Delicious Fall Harvest Dinner Recipes

Posted by Southwest Beverages on 11/4/2014

As the weather cools down, many families are looking away from those light and airy summer meals (like salads and fish) and seeking something that sits a bit heavier in their stomachs. It is harvest season, which means a lot of new flavors and top-of-the-line ingredients are available in many communities. Check out your local farmersí markets to see the new selections theyíre offering. Use some of those fresh foods to make some of these harvest dinners for your family.

1. Harvest Cobb Salad

Harvest Cobb Salad

Itís important to have a salad every now and then for dinner, but you can prepare something more exciting for your family than just lettuce and tomatoes. This salad is an entire meal to itself; no side dishes necessary. There are plenty of flavors to enjoy.

The start of this salad are the nuts. You can use any type you like; pecans, walnuts, or almonds. Or, mix in all three! The diced bacon gives it a salty flavor, which pairs nicely with the fruit (yes, fruit in salad!). Youíll need diced pears, apples, and dried cranberries.

Youíll definitely want to make the poppy seed dressing thatís included with the recipe. It makes the salad.

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2. Harvest Stew

Harvest Stew

The best part about stews is that theyíre so easy to make. If you plan ahead a bit, you can set the slow cooker to start before you leave in the morning and the entire meal is ready for dinner. I admit, sometimes that amount of preparation isnít possible, but itís great when you can.

This recipe uses a variety of fall-themed flavors: sweet potatoes, carrots, celery, rutabaga, apple cider, and apples (thereís that fruit again!).

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3. Pumpkin Apple Harvest Rice

Pumpkin Apple Harvest Rice

This warm and cozy stir fry is full of delicious autumn flavors. Youíve got sweet apples, spicy cinnamon, sweet raisins, walnuts, pumpkin, and a bit of maple syrup. Interesting combination, donít you think?

I like this meal because itís easy to make in quantity when youíre cooking for several people. Other than the rice, everything is basically cooked together. You can expand the dish by adding some sweet potatoes, butternut squash, truffle oil, and chickpeas, but only if you have a lot of people (because itís tough to make a small quantity with so many ingredients Ė too much waste for me).

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4.Harvest Corn Chowder with Chorizo

Harvest Corn Chowder with Chorizo

Itís soup season! Most people donít eat soups during the hotter portions of the year, so soup to me always feels like something special. This dish has a heavy, belly-warming feel thatís perfect to enjoy after you spend some time outside. Itís easy to heat up, so you might want to serve it after trick-or-treating or after raking leaves.

Like the other dishes, this one is also easy to make in quantity in case you have company over.

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