Comfort food cures all our cooking cravings, and there’s no better time to cozy up to hearty soups, easy slow cooker meals, and comforting pastas, than the 31 days of October.
It feels good to fall into fall, don’t you agree?
While I fiercely LOVE the summer months, there is a totally cozy nostalgia that comes with changing leaves, a chill in the morning, and the don’t-want-to-admit-but-I’m-getting-excited-thrill of the holidays peeking just around the corner.
Whether you’re looking for a new killer chili recipe to bust out at your next tailgate party, a simple throw-together weeknight meal, or a healthy-fill-you-up breakfast, these 31 tasty recipes are what you should be making this month.
And since we are in the 31 days of October, don’t you dare forget the pumpkin recipes!
October 1: Harvest Squash Stuffed Shells
Are we over squash yet? Say it ain’t so, because I’ve got the recipe of your harvest dreams right here. These easy, crave-able stuffed shells are filled zucchini, butternut, and yellow squash, and baked to perfection in a creamy white alfredo sauce.
October 2: Crispy Chicken Nuggets
Gimmie Some Oven
These crunchy gems have a secret ingredient that make them quick and customizable to any palate (a.k.a good for tots, teens, overs, and in betweens).
October 3: Creamy Sweet Potato Chipotle Pasta
Chipotle peppers add just the right touch of spice, while velvety sweet potatoes and cashews load this dish up with creamy texture, minus the dairy.
October 4: Instant Pot Apple Crisp
Fit Foodie Finds
If you’ve only used your Instant Pot for making main dishes, you’re missing out! Try this tempting apple crisp full of fall flavor and an irresistible crunchy topping.
October 5: Apple Sage Turkey Meatballs
Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
This seasonal take on traditional meatballs is reminiscent of your favorite store-bought sausage, but with way less fat, calories, and other unsavory additives. Get these on the table in under 30 minutes for an ideal compliment to noodles, roasted squash, or mashed potatoes.
October 6: The BEST Homemade Mac and Cheese
There very well could be no other food more comforting that this irresistible family favorite that is 100% fool-proof, and ALWAYS delivers.
October 7: Sweet Potato Zucchini Casserole
This simple meal goes straight from the skillet to a baking pan, and then into your belly. Cover all your nutritional bases with chopped veggies, lean ground turkey, and a sprinkle of cheese for a hearty and healthy meal.
October 8: Apple Cinnamon Pressure Cooker Oats
A Couple Cooks
Talk about total comfort food in a bowl. I can’t wait to fix-it-and-forget-it with this time-saving breakfast classic.
October 9: Curry Turkey Pot Pie
Don’t wait for Thanksgiving to start making this dish. Sub leftover chicken for turkey, and indulge your taste buds with a crispy butter crust and hint of warming curry powder.
October 10: Fall Kale Salad
How Sweet Eats
If you think greens can’t be classified as comfort food, expand your definition with this beauty. Crispy diced pancetta, crunchy apples and pecans, and sweet figs come together for a gorgeously gilded fall salad.
October 11: Skillet Maple Dijon Cider Pork Tenderloin
Iowa Girl Eats
Cider, tangy mustard, and a touch of maple syrup hit all the high notes in this one-skillet main dish. Get it on the table in under 30 minutes for an impressive dinner party, or just a cozy night in with your family.
October 12: Jalapeno Popper Mac And Cheese
The Modern Proper
Surely you’re intrigued by the name alone! This hot and creamy, rich and gooey mac and cheese is the perfect addition to your game day spread.
October 13: Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
This savory Italian-style chicken recipe is just what you need for busy weeknights. Find whatever works in your pantry and serve over pasta, rice, polenta, or zucchini noodles with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.
October 14: Healthy Hamburger Casserole
Fit Foodie Finds
Ditch the box, and try this healthy homemade hamburger casserole recipe instead. Pureed sweet potato boosts nutrition and flavor while providing a silky smooth texture for hearty pasta shells and ground turkey.
October 15: Baked Broccoli Mac And Cheese
Amp up the veggies in this kiddie classic with so much cheese and gooey goodness, they’ll never guess how good it is for them.
October 16: Baked Sausage and Cheese Rigatoni
I have a friend you counts down the DAYS until it’s time to put the cover on the grill and pull out the casserole dishes, and my cheesy sausage rigatoni has become tops on her must-make recipe list.
October 17: Instant Pot Chickpea Korma
Indian food can be so challenging to re-create at home. This veggie-packed recipe’s got your back with accessible ingredients, plus instructions for Instant Pot AND stove-top methods.
October 18: Pumpkin Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
Iowa Girl Eats
You can’t escape the call of ever-present pumpkin spice with these delectable gluten-free bars, and you won’t want to! This one-bowl recipe comes together in a snap for a healthy breakfast (or anytime) treat.
October 19: Supreme Pizza Lasagna
A Spicy Perspective
Two traditional Italian dishes combine for a new family favorite in this creative casserole. All your favorite pizza toppings nestle in nicely with layers of noodles and lots of gooey cheese.
October 20: Meatballs and Tomato Sauce
No matter which pasta you use with these meaty balls and sauce, it’s gonna be a winner. The meatballs are cooked right in the sauce, making them ultra tender and super delicious.
October 21: Butternut Pasta with Spicy Sausage, and Spinach
Try this decadent pasta made healthier with chicken sausage, wilted greens, and satisfying creamy texture thanks to butternut squash.
October 22: Beef and Butternut Enchiladas
Slow cooked beef and tender squash come together for an unexpectedly delicious pairing in these make ahead (and freezer friendly!) enchiladas.
October 23: Stuffed Acorn Squash with Pecans
A Couple Cooks
Searching for a side dish that screams fall? Look no farther than this inventive take on stuffed squash with whole grain rice and toasty pecans.
October 24: Hatch Chile Verde
I Am a Food Blog
You may want to set aside a whole day for this to simmer on your stove, but this heavenly stew comes together with only 9 ingredients and half an hour of prep. Perfect for ladling over rice, stuffing into tortillas, or just stuffing your face. ;)
October 25: Maple Bacon Sweet Potatoes
The Real Food RDs
Don’t just bake your potatoes, stick a fork in them, and call it good. I love this new way with sweet potatoes, bacon and onion for a quick and easy real-food side.
October 26: Chicken and Dumplings
Two Peas and Their Pod
This ultimate comfort food is the cure for any cold-weather blues, with chunks of chicken, tender dumplings and flavorful broth.
October 27: Potato Rosemary White Pizza
Healthy Seasonal Recipes
Give the pepperoni, mushrooms, sausage, and other standard pizza toppings (dare I say pineapple?!) a rest, and satisfy your carby cravings with this clean and simple herbed potato and cheese pie.
October 28: Apple Broccoli Salad
Refresh your idea of deli counter mayo-drenched broccoli salad with this vibrant version full of apples, chickpeas, dried cherries, carrots , pecans and a light honey dijon dressing.
October 29: Easy Chicken Chow Mein
I Am a Food Blog
Skip the takeout menu, and do your wallet a favor with this time-saving 15 minute meal with all the flavor of your favorite Chinese restaurant.
October 30: One Pot Sloppy Joes
This is my mom’s special recipe, featuring a generous helping of veggies, a savory tomato-based sauce and that crumbly, gloppy-good filling that gives these sammies their name.
October 31: Very Crispy Waffles with Salted Honey Butter
A Cozy Kitchen
Surprise your sweetie (or yourself) with these extra crispy waffles and honey butter. Perfect for cozying up with a mug of your favorite fall beverage and savoring the tastes of the season.
More Recipes That Will Make Your Month
- 20 Chili Recipes to Cozy Up to This Fall
- Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese 5 Ways
- 31 Days of Sheet Pan Dinners
- 28 Healthy Slow Cooker Soups and Stews
- 30 Easy Comfort Food Casseroles to Make in November
So tell me, what are your coziest fall traditions, and what are you doing to cook to make the most of the fall season? Email me at [email protected] or leave a comment below.
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