Y’all we’ve been eating gooood this month and I’m excited to share our meals with you! Some are great for busy sport nights while others are a better fit for a cozy day at home when you have a bit more time. I’ll specify the details in each description and please let me know if you have any questions.
I have some discount codes to share for some of the products I use on the regular:
- Kettle & Fire: Use code AHS for 20% off your entire order
- Tastefully Simple: Use code AHS822 for 10% off through September 30
- Wildgrain: Use code AHEALTHYSLICE for $10 off your first box and free croissants for life
- Butcher Box: Two grass-fed 10 oz sirloin steaks & 8 oz of lobster claw meat FREE
I hope you enjoy; happy eating!
If you’ve never made David’s famous chili, add it to your fall must make list. My family absolutely devours this recipe. It makes a big batch, so it’s great to make and enjoy on a Sunday, then serve leftovers over baked potatoes on a busy Monday night.
Buffalo chicken salad buffets are a family favorite and easy to make, as everyone assembles it themselves. I bake frozen tenders and give them a rough chop, then set up: greens, purple cabbage (for a great crunch and added nutrients), carrots, cucumber, tomatoes, herbs, and a variety of dressings, usually ranch, buffalo sauce, and Garlic Expressions.
Steak fajita buffet night is another “assemble your own” winner. I marinate and grill or pan sear the steak, then sauté some peppers and onions in another pan in olive oil with salt and garlic powder. The set up includes: tortillas, greens, sour cream, guacamole, sour cream, purple cabbage, queso fresco, jalapenos, and chopped cilantro.
Temperatures cooling down where you are? This pumpkin chicken chili is a homerun not only because of it’s fall spices, but also because it comes together in 30 minutes and is a lightened up chili that still tastes hearty. Goes great with corn bread or corn chips.
I’ll call these fish taco burritos because we used the burrito sized tortillas which were able to hold in all the delicious toppings: Seasoned and pan seared cod fish, cabbage slaw, a sour cream taco sauce, avocado, and cilantro.
Say hello to the easiest adult ramen noodles. I used the brown rice and millet ramen from Costco and Kettle & Fire bone broths or bone broth soups (use code AHS for 20% off your entire order). I simply warm the soup up on the stove and add them ramen to cook for 4-5 minutes and then you have a nutritious and comforting meal!
A big salad, roasted golden potatoes, and pork tenderloin with a little kraut makes for a wholesome and well balanced meal. Find my favorite pork tenderloin marinade here.
If you have a little time to be in the kitchen and want a deeply comforting dish, I highly recommend trying this Shepherd’s Pie. It was Hailey’s birthday request this year and though it takes about 25 minutes to prep, it’s a family favorite. I always double it.
I made this slow cooker pulled pork as part of a partnership with Tastefully Simple, using their Bayou BBQ, Onion Onion, and Garlic Garlic seasonings. Use code AHS822 for 10% off your order. See the reel here. I also recommend serving pulled pork over rice, which allows it to soak up all the saucy flavor!
Lemon dill salmon, sautéed baby spinach with garlic and olive oil, finished with a splash of vinegar, and fluffy buttered rice.
We have been on a marinated chicken and noodles kick! I usually double the sauce/marinade, grill the chicken, and have been using Wildgrain’s fresh pasta. Every time I say this is on the menu I get a resounding “YAY YUM!” from the whole family.
Looking for a protein-packed meal you can make ahead or pack and take with you? This deli style smoky chicken salad goes great in a wrap of on top of greens or scooped on crackers.
This chicken thigh and veggie sheet pan dinner is simple and nutritious. Customize your veggies to your family’s liking and let each family member pick their dipping sauce of choice to make it a meal they’ll ask for again and again.
And oldie but a goodie, this Greek pasta salad is another great option for a busy activity night when you need to eat at the fields or in the car. Goes great over greens, add chicken for protein, or just enjoy as is!
Some nights it’s best to just keep it simple, right? I keep Butcher Box hotdogs on hand for nights when I need and quick dinner with no complaints. Served with some quick slaw.
OK, this wasn’t a family favorite, but I had to include it because I enjoyed them so much! These salmon burgers took a little prep time, but ended up being a delicious (capers!), healthy, protein-packed lunch for me all week long. They’d make an excellent dinner if your family is into salmon!
A comfort food favorite at it’s finest, using rotini to really absorb all the flavor of mom’s easy meat sauce was a hit. I doctored mine up with red pepper flakes and basil while the kids ate several bowls of it straight up. This sauce is a great one to make ahead and freezes beautifully.
This beef and orzo soup was delicious and smelled wonderful. If you want to make and eat all week long, cook the orzo separately and the serve the warmed up soup over it each day to keep a heartier texture in the pasta.
Lemon rosemary roasted chicken is another cozy meal for cool weather that becomes an even greater hit when each family member can pick a sauce to go with it. I used a mustard based BBQ sauce for this one, which may sound strange, but it was delicious. Kaitlyn used ketchup. 😉
Long live the burger bowls! The kids use buns, but I prefer all the toppings in a delicious and filling burger bowl. This one included roasted potatoes (hidden under the burger), burger, pickles, red onion, mustard and ketchup with dill pickle kraut, avocado, and roasted broccoli and cauliflower.
Jen’s pad Thai sauce is versatile and delicious. I used what I had on hand, ramen instead of rice noodles, and snap peas instead of bean sprouts, and it was delicious! You can make this sauce ahead and keep it in a jar in the fridge until you’re ready to make dinner.
Mussels are a cheap protein that feels fancy. We loved dipping sourdough into the sauce we steamed them in (white wine and garlic mussels) and devoured 4 lbs as a family. Such a fun meal for a rainy fall night at home.