5 Fall Dinner Ideas

There is so much excitement when fall comes around: changing colors of the trees, apple picking, carving pumpkins, and cooler temperatures!  Living in the south, you miss so much of the traditional fall activities that we had so much of up north.  That doesn’t mean we can’t feel it here, it is just different.  Our mornings have slowly gotten cooler and the evenings have a bit of a breeze to them.  I will take what I can get!  Now is often the time that we start to crave warm, comforting meals.

Today I wanted to share 5 Fall Dinner Ideas to inspire your next trip to the grocery store!

Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas:  These enchiladas by Minimalist Baker are pretty tasty!  They are wonderfully spicy and perfect to warm you up on a crisp evening.  They are also vegetarian and dairy free!

Thai Curry Butternut Squash Soup:  I crave soup once the weather cools down.  This butternut squash soup by The Defined Dish is on my list to make soon.  I love that it has a thai twist to it and I swear anything Alex shares is amazing!

One Pan Autumn Chicken Dinner:  I love sheet pan dinners.  Anything that only utilizes one pan and cooks everything all at the same time is a winner for me!  This recipe by Cooking Classy looks amazing and I love the addition of the apples to the sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts.

Shredded Chicken Tortilla Soup:  This soup by Amy Green is often on rotation in our household.  What I love about this soup is that it is delicious plain, but when you add hot sauce and avocado, or your favorite toppings, the flavor gets even better!  I have been making this soup for years and it never disappoints.  It is also delicious as a vegetarian soup by swapping the chicken for black beans and using vegetable broth!  This is a great recipe for all you slow cooker fans.

Roasted Autumn Vegetables:  There are some evenings when I all I want are some vegetables.  No Crumbs Left shares an easy way to prepare your favorite Autumn vegetables!

Do you have a favorite fall activity or meal you can’t get enough of?  Let us know in the comments below.

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Benefits of Cooking With Kids

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One thing that I really love is when my daughter sees me cooking and asks if she can help.  She is only 5, but has been helping me in the kitchen from time to time since a very early age.   Cooking with kids can be extra messy, take a lot of extra time, and the end result isn’t always pretty, but the experience that I am giving my daughter is something that I hope translates as she gets older.  I promise if you have give it some extra time, it can be a fun experience for you and your kiddos!

5 Benefits to cooking with kids:

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5 Favorite Breakfast Recipes

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We have been on the go lately. Between work, school, puppy and sports I feel like I could use another 5 hours in my day to get everything done. Although I have delegated more in recent weeks, time still flies! I have decided to compile some of my go to recipes for quick healthy breakfast that also fills you up. Yes, all of you green smoothie only or a cup of yogurt until lunch time…just doesn’t get it done for this girl (I wish it did). I need something a little heavier during the morning. I also want to note that we are up before the sun every morning and my children eat two breakfasts before school. With that said, healthy but hardy is key in my house.

5 Breakfast Recipes:

  • Egg Tacos: We use this recipe and put a fried egg on top. All of the ingredients except the egg, can be made ahead of time and warmed up in the morning.
  • Avocado Toast: This is another go to in my house. Here are many different variations for this yummy quick toast.
  • Waffles: Once a week I will make either waffles or pancakes with a clean eating recipe. I always make the batter the night before and cover it in the refrigerator. This helps with both keeping the kitchen clean and buys me more time in the morning.
  • Scrambled Egg Muffins: My husband leaves really early in the morning so, I will make this easy egg recipe or a frittata. This way he can take a piece right out of the refrigerator and eat it on the go.
  • Roasted Veggies and Eggs: This is another go to, and can easily be refrigerated. I usually roast the veggies and keep them in a container. I heat them up with the fried egg in the morning.

Bonus: I have not tried this recipe yet but, doesn’t it look amazing?!




Green Tomato Salsa

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Its that time of year again, when the sun isn’t shining quite as long and the nights are cooling off. As I long for all that Fall brings, I am also sad that my green tomatoes in the garden are probably not going to make their ripe red debut. Alas, food is food, and in this house we use up everything! I decided to make green salsa with my leftover tomatoes this year. It is a pretty quick recipe and perfect for canning or freezing. There is a little bit of spice paired with the tanginess of the lime- just perfect for chips and margaritas. You can add it to your favorite taco recipe or pair it with some guacamole.

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Magnolia Table: Review

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Joanna Gaines is my spirit animal! I have always been in love with her style, house design and all around demeanor. If you haven’t read her book The Magnolia Story and enjoy the show, you should check it out. She writes of the good and the bad and how she saw the positive in all aspects of her life even when things were down. This is the kind of life I want to live and she is someone that I want to emulate.

“We both hope, with all of our hearts, that the people who read this book and watch our show and come to see what we’re working on in Waco will take a chance to go after their dreams too. Because the key to everything Chip and I have learned in our life together so far seems to be pretty simple: Go and find what it is that inspires you, go and find what it is that you love, and go do that until it hurts.
Don’t quit, and don’t give up. The reward is just around the corner. And in times of doubt or times of joy, listen for that still, small voice. Know that God has been there from the beginning–and he will be there until…The End.”
― Joanna Gaines, The Magnolia Story
After seeing every Fixer Upper episode, getting the Magnolia magazine, reading Joanna’s book and checking out her online store, I knew I had to buy her cook book.
At first glance the pictures and stories in the cook book are beautiful and the recipes are simple (as in not fancy- ingredients that you would have on hand) and very much what you would think of cooking on the farm or in the country. There are recipes for biscuits (my family favorite), pancakes, and pot pie and more. What makes this book special is that Joanna adds personal recipes and twists on traditional recipes from her Korean roots.
I also like how Joanna Gaines is not afraid to be honest and real. At the beginning of the cook book she gets personal about being on a tight budget and not being able to afford much. This is a real struggle facing many families today but, the best thing to take out of this story is that with hard work, positivity and dedications (and aligned stars) you can make your dreams come true. Whatever they may be!

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Kombucha Mocktail

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Kombucha is a fermented tea that has been around for a very long time and is associated with its gut health benefits. Not only does it taste good but, it is also good for you. I have always wanted to make my own kombucha but, getting my hands on a SCOBY from a reliable source is harder than I thought. So instead, my go to kombucha is GTs Gingerade. It is one of the lowest sugar varieties that I have found. If you prefer another flavor, feel free to change it in the recipe below.  Keep on Reading!

Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos

I am a huge fan of spice and love buffalo sauce!  In our house, we have really cut back on our meat consumption so I am always looking for some vegetarian dishes to make.  I have had buffalo cauliflower in the past, but I thought how great would it be to make a taco out of it because, well, who doesn’t love tacos?!  These tacos have been on repeat in our house lately!  Continue reading “Buffalo Cauliflower Tacos”

Rainbow Pasta Salad

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I can not believe we are already in the second week of July! The Summer seems to be flying by and we are having a blast. I hope you are too. We are always on the go and my garden has all kinds of goodies growing in it so, I decided to throw it together with some quinoa pasta. It is the perfect dish for a picnic, pool side and you can make it ahead. Keep on Reading!