It’s time to dig out your Autumn recipes that have been patiently waiting all year to grace your kitchen tables. We wave goodbye to the summer and welcome with open arms everything the colder seasons bring our way. Crispy cold mornings, the feel of crunchy leaves underfoot and the comforting smell of open fires.
We all look forward to those comfort food, dishes lovingly made with seasonal fruit and veggies like apples, pumpkins, leeks, pears and plenty more. Autumn recipes evoke memories of cosy nights in and simply delicious, filling foods that warm you from the inside out.
Slow roasted meat and veggies and stews and casseroles in autumn are so easy to throw together, particularly if you use a slow cooker and they certainly warm us up on those extra cold nights. If you have kids who dislike veggies, stews are a great way of hiding them amongst tender pieces of succulent beef or pork.
When we are all so short on time, its important recipes are quick and easy, Autumn recipes can also be simple, healthy and quick to rustle up. We love this filling and meat free spicy three bean chilli, its gorgeous burst of warm colour will liven up any dull day and the kids will love it too.
This tasty Chilli is packed full of a healthy blend of protein and winter bug fighting mix of vitamins and minerals, you can be happy your family are eating their way to good winter health.
If you love to spend time in the garden, chances are you may have grown your own array of tasty Autumn seasonal vegetables to use in the kitchen and there is nothing more exciting than digging up your home grown veggies. Leeks, butternut squash, pumpkin, cabbage and carrots can be used to make simple, quick and hearty dishes.
Our hearty Lamb and Carrot & Leek Casserole is perfect for preparing ahead of time and using up your home grown leeks or carrots. Simply place ingredients into your crockpot and leave it to simmer, the kids will love the vibrant colours and the smell of warm stew filling the house.
Indychef Fact: The leek is a sister plant to onion and garlic and, like those incredible nutrient-rich foods, offers a wide host of benefits. The list of benefits of what leeks can do is long. From preventing inflammation, which is at the root of most diseases, to protecting the body from cancer and everything in between, there are plenty of reasons to make leeks a regular part of your diet.
Keep your leek autumn recipe repertoire growing. For a quick and easy family meal, check out this delicious Chicken with Leek and Mushrooms in a creamy sauce, you won’t be sorry. Ready in 5 minutes, now that is leek-ey quick!
We all need a little sweetness and light in our day, especially in the winter months when our energy levels are lower than usual. Sugar is a great source of energy and if you choose to get your sugar from fruit or natural syrups; such as date, agave or honey, you will be giving your body the right kind of energy.
If you like to start your day energised, try a simple and light breakfast treat your kids will thank you for. We share with you our fluffy Ricotta Raspberry Pancakes. Pancakes are a classic breakfast staple but the addition of the ricotta in our recipe make these pancakes super light and fluffy. You can use any berries in the recipe, we just love the sweetness and sharpness of raspberries.
Indychef Autumn Pie Tip: When making your Autumn fruit pies, to evenly coat the your fruit, sugar and spices give them all a whirl in a salad spinner.
Looking for something a little different for those chilly Sunday morning brunches? These warm Cocoa Chai Hot Cross Buns are infused with real chai leaves! They’re super fluffy, but chewy and they have raisins mixed into the batter. Serve these with hot cocoa, tea, or coffee. They’re also delicious sliced in half with a few banana slices sandwiched in the middle. Easy to make and the kids will love piping the icing on top too.
How can we neglect the humble apple from our Autumn recipe selection. Although apples are readily available all year round, some varieties come into their own in Autumn. If you are lucky enough to have an apple tree in your back yard, you will no doubt be overwhelmed with how much fruit you are now faced with using! Apples work well in savoury and sweet dishes, so lets get our crunchy, juicy apples ready and get cooking!
After a long walk on a cold Autumn Sunday morning, why not treat your family to this deliciously easy Sweet Apple & Cranberry Crumble. Serve with a dollop of creme fraiche or vanilla ice-cream for a super special Sunday treat.
Our tasty crumble is a great way to use up surplus apples and will leave your home smelling spicy and sweet. You can even get the kids to help with making the crumble topping too. The addition of nuts, give the topping a lovely crunchy texture and you can be happy knowing your getting some healthy fats into your diet too.
Do you get stuck in a breakfast rut? We have an Apple solution for you! What better way of adding bug fighting apples to your mealtimes, than at breakfast. Start your families day off full of goodness with this deliciously easy Date Sweetened Apple pie oatmeal. Oatmeal is full of slow releasing energy and when topped with almond milk, apple, cinnamon and sweetened with naturally occurring date sugar it will send your to breakfast heaven. You can even replace the oats for gluten free oats and the recipe is dairy free too! In 30 minutes you will have a super healthy breakfast.
Green means lean! We all know greens are good for us and trying to get them into our everyday diets can become a difficult task – especially for kids.
This delicious Broccoli and Apple soup will keep all the family happy and give you a healthy portion of greens. The Apple adds a light sweetness and tartness that makes any vegetable bitterness in broccoli disappear. The result is a broccoli lover’s dream, a creamy, full bodied broccoli soup, without any cream!
Indychef Tip: Wash and dry your herbs and broccoli in a salad spinner, everything is washed at once and perfectly dried before slicing.
Autumn really does give you a chance to embrace a huge range of seasonal vegetables and fruits, Autumn recipes that are quick, easy and healthy and will leave you and your family happy. If you have an Autumn recipe you would like to share, we would love to hear from you!