An Early Fall Menu

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balsamic chicken

Now that the craziness of the holidays are behind us and Summer is officially over, it is time to get back to normal, every day life.  Of course, that doesn't mean we are going to stop planning and cooking and celebrating with food.  I know you all like to browse through my interesting menu ideas and so here is one specially made for you to use right now.  Whether you use it for Shabbat or maybe you are having the girls over for a fun night in, this menu is seasonal, flavorful and ready to be savored and enjoyed by family or friends.

Pumpkin Black Bean Soup

Pumpkin Black Bean Soup

When I think of October, I think of pumpkin.  I mean everyone is doing it, have you seen those new Dunkin' Donuts commercials?  We don't need them to get our pumpkin on.  Pumpkin is filled with vitamins and a great source of fiber too.  Let's leave out the sugar and enjoy this quick to make, hearty Pumpkin Black Bean Soup.

pan-seared-salmon

Pan Seared Salmon with Soy Sour Cream and Zaatar

I like to keep my main courses simple, with fresh and high quality ingredients and nothing does it better than salmon.  If you are not a fish person, try my simple Rosemary Balsamic Chicken.

Garlicky Kale

Garlicky Kale

All my kids eat kale these days, so it has become our go to side.  Have you tried it?

You could serve anything as a starchy side here, a simple pasta, some orzo or rice, but when possible it is best to get in some whole grains.  I would suggest this Bulgur with Carrots, Nuts and Dates and if you don't like dates or don't have any, just substitute to make it your way.

Healthy Apple Pecan Crisp

Healthy Apple Pecan Crisp

Comfort Me With Apples is not just the name of one of my favorite books by Ruth Reichl, but is also how this dish will make you feel.  We didn't use any pumpkin spice up in the soup, so let's get some of those fall flavors in this apple crisp.  Serve this dessert piping hot and feel the comfort.

Have a fantastic fall!!