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Favorite Fall eats and treats: Recipe roundup!

Thursday, October 23, 2014


I just love this season. Perhaps I love it a little extra today because it's a gorgeous day, and I'm already home from school (Hellllllllllllllo, Fall Break!)! When I started thinking about all of the things I want to do (note: want, not need!) this weekend, baking absolutely tops the list. I've yet to get any of my favorite treats made for the season, and it needs to happen! 

And this got me thinking about my favorite (read: EASY) recipes as of late. Time has not been on our side lately, so quick, healthy, delicious meals are right up our alley these days. 

Main Meal:
On Sunday, I knew we wouldn't be home until late, and I REALLY wanted to have dinner ready by the time we walked in. Enter this awesome Slow Cooker Chicken Chili. It tasted good on Sunday, but it actually tasted even better the next day after it had marinated a bit more (why is chili like that?!). I added extra beans and served it with a salad and a few pieces of crusty bread. As an added bonus, it's a Weight Watchers recipe, so I didn't feel guilty about going back to grab more (with cheddar cheese on top, of course). 

Midday Snack: 
I freaking love pumpkin seeds. In fact, pumpkin seeds are the reason I bonded with one of my lifelong friends, Lynn (check out her blog here!), in college! Thanks to my aunt and uncle, we have an awesome, giant pumpkin hanging out at our house, and I'm just waiting until the weekend to dive in to it. Dan can carve... but I want to get my hands on those seeds! Pumpkin seeds are so good for you, but they're delicious to boot, and you can season them a whole variety of ways! Check out this awesome site to find recipes for natural, savory, lemony, or even "Halloweeny" pumpkin seeds. Try a few, and let me know what your favorites are! And definitely eat them while they're warm -- they're so much better that way! 

Dessert: 
Seriously, people, I feel like I've been eating my body weight in sweets lately. Probably because I have, but that's not the point. The point is, some of the best flavor combinations come from this season (hello, Salted Caramel Mocha!). My absolute favorite are these amazing Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies, because they're so addictive (try to stop at just one -- I dare you!)! Easy to put together, delicious to eat, AND, there's a vegetable in there, so you can feel sorta okay about your choices! 

What are you favorite autumn recipes? Any you're willing to share! I've got three days off and a kitchen just waiting for me! :) 

5 comments:

  1. I am very jealous! I have been itching to bake some of the many baked goods I see on pinterest! I really want to bake some pumpkin muffins! I will be baking away when I come home for Thanksgiving! Enjoy your fall break! Miss you tons!

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    1. That's one thing I really missed having while in college -- a good stove! I'll eat some extra for you this weekend until you're home to make some! Hope you're having a great time at school, and hope your weekend is wonderful! Miss you lots!

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  2. Fall is the best!! Thanks for the shout out ;)

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    1. Oops, forgot to finish my thought...I have one can of pumpkin puree and CANNOT decide how to use it!!

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    2. Whatever you make, I highly recommend getting chocolate in the mix! Pumpkin tastes so much more pumpkin-y that way! :)

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