Fall is only a few days away and I am excited about sweater and scarf weather. The sound of crunchy leaves underneath my feet, the brisk “winter is coming” wind. The sound of children laughing, playing in crunchy leaf piles.
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Especially when Halloween comes in. Children going door-to-door, collecting goodies from neighbours, all decked out in their favourite characters of the year.
This is one of my favourite seasons, aside from winter. Not to mention, the holiday of Thanksgiving. Here in Canada, we celebrate in October. Just before Halloween.
Fall is the time of year where families get together to have a warm hearty meal, one that warms your soul from the inside out. While I test out recipes for my family, I think about how my husband can have a nice warm hearty lunch the next day. He works out in the cold 8 hours a day, 5 days a week.
Not only that, I have to think about what my picky eater will eat as well! We haven’t tried him on soup yet, but we are working on getting him to try new things daily.
This post will contain a mix of hearty soups for the crockpot, casseroles for the stove and delicious desserts, all of which will link to a separate page for the recipe.
Kielbasa and Potato Soup
If you are a fan of sausages, specifically kielbasa (a polish type of sausage), then you will love this recipe. It has a good amount of sausage, potatoes and comes with a creamy broth.
This is perfect for the stove or the crockpot. Each recipe is different slightly to average the cooking times but always turns out so good. I love making this recipe not only because I love kielbasa and potatoes, but because this recipe is best when potatoes are fresh.
Going to the farmer’s markets to grab potatoes locally is always best when you want to maintain freshness, as well as avoid green potatoes. The potatoes you get from the store are usually shipped from other places, so they are picked early and shipped to ripen.
Chilli – Fall Favourite
Chilli is a great go-to for fall. It’s hearty, warm and very fulfilling. It can also contain all of the food groups if you include garlic bread.
I love to add cheese to my chilli to make it creamy and cheesy. It comes with ground beef, beans (you can choose any beans, I love using a mix of hickory beans and maple beans), corn. You can also add jalapenos for a bit of heat if you so wish.
My husband and I go to a store that is in Tsawwassen Mills mall. It’s called The Pepper Palace. They also have an online store as well. You can order a variety of different hot sauces, barbeque sauces and marinades as well. He either goes in-store or orders online the Ghost Pepper hot sauce, Doc Habanero, Chili the Kid.
He loves to add one of these sauces to his chilli for the heat. Sometimes I add a little to the whole batch and it gives it a nice little kick. Not too much of a kick that I or Lukas can’t handle, but enough for him.
Squash soup is a great soup for fall. The benefits of squash are numerous. There is a wide variety of different types of squash. The main 2 types are summer squash, which is harvested when immature, and winter squash, which spends more time on the vine and has a hard exterior.
High antioxidents can reduce the risk of oxidents which can reduce the risk of cancer. It also has the benefits of improved eye health, a reduced risk of depression, as well as improved skin health.
Squash is also a good source of magnesium, calcium, vitamin A, iron, and vitamin B6, as well as high in fiber which will aid in digestion.
Squash soup is prepared by boiling cubed squash, then pureeing the boiled squash. After its heated, you can add other ingredients to make it even more hearty.
If you search up lasagna on the internet, you will be met with a wide variety of different types, such as chicken lasagna, meaty, vegetarian, etc. I personally love chicken lasagna because you get to put alfredo sauce on it. It’s my favourite because its creamy.
I also recommend it for picky eaters, as they love to get messy sometimes and they love noodles. You can also make a deconstructed lasagna, to appease those eaters.
Matzo Ball Soup
Matzo or Matzah ball soup is a traditional Ashkenazi Jewish passover dish. It is traditionally served during passover, but I love to make it during the fall as the benefits of the dish is great during the cold season.
Chicken soup broth has many different benefits such as nutrients like niacin, riboflavin, vitamin B6 and potassium. A traditional Matzo ball soup is made with chicken soup and the matzo balls are a form of unleavened bread.
When making this dish, it is great to make your stock from scratch as you don’t know what additives are put into the store bought. If you are able to purchase chicken stock from a great place, then you’re golden.
Any Type of Soup is Great for Fall
When making soup, I love to think of the different benefits that will help the immune system during this season. Every type of soup has some kind of benefit. When I was growing up, my fostermom made chicken soup from scratch, made a stew called bigos, and also a lovely egg soup.
We travelled a lot to little farms to get fresh chicken, duck, and other fresh vegetables from her friend. Chicken soup is great for the soul, has many benefits like the ones I mentioned above and is great for the immune system.
The best part of fall is the crisp apples. You can bake them, broil them, and eat them just as it is. Apple pie is one of the many favourite desserts of the fall.
The flaky pie shell, the wonderful aroma of baked apples and the different spices. Now I am not one for pie, but I love this one.
There are many different types of desserts that I can get into that relate to fall, but I won’t be able to get to them all. You can always search my site for the different recipes. (when they come)
Cinnamon Rolls are perfect any time of year, but the best time is first thing in the morning, with a cup of coffee (or tea if you prefer). To make it more fall related, you can substitute regular butter for some great home made apple butter and cinnamon.
Cream cheese is a great frosting for cinnamon buns, but have you tried spiced cream cheese, or even pumpkin spiced frosting? Those sound so good right now.
Apple Spice Cake
At the time of this post, I wanted to get back into baking and the first thought that came to my head is apple spice cake, with streusel topping.
This cake is great for those who want to celebrate the fall equinox, or even as a great fall item. I haven’t baked in so long, that I worry it won’t turn out right, but I know my husband will eat it regardless of how it turns out.
Let me know in the comments below what your favourite fall dish is.