When the days start getting noticeably shorter, and the park is covered in acrons, I know it’s time to give up my vice like grip on summer and accept that Autumn is very much here.
I am never happy to give up the lazy days of summer, but one way we make the transition from summer into Autumn a little easier is by changing our menu planning and adding in some delicious Autumn family meals.
There are some meals we eat all year round, but many of the meals on our meal plan are seasonal.
Planning seasonal meals is a good way to keep our meal plan from getting boring, it fits better with our lifestyle, and it’s a way to find something positive about the end to the long summer days. Hot apple and oat pancakes for breakfast almost makes up for it being a bit cold in the mornings!
Eating seasonally is also more budget friendly. It’s cheaper and easier to buy fruit and veggies that are in season, and to use what we can grow in the veggie garden at this time of the year. So in Autumn we eat lots of apples and pears, given to us by friends with fruit trees, and are making the last of the summer tomatoes into sauce for the freezer.
Here are some of our favourite easy Autumn family meals.
Autumn Dinner Ideas
Sweet Potato Macaroni and Cheese from Kidgredients.
Mexi Rice – made with some of our homegrown tomato concentrate.
Sweet Potato Fritters from Create Bake Make
Meat and Veggie Pasties – made with the first of our homegrown turnips if we are lucky!
Veggie nuggets – make these with whatever seasonal veggies you have on hand.
Roast pumpkin soup from Bake Play Smile
Cheese and Ham Rolls – another great hot lunch idea.
Autumn Snacks and Treats.
Quick and Easy Apple Crumble – an easy winter dessert option.
Apple and Cinnamon Baked Pancake – a quick and easy way to make pancakes for all!
Pumpkin Pikelets from Childhood101
Apple and Oat Pancakes – these freeze well for a quick school morning breakfast.
Do you meal plan according to the seasons?
What is your favourite autumn family meal or treat?
If you are looking for more tips on meal planning you can find out how I plan a month’s worth of meals in half an hour here, or check out our free printable meal planners and simple meal planning tips here.