Fall Grocery List
Author: Whitney Hollingshead
Fall is a great time for incredible food. Unfortunately for many of us, fall is also a very busy time of year. Make grocery shopping and meal planning simple this season by adding these four ingredients to your cart. Try out some of these delicious and easy ideas this week!
What to Buy: Canned Chili (any variety) OR Dry Chili Soup Mix
How to Use It:
1. Chili Dinner Sundaes: Prepare instant rice and top with heated chili. Add shredded cheese, sour cream, and salsa, if desired.
2. Classic Baked Potatoes: Bake potatoes, slice down the middle, and top with heated chili and cheese. For an extra kick, add a splash of ranch dressing.
3. Chili Cheese Dip: Combine chili with one brick of cream cheese and heat through. Serve warm with tortilla chips.
4. Chili Mac & Cheese: Prepare your favorite macaroni and cheese. Combine with chili. Consider adding a can of petite diced tomatoes too. (You may prefer this recipe with a version of chili without beans.)
5. Chili Scramble: Top scrambled eggs with chili and cheese. Add a dollop of sour cream and sliced avocado. Serve with salsa. For extra fun, wrap this mixture in warm tortillas.
*Not a big fan of chili? Use your favorite thick soup (like broccoli cheese or chicken tortilla) for many of the options above instead.
What to Buy: Canned Pumpkin Puree (NOT canned pumpkin pie filling)
How to Use It:
1. Pumpkin Spice Muffins: Combine 1 box of spice cake mix with 15-16 oz. of pumpkin. Spoon the mixture into a muffin tin. Sprinkle tops with brown sugar and cinnamon. Bake for 15-18 minutes at 350 degrees.
2. Pumpkin Parfaits: Combine 1 cup of pumpkin with 2 cups of vanilla yogurt. Prepare instant vanilla pudding according to package directions. Layer the pumpkin mixture, vanilla pudding, and granola in clear plastic cups, glasses, or mason jars. Sprinkle whipped cream and cinnamon on top. Also, try again using butterscotch or chocolate instant pudding.
3. Pumpkin Soup: Combine 15-16 oz. of pumpkin with 2 cans of chicken stock or broth, ½ cup of heavy cream, 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, and ½ teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice (mixture of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice). Simmer on low.
4. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies: Combine 1 box of spice cake mix, 1 large can of pumpkin, and 1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Drop by large spoonfuls on cookie sheet. Bake at 350 until toothpick comes clean out of center. (They will be soft and gooey.)
5. Pumpkin Alfredo Pasta: Saute 2 tablespoons of butter with ½ teaspoon of ground sage. Add 1 cup pumpkin and 1 cup heavy cream. Add a pinch of black pepper and a pinch of nutmeg. Simmer on low. Serve over pasta. Sprinkle with fresh parsley and bacon crumbles, if desired.
What to Buy: Fresh Apples
How to Use Them:
1. Caramel Apple Oatmeal: Chop 4 apples into small pieces. Boil 4 cups of water. Add apples, 2 cups of quick cooking oats, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon of nutmeg. Simmer on low for 5 minutes. Drizzle caramel sundae syrup over oatmeal to serve.
2. Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Apple: As mentioned here, sliced apples are a great addition to your standard grilled cheese sandwich. Consider adding honey ham too. Serve this sandwich with the pumpkin soup above for a complete meal.
3. Baked Cinnamon Apples: Slice 4 apples into thin slices. Melt 4 tablespoons of butter. Add 4 teaspoons of cinnamon, ½ cup of brown sugar, and the apples. Saute on low until apples are tender. Serve as a delicious side, a snack, or even as an ice cream topping.
4. Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Apple: Place pork chops in slow cooker. Cover with 4 apples (skinned and sliced) and 1 sliced onion. Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon. Pour a can of root beer over the top and cook on low 6-8 hours.
5. Caramel Apple Cake: Prepare yellow cake mix according to directions on box. Add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Add 2 finely chopped apples. Bake according to cake mix directions. Drizzle each piece of cake with caramel sundae sauce and top with whipped cream.
What to Buy: Hot Cocoa Mix
How to Use It:
1. Cinnamon/Vanilla Hot Chocolate: Make hot cocoa according to directions on packet. Add a few drops of vanilla and a dash of ground cinnamon.
2. Chocolate/Cream Cheese Dip: Mix dry hot cocoa mix with cream cheese to reach desired balance of flavors. Serve with graham crackers, chocolate graham crackers, Nilla wafers, or even Oreos. For a twist, add some creamy peanut butter or crushed Reese’s peanut butter cups to the mixture.
3. Hot Cocoa Popcorn: Prepare popcorn (plain air-popped works best). Sprinkle with hot cocoa mix, ground cinnamon, mini marshmallows, and mini chocolate chips.
4. Chocolate Pancakes: Mix milk with hot cocoa mix to create chocolate milk and use this in place of water or milk to prepare your favorite pancake mix (or use Bisquick). Add 2 additional teaspoons of dry hot cocoa mix to the batter. Pour the batter on the skillet. Sprinkle each pancake with chocolate chips before flipping. Also try mint chips, crushed candy bars, mini M&Ms, or even crushed Oreos. Drizzle with chocolate or caramel syrup, if desired.
5. Cocoa Float: Make hot cocoa according to packet directions. Top off with a scoop of your favorite ice cream flavor.