50 Fabulous Fall Recipes

50 Fabulous Fall Recipes

Fall officially started this week and that means that it is the perfect time to pull out some of my favourite fall recipes! During fall there is still plenty of amazing fresh produce around from apples to pears, pumpkins and other winter squash, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, etc. and there are just so many great ways to enjoy them! The cooling weather also opens up new opportunities like using the oven for things like roasts and casseroles which may have been taboo during hot summer days. Of course as the weather gets even cooler soups and stews make a more prominent appearance on the table along with other comfort foods like pasta! Here are 50 of my favourite fall recipes for your inspiration and enjoyment over the coming days!

Spicy Roasted Corn and Jalapeno Avocado Soup

Spicy Roasted Corn and Jalapeno Avocado Soup
When I think about avocados one of the last things that I tend to think about is soups but avocados are great in soup whether in the form of chunks or pureed in the broth! The sweet corn and avocado flavour combo is a great one and it works oh so well in this spicy roasted corn and jalapeno avocado soup. This soup starts out by pan roasting the corn until it's slightly charred and caramelized, to bring out it's natural flavours and sweetness, before adding the broth and avocados and pureeing until nice and smooth! Seasonings include jalapenos chili peppers, green onions, garlic, lime juice and miso paste which when combined with the sweet corn creates an amazing balance of sweet, spicy, salty and sour! Of course the pureed avocados make this soup super smooth and creamy without the need for actually adding cream so it's nice and light and healthy! This spicy roasted corn and jalapeno avocado soup is fantastic both warm and chilled so it's perfect any time of the year!

20 Minute Thai Basil Beef

Thai Basil Beef
Basil is one of my favourite herbs and it's always nice to be able to enjoy a lot of it in a recipe like this super tasty, quick and easy 20 minute Thai basil beef! This recipe it super simple! You pretty much just cook the beef, shallots, garlic and peppers before seasoning with the perfect balance of salty fish sauce, sweet palm sugar, spicy chilies and sour limes before adding all of that fresh basil! All said and done this recipe takes less time to make than it takes to cook the rice so you have a complete meal in 20 minutes! I generally make this with just the bell peppers as the veggies but I sometimes add things like broccoli, peas, etc for even more goodness! Serve this on coconut lemongrass jasmine rice to complete the flavour extravaganza of this 20 minute Thai basil beef!

BBQ Chicken and Grilled Pineapple Nachos

BBQ Chicken and Grilled Pineapple Nachos
Today I have some game day snacking BBQ chicken and grilled pineapple nachos for you! These nachos are super easy to make and they are just packed with flavour! The sweet, spicy and smoky BBQ chicken and tangy grilled pineapple combo is such a nice one and it only gets better when you serve it covered in ooey gooey melted cheese on top of convenient finger food tortilla chips! You pretty much just need to grill up some pineapple, toss it onto some tortilla chips along with BBQ sauce laden shredded chicken, spicy jalapenos, onions and plenty of cheese before throwing it all into the oven to melt the cheese. I like to use candied jalapenos when I have them on hand but I also use pickle jalapenos or even fresh jalapenos. These nachos are pretty perfect for munchies to snack on while watching football and I'll admit to making them for a quick dinner every once in a while!

20 Minute Meals

20 Minute Meals

Looking for some super quick meals for busy school days and nights? I've got plenty of quick, easy and tasty recipes that fit the bill without sacrificing anything in the way of flavour! Not only that but you have lots of different choices from pastas to salads, burgers, soups, burritos, quesadillas, pizzas, chicken, fish, etc. so you'll never have a boring meal! Whether you're getting home from school or work and running out to the kids soccer game or maybe to meet friends or just to go to the movie these quick and easy meal have you covered so you won't be pressed for time!

Balsamic Maple Dijon Chicken with Bacon Sauce

Balsamic Maple Dijon Chicken with Bacon Sauce
Are you looking for a quick and easy weeknight dinner that's just packed with flavour? This balsamic maple dijon chicken with bacon sauce will hit the spot! This one pan recipe is so nice and simple! You start out by cooking the bacon, setting it aside to cook the chicken, followed by some onion and garlic and then you build the sauce with chicken broth, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup and dijon mustard! It's that simple! Throw it on some rice, pasta, mashed potatoes/cauliflower, etc to soak up any extra sauce along with a side of veggies or a salad and you have a super easy meal that is perfect for busy weeknights!

Green Goddess Sandwich

Green Goddess Sandwich
This green goddess sandwich is pretty much the essence of summer! It starts out with a base of fresh, field ripened heirloom tomatoes, moves on to cool avocados along with creamy fresh mozzarella and of course it's finished with the flavour packed green goddess mayo! The green goddess mayo is a tasty mayonnaise with plenty of herbs, like basil, tarragon and chives, in addition to lemon juice, garlic and anchovies and it's so yummy that you'll want to slather it on everything; not to mention devouring it by the spoonful! For a bit of tangy pungency I like to add onions and radish and to make sure that they are not overpowering I pickle them lightly in a bit of vinegar which mellows them out nicely. These green goddess sandwiches are the perfect way to enjoy some of summers bounty!

Roasted Corn Queso Fundido

Roasted Corn Queso Fundido
With the new game season starting I have been thinking about snacks to enjoy while watching the game! With it still being summer it's the perfect time of year to be incorporating some of the amazing fresh produce that is around and I was thinking that a combination of elote (Mexican style street corn) and queso fundido (a hot melted cheese dip) would be a fabulous combination! To keep this recipe nice and simple, and to only use one pan, I charred the corn in cast iron skillet rather than grilling it. Charring it like this gives it that nice slightly smokey flavour while lightly caramelizing the corn to bring out it's natural sweetness. I add onion, peppers and jalapenos for a bit of flavour, colour and bit of heat. Once the corn is done you mix in plenty of cheese along with some mayo and lime juice to round out the flavours of the street corn and you cook it until the cheese is nice and melted, ooey, gooey and good! This roasted corn queso fundido is the perfect hot melted cheese dip to enjoy while watching the football game or any other time! (I like to eat it for dinner sometimes!)

Game Day Snacking

Game Day Snacking

Who's ready for a new football season? Whether you're going to be throwing parties at home in front of the big screen or heading out to tailgating parties you are going to need some tasty snacks! With that in mind I have gathered some of my favourite football munchies recipes and they include everything from decadent dips to chicken wings, chilies, grilled meat, jalapeno poppers, potato skins and grilled cheese sandwiches! All of these recipes are easy to make and many of them are even slow cooker friendly so drop that phone and don't bother ordering takeout when you can make something far better at home with little or no effort! No matter which of these recipes you make, they are all sure to keep you satisfied for some game day snacking!