Fresh fall dinners: spice up dinnertime with three no-fail fall recipes

Here are three yummy fall dinner ideas to keep in your back pocket for those busy weeknights!

Now that the leaves are falling, it feels like autumn’s officially underway! It’s the perfect time to experiment with classic harvest flavours and spices - think squash, pears, apples, cranberries, mushrooms, kale and, of course, pumpkins. There are lots of techniques to get even the pickiest eater interested in these ingredients, but the easy way is just to put your kids in the kitchen with you, and let them help you make the meal. To get you inspired, we’re showcasing three of our favourite fall family-tested recipes below!  

Kale and hazelnut pesto

This pesto comes together in under ten minutes, and it’s a great way to get a little green into your weeknight pasta. You don’t have to go all out and make fresh pasta like this family does...but they sure make it look like fun!

Pumpkin Chili

This smooth chili combines surprising ingredients like cranberry, corn, pumpkin and chicken for a satisfying one-pot meal...and kids love the bread bowl it’s served in! To turn up the heat on this one, contributor SavvyMom (http://www.savvymom.ca/index.php/guides/tag/vancouver) suggests adding some chile peppers.

Pat’s Tuesday Night Pasta Sauce

Jazz up everyone’s favourite weeknight dinner with this creamy tomato sauce combining sausage and peppers. Because this recipe uses store-bought tomato sauce as a base it’s surprisingly simple to make, but full of flavour.  

One thing’s for sure: having a few go-to dinner recipes in your back pocket can make it easier on everyone as your family swings into their fall routine. No time (or patience) to cook on busy weeknights? Get your brand new sous-chefs to help you make double batches of these dishes on the weekends and freeze in portions to make weeknight dinners a snap.

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