Simple (Autumn) Fall Meal Plan

Simple meal plan for Fall

I’m a big fan of creating my meal plans around seasonal produce. There are so many benefits to meal planning, and focusing on seasonal produce is a great way to save money and eat the most nutrient dense meals available.

Why Seasonal?

Did you know that the average apple you buy at a grocery store has been off the tree for 14 months! Hardly fresh produce. Contrast that to a fresh apple that was hand-picked by you or your local farmer in the fall at the peak of freshness.

There is no comparison on taste or nutrients!

Seasonal eating not only simplifies shopping and meal planning, but it truly is the most enjoyable way to eat. Rather than eating zucchini that has been flown halfway around the world to be fresh in late fall or the middle of winter, you can focus on delicious and fresh seasonal fall vegetables like sweet potatoes, root vegetables, apples, greens and brassicas.

A Fall Meal Plan

I highly recommend creating a meal planning template using meals that your family loves and seasonal produce for each season, but to give you some ideas, here is one of the weeks from my Fall Meal Plan.

I’ve also shared by meal plans for Spring, Summer and Winter if you want to check those out!

Day 1: Mini Meatloaf Cupcakes ( a kid favorite at our house!)

Day 2: Easy Chicken Soup (great recipe anytime anyone is sick too)

Day 3: Simple Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry

Day 4: Pumpkin Chili

Day 5: Parsnip Shrimp Lo-Mein

Day 6: Bacon & Apple Crock Pot Chicken Recipe

Day 7: Sausage and Sweet Potato Hash

Do you meal plan around seasonal food? Share your tips below!

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  1. You have (xFN) after a bunch of things on the recipes, what does it means??

    • Sorry! Should have explained that! It’s a notation used in the meal plans and it stands for family number… Basically the number of adult sized servings… For example, my family number is 4 even though there are five of us eating at each meal because the three kids eat two adult meals between them… Hope that helps!

  2. Struggles, yes.  This started during PMS week for me, and I really want to cave and have something I shouldn’t.  I have very specific cravings for things that are not satisfied with substitutes (wanting a Texas Pecan Bar, for instance).  I did have some ice cream which at least avoided the grains, though not the sugar.  🙁

  3. Approx. how long should I expect these to cook?

    • Should have included all the info, LOL! How long to expect the Mini-meatloaf cakes to cook?

      • haha, just saw this one… about 20-30 minutes depending on how hot your oven runs, but much longer if you use a loaf pan rather than the muffin pans…

    • I’m not sure I understand what you’re asking. Which item specifically?

  4. Do you offer a vegetarian meal plan?
    Thanks,
    Leena.

    • My focus is on real food, which includes meat. You could possibly modify it to exclude meat items though.

  5. Hi Katie!!

    I am loving your site and also trying to get preggo 🙂
    My only problem is that I can’t find the meal plans and recipes anywhere. (except this one)

    Please help!

  6. Hi, any ideas for school lunches?!
    cheers

  7. I will only enjoy your site until I see that you do allow, rude or vulgar comments to or from readers. So far so good 🙂
    I am looking forward to getting on the Paleo program with you. Thank you for all that you do.
    Dorothy Jenkins

  8. Saute Kale or beet greens or chard with garlic and olive oil until just soft, top with marinara. Add sauteed veggies of choice (mushrooms, and whatever you find) and cheese of choice if desired. Super fast, super easy. Soooo healthy.