5 Fall Dinner Recipes You Have to Try
In Southern California, the arrival of fall comes with a subtle shift in the weather, with our already-mild temperatures falling slowly and a slight chill in the air. The fall season in California is one of our most beautiful times of the year. It's still warm enough for all the outdoor activities you love, while cool enough to make the most of beloved autumn traditions.
For many people, one of the highlights of fall is the arrival of cold-weather recipes and rich, autumnal flavors. Beloved ingredients like pumpkin, butternut squash, apple, and mushrooms are all in season, and home chef menus take a turn towards dishes that are delightfully warm and cozy.
Excited to make the most of your kitchen this fall? We’ve put together a handy list of our favorite fall dinner ideas, giving you a head start on meal planning for the upcoming season:
Chicken and Tortellini Soup
Nothing quite says “fall” like a piping hot bowl of homemade soup, deliciously hearty and perfect for warming up on a chilly evening. This chicken and tortellini soup has a flavorful broth, plenty of veggies, and a generous helping of cheesy tortellini. Use a rotisserie chicken and pre-made tortellini to save yourself time and effort, and you’ll be cozying up with a warm bowl in no time.
Acorn Squash Gratin
Acorn squash is one of the most popular of fall season squashes, but many home cooks aren’t sure how to work it into their everyday dinner menu. This simple recipe for acorn squash gratin requires minimal prep time and kitchen experience, but results in a decadent, wonderfully cheesy side dish that packs plenty of fall flavor into every bite.
All-American Roasted Turkey
With a recipe this easy, roasted turkey doesn’t have to be reserved for Thanksgiving dinner. A blend of staple spices and helpful cook time guidelines ensure you’ll be slicing into a juicy, perfectly seasoned turkey every time. Our all-American roasted turkey pairs beautifully with roasted squash, seasoned green beans, or a hefty scoop of buttery mashed potatoes.
Butternut Squash Apple Soup
Fall is most certainly the season for soup, and what better what to celebrate it than with a wonderful soup recipe that features all of the autumn all-stars? Butternut squash, Granny Smith apples, onion, and garlic come together for a savory, slightly sweet soup that’s unlike anything you’ve had before. Cinnamon adds a delightful hint of fall spice, while honey and Greek yogurt keep the soup deliciously sweet and creamy.
Thanksgiving Turkey and Avocado Tostada Salad
Craving a fresh salad after an indulgent Thanksgiving dinner? Lighten up your dinner plans with a California-inspired salad that incorporates Thanksgiving turkey, help you chip away at your stockpile of holiday leftovers while simplifying meal prep. Avocado, black beans, jalapeno, and a crunchy tostada put a SoCal spin on a traditional holiday favorite.
Find All Your Fall Favorites at Gelson’s Market
Whether you’re picking up a few simple ingredients for the week or planning a special fall event, you can find everything you need for fall right here at Gelson’s. For years, we’ve been a part of the Southern California community, offering customers farm-fresh produce, delicious meats and seafood, expertly-prepared baked goods, and so much more. You can stock up on ingredients for new fall dinner recipes or simply let our deli and catering department do the cooking for you – at Gelson’s, it’s entirely up to you.