to freeze. Once you’ve cooked and drained the hamburger, combine all ingredients in the Crock Pot and cook on LOW for 10-12 hours. Or, you can cook on HIGH for a few hours and then finish on LOW. If you make it on the stove, it usually takes 2-4 hours.

Looking for some other delicious recipes? Check these out!

Best Lemon-Rosemary Chicken with Roasted Broccolini 

The total cook time for this delicious looking meal is 1 hour. Easy, quick, and delicious!

Chicken Pot Pie Soup

An interesting twist on two classical favorites: chicken soup and chicken pot pie. It sounds weird but it actually looks pretty good. And who doesn’t love a homemade chicken pot pie?

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese is delicious any time of the year, but it’s a must have in my book when fall weather arrives! Creamy and delicious, it’s also healthier and more filling than when cooked with regular pasta.

Chili

Who doesn’t love a hot bowl of chili? The best thing about this meal is that it has so many variations and is so easy to make. When my mom and I make chili, we use a mixture of red kidney beans and black beans. Interesting fact: Did you know that if you rinse your beans thoroughly in cold water using a large drainer BEFORE cooking them, it gets rid of the excess starch? Check out Christina Cooks for more tips on how to make ourselves less…musical, if you get my drift when eating beans.

What are your favorite go to fall dinners? Share with us in the comments below! Have you tried one of the recipes above? Let us know!

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