I admit it. I LOVE FALL!!! The cooler air, the smell of bonfires, pumpkin everything, and of course, my birthday. And I love fall foods–or at least foods that feel like fall to me. Foods feel like fall? Let me explain. I am all about a good potato or tomato soup, but I have a hard time eating soup in the summer when it is hot. It just feels wrong to me–summer is the time for cold salads and fruit. This is a meal that feels like fall to me–a meal that you can whip up after a visit to an apple orchard or before the big homecoming game.
I found this recipe just through a Google search and it has become my go-to. I made this a lot over the summer since I didn’t have to turn on the oven. It kept the kitchen nice and cool. I cut the receipe in half, and it is still plenty for our family. In fact, my parents were visiting us the night we had this meal, so we were able to serve 4 adults (with a little leftover) with a half-size. The kids didn’t care for it too much, but S has eaten it in the past. I guess it was just one of those nights.
This is a side dish that I make often in the fall and pretty much every Thanksgiving. It’s not low calorie or low fat, but it sure tastes good. And since we had this casserole, I didn’t feel the need to have some type of bread with the meal–there is corn muffin mix in it.
Don’t be turning up your nose at the sprouts. I know you are, because I used to do the same thing. That is before I started cooking them like this. They are so, so good!!
And last, but not least, a dessert. I thought about an apple dessert, which is more suited to late September, but we just haven’t had a chance to get to the orchard yet. So, in keeping with the season, I went with a pumpkin spice cake. And the kids went crazy over it–even my non-sweet lover enjoyed this cake.
I found the recipe for this on Pinterest last year, although I can’t seem to find it anymore. And it is hard, y’all–so hard. Mix together a box of spice cake mix and a can of pumpkin. It’ll be really thick. Bake as directed on the box (I used a bundt pan). That is it. And I served the cake with some whipped cream–so delicious and I actually had a slice for breakfast this morning.
I hope you enjoyed getting some new recipes and hearing about my favorite fall recipes. What are your favorite recipes for fall? Please link them in the comments below!