Today, I'm bringing to you an autumn inspired comforting meal plan.
Comforting does not mean it has all weeknight meals rich and complex. In-fact for Monday I'm keeping the healthy meatless Monday tradition with a lite and quick Spaghetti Squash Lo Mein. Inspired from breezy fall day.. rest of dinner ideas include soups, pumpkin bread and also a delicious cheesecake Swirl Pumpkin Cake which I shared on blog recently.
If you wish to explore soup ideas for fall, here is a complete list on my blog - Soups. I believe foundation of great soup is in a rich and flavorful broth. If you looking to make and freeze some over weekend? I have a very good one here.
I have been receiving some requests for sharing Halloween inspired meals. So let me know if you want next few meal plans featuring Halloween recipes?!
I wish you a great weekend. Make some good food, relax and enjoy the weekend!
Monday - Let's start Monday with a quick and healthy meatless meal. What's better than homemade Spaghetti Squash Lo Mein with crispy tofu!?
Spaghetti Squash Lo Mein
Hello-Lo-Mein!! I bet you guessed it! A bowl of perfectly cooked spaghetti squash must be followed by a recipe to use it. I did not disappoint you! ;) Seriously, If you ever wonder what is the best thing to eat when summer sun still shining and fall has started showing glimpse every other day... I would sa...
Tuesday - A perfectly baked salmon fillet dinner with zippy roasted salsa verde and lite cilantro rice! You can also fill it in tacos instead of serving rice!
Baked Salmon with Salsa Verde
Let's start Monday healthy, full of omega-3s, less fat, and herbaceous, zippy, and spicy Mexican flavors... and let's not work more than 25 minutes to put this dinner together! How awesome is that?! Yes, my friends! I'm taking about a 10 minute perfectly baked salmon with delicious roasted salsa verde and...
Wednesday - How about some Roasted Garlic and Tomato Soup?! Serve pumpkin bread on the side! (recipe below)
Roasted Garlic and Tomatoes Soup
Sharing with you creamy and garlicky - roasted garlic and tomatoes soup, a bowl full of comfort, warmth, memories, and love....Tomato Soups always bring back a lots of old memories for me. My grandpa used to make excellent tomato soup and I had exclusive privilege to sit on kitchen counter while he made th...
Thursday - Pair this with easy salad shared next!
Butternut Squash Soup
Butternut squashes are best from early fall through winter. Due to a hard outer skin, I often roast squash to make curried sweet and sour squash during early fall (my family loves this dish), but these days I am all about soups. In-fact, I wanted to make an avocado soup today when my husband begged me to...
Friday - Declaring Friday a cookbook day this week! Don't you think?! If you really insist, try these one-pot garbanzo beans and rice!
Green Garbanzo Beans Pilaf
Garbanzo Beans (also known as chickpeas) are versatile and tasty legume. You can toss'em into salads, roast, stir into stews. Fresh green chickpeas are often added to rice to make quick and tasty pilaf. Compared to dried chickpea grains, fresh chickpeas cook quickly and are a healthier green bean. I love t...
Saturday - Indian Tikka Masala but with pasta. Sounds good for Saturday?!
Masala Pasta in Spiced Tikka Masala Sauce
Tikka Masala is most loved, easy to prepare and delicious tasting gravy in Indian Cuisine. Few days back, I made Lychee Paneer Tikka Masala and got lucky to have some masala gravy leftover. I saw this Masala Pasta in menu of an Indian Restaurant once, since then it was sparking my mind to try at home. Masa...
Sunday - Slow cooker lamb chili is best way to finish weekend, hearty yet super easy!
This easy to follow Lamb and Red Beans Chili is all time popular Mexican specialty. Spicy lamb with smoky chili flavor is favorite of every one in my house. Originally Lamb Chili is served topped with salsa verde and corn tortilla on side but I prefer it with cilantro lime rice. Try to get good quality 80-...
Bread - This menu is not complete without some fall baking! How about this Pumpkin Quick Bread!
Easy Pumpkin Bread
I bet you agree... A good moist bread can make any meal extra-special! For me, a bowl of warm soup , a warm stew or hot breakfast Chai tea demands a bread on the side. So, today I thought to give you an easy weekend project to work on. This pumpkin bread is as easy as mix, pour and bake! Since it is a quic...
Dessert - I will be insane if I offer anything but a pumpkin for fall dessert! Okay, I also included a layer of cheesecake in it!
Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Cheesecake Swirl
Sharing today, a gorgeous Pumpkin Bundt Cake which holds a delicious surprise in middle - a layer of decadent citrus cheesecake. If you love moist pumpkin cakes with cream cheese frosting or fan of pumpkin cheesecake..? then this cake brings to you best of both! Friends, it has pumpkin, it has citrus, it h...
Salad - This salad is so self-sufficient.. I don't mind it for quick dinner alone. But, you can also pair it with soup listed above. PS: Leftovers are great for next day lunch.
Earthy and Flavorful Quinoa and Chickpea Salad
Chickpea Salad with flavorful oregano-garlic dressing, greens, cucumber, sweet cherry tomatoes, and amazing quinoa. Vegan, Gluten free. I call this my loaded dinner salad with all-you-can-eat-healthy ingredients. This quinoa and chickpea salad is often on our weekday menu, with or without side of protein....