As the weather cools down, many families are looking away from those light and airy summer meals (like salads and fish) and seeking something that sits a bit heavier in their stomachs. It is harvest season, which means a lot of new flavors and top-of-the-line ingredients are available in many communities. Check out your local farmers’ markets to see the new selections they’re offering. Use some of those fresh foods to make some of these harvest dinners for your family.
It’s important to have a salad every now and then for dinner, but you can prepare something more exciting for your family than just lettuce and tomatoes. This salad is an entire meal to itself; no side dishes necessary. There are plenty of flavors to enjoy.
The start of this salad are the nuts. You can use any type you like; pecans, walnuts, or almonds. Or, mix in all three! The diced bacon gives it a salty flavor, which pairs nicely with the fruit (yes, fruit in salad!). You’ll need diced pears, apples, and dried cranberries.
You’ll definitely want to make the poppy seed dressing that’s included with the recipe. It makes the salad.
2. Harvest Stew
The best part about stews is that they’re so easy to make. If you plan ahead a bit, you can set the slow cooker to start before you leave in the morning and the entire meal is ready for dinner. I admit, sometimes that amount of preparation isn’t possible, but it’s great when you can.
This recipe uses a variety of fall-themed flavors: sweet potatoes, carrots, celery, rutabaga, apple cider, and apples (there’s that fruit again!).
This warm and cozy stir fry is full of delicious autumn flavors. You’ve got sweet apples, spicy cinnamon, sweet raisins, walnuts, pumpkin, and a bit of maple syrup. Interesting combination, don’t you think?
I like this meal because it’s easy to make in quantity when you’re cooking for several people. Other than the rice, everything is basically cooked together. You can expand the dish by adding some sweet potatoes, butternut squash, truffle oil, and chickpeas, but only if you have a lot of people (because it’s tough to make a small quantity with so many ingredients – too much waste for me).
It’s soup season! Most people don’t eat soups during the hotter portions of the year, so soup to me always feels like something special. This dish has a heavy, belly-warming feel that’s perfect to enjoy after you spend some time outside. It’s easy to heat up, so you might want to serve it after trick-or-treating or after raking leaves.
Like the other dishes, this one is also easy to make in quantity in case you have company over.
Written by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban
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