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26 Cozy Fall Recipes for Harvest Season

Words by: Family Farm Team

When the autumn leaves start falling, it's time to rummage through your cozy recipe repertoire for those dishes that you associate with wool sweaters, fuzzy socks, pumpkin patches, and apple picking. These 22 fall recipes make use of the bountiful harvest that debuts in September at your local grocery store, farmer's market, or in your own vegetable garden. With seasonal produce like kale, Brussels sprouts, squashes, and root vegetables in your kitchen, there's an easy way to incorporate the spirit of fall into any meal of the day, whether you're enjoying breakfast on a breezy porch in October or dessert by a roaring fire in November.

Fall breakfast recipes:

If you're going for savory or sweet, a meal for one, or breakfast for a crowd, there's a plethora of fall produce that you can easily incorporate into your morning. Cozy up with a stack of pumpkin pancakes, a healthy spaghetti squash skillet, or a twice baked sweet potato boat before heading out into the autumn weather.

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1. Roasted Sweet Potato and Kale Frittata

One slice of this frittata and you'll be convinced that sweet potato and kale were made for eachother. Between the pockets of soft goat cheese and the hint of fresh thyme, it's a dish that you'll find yourself going back to every year.

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2. Root Vegetable Pancakes

Making a few hearty servings of savory pancakes is easy to do with whatever root vegetables you have on hand. Grated carrots, potatoes, turnips, beets, squash, parsnips, and even celery root all crisp up beautifully in a frying pan, but stay soft and fluffy inside. A dollop each of applesauce and sour cream on the side is highly recommended.

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3. Pumpkin Spice Protein Waffles

Whether you love it or not, there's no denying that fall is pumpkin spice season, and these waffles are full of that cinnamon-nutmeg-clove combination! They also include a boost of whey protein powder and almond flour that keeps them keto-friendly, filling, and fluffy.

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4. Kale Egg in a Hole

The classic egg and toast dish of many names gets a nutritious twist: tender sautéed kale and Gruyère cheese melted over top. The addition of this nutrient-rich leafy green complements the high quality protein, fats, and vitamins in the egg, resulting in a nutritionally complete breakfast that celebrates the hardiness of kale.

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5. Apple Cinnamon Raisin French Toast Casserole

In-laws visiting to go leaf peeping? Feeding a crowd of hungry friends? Casseroles are the answer. This one can be prepared a night ahead and baked off in the morning, warming your home with the sweet smell of cinnamon raisin bread, apples, brown sugar, and pecans.

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6. Healthy Egg Skillet

Like omelettes, egg skillets are fantastic vessels for your favorite vegetables. In this one, the eggs sit atop a nest of spaghetti squash, which is accompanied by roasted Brussels sprouts, broccoli florets, and a spoonful of hummus. If you're cooking for one, this dish is best eaten straight from the cast iron skillet on a chilly morning.

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7. Gluten-Free Oatmeal Pumpkin Pancakes

If you're avoiding gluten, pancakes don't have to be completely out of the picture. These are made with whole grain oat flour, all the spices you equate with fall, pure pumpkin purée, organic eggs, and almond milk. The recipe makes enough for one big stack, plus extras to store in the freezer and pop in the toaster tomorrow.

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8. Leftovers Breakfast Burrito

These breakfast burritos just might convince you that the day after Thanksgiving is even better than the holiday itself: just wrap up your leftover turkey, candied yams, and stuffing in a warm tortilla with fluffy scrambled eggs, and don't forget to serve with a side of gravy. Your family and guests will be delighted with your ingenious use of yesterday's feast!

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9. Twice Baked Steak and Egg Sweet Potatoes

Speaking of leftovers, baking these egg boats is a smart way to use any remaining steak and cooked sweet potatoes lingering in your fridge from dinner last night. They're cheesy, savory, and filling; everything you want from your first meal of the day. If you have roasted vegetables on hand, swap them in for the asparagus to get breakfast on the table in just a few minutes.

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10. Brioche Brunch Strata

Gardeners all over the country are harvesting and drying their herbs this time of year, so it's the perfect opportunity to try new recipes that highlight fragrant flavors. Rosemary's peppery, piney aroma lends some powerful notes to this stuffing-like strata, bringing out the best in the sweet brioche bread and salty Italian sausage.

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11. Thanksgiving Leftovers Breakfast Hash

You served a crowd of extended family on Thanksgiving, now host them for breakfast and make your life easier by turning the leftovers into a one-pan hash that they'll ask for again next year. Using any leftovers that you have (we always go for stuffing, spinach, and butternut squash) will get your fridge emptied out and ready for the next holiday in no time.

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12. Sweet Potato Hash with Kale and Bacon

The perfect hash has a little bit of everything: sweet, savory, salty, and creamy. Naturally, this combination of sweet potato, kale, avocado, and crispy bacon is the ideal balance of flavors and textures, and it's all cooked in one pan to make a single delicious serving sure to fuel your weekend plans at the local apple orchard.

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13. Delicious Breakfast Bowl

If there's one fall breakfast that you'll find yourself wanting to make every weekday morning, it's this one. Filled to the brim with sautéed spinach, roasted sweet potato, cherry tomatoes (bonus points if they're freshly picked from your garden!), and lemony mashed chickpeas, this breakfast bowl showcases all the stunning colors of fall vegetables in a nutritious way.

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14. Pumpkin and Pecan Pancakes

For an all-out brunch, a tower of pancakes dripping with maple syrup is an obvious choice. But these aren't your average pancakes: they're autumn in pancake form. The real star is the pumpkin spice, a conglomeration of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. As if that isn't autumnal enough, every forkful is studded with chopped pecans.

Fall lunch recipes:

Along with cooler weather and bountiful produce, harvest season brings new flavors to incorporate into your lunches, whether you're enjoying them at home or packing them for work. From grain bowls to deviled eggs, here's some inspiration for your midday meal.

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1. Cauliflower Grain Bowl with Hummus and Fried Eggs

Lounging in your favorite armchair with a warm bowl of filling farro, cauliflower roasted to golden perfection, delicate microgreens, and a fried egg on top is the best way to spend lunchtime. This grain bowl is work friendly too, guaranteed to give you a little boost to help those afternoon meetings fly by.

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2. Sweet Potato Deviled Eggs with Candied Pecans

If you prefer grazing over eating a full meal in the afternoon, include these deviled eggs in your lunchbox. Just mash the yolks with boiled sweet potato, add some mascarpone cheese, and top with homemade candied pecans: they may not be traditional deviled eggs, but they're an excellent sidekick for your salad or addition to your bento box.

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3. Leftovers Turkey and Egg Salad Sandwich

Sandwiches are the definitive lunch option, but even a classic like ham and cheese loses its charm after awhile. Our suggestion? Pack some hard-boiled eggs and fall flavors in between that bread, like roasted turkey, dried cranberries, chopped nuts, and fresh herbs. Serve it all on a soft dinner roll and you'll be transported to Thanksgiving day with every bite.

Fall dinner recipes:

After a long day at work or a weekend of hayrides, exploring the local apple orchard, and getting lost in a corn maze, there's nothing better to come home to than a warm bowl of soup, a piping hot plate of roasted Brussels sprouts, or a the smell of eggs baking in tomato sauce.

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1. Kale and Egg Soup

A sip of this kale soup tastes the way your favorite fall sweater feels: warm, inviting, and familiar. It starts with a mirepoix (onion, celery, and carrot) and ends with eggs poached right in the savory vegetable broth.

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2. Eggs Baked in Tomato with Fennel and Feta

Like shakshuka, this baked egg dish is made from a rich base of tomato with plenty of seasoning, but strays from tradition in a wonderful way. The combination of fennel, which has a bright licorice-like flavor, and creamy broken egg yolks oozing into the sauce is unlike any shakshuka you've ever tasted.

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3. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Jammy Eggs

Brussels sprouts are available all year long, but they're at their peak when fall comes around. Serve them roasted with a sprinkle of buttery homemade breadcrumbs and soft-boiled eggs dotted here and there for an eye-catching side dish at your dinner table.

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4. Butternut Squash Soup

If you haven't tried adding curry powder to butternut squash soup, now is the time to give this recipe a go. Cashews, coconut milk, turmeric, coconut oil, maple syrup, and tender, slightly sweet squash all give the soup layers upon layers of flavor that will warm you from your head to your toes.

Fall dessert recipes:

When the sky goes dark and cools the autumn air to a chill, call it day and end it on a sweet note. Whether you choose cheesecake, an egg white cocktail, or a slice of quick bread, just make sure your dessert includes those crisp apples you picked earlier or the warm, spicy zing of ground cinnamon.

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1. Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars

With pumpkin season in full swing, it's important to make the most of this vivid orange, quintessentially fall fruit. What better way to bake with it than in cheesecake form? The addition of chocolate cookie crumbs in the crust and topping puts these bars a notch above the rest.

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2. Pumpkin Apple Silk Cocktail

It's all in the name: this silky pumpkin apple cocktail gets its texture from egg white, which adds a foamy finish to each sip. Add it to your shaker along with apple juice, pumpkin purée, and apple brandy for a fall-inspired happy hour or post-dinner drink.

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3. Spiced Apple Loaf

The secret to this visually stunning loaf is the tangy cream cheese frosting, which acts as a canvas for the cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves running through the apple quick bread. If you're looking for an alternative to apple pie, this is the dessert for you.

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4. Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Move aside, banana bread...it's time for pumpkin to shine. Whether you choose to keep it simple or go all out with mix-ins like chocolate chips, nuts, and ginger, this loaf is guaranteed to permeate every nook and cranny of your home with the warm scents of fall.

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5. Pumpkin Cheesecake with Maple and Bourbon

Every layer of this seasonal cheesecake is pure bliss, from the cinnamon-spiced graham cracker crust to the creamy, luscious pumpkin, maple, and bourbon filling. But it doesn't end there: it's finished with a maple-infused sour cream topping that makes every forkful as memorable as the next.

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