We might not want to admit it but with the nights pulling in and the temperature getting cooler, autumn is definitely here.
There are so many great things about this season, especially all the comforting, warming food you can make that the whole family will enjoy! Here are a few of our favourite recipes…
It’s quick, it’s simple and it’s delicious – not many people can resist a steaming hot bowl of pasta. It will warm you up and fill you up at the same time and as there’s not a long list of fancy ingredients, it can be pretty cheap to make.
Top tip – Add in cauliflower like in this recipe to sneak some vegetables in without the kids knowing!
Cooking doesn’t get much more simple or tasty than this – just cook up any vegetables you’ve got that need using with some stock and season to your liking. You can blitz it so it’s smooth or leave the veg chunky and you can get creative by adding chilli and spices or leave it plain - it’s your call. Here is a great recipe to get you started.
Top tip - Try making your own stock to save you buying any – just boil up the bones of your next roast dinner.
Crumbles are a great autumn desert, and best of all as they use seasonal fruit and store cupboard ingredients, they’re not only delicious but they’re simple too! This plum and blackberry crumble from BBC good food looks so good that we could eat a whole one! Serve with some custard to really finish it off.
Top tip – Head to the market rather than the supermarket for your fruit - it’s usually a bit cheaper and you can often buy bigger quantifies.
Casseroles are a delicious and easy meal to cook. Here is a great recipe to try – although you can use chicken or any other type of meat depending on what you’ve got in the fridge, there are plenty of choices. There are no fancy cooking skills required, all you need is a bit of time - throw everything into a big pot or slow cooker and let the magic happen
Top tip – A slow cooker can be used to cook loads of other no-fuss meals – take a look at our blog post of some of our favourite slow cooker recipes.
A classic and a family favourite – you can’t often go wrong with a traditional cottage pie. There aren’t too many ingredients so it’s fairly cheap to make and if you have enough ingredients to make a couple you can freeze one and have a homemade meal ready to go the next time you fancy it.
Top tip – Add a little grated cheese to the top of your potatoes for even more flavour