Crisp air, falling leaves and in-season produce mean it’s time to celebrate fall’s bounty with delicious recipes.
Take advantage of still-warm fall afternoons and escape outside with these great dishes.
Creamy Kale, Romaine & Apple Salad with Spiced Nuts
The yogourt dressing and spiced nuts can be made a day in advance and stored in separate airtight containers. When it’s time to serve the salad, toss with dressing and nuts.
Prosciutto, Pear & Brie Pizza
A pre-made crust means this main comes together in 10 minutes. Quickly broil or grill the crust until golden, then spread fragrant Italian herb paste over it while still warm. Top with prosciutto, brie, thinly sliced pear and tender baby arugula.
Chocolate Pumpkin Loaf
Pumpkin purée keeps the loaf moist, while the addition of pumpkin pie spice lends familiar warmth. Once the loaf has cooled, slice and wrap individual portions for easy picnic serving. For an extra-rich treat, serve with butter.
Harvest Work Lunch
A hearty and appetizing dinner one night leads to a highly anticipated lunch the next day. Don’t forget to pack a sweet treat.
Sausages with Potato, Kale & Apple
Savoury, sweet and a little bit spicy — this main dish delivers. Mild or hot Italian sausages pair well with thinly sliced potatoes and apples.
Pecan & Pear Muffins
When mid-afternoon hunger strikes, this snack won’t spoil your appetite for dinner. Mix up the nuts or fruit for a new take — walnuts and apples, for example, would make tasty substitutions.
Weekend Family Dinner
It’s time to slow down and prepare a comforting weekend meal. Set the table, turn off the TV and enjoy the company — and the food.
Creamy Cauliflower & Chicken Orzo
Ready in 30 minutes, this dish is cooked risotto-style on the stovetop. Use a store-bought rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken from last night’s dinner. Leftovers can be portioned into containers for easy weekday lunch solutions.
Try roasting beets to caramelize their natural sugar, transforming them into a sweetly pleasing side or snack. Simply peel beets and slice thinly using a mandolin or sharp knife. Place beet slices on a cookie sheet, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake and enjoy!
Beer Batter Apple Fritters
With homemade apple fritters on the menu, we bet the entire family will make it to the table on time. Use crisp apples that stand up to the heat. Make this dessert extra special by serving it warm with vanilla ice cream and a dusting of icing sugar.
Vegetarian Fall Favourites
Thanksgiving can be a time of turkey overload for many Canadians. This vegetarian-friendly menu is perfect either leading up to Thanksgiving before you’re hit with heaps of bird or post-holiday to help remedy that turkey hangover.
Tomato Soup with Fresh Basil
Embrace the season with this classic — hearty and delicious, it’s a quintessential fall soup and a zesty way to kick off an Italian-themed meal.
Sage & Parmesan Barley Stuffing
While this flavourful stuffing is the perfect accompaniment for roast turkey, you can also use it to fill peppers or squash before baking to create a nutritious and tasty vegetarian main course.
Easy White Sauce Veggie Lasagna
Layers of lasagna noodles, spinach, zucchini, fresh nutmeg and bechamel sauce give this old standby an updated and seasonal twist. Substitute thinly sliced eggplant for zucchini for a slightly different flavour.
Baked Apples with Granola Topping
This dessert combines the sweetness of apples and the crunch of granola to create a treat you can feel good about. As a bonus, it’s an easy dessert to make: prep time tops out at about 10 minutes.
An Extra Meal for Busy Fall Schedules
Fall is a picturesque time of year in Canada, with its changing colours, crisp breezes and bountiful harvest, but it’s also one of the busiest times of the year for many of us. We often need a little extra replenishment to help keep our energy levels up.
Savoury Ham & Cheese Bread Pudding
Instead of a quiche, serve this filling dish family-style and pair with a green salad. It’ll be a crowd-pleaser morning, noon or night. The chives and Dijon mustard give it a nice kick, while the ham and cheese pair wonderfully with the sourdough boule.
With succulent tomatoes and a touch of Swiss cheese, this classic French dish is the perfect fall antidote to brighten your day. If you’re looking for something different, swap out the tomatoes for zucchini. Baking times can vary, but you’ll know the dish is done when the cheese is melted and the breadcrumbs are golden.
Green Apple Crisp Smoothie Bowls
Packed with fruits, veggies and Greek yogourt, this is one wholesome snack you can feel good about enjoying.
Soup du Jour
With temperatures dropping, noses sniffling and nights lengthening, there’s no doubt fall is the start of soup season in Canada. This warm menu partners an easy big batch soup with a homemade loaf and a salad starring zesty fall veg.
Big Batch Split Pea Soup
Split peas and ham were made to go together to create a hearty meal. If you like your soup spicy, dice a jalapeño pepper and toss it into the mix.
Three-Seed Whole-Wheat Bread
Nothing beats the heavenly aroma and delicious taste of a homemade loaf! With just seven ingredients and five minutes of prep time, there’s no easier way to break bread with family and friends this fall.
Zesty Root Vegetable Salad
The taste of this season is on full display with this hearty salad featuring carrots, celery root, beets and radishes. Capers add a distinct sour, salty flavour to this vibrant salad.