20 Hearty Family Dinner Ideas For Fall
Whether you stay at home with your kids or are in an office from 9 to 5, the dinnertime rush is one of the great challenges of being a mom. We're always on the lookout for inventive, healthy, and easy ways to tackle mealtime, and with the changing seasons, our food preferences tend to follow suit.
Nurture your entire family this Fall and beyond with 20 of our favorite ideas for hearty Fall dinners.
Slow-Cooker Chicken Corn Chowder
This chicken corn chowder is going to keep your family warm all Fall long.
Skip the buns and add in macaroni to make this delicious cheeseburger casserole for your little ones.
Apple Cider Chicken With Caramelized Apples
Apple cider chicken is the yummiest way to get into the Fall spirit, especially with a side of caramelized apples.
Butternut Squash Soup and Garlic Cheddar Grilled Cheese Croutons
This butternut squash soup with garlic cheddar grilled cheese croutons is going to be a total hit at family dinner this Autumn.
Ham and Cheese Sliders
These ham and cheese sliders are the perfect fit for tiny hands and mouths.
The only way to make meatloaf any more delicious is to wrap the whole thing with bacon.
Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Skillet
This one-skillet cheesy chicken rice with broccoli is going to leave your kids' little bellies full (but there's always room for dessert, right?).
Apple-Stuffed Pork Chops
Stuff these pork chops with apples and throw them right into the crockpot for a hearty Fall meal your family will devour.
Slow-Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup
Swap out the chicken breasts in this crockpot favorite for precooked rotisserie chicken to save time — and add flavor!
Butternut Bacon Pasta
This butternut bacon pasta is creamy and warm, the two best qualities in Fall food.
One-Pot Pumpkin Pasta
There's nothing that screams "Fall" more than pumpkin, and this one-pot pumpkin pasta is the perfect way to get the orange produce into your family's diet.
Honey BBQ Meatballs
Give meatballs a fun twist with this slow-cooker recipe for honey BBQ meatballs.
Perfect Chicken Parm
The Self-Proclaimed Foodie calls this recipe the "perfect chicken parm" and it seems to us that it's perfect for Fall!
Healthy Mushroom Pasta Alfredo Bake
This mushroom pasta bake is made using whole wheat pasta and creamy cauliflower sauce.
Slow-Cooker Beef Stroganoff
Everything in this recipe for beef stoganoff gets thrown into the slow cooker to make your meal prepping a breeze.
Mexican Skillet Casserole
The most-requested recipe on Amanda Haas's site, this Mexican skillet casserole, is bound to become a family favorite. Filled with rice, cheese, and beans, it can easily be eaten on its own or rolled up in a burrito.
Mozzarella and Tomato Panini
Michael Chiarello's daughter, Gianna, and her friends loved these golden brown grilled sandwiches as kids. He would make the sandwiches on Saturdays while the kids were swimming or playing, and cut the food into small triangles for easy eating.
Beef Lo Mein
If your go-to grocery doesn't carry specialty items like traditional lo mein noodles, don't stress. That box of spaghetti you have sitting in the cupboard works just as well with this homemade take on beef lo mein. No need to follow the recipe to a T, either. Customize with whatever veggies you have on hand for a quick and easy main meal or side the whole family will love.
Stuffed Butternut Squash
Here's a hearty dish that's stuffed with cheese and vegetables and topped with melty cheese. Stuffed butternut squash is also healthy and filling main dish.
Cheesy Chicken Taquitos
"I love taquitos, but most of the time when you find them, either at a fast food chain or your local Mexican restaurant, they're deep fried to make them extra crispy and give them that great fried flavor," Weelicious's Catherine McCord says. "They're delicious, but I was intent on making an equally appealing yet healthier version." And that she did. In her forthcoming Weelicious: One Family. One Meal, Catherine shares her cheesy chicken taquito recipe, which, when served up with an avocado sauce for dipping, is a healthy (and tasty) alternative to the frozen and restaurant versions.