The tomatoes and sweet corn of August are making way for the Brussels sprouts, winter squash, apples, and cranberries of fall. It’s that time of year when you crave something a little warmer, a bit cozier, and a smidge heavier than you do during the warm weather months of the summer when fresh, light flavors are far more crave-able. Casseroles, roasted veggies, soups, stews, chilis, tray bakes, braises, and the like all take center stage as the weather gets cooler and the days get shorter.
But just as during the long summer days when fun seems like it’s right around the corner at all times, time is still of the essence. Between work, household chores, and soaking up the crisp fall days while we have them, there is still precious little time to spend at your stove. You want recipes that will really work for you.
Luckily, these recipes give you that taste of the season that you’re after but are easy to prep or make ahead, so you can spend more time watching football, peeping fall foliage, drinking cider and toddies, and eating all-things pumpkin.
This article originally appeared on The Everygirl.