5 Easy Dinners with All the Cozy Fall Feels

Publish Date August 31, 2023 1 Minute Read
Author MyMagazine Staff

This cozy collection of fall-forward recipes is inspired by the abundance of the autumn harvest. From warming soups to crunchy, hearty salads, these deliciously easy dinners featuring fall’s bountiful fruits and vegetables are sure to satisfy.

Whether you’re looking for creative ways to use classic favorites like corn and red peppers, or are curious to explore lesser-known fall crops like fennel and eggplant, these restaurant-inspired recipes will have you savoring every bite. And much of the time required to make each meal is hands off, giving you time to relax.

Creamy Corn and Potato Chowder in a bowl

Creamy Corn and Potato Chowder

This hearty soup is packed with colorful corn and red peppers, perfect for warming up on chilly autumn nights.

Timesaving Tip: Use frozen corn to help eliminate one step — and make it easy to enjoy this recipe year-round.

Close-up of Warm Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad with Cilantro-Yogurt Dressing

Warm Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad with Cilantro-Yogurt Dressing

This Mediterranean-inspired salad is a complete vegetarian meal with plant based protein from the chickpeas. It also works well as a side dish with chicken or lamb.

Timesaving Tip: Pair the spinach and roasted veggies with your favorite premade yogurt-based dressing, or add a creamy vegan option.

A bowl of Skillet Chicken and Mushrooms in White Wine Sauce

Skillet Chicken and Mushrooms in White Wine Sauce

Elegant enough for company, but easy enough for a weeknight, this cozy fall dish is deeply flavorful and comforting.

Timesaving Tip: Pair with quick-cooking egg noodles, microwavable rice or a baguette from our Bakery to soak up the delicious sauce.

Close-up of Air-Fryer Italian Sausages with Fennel and Grapes

Air-Fryer Italian Sausages with Fennel and Grapes

You’ll be transported to the Italian countryside when you serve this Tuscan inspired combination of sausage, fennel and red grapes — all cooked in the air fryer.

Timesaving Tip: Using an air fryer can help cut the cook time of your favorite sheet pan recipes.

Eggplant Parmesan Stacks

Eggplant Parmesan Stacks

Crispy, oven-baked slices of eggplant are layered with tomato sauce and cheese, then stacked for all the flavor of eggplant parmesan — without all the fuss.

Timesaving Tip: Take advantage of shortcuts like jarred marinara and shredded mozzarella. Add a caesar salad kit for a complete meal.

Skillet Chicken and Mushrooms in White Wine Sauce

The Perks of Home Cooking

Eating at home is a big money saver, and it’s often a healthier, more enjoyable option when compared to eating out. Here are just a few reasons why:

  1. Knowing what’s in your food. You can control what ingredients you use, as well as the portion sizes. This means you can create meals that are healthier, contain fewer calories and are free of preservatives.
  2. Saving money. Eating at home is one of the best ways to stick to a budget. Planning meals allows you to choose based on what is on sale or has coupons. Plus, when cooking at home, you can use any leftover ingredients in future meals, which can help you save money in the long run.
  3. Enjoying a multisensory experience. Preparing your own meals is a great way to unleash your creativity — and enjoy the textures, aromas and flavors that make the experience so special. You can experiment with different recipes and ingredients, and you’ll also have the satisfaction of knowing you made the meal yourself.
  4. Bonding with family and friends. Cooking meals together can be fun and enjoyable, and it can also be a great way to teach kids about nutrition and the importance of healthy eating.