3 Must Have Recipes For Fall

3 Must Have Recipes For Fall

I don’t know about you, but I always get a hankering for warm, yummy recipes when I feel that familiar nip in the air that signals the end of summer. Here are 3 delicious recipes for fall that will get your mouth watering: a juicy, cheesy meatloaf, some savory cider, and some extra chewy gingersnaps. Ready to delight your senses?

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Recipes For Fall

1. Cheesy Meatloaf

Cool weather makes me crave meatloaf. It’s super hearty and filling. The breadcrumbs and rice, along with the meat, make this dish a meal in itself. Simply pair the loaf with a crunchy salad and you’ve got a beautiful, balanced meal. This recipe is super tasty and easy to throw together. I love eating the leftovers the next day for lunch.


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  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/4 cup milk (I’m dairy-free so I use coconut milk)
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs (panko breadcrumbs are gluten-free)
  • 1/2 cup rice (this makes the dish extra filling)
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 3 cups shredded cheese (cheddar is my favorite)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons each salt and freshly ground pepper


  • Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit
  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl except the cheese
  • Using wax paper, spread the mixture into a 14″ by 18″ large rectangle pan
  • Sprinkle the cheese over the meat leaving an inch on each of the four sides
  • Starting at one end, roll the mixture into a loaf, sealing the ends
  • Put the roll into a 10″ by 15″ pan and bake for 1 hour
  • Optional: drizzle your favorite chili sauce over the roll

How’s that for easy?! You can swap out turkey for beef if you’d rather.

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2. Spicy Crockpot Apple Cider

I love the smell of fall when the weather cools and the days become increasingly shorter. It makes me want to curl up on the couch with a good book and a mug of steaming cider. Cider is enticing, easy to make, and will make your house smell cozy. It’s always a welcome addition for festivities with friends and family. And the dash of brandy will make for a relaxing evening.


  • 64 ounces or 1/2 gallon of apple cider or apple juice (whichever you prefer)
  • 4 to 5 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 teaspoons whole cloves (In my opinion, this is the secret sauce)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 sliced orange
  • Small handful of frozen cranberries (adds to the festivity)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Pinch of ginger
  • A dash of brandy, rum, or bourbon (adults only of course)


  • Combine all ingredients into a crockpot
  • Put the cloves in a spice bag and add to the pot
  • Turn on low for approximately 2 hours
  • Ladle cider into mugs laced with a lemon wedge
  • Toss in a shot of brandy, rum, or bourbon for an added punch

Enjoy the spicy snap that permeates your kitchen. The cloves will make it smell like Christmas, and the cranberries add a touch of tang.

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3. Extra Chewy Gingersnaps


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  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar (save a couple of tablespoons for rolling)
  • 3/4 cup soft butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses (unsulphured)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour


  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Using a mixer, combine the sugar and butter for 2 minutes on medium speed (use the paddle attachment)
  • Add in egg, molasses, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and baking soda
  • Mix for another minute or so
  • Add in the flour and mix on low until combined
  • Using a cookie scoop, form the dough into balls
  • Coat each ball with the extra sugar
  • Place coated balls 2 inches apart on a parchment paper covered baking sheet
  • Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes until the edges of the cookies are lightly browned
  • Cool on a wire rack
  • Cookies will keep for several days if stored in an airtight container
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Key Points

Fall is the perfect time to hunker down and whip up some yummy food. Meatloaf is hearty, filling, and nourishing, and spicy apple cider and chewy gingersnaps are the perfect additions to any gathering with family or friends.

What are some of your favorite fall recipes? Let me know in the comments:)

6 thoughts on “3 Must Have Recipes For Fall”

  1. These recipes all sound really yummy! I’ve always enjoyed mulled wine at Christmas time or when the weather is cold for a special treat, I’ve never thought of making cider. Your recipe sounds like it’s quite easy (love a good crock pot recipe) and delicious so I’ll have to give it a try.

    • Thanks Emily,

      The recipes are easy to throw together and are perfect for gatherings with family and friends. Give them a try. Thanks for reading!

  2. Hi Holly, just looking through your recipes has my mouth watering. The cheesy meat loaf is definitely going to be added to my favourites list. As I am in the UK have you got any good recommendations to convert the imperial measurements and temperatures into metric? If there was an easy way it would be so useful as many of the best recipes on the internet are from US based sites. Thanks in advance, Andrew 

    • Hi Andrew,

      Thanks for bringing the measurements to my attention. It has never occurred to me to share recommendations on how to convert imperial measurements into metric. Check out this link.

      Do give the meatloaf a try. It’s a hearty dish for fall. Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment:)

  3. Great recipes I would say! My favorite is the Cheesy Meatloaf, its full of ingredients and nutrients, enough energy and several great sources of quality protein; eggs, beef. This is also easily made as a gluten-free version as the recipe actually points. I will test this out! Thanks for sharing these, I will take a further look at your website and other articles out there.

    • Hi Jesse,

      The cheesy meatloaf is awesome, nutritious, and easy to make. I like that it makes a generous amount so there’s enough for leftovers the next day. I use the panko breadcrumbs, which makes it gluten-free. Give it a try, It’s delicious. Thanks so much for reading!


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