My standard for a good recipe is one that I turn to again and again.
I follow a lot of blogs and skim through lots of recipes, and through this I’ve come across some deliciously sweet desserts and creative dinner recipes. Through this search, I’m always seeking the “home run” recipes, the ones that I know I will keep coming back to when I need a solid meal or am looking for some comfort food.
Over the years, I’ve come across four tried-and-true recipes that I’ve returned to again and again. It’s so nice to have a few favorites that I know will always work!
ONE // Butternut Squash Grain Bowl
This recipe combines barley, butternut squash, onions, and Parmesan cheese to make a filling, surprisingly creamy casserole-like dish. The flavor of the butternut squash is wonderful in this dish, and I love the opportunity to use barley (which I haven’t eaten in many other recipes!).
This is an incredibly easy one-pot meal to make, and I’ve found it also freezes well.
TWO // Oatmeal Cookie Baked Oatmeal
Baked oatmeal was a revelation to me a few years ago. When baked, this breakfast dish really does come across like a sweet, flavorful oatmeal cookie, while still packing the nutritional punch from the oatmeal.
Once you bake this oatmeal in the oven, it heats up beautifully in the microwave in individual portions throughout the week. This breakfast does lean more to the sweet side (I will admit I’ve added chocolate chips to this baked oatmeal more than once…), but it is such a treat on a cold morning.
THREE // Lemony Lentil Soup
One of my favorite local restaurants makes an incredible crushed lentil soup. I’ve been (unsuccessfully) trying to recreate this recipe at home, but the good news is that with this recipe I’ve found a lentil soup that I love just as much!
This lentil soup has a wonderful texture once it is blended, and is bright and well-seasoned with the lemon and other spices. The first time I made this recipe, I ate it for dinner and put the rest in the freezer – but I had already pulled it out of the freezer by the next day, since it was so great!Source
FOUR // Oatmeal Cookies
I am not usually an oatmeal cookie person, but this recipe is amazing. The recipe makes these cookies taste more like a wonderfully spiced fall cookie, rather than relying heavily on oatmeal. I find they are so flavorful that the sugar icing isn’t even needed!
I’ve made these recipes at least two years in a row now. They are a definite winner for the fall season!
What are your favorite fall recipes?