Ready to take the stress out of meal planning? Creating a seasonal meal plan is something that you need to make! Imagine setting up a meal once for the next 3 months? Putting in the work now will make your weekly meal planning the easiest thing ever!
Whoo-hoo! Fall is officially here!!!
I have been doing my part to begin planning and preparing for the changing season ahead.
The temperatures here in the Midwest were still pretty hot in the upper 80s and 90s throughout September and this past week but there have been glimpses of hope that fall weather has arrived.
The past two days have been perfect and it FINALLY feels like fall which is a great thing because fall is my favorite time of year!
With the anticipated arrival of fall, I have been using my CHK Seasonal Meal Planner to do some seasonal meal planning.
Creating a seasonal plan has been one of the most helpful things I have done in this season of transition for my family. Having a complete, ready-to-go list of family favorite meals (along with a few new recipes to try) to plug into the meal plan is time and sanity-saving.
Want to get started creating your own seasonal meal plan?
Scroll down to the bottom to see how to make one!
But first, let’s take a look at what is on our fall seasonal meal plan this year.
Fall Seasonal Meal Plan
This is a list of our 30+ go-to favorite meals for fall. We will be rotating through this list October through the start of December.
I have included recipe links when noted, as well as how we make certain recipes dairy and/or gluten-free for allergy purposes (we eat a mostly whole food diet since we have several food sensitivities in our family ranging from being nut, dairy, and gluten-free).
If it is a family favorite that doesn’t require a recipe source (these I have been making so long, and have adapted to our family’s dietary needs that I don’t use a recipe for) I have marked them as FFR (Family Favorite Recipe)…. scroll down to the bottom to see how you can get access to our Family Favorite Recipes!
Paleo Zuppa Italiano – FFR
Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili – The Real Food Dietitians
Instant Pot Chicken and Artichoke Soup – FFR
Paleo Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Chili – FFR
Loaded Baked Potato Soup – from the Eat What You Love Cookbook (adapted to be nut-free by using coconut milk)
Roasted Chicken and Vegetable Soup – (made with leftovers from roasted or rotisserie chicken)
Creamy Italian-Style Chicken & Kale Soup – from Eat At Home Tonight Cookbook (adapted to be dairy-free by using coconut milk)
White Pork Chili – from Meals Made Simple Cookbook (make after Maple-Dijon Pork below)
Maple-Dijon Pork Tenderloin – from Meals Made Simple (use leftover pork for White Pork Chili above)
Orange Pork Stir-Fry – Read Food Dietitians
BBQ Shredded Pulled Pork – from Eat What You Love Cookbook
Ranch Pork Chops- FFR
Lemon & Rosemary Pork Chops – from Meals Made Simple
Prosciutto, Spinach & Artichoke Pasta (with spiralized vegetable or Gluten-free noodles) – FFR
Pepperoni Pizza Pasta – I typically make my own Italian sausage by buying ground pork and adding my own spices since so many pre-packaged sausages contain sugar and it’s so easy to whip up a jar of Italian sausage seasoning to keep in your pantry.
Beef Fajitas – depending on what I have in the freezer, I will swap out the beef for chicken
Butternut Squash Enchiladas – from Whole Smiths Good Food Cookbook (the original recipe is vegan but I will add in some ground beef)
Classic Balsamic Pot Roast – FFR
Slow Cooker Thai Beed Stew – from Meals Made Simple Cookbook
Slow Cooker Short Ribs with Rosemary & Garlic Potatoes – FFR
Steak Italiano Marinara with spiralized vegetable or gluten-free noodles – FFR
Italian Lemon Chicken – FFR
CYLC (Change Your Life Chicken) As dramatic as it sounds, it really will change your life! It’s so easy and delicious, my family LOVES this meal- from The Lazy Genius Collective
Chicken Verde – from Meals Made Simple Cookbook
Skillet Butter Chicken – from Whole30 Fast & Easy Cookbook
Slow Cooker Sesame Orange Chicken – from Against All Grain
Chicken Piccata with Artichokes & Spinach – from Eat What You Love Cookbook
Italian Skillet Chicken with Tomatoes and Spinach with Parmesan Pasta (gluten-free or spiralized vegetables) – from Eat at Home Tonight Cookbook
Cider-Braised Chicken with Apples & Kale – FFR
Slow Cooker Chicken Chili Verde – from Whole 30 Fast & Easy Cookbook
Loaded Chicken & Potato Casserole – from Just Jessie B
Whole Chicken – from Instant Loss but the recipe in the Whole Smiths Real Food Cookbook is also good. I also ALWAYS save the bones, skin, fat, and chicken bits from a whole chicken to make bone broth from the freezer.
Extra Easy Ideas
Rotisserie Chicken from Costco – I always grab 1 (sometimes 2!) while I’m there for a quick dinner. Shred the chicken, dividing for the freezer for different meals, then I use the bones and skins to make chicken broth
Beef or Turkey Burgers with Sweet Potato Fries – A recipe that really isn’t a recipe at all since I can make hamburger patties with a variety of seasonings from the spices in the pantry.
Leftover Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Chili Over Baked Potatoes – I always double our chili recipe, to add to the freezer in small jars for quick lunches and also to serve over baked potatoes later in the week when we need a quick dinner.
Baked Potato Bar – Throw potatoes in the oven, then line the counter with a variety of favorite toppings for a quick and easy dinner when I don’t have the energy or margin to make a full meal
Twice-Baked Spinach and Artichoke Potatoes – from Paleo Running Momma (I do add some leftover shredded chicken to make this a full meal but it also works well as a side)
For lunch, we typically eat leftovers and the kids usually buy their lunch at school but I LOVE to make big pots of vegetable-based soups for my lunches.
They are perfect for my lunches because my family typically doesn’t love them as much as I do. And fall is the perfect season for delicious and creamy BUTTERNUT squash soup… my favorite!
Apple-Butternut Squash Soup – from Whole 30 Fast & Easy Cookbook
Slow Cooker Sweet Potato, Apple, & Tumeric Soup – from Real Food Whole Life
Vegetable Skillet Saute – FFR
Soon, I’ll show you how I use this seasonal meal plan list to make my monthly meal plan for October & November.
It will be quick and easy since I’ve already done the hard work of making a seasonal meal plan!
Want the details on how to create your own seasonal meal plan as well as our Family Favorite Recipes with seasonal dishes straight from our fall meal plan?
Introducing the CHK Seasonal Meal Planning Guide!
Ready to take the stress out of meal planning?
Creating a seasonal meal plan is something that you need to make! Imagine setting up a meal once for the next 3 months? Putting in the work now will make your weekly meal planning the easiest thing ever!
This free CHK Seasonal Meal Planning Guide will walk you through the process AND give you plenty of inspiration to set up your fall plan today.
Here’s what is included: