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Meal Planning: Favorite Fall Dinners

Posted By Jessica Fisher On September 20, 2009 @ 11:27 pm In Fall,Meal Planning | 5 Comments

Fall begins this week. And while autumn in San Diego isn’t quite the same as it was in Kansas City, we’re still experiencing a change in weather, and I definitely notice the amount of daylight hours lessening. The nights are cooling off and it’s almost time to bust out the footed jammies. Almost.

I love this time of year! It conjures up such great memories of Friday night football games, cool walks along the street, fireplace smoke drifting about the neighborhood.

One of the best things about Fall is the food.

{You knew I would say that, didn’t you?}

We have some favorite dishes that I only prepare during the fall and winter. They hold a special place in our hearts when the days seem shorter and the evenings (read: the time between darkness and bedtime) seem much longer. Since I have most of the ingredients already, I decided that these meals would make up our menu plan this week. What a perfect fit!

Minestrone Soup [5] and homemade foccacia
Macaroni and Cheese [6], steamed broccoli
Chicken Smothered in Onions [7]*, mashed potatoes, green salad
Tomato and Brie Pasta*, green salad, garlic bread
Brats with Sauteed Peppers*, pasta salad
Beef Stew [8], fresh bread
Costco Pizza – for moving weekend

* My recipes are now being catalogued over at Good (& Cheap) Eats [9]. Pop over there and find delicious ways to act your wage.

– Having a menu plan is your meal ticket to a happy night. For more inspiration, visit I’m an Organizing Junkie [10] every Monday for over 300 real life meal plans.

– If you’ve got a favorite fall recipe, I hope you’ll share it at Ultimate Recipe Swap [11] this weekend. Everyone who participates, will earn a chance to win The Autumn Book [12] by Susan Branch, one of my favorite cookbook writers.

– And don’t forget to check out this week’s Fall Festival of Fun, Food, and Friends [13]. We’ve got great themes and link up-portunities to help get you ready for the change of seasons happening this week.

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