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Fall Recipes to Keep you Cozy this season

There’s something about Fall and food. The aroma of spices that encompass your house, the warm hug from a fresh cooked meal on a cold day… Cooking is a huge staple in both our households, and we wanted to share a few of our favorite Fall recipes that we hope you’ll get to cook during this beautiful season!

1. Maple Syrup Vinaigrette Dressing:

I never fail to make every year, and it’s my Fall inspired salad dressing. I love making my own dressings, because not only do you know what’s going inside but it just tastes so much better! You can make a salad with this dressing however you may choose, however I posted my own salad recipe below as well to give some inspiration.

You’ll need:

1/2 cup olive oil

1/3 cup apple cider vinegar 

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1 tablespoon dijon mustard

Dashes of garlic salt

Dash of pepper

Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl, or what I do is put it in a mason jar and store it in the fridge!

Salad recipe (serves 4):

2 handfulls arugula

1 apple diced (of choice!)

1/2 cup Goat cheese crumbles

1/3 cup pecans (I typically use glazed)

Combine all the ingredients in a salad dish. Toss with Maple Syrup Vinaigrette… and enjoy!

2. The Best Meat Sauce You’ll Ever Have… By A

I am quite proud of my meat sauce recipe. Meat sauce comes in all shapes and sizes, and while I’m no chef, I have experimented with my own recipes for a while. Creating this has always been a work in progress, and I’m quite proud of how far I’ve come. Here is my recipe that you could use on pasta, lasagna or by itself.

You’ll need:

1 lb ground Kobe beef (the fats of Kobe beef create a whole better sauce)

1/2 cup Chopped onions

1/3 cup Chopped carrots

1/3 cup Chopped celery 

As much Minced garlic as you want

1 tbsp tomato paste

1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes 

1 bay leaf

Dry wine for desired taste (I usually eyeball it… or count to 4. I typically use a pinot noir)

To prepare:

Over medium high heat, cook onions, carrots celery and garlic for 4-5 minutes

Add the tomato paste, and cook for another minute 

Add beef, cook until browned. Season with salt and pepper 

Add tomato sauce, wine, and bay leaf. Combine with a spoon.

Let sauce simmer, and then lower the heat.

Cover the pan, and let sauce cook for 45 min minimum (if you let it simmer longer it’ll taste so much better!)

3. Carrot Soup:

I know this doesn’t sound really promising, but when I cooked this soup the other night, I was pleasantly surprised as to how delicious it was. I will definitely be making this all season long!

You’ll need:

4 large carrots, peeled and chopped

1/2 cup chopped onions

Desired amount minced garlic

1/2 stick butter (I use country crock dairy free butter)

2 cups beef stock

2 cups chicken stock 

Dash of salt

Dash of pepper

To prepare

Melt butter in a soup pot over medium heat

Add carrots, onions and garlic and cook for 4-5 minutes

Add the beef stock, chicken stock, salt and pepper

Let the soup boil over high heat for about 15 minutes, or until the carrots are soft.

Use an immersion blender or even your regular blender to blend the soup until soft and thoroughly combined.

4. Pasta with Butternut Squash Sauce, Spicy Sausage and Baby Spinach

Dairy free pasta lovers, rejoice! While I wish this recipe was mine, I’ve made this a handful of times at home and it is always such a hit. It is actually insanely good for you, involves a cream sauce without using any dairy or nut replacement milks. I promise you you’ll love this!

Click here for the recipe.

5. Dessert!

Who doesn’t love dessert? There’s nothing like ending the night with sweets. Here are some simple, easy desserts provided by B and I. 

A. Cocoa free s’mores:

B unfortunately suffers from a cocoa intolerance, and wanted to share her creation to still participate in smarts this holiday season! This recipe will guarantee to make anyone happy no matter how you roast your s’mores (a fire, a fireplace, or even your kitchen stove).

You’ll need:

1 graham cracker (halved)

1 or 2 marshmallows

White chocolate bar

B. Pumpkin Bread

I love pumpkin bread! My last trip to my boyfriend’s mom’s house reminded me just how much. This recipe is so simple, as I use box mix… and add a secret ingredient to make this dessert even yummier! All you need to do is create the mix as the box describes to, bake in a bread pan, and add the bonus ingredient. You’ll absolutely love it. I’ll also link my two favorite box mixes! One is gluten free, and one is not.

Gluten free here

Not gluten free here

You’ll need:

1 box pumpkin bread mix 

Bonus: chocolate chips!

Cooking during Fall is my favorite thing to do… and it always will be! 

Which fall recipes sound the most fun?

XO,

A

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