Let’s admit it, not everyone is the best cook (myself included). And nothing is more daunting than being asked by your family and friends to help make something for the holidays. Have no fear! You can now survive the fall and the holidays with these ridiculously simple, foolproof recipes. These are the best fall recipes!
1. Apple crisp
Most people think that making apple pie is easiest thing ever (hence the idiom: “as easy as pie.”) but actually apple crisp is much easier to make. All you have to do is mix the oats with spices and butter, crumble it over sliced apples, and pop it in the oven. Get the recipe here.
2. Banana bread
Ever had an entire bundle of bananas go bad? Before you toss it in the trash, think again. Believe or not, you can transform a mushy bundle of bananas into delicious banana bread. Side note: to make banana bread even better, add crushed walnuts or chocolate chips to the batter. This is one of our favorite fall recipes. Get the recipe here.
3. Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Roasted sweet potatoes is a staple dish for Thanksgiving, and luckily you only need to add three ingredients to enhance the flavor. Get the recipe here.
4. Creamy Butternut Squash Alfredo Pasta
Alfredo pasta with parmesan cheese screams cheese galore, but now you can spice it up for the fall by adding butternut squash. Get the recipe here.
5. Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken pot pie only requires a few simple ingredients such as diced chicken, mixed veggies, and cream of chicken soup. You can make an entire pie that probably costs less than your coffee. One secret is to top the pie with Pillsbury Biscuits. Get the recipe here.
6. Black Bean Soup
Any one-pot dish is a godsend. You literally just toss everything in one pot, let it cook, test it periodically to determine whether or not it is done and add more spices if needed. It is merely impossible to mess up when making soup. Instead of making more traditional soups such as Chicken Noodle or Broccoli Cheddar, make your fall menu more interesting by making Black Bean Soup. Get the recipe here.
7. Penne alla Vodka
Skip the jarred red sauce and switch to pink vodka sauce, which will spice up any bowl of pasta. You also don’t need to rely on any jarred sauce because pink vodka sauce is actually very easy to make. All together, dinner can be done in less than 30 minutes. Get the recipe here.
8. Beef Stew
This dish does not require a lot. Essentially, all you need is beef, carrots, onions, potatoes, beef broth, and spices. To make the meat more tender, pop everything into a crockpot. Get the recipe here.
9. Shepherd’s Pie
Shepherd’s pie is already very easy to make, but one shortcut is using a box of Instant Idaho Potatoes instead of going through the process of peeling and boiling potatoes. It is not the most fanciest thing in the world, but it is certainly one of the most convenient. Get the recipe here.
10. Pumpkin Muffins
If you don’t incorporate pumpkin into your fall cooking, you are doing life wrong. For dessert, instead of making the traditional pumpkin pie, make pumpkin muffins instead. Any leftover muffins can be paired with coffee (pumpkin spice if you want to be extra) for a delicious breakfast. This is definitely one of the best fall recipes. Get the recipe here.