As the weather begins to cool down, it's the perfect time to fire up the oven, take out your trusty slow-cooker, and get the soup pot ready to go. In this week's meal plan, we've picked out some of our favorite fall dinners, like the Spaghetti Squash Lasagna with Broccolini, the Sweet Potato Soup with Toasted Pecans and the Slow-Cooker Char Siu Pork. These delicious, comforting dinners make transitioning into fall as easy as can be.
Strip Steaks with Smoky Cilantro Sauce & Roasted Vegetables: In this healthy dinner recipe, a cast-iron pan does double duty by searing the steaks and roasting the vegetables. Not a fan of cilantro? The sauce is great with parsley instead.
Spaghetti Squash Lasagna with Broccolini: In this low-carb spaghetti squash lasagna recipe, garlicky broccolini, spaghetti squash and cheese are combined for a healthy take on a favorite casserole. This bakes right in the squash shells for a fun presentation. Serve with a big Caesar salad and some warm and crusty whole-grain bread.
Roasted Autumn Vegetables & Chicken Sausage: Butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, garlic and sausage all roast on one sheet pan in this super-easy dinner. We're partial to the flavor of chicken-apple sausage, but you can pick whatever variety of chicken sausage you prefer. Serve with crusty bread and a dollop of whole-grain mustard.
Lemon-Caper Black Cod with Broccoli & Potatoes: In this healthy, 30-minute fish recipe, cooking the fillets skin-side down makes it easy to keep them intact when you flip them. Be sure to pat the fish dry before cooking—it's the key to getting the skin crispy. Served with roasted broccoli and potatoes drizzled with a lemon vinaigrette and topped with capers and parmesan, this easy dish is one you'll want to cook again and again.
Sweet Potato Soup with Toasted Pecans: Thick and creamy, but still low in calories, this delicious sweet-potato soup paired with a big, crisp salad makes a comforting and filling dinner. The Mixed Green Salad with Pomegranate, Dates & Bacon goes perfectly with the warming flavors of the soup.
Chicken, Arugula & Butternut Squash Salad with Brussels Sprouts: Hot roasted vegetables lightly wilt the arugula in this healthy dinner salad recipe. Keep prep time minimal by using leftover chicken, precut butternut squash and trimmed Brussels sprouts.
Day 7: Slow-Cooker Char Siu Pork
Slow-Cooker Char Siu Pork: While cooking pork in the slow cooker may not yield the crusty ends you'd get making a traditional Chinese roast pork recipe, the flavor more than makes up for it. It's worth heading to your local Asian market for dark soy sauce for this recipe (or order it online)—it's thicker than regular and less salty, with a touch of sweetness. You can make a substitute by combining regular soy sauce with a bit of molasses. A quick 30 minutes is all it takes to prep this dish, then turn on the slow-cooker and your work is done.
Watch: How to Make Spaghetti Squash Lasagna
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