Fall is in full swing and although temperatures are above average for the year in most of the United States, leaves are still changing colors and falling in our neck of the woods. Weather can be a funny thing, but that doesn’t mean I’m not already getting into the fall spirit. I am ready for pumpkins, cooler weather, evenings around the fire bundled up, soups, warm drinks, chili and more!
I love everything about fall. From football season to cooler weather to the changing leaves and more! I typically pull out my slow cooker and/or Instant Pot to use more often since it helps warm up the house and kitchen. I also love adding more soups into our menu plan rotation. They are nice and hearty meals, but we also usually have leftovers, which make for great next-day lunch options!
Our family also loves homemade bread. Not only does it smell good, it tastes so much better than those bought in the store. It is also a great way to help heat your home on those cooler days. Whether you’re just starting out or looking for some delicious recipes, you’ll love trying these homemade fall bread recipes.
Special Meals for the Month
If your area cools off in the fall like ours, you probably love using your oven as much as I do. And while I’m not a great cook, I love, love, love to bake. One of my favorite things to bake is cookie bars. With six kids, cookies go fast, so cookie bars are a great compromise. They are thicker than cookies and very similar to brownies, so it makes my crowd happy.
Another fall favorite in our house is french toast. I don’t know why we don’t eat it much during the summer, but it seems to sneak back into our almost daily routine during the fall months. If you like to be experimental in your recipes, try some of these twists on the breakfast favorite over the next few weeks!
Choose from Two Meal Plans
The regular meal plan includes slow cooker meals on Sundays and Wednesdays, for a break in the kitchen or those busy days. There are a variety of soups to get you through those chilly nights as we welcome in some seasonal salads to break it up just a bit.
There is a variety of meats (fish, chicken, beef, pork) as well as soups and salads (on both plans) to keep the whole family happy. My hope each month is that you will find some new favorites to add to your own must-have rotation.
Or choose the Instant Pot Meal Plan. On this plan, I have included some delicious winter and festive meals with a variety of meats (fish, chicken, pork, beef), plus a few salads. Plus, the suggestions for breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and desserts at the bottom are all Instant Pot recipes!
As always, feel free to move any of the recipes around as needed to fit your family’s schedule. However, you can combine the two for more variety. And if you’d like to switch up some of the Slow Cooker Meals to an Instant Pot recipe, check out this Instant Pot beginners post for a great link to help!
You can download each meal plan by clicking on the corresponding images below.
Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet her angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating UNIT STUDIES and FREE PRINTABLES for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about homeschooling, homemaking and marriage while trying to maintain her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers where she shares her tips on homeschooling without breaking the bank.
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