I don’t know about you, but when I think about fall food recipes I think: crockpots, soups, potatoes, and apple-or-pumpkin anything! While I have a ton of favorite crockpot soup recipes (make sure to check out the Indy Kids Sale “Fall & Winter Recipes” board to see lots of good ones!), I think one of the easiest is beef stew. Why? Because you can basically do what you want. Personally, I like to brown the beef (which I buy already cut up into the stew pieces to save time) in a little extra virgin olive oil in a pan before putting it in the crockpot. It adds a little more flavor. I also add the onions in the pan with it when browning. Then, I put beef broth, cream of mushroom soup, some water and any veggies I want. I WISH I could add mushrooms but with multiple people in my family refusing to eat them, I simply add chopped carrots, celery, minced garlic, and chopped potatoes (you can do any kind!). Like I said, you can really add anything you want. I throw in a little red wine and tomato paste or sauce. Be creative.
Speaking of recipes, another thing that I am in the midst of figuring out is a quicker breakfast routine for these school days. We always seem to be running behind no matter what time we wake up. One solution would be to have a prepared breakfast that I just need to warm up. I have found a few crockpot oatmeal recipes, but Lori was AWESOME and shared her make ahead frozen breakfast recipes on her Facebook page recently! Here they are:
Straight from Lori: “Here is the scoop. I buy the tortillas from Costco. They are in the fridge section and are the ones that aren’t cooked yet. I scramble two dozen eggs, cook about 1 1/2 pounds of bacon (I’ve also done sausage before), cut 50 strips of cheese (you could also use shredded) and dice green pepper. I heat us the tortillas on my griddle so they are slightly cooked. I do two at a time, take those off and then put two more on while I’m filling the tortillas I just took off. I pretty much make an assembly line. Eggs, bacon, cheese, green pepper and fold it up. The whole process usually takes me 2 hours. There is 50 tortillas in a bag and we use them for breakfast once a week. I turn the oven on 350 when I wake up and put however many we need in the oven. In about 25 minutes they are done.”
For more fall recipes, check out the Indy Kids Sale “Fall & Winter Recipes” board!
-Libby Springer, PR & Social Media Manager