Many of us are finding ourselves a bit short on time right now. Places to go, things to do, people to see etc. If you find yourself needing to prepare a dish that looks fancy, but takes less than an hour to make—look no further than this selection of favorites, both sweet and savory!
When the weather turns chilly, a recipe like this is great to turn to - the roast cooks for hours in the oven, warming your house and whetting your appetite for dinner.
This stew is just the thing to warm you up when the temperatures start to drop to the single digits.
With only a handful of ingredients that you probably already have around, this is so simple, and ready in under an hour and a half.
Butternut squash is excellent paired with pasta, because it gets creamy and rich, and almost coats it like a sauce. Pan-frying all the ingredients at the end deepens the flavor and turns the pasta very slightly crispy and toothsome.
This hearty, healthy salad could be made with quinoa as a base if you’d prefer something gluten-free. A vinaigrette made with lemon juice and parsley is faintly Middle Eastern in flavor and goes wonderfully with the roasted squash, almonds, and creamy goat cheese.
Reminiscent of cheesy baked pasta dishes, this casserole is hearty, but thanks to the spagetti squash instead of pasta, won't leave you totally stuffed.
Warm and comforting, this will surely become a new favorite (try it at Thanksgiving!).
When you come across perfectly fresh, bright green Brussels sprouts, shredding them paper thin for a salad is a wonderful treatment. Use a mandoline for very fine, feathery slices. Omit the cheese for an equally pleasing vegan dish.
This multi-dimensional pasta dish serves up the very best flavors of autumn and winter.
This is a hearty salad with an unexpected and satisfying combination of ingredients.
This thick, date-sweetened smoothie is an excellent way to enjoy fresh figs when they’re in season.
These hand pies are a perfect use for the first local apples of the season. You’ll have extra caramel sauce left after making these: nice for spooning over ice cream (or eating out of the jar!).
This is a relatively traditional strudel recipe, delicious as is, but it lends itself to improvisation. For best results, make the apple filling the day before.
Sautéed spiced pork tenderloin with broccoli, apples, shallots, and bracing apple cider tastes just like fall. Served with a simple green salad and some good bread, it’s the perfect meal for a cool autumn evening.
The longer this confit cooks, the better it tastes. Serve over grilled fish, add to pasta sauce, use to fill an omelet, or spread on top of crostini.
The meatballs in these easy sandwiches are full of eggplant, making them extra-flavorful and tender.
This is a substantial meal as is, but the filling can easily be modified for more protein by adding ground beef or crumbled tofu.
This bright green sauce is creamy and tangy, and stirred into pasta is a delicious alternative to tomato sauce or pesto.
A decadent french toast that is great for a special brunch or just a fancier weekend breakfast!
Spicy and delicious side to a local omlette and if you have leftovers it reheats nicely to be a compliment to your sandwich for lunch.
Potato soup is a childhood favorite of mine, and this is the first time I've put tangible measurements to this recipe, so above all else, make this in a way that tastes good to you.
I like to pair this with a green salad, or sautéed cabbage or kale.
This can be made ahead and reheated. I love that this recipe can be adapted for most any time of year, for just about any kind of mushrooms, herbs or roots available.
A good friend of mine gave me a green tomato pie recipe a few years ago to deal with a season of tomato blight. I've adapted this surprising and tasty dessert to make it totally local.
I made this up during the spring beet season, and used shrub because I was hunting for vinegar in my cupboard, but didn't have any. It was a happy surprise!
If you're like me, carrot sticks get borring pretty fast. Adding hummus and other dips only go so far. I love putting a twist to classic recipes by substituting in other ingredients. Give your tastebuds a new adventure! You won't be disapointed!
Toad in a hole, also known as eggs in a basket, is a pretty simple recipe. The addition of mushrooms in the recipe adds a heartiness to the begining of the day, and you could even use a blend of local veggies, in addition to mushrooms.
When the garden comes in this is the recipe to have on hand. It goes together quickly, and you can easily adjust the vegetables to make more if you have a bumper crop of tomatoes or peppers.
This is one of my favorite brunch recipes. It is easy to make, and while it bakes you can cut up a nice local fruit salad or get a load of laundry done. This recipe is dear to my heart as my mother-in-law used to make it. Now my husband continues the tradition of making this for a brunch potluck, or for the two of us leaving us with plenty of leftovers.
Potatoes make a great stand-in for pasta in this hearty "lasagna".
I enjoy this recipe because it can be changed so many ways by adding different herbs and spices and also because it is just as delicious without adding meat.
Be sure to use ripe peaches for these muffins, they'll turn out moist and infused with peach flavor.
This is a fresh, easy, and very colorful salad that's sure to impress.
Freshly toasted spices with ripe, in-season peaches make this an incredible appetizer.
This hearty salad is easily doubled if you're feeding more than two.
Thank goodness, you don’t actually need to peel the 40 cloves of garlic here. This easy chicken dish is moist and infused with flavor.
This basil garlic mayonnaise would be great slathered on all your sandwiches and burgers this summer.
The filling for these burritos will be sure to please everyone – creamy with black beans and nicely seasoned.
This cornbread, topped with sliced heirloom tomatoes and sharp cheddar cheese, is decidedly out of the ordinary.
A perfectly light and fresh summer tomato sauce to serve over pasta.
Watermelon gazpacho is unexpected, and perfect for pulling out of the fridge when you’re craving something cool and refreshing.
Pure summer in a glass. This recipe is easily doubled.
This classic Lebanese salad packed with toasted pita, summer vegetables, and loads of herbs tends to be a hit with everyone, and is filling enough to serve as a meal.
A flavorful salsa made with parsley, mustard, and vinegar really makes this meal.
Fragrant, saucy lamb is ladled over orzo with loads of chopped parsley, then topped with generous amounts of feta and kalamata olives in this hearty, Greek (-inspired) meal. This crowd-worthy dish is easy enough to make (just two dirty pots!), but doesn’t taste that way.
Adding fresh corn to the batter gives these zucchini fritters a special, summery twist.
Serve with an herby, lemony salad for a satisfying meal, or serve as a side dish alongside something grilled. Try using gluten-free pasta!
This chicken dish is so quick and healthy, with marjoram infusing it with flavor. Pressing the chicken under an additional skillet while cooking results in moist meat with a crispy exterior.
Have this cake for dessert or for a very special snack with tea.