Easy Fall Dinners for Busy Weeknights

By: Bob's Red Mill | October 6 2022

Fall is one of the best times of the year! The seasons are changing, friends and family are coming together, and all of our favorite foods fill the seasonal menus. What's not to love about it? 

Fall is all about comfort food and using seasonal ingredients at their peak, like Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, sweet potato, white bean and more! When you think of classic fall flavors, you think of hearty stews in a slow cooker, pumpkin spice drinks and desserts. Try out our Maple and Bacon Butternut Squash Farrotto or our Butternut Squash Lentil Soup.  

With so many different fall events and gatherings, you may be left with little time at home. With next week's schedule quickly filling up, what you're going to make for a weeknight dinner is likely the last thing on your mind. Because we know how important eating a healthy weeknight dinner is, we went ahead and rounded up our favorite easy fall dinners for those busy nights when you don't have much time. Simple to make and quick to cook, these quick fall dinners will leave you feeling full and satisfied with time to spare. Want to get a head start on planning next week's menu? We have easy fall dinner recipes that you can try. Continue scrolling to see which classic fall recipe you'd like to try out first.

Cheesy Oatmeal

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There wasn't a single morning where Bob didn't start his day with a steamy bowl of wholesome oats. In fact, Bob loved oats so much he'd often end his day with them too! Rich in fiber and loaded with healthy fats, protein and essential vitamins, oats are a superfood dish that should be worked into every healthy diet. While oats are commonly enjoyed in the morning, we tend to forget that they're incredibly versatile. When mixed with savory ingredients, oats can be turned into a nutritious and delicious dinner that can be made in minutes.

For a savory bowl of comfort food at its finest, make this Cheesy Oatmeal. Creamy, cheesy and out-of-this-world delicious, this oat recipe will quickly become one of your favorites. Made by mixing a bag of cheese powder into creamy Gluten Free Rolled Oats, it's a dinner recipe that will have you feeling better with each bite. Top this bowl of cheesy oats with caramelized onion, bacon, sauteed mushrooms, spinach and any other savory ingredients you enjoy. This recipe can be microwaved for a fast grab-and-go dinner or cooked on the stovetop if you have extra time.

Bean Free Quinoa Chili

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Picture a steamy bowl full of happiness. That's what chili is and so much more. The perfect fall dinner recipe, chili is a dish that features all your favorite ingredients blended into one filling meal. One of our favorite things about chili is that it is easy to customize. Carefully choose ingredients beforehand, or use the leftovers sitting in your fridge. No matter what seasonal veggies you decide to add to your chili, they're bound to taste delicious. Additionally, because many of the chili ingredients are most likely already in your kitchen, it's a low-maintenance meal that is perfect for ending your day. Excellent for the cooler weather, a warm bowl of chili is indeed our go-to fall recipe.

The fabulous Bean Free Quinoa Chili recipe is gluten free, vegan free and bean-free. In this dish, beans are swapped with quinoa to achieve the same rich and thick traditional chili flavor. Serve it up as a mouthwatering vegetarian main and pair with Gluten Free Corn Crackers on the side.

Savory Fall Tart

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When we talk about cooking a delicious tart meal this fall, we're not talking about it having tart flavor. Instead, we mean a freshly baked pastry full of savory goodness. Tarts are known for having a light and flaky crust with an inner filling full of sweet or savory fruits and veggies. Like a pie in structure, the main difference is that tarts do not have a top crust. Instead, the dish's creamy filling is filled to the top and enjoyed as is. A tart can also be served as a warm or cold dish. Once the outer shell is fully prepared, the pastry may be filled before baking so that the filling and the surface can cook at the same time, or the filling can be added after the crust has baked for a cold dish.

When deciding on a tart recipe fit for fall, we immediately know which to make: this Savory Fall Tart. This tart features a classic flavor combination that everyone will enjoy, full of fall vegetables, cheese and sage. Best enjoyed the day it's baked, this delicious recipe can be prepped in just under 30 minutes. Plus, this fall dinner idea is good enough to be a light main dish bursting with great fall flavor: it's best enjoyed with a side salad.

Skillet Pizza

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Pizza is a favorite family dinner that's enjoyed year-round. It combines a handful of mouthwatering ingredients and turns them into a dinner masterpiece. Nearly everyone loves this dinner food! The only problem with pizza is that it can often be time-consuming to create, especially if you're not a master chef. Aside from choosing, cooking, and prepping toppings, the pizza crust must first be baked before the meal can fully come together. Because of this, many individuals opt to order pizza from a restaurant rather than make it themselves.

If you're craving a warm homemade pizza dinner but don't want to go through all of the steps it takes to make it; we've found your solution. This Skillet Pizza is an easy way to make a delicious homemade dinner in a short amount of time. By only prepping this dough beforehand, you can ensure that you have a ready-to-grab pizza crust whenever you need it. Once the dough is prepared, this entire recipe can be prepared and cooked in nearly 20 minutes. And, because the ingredients are combined in a single skillet, there's less mess for you to clean up afterward. The ideal quick dinner treat, make this pizza for yourself, and save the leftovers. Or, make this pizza and bring it to your next fall gathering! An easy crowd-pleaser, it will have everyone running back for seconds. 

Market Greens and Millet

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When it comes to fall, warm meals aren't the only dish that can be indulged in this season. In fact, seasonal veggies, fall herbs, fresh produce and leafy greens often line the grocery store shelves and can easily be turned into a savory dinner recipe that won't leave you overly full. When you're in a crunch for time and still want to make sure you enjoy a healthy meal, make a savory salad. Salads are a wholesome meal that requires little prep time. Additionally, nearly anything can be added to your salad bowl. For an extra boost of plant-based protein, turn your favorite salad into a hearty dish by combining it with grains. Chilled grains are the ideal salad add-in and can turn a light dinner dish into a more filling one.

For the ideal grain-based salad recipe, make this Market Greens Millet. A unique blend of market greens and millet, this dish can double-duty as a healthy dinner or light lunch. Plus, any leftovers from this meal can be combined with other dishes to amp up the savory flavor. This millet greens salad is a great way to use all of the seasonal produce you've been tempted to purchase. Hulled millet, butternut squash, pomegranate seeds and minced onion are just a few of the many add-ins you can work into this fall dinner. A fantastic dish to place at your holiday table, just one bite of this salad will leave you wanting more. 

Easy Cassoulet

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Now, you've likely made a casserole or two. A sizeable warm dish full of flavorful food, casseroles are a hit when it comes to fall. That being said, a casserole is also quite a common dish. If you're searching for an easy-to-make main that will make a splash at your next fall get-together, skip the casserole and make a cassoulet instead. Different from a casserole, cassoulet is a long-simmering stew that originated in the south of France. Slow-cooked and full of savory seasonal ingredients, cassoulet is the perfect dish to cozy up to on a chilly fall evening. 

For the ideal cassoulet recipe, make this Easy Cassoulet. Simple to make, this cassoulet is a dish that contains cranberry beans, pork sausage and fresh bread crumbs. The prep time for this meal is just under 30 minutes. Low-maintenance and hard to mess up, this cassoulet's slow cook time makes it a hands-off meal, allowing you to complete other tasks while it bakes. It's perfect for busy nights spent at home!

Ready to start preparing your fall menu? Use this list of quick fall dinners to refresh your weekly menu, and add more time to your evenings. There's bound to be a dish on this list that you enjoy, from cheesy oatmeal to skillet pizza!

Have a favorite fall dinner that we didn't mention? We'd love to hear what it is. Share your savory fall recipes with us in the comments below. From everyone at Bob's Red Mill, Happy Fall! 


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