A couple of you have asked how I work on my menus – I do so on a seasonal basis. What I’m posting today is my early autumn menu plan, and sometime in November I may change it up a bit with a late autumn plan that takes me into early wintertide and so on. I enjoy cooking with the changing seasons because we enjoy eating seasonally – much to my husband’s chagrin, there is no chili in the summer – I simply cannot do it! I list several meal choices on my seasonal plan, and then weekly, I choose the meals from that plan that I will prepare for the week. I always, always keep a few panic meals in mind as I build a seasonal plan – something that everyone seems to like and something that can be prepared with the staples I keep stocked in my pantry. What I don’t list on my seasonal menus are breakfast and lunch choices. Maybe I should include those on the big plan??? I do list them on my weekly menu plan, but not on the seasonal one.
The temperatures are dropping here, and the trees are beginning to offer beautiful and rich colors…and, not directly related to the natural season, but a welcome harbinger of autumn for us…football season is here!
I thought this weekend would be the perfect time to transform my menus, which I consider and set in place seasonally. I must confess that I’m so tired of cooking by the end of the summer that I relish the cooler temperatures and the richer, deeper flavors that seem to come with autumnal cooking – rich, hearty stews, chilis, soups, steak and rice and gravy, homemade deep dish pan pizzas. There’s just something so satisfying about a rich, warm, hearty meal on a cool evening! I thought it might be fun to post my early autumn menu and share it with you. I so enjoy tending the home during the autumnal months – all the stocking and cooking and preparing and tucking away! Tending to a menu is part of that homemaking, so I thought I’d share it!
Here’s my Seasonal Menu…
And my early autumn menu looks like this:
Homemade bread/Skillet Toast and Jam
Homemade bread/Skillet Toast and Cheese
Pita Pizzas (homemade)
Tortilla Roll Ups
Macaroni and Cheese with Broccoli
Sandwiches – PB & J or otherwise
Chicago Style Pan Pizza
Beef Stroganoff Casserole (used to be a sandwich – now I make it in a casserole dish with pizza dough on the bottom! YUM – SUPER EASY)
Beef Stew and Mixed Veggies over rice
Roasted Chicken (make chicken stock after roasting)
White Bean and Chicken soup (very rich and sooooo hearty on a cold evening!)
Caesar Club Sandwich (as long as I can get arugula I’m making this chicken sandwich!!!!)
Spinach and Cheese stuffed shells
Penne with 5 cheeses
Mom’s vegetable soup
Homemade Cream of Tomato Soup with
French Onion Soup (confession…I haven’t made this yet! But I want to! It’s a recipe from Cook’s Illustrated)
Meatloaf, Roasted Potatoes, Green Beans
Roasted veggies (butternut squash, carrots, potatoes, onions, leeks, acorn squash…so many yummy veggies to roast now!)
Parmesan roasted cauliflower
Baked sweet potato fries
Zesty Broccoli Casserole
Hash Brown Casserole (which I have a recipe for but also haven’t tried yet)
Cinnamon and Spice Tea
Edited to add links to two follow-up posts with recipes!
Hope you enjoyed the peek at my menus! What’s on your menu during these early days of Autumn?