Cooler weather is here and I like to think I am ready for once (perhaps!) and it wouldn’t be a proper season without a few warming winter meals. Comfort food for the long dark nights, and of course to boost flagging energy levels in the season of coughs and colds, and Christmas shopping! Here, some of the most delicious easy family-friendly recipes to make for winter.
Shall we start with some soup? Here’s a classic: A delicious Minestrone soup — a basic recipe to which you can add elements that your family likes, like cream, ground meat, leafy greens or more. Also try this hearty Oxtail Soup from Eat Your Veg?
Moving on to something a little more substantial, here’s a very French Pot Au Feu from Franglaise Cooking to embrace the start of stew season. Fancy taking your stew with you on the go? It can be done – look no further than this ingenious recipe for Beef Pie in a Mug from Beach Hut Cook.
Slow cooker recipes
Classic slow cooker recipes of turkey stew, lamb shank and sausage casserole are classics but there is so much more you can do, including curries, Slimming World-friendly recipes, pulled pork and even BBQ ribs and jacket potatoes. Find out how to make all these slow cooker dishes here. We also love this slow-cooker Hungarian beef stew from Bug, Bird & Bee — perfect for cold dark evenings.
Meat-free dishes are perfect for Bonfire Night — it’s the season for gourds, root vegetables and hearty dishes.
Healthy pumpkin recipes for autumnal dishes — this versatile ingredient adds nutrients, moisture, fibre and more to dishes along with a zing of colour. Check out these pumpkin recipes.
Best autumn desserts
Onto the sweet stuff. It’s the season for apples and these 39 Bramley Apple recipes will have you cooking up a storm, with apple tarts, crumbles, cakes (as well as savoury dishes too!).
Indulge the family with these delicious your 35 favourite cookie recipes — including chocolate chip, peanut butter, shortbread and more.
If you haven’t tried Chinese Custard Tarts before, they are so good! This recipe from ET Speaks from Home should provide you with a new addiction. I love the look of Free From Farmhouse‘s Fail-Safe Vegan Choc Chip cookies – a recipe I will keep to hand for school baking as it’s not only nut-free, but dairy- and egg-free too, can’t be too careful!
And finally, last but by no means least – this rather gorgeous Peach & Clementine Bundt Cake by Casa Costello. I think I could manage a slice or five, or probably the whole thing.
Discover more delicious recipes and meal ideas in the Food section of the BritMums magazine