October creates mixed emotions when you live in the center of Texas. On one hand, the calendar tells you it’s autumn -- as does the “pumpkin spiced” everything -- but when the temps are still in the high 90’s, you find it hard to get into the fall spirit.
For my meal plan this week, I’m going to conjure the ghost of autumn. How so? With meals I can double and freeze for the holidays, as well as hearty dishes perfect for cooler temps.
By now, you should see turkeys available in your grocery stores so grab one while you’re on your grocery run. No need to wait until Thanksgiving to have turkey -- there are plenty of recipes on Simply Recipes that put those birds to good use! October is also sweet potato and broccoli season, so I’m making use of them in this week’s plan.
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Sustenance Stew with Sweet Potatoes and Swiss Chard
This Sustenance Stew with Sweet Potatoes and Swiss Chard is a bold way to incorporate the season into your dinner. This vegetarian stew sits atop cauliflower (also in season) rice. It’s so hearty and filling I don’t miss the meat at all.
Pressure Cooker Turkey with Dijon Gravy
My first turkey dish of the season (and an amazing use of it at that) is this Pressure Cooker Turkey with Dijon Gravy. Using the pressure cooker means that something that should take hours is done in less than one hour. While it’s cooking, I’m going to prepare mashed potatoes and a garden salad. Dinner under an hour is never a bad thing, is it?
Broccoli Cheddar Casserole
Casseroles are a fall thing, in my opinion; and this casserole is the best -- hands down. Broccoli Cheddar Casserole made with sharp cheddar cheese and broccoli that’s in season, is not only a hit with kids, but adults as well. Double the recipe, freeze, and you’ll have a Thanksgiving or Christmas side ready to go.
Swedish Meatballs are another recipe that you can double and freeze for your holiday meals. Serve these atop buttered egg noodles and you have a twist on the typical meatballs and mashed potatoes.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
Baked Shrimp with Tomatillos
During the colder months (wishful thinking, remember?), I like to excite my palate with bright flavors. This Baked Shrimp with Tomatillos recipe is fun recipe for the middle of autumn because, to me, it evokes warmer months. I serve this along with warmed corn tortillas for our family movie night.