Fall is considered to be many people’s favorite time of year. With the season steadfast approaching, right now is the perfect time to start looking for new meal ideas to try in the upcoming season. The typical fall flavor profiles and ingredients that first come to mind are apples, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, and all varieties of squash. While it may be tempting to gravitate towards sweet treats or desserts, you can incorporate fall flavors into savory meals as well. Enjoy these easy fall lunch recipes that truly utilize and emphasize seasonal ingredients.
1. Pumpkin Quesadillas
These pumpkin quesadillas will fill those fall cravings without being too sweet. You can finally use that canned pumpkin for something else besides pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread.
2. Butternut Squash Chili
Chili could not be a more perfect dish during the cool, fall weather. Make a hearty butternut squash chili right in your crockpot, and look forward to having some leftovers. You won’t need to dirty too many dishes, and you can enjoy the leisure of letting the soup develop flavor without fussing too much over it.
3. Spinach Spaghetti Squash with Parmesan Cheese and Garlic
Spaghetti squash is a great alternative to regular pasta, and will still leave you feeling just as full and energized. Try this version with spinach, parmesan cheese, and garlic!
4. Taco Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Enjoy this sweet and savory rendition of tacos (or is it a twist on potato skins?) Whatever the case, this recipe is a unique way to use sweet potatoes while still filling your cravings for Mexican flavors.
5. Apple Cheddar Chicken Melts
Make yourself an apple cheddar chicken melt for lunch this fall. The sweet and savory combo of chicken and apples, along with the pairing of warm melty cheese will be perfect for when the temperatures start to drop outside.
6. Vegan Broccoli Cheddar Soup
You can’t go wrong with broccoli cheddar soup in the fall, especially when it’s vegan. Make a large batch to have some leftovers so you’ll be feeling full and cozy for a few days.
7. One Pan Pork Chops with Apple Butter
This recipe provides a bit of a twist on pork chops and apple sauce, with the added bonus of only having to cook in one pan. This dish is packed full of fall flavors.
8. Cranberry Apple Walnut Chicken Salad
Jazz up your chicken salad with some seasonal fresh fruit and a bit of crunch. This recipe is a great way to make a dent in the over-abundance of apples that still remain from apple picking, and it will also help get rid of any leftover chicken you may have.
9. Vegan Potato Gratin
A vegan take on au gratin potatoes for everyone to enjoy. This cheesy pan of deliciousness is a great way to kick off the season, and it truly exudes the home cooked meal vibe that fall calls for.
10. Butternut Squash, Bacon, Kale, and Goat Cheese Frittata
Enjoy a loaded frittata that can be eaten at any time of the day. It covers all of your basic nutrients and will leave you feeling full for a few hours. You refrigerate this frittata and eat it for breakfast over the next few days, or eat it as an in-between meal snack.