This week we change it up with a fun, creative, and YUMMY post, written by Lauren Harvey! Lauren is the owner and writer of the amazing Edible Link where she tells stories through her love of food.
Today, she shares with us her Top 5 Fall Comfort foods for the perfect self-care night! Enjoy!
Cool autumn evenings are the perfect time to treat yourself to a night of self-care! Whether you prefer to use your self-care night as a time to unwind alone, or as a time to reconnect with the family, self-care time should be stress-free! These five recipes are easy to throw together, full of nutritious ingredients, and most of all, give you that warm, nostalgic feeling of being wrapped in a warm blanket by the fireplace.
Pumpkin and Curry Soup
Nothing says fall better than pumpkins! Enjoy autumn’s favorite ingredient in a new way with this sweet potato and curry pumpkin soup. A crockpot and blender (immersion or otherwise) are all you need to create this delicious, warm-you-from-the-inside-out quintessential fall dish.
Top with pomegranate seeds, some roasted pepitas (pumpkin seeds) and a crumbly cheese for a complete dish! An orange and cabbage slaw would compliment the soup nicely, rounding out your self-care fall dinner with a splash of citrus.
Get the recipe: “Sweet Potato Pumpkin Curry Soup” by Edible Ink
Classic Chicken Pot Pie
One of my all-time favorite comfort foods, pot pie gives you everything in one bite! Buttery pie crust envelops perfectly tender chicken and vegetables coated with a creamy gravy. What else could you ask for?
To make this recipe even easier, use shredded rotisserie chicken or turkey. Don’t be afraid to add in any extra vegetables you have in your fridge either – the more the merrier
Get the recipe: “Easy Chicken Pot Pie” by Sunny Anderson
Creamy Butternut Squash Linguine with Fried Sage
What says comfort better than a rich, creamy pasta dish? This recipe uses roasted butternut squash (hello fall!) to create a creamy vegan sauce for the linguine. Fried sage adds a quick crunch and a punch of flavor. Swirl in some pesto and frozen peas for an extra boost of green. Serve with plenty of crusty bread to soak up all that delicious sauce.
Get the recipe: Creamy Vegan Butternut Squash Linguine with Fried Sage by Cookie and Kate
Crockpot Pork Roast
I love a dish that looks like you spent hours in the kitchen preparing it, but doesn’t require all that effort. Enter the crockpot, every working person’s best kitchen friend. This pork roast pulls on the flavors of fall with onions, apples and carrots.
A main course and side dishes cooked at once? Sign me up. Throw the ingredients in a crockpot and let the scent fill your house while you treat yourself to a warm bubble bath, restorative face mask and a good book.
Get the recipe: “Autumn Crockpot Pork Roast” by Ally’s Cooking
Sweet Potato Chili
Sometimes, when the wind blows cold and frost flickers in the air, what you really want most is a big bowl of warm chili. This recipe is easy to assemble, and packed with nutrients and layers of comfort.
Hearty and satisfying, this loaded chili makes for a meal all by itself! That means more time for self-care while it slowly cooks, ensuring the most flavor. Top with some shredded cheese, sour cream and green onions for the ultimate fall comfort. To make this recipe vegetarian friendly, leave out the sirloin and swap the chicken stock for some vegetable broth.
Get the recipe: “Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chili” by A Nomad’s Dream
What’s your favorite fall comfort food for a night of self-care? Have you made any of these recipes?
Let us know in the comments below!
About Lauren Harvey
Lauren Harvey is a creative writer, blogger, and content strategist. Find her writing about food at Edible Ink or health and wellness for SLO Life Magazine. She enjoys reading in the sun, making abstract art, and collecting vinyl records. Follow Lauren on Twitter.
Awesome!!! Loved the pictures!!
Yay!! That’s so amazing, Anikta! Very much appreciated!