It seems we migrated into Fall without hardly noticing.
Maybe we’ve been a bit distracted from watching our own personal worth drop with every foot of the ticker tape¦or watching our nation’s delicate financial markets holding the world’s economy at bay¦or watching Presidential debates and waiting for the candidates to give us a real, detailed “change management” agenda.
Nevertheless, Fall is here and some glorious autumn colors are bound to show their reds and golds very soon, perhaps in your part of the world. Aside from everyone’s woes and jitters, people still gotta eat, and easy is the name of the game for some of our favorite fall one dish dinners with an international flavor.
Following are Easy, Cheap, and Good (ECG) one dish dinners that you can find recipes for on many different websites. The links below to these one dish dinners are generally close to recipes I have made, although some of these websites offer several recipe choices:
Macaroni & Cheese
In this selection of one dish dinner recipes from Delish.com, you are bound to find at least one that suits your fancy for bubbling cheese and macaroni casserole baked fresh in the oven. One of my favorite dishes is mac & cheese with a side of steamed broccoli.
Wonderful and authentic rustic recipes for this typical stew-like one dish dinner comes to us from Martha Stewart.com. This Chicken Cacciatore is a true cool-weather comfort dish from the Italian countryside, and is great served with pasta.
Potato & Sausage Soup
A friend from the old country of Hungary used to make a similar hearty soup from scratch, but this very easy one dish dinner soup recipe from Taste of Home.com gives some shortcuts. Some crusty French bread would round out the meal.
To me, a curry one dish dinner is great any time of year, but it is especially good in the Fall, as this Chicken Curry recipe from Cooks.com shows. Serve over rice or with cooked lentils, and perhaps with some heat-absorbing sides like cucumbers, plain yogurt, or mild chutneys.
The homemade goodness of these enchiladas are almost legendary, and come from the folks at AllRecipes.com. It originated as a family one dish dinner recipe, but you can scroll down the page to check out the other enchilada options, and be sure to have sour cream, cilantro and salsa available
Seafood Hot Pot
After the Summer Olympics in China this year, I remembered making a similar Chinese Hot Pot one dish dinner years ago when communal dining was all the rage. This one is from Emeril Lagasse of FoodNetwork.com fame, and it uses wonderfully fresh ingredients and a savory broth.
There you have it. A week’s worth of fall favorite one dish dinner ideas and some recipes to inspire. Some are even worthy of adding to your recipe software generated family cookbook.