The cold weather is here, and it’s only going to get colder. One of the best ways to keep warm during these chilly seasons is to ensure that you eat well and nourish your body. There are plenty of seasonal vegetables and an array of produce to devour, so it’s time to start planning how you’re going to eat your way through until spring. Whether you’re a natural chef in the kitchen, an amateur baker, or a traditional home-cook; there’s a recipe, technique, and hack out there to suit your lifestyle, household, and taste. It’s worth taking a little time to plan for the weeks ahead, so you’ll never be stuck for something to eat or drink on a cold night, and they’ll be no impromptu trips to grab fast food in the freezing night air.
It’s also a great chance to feed loved ones, friends, and family with get-togethers, dinner parties, and basically any reason to fill your house up with your favorite people, and to feed them delicious food. Gathering together those closest to you and sharing food is the perfect way to catch up over the table, and enjoy the seasonal change from the cozy comfort of your home.
The following are some ideas, inspiration, and tips for those who are ready to embrace the colder seasons, make their home warmer, and fill-up on the best the season has to offer, whatever the occasion might be.
Plan Ahead So There’s Always Something Tasty
Meal planning is a great way to organize your week and a chance to ensure that you write a thorough grocery list. Therefore, it’s worth dedicating a whole notebook or diary to your household’s food and drinks. Take a look online at some delicious recipes that you’ll feel confident in creating, or get out those recipe books that have been decorating your kitchen so far this year. Look for recipes that can utilize the same or similar ingredients so that none of your shopping goes to waste and you’ve got everything you need in your refrigerator and cupboards.
Meal planning will allow you to make sure that you and your family are eating a varied diet and don’t eat the same thing every night. You’ll be able to incorporate all those fresh seasonal vegetables and fruit into your food, for a nourishing and hearty week of meals. Sunday evening is the perfect time to sit down with a hot drink and begin writing down what you’re going to shop for and eat for the week ahead. Buying your groceries online will save you from having to visit a supermarket, and you’ll have better control of what you’re buying from your list, so bear that in mind next time you’re ready to stock up.
Stock Up So That There’s Always Something To Make
If you use ingredients often, that will last for months and months in your cupboard, like pasta, rice, flour, and drinks; it’s always worth stocking up at the beginning of a season and storing those things in your kitchen or pantry. Utilizing an online store for your beverages, or wine for our fall stews, or taking advantage of special deals on large quantities of dry goods, will ensure that you can focus your weekly grocery shop on fresh ingredients, and you’ll have what you need for any impromptu visitors.
Cook up sauces that you can store or freeze, or spend a Saturday making a delicious one-pot dish that you can portion out for the freezer, and reheat on cold evenings. It’s also worth trying out new baking recipes; what better way to spend a chilly Saturday than baking delicious fall treats? You can read more here for some tasty recipe inspiration. You’ll be able to accompany each dish with something you already have in your cupboards, and enjoy the fact that you’re still eating a home cooked meal, and not consuming unhealthy fast food or ready meals. Planning, and buying and preparing your food in advance will give you a relaxed and stress-free fall and you’ll enjoy the season knowing you’re eating well. Making the food is all part of the fun, right?
Encourage Guests To Pop Over So There’s Always Something To Look Forward To
Whether your cooking is at a top-chef level, or you’re a traditional home-cook in the kitchen; remember that your guests and family are there to spend time with you and not judge your cuisine. Therefore, stick to a tried and tested recipe that will warm everyone up and ensure that they leave feeling full and happy. One-pot fall recipes are a great way to feed many, and you can serve stews, casseroles, and soups straight from the pot with a ladle; people can help themselves and have as much or as little as they desire. You could bring seasonal produce like pumpkins and squash into the mix for a truly autumnal flavor and relaxed feast. And, no-one will notice if you reach for some of those pre-prepared dishes in your freezer!
Roast some potatoes and serve them in a large dish, or buy some bread from your local bakery which will be perfect for dipping into your culinary creation and cleaning the plates or bowls at the end of the meal. Simple steamed or sautéed vegetables can make a crunchy contrast to a creamy stroganoff, so consider what’s in season and get cooking! One-pot dishes can be prepared in advance and can bubble away on the stove (or you can just reheat them); giving you more time to hang out with your guests and enjoy their company. Cook veggies last minute and call everyone to the table to tuck in; yum.
If your visitors have particular preferences or tastes regarding what they drink; they’re likely to bring a bottle themselves, so don’t overthink things or worry too much. Have a supply of ice and lemons at the ready, and you’ll be good to go. If you’re feeling adventurous; you could create an autumn-spice punch.
The bowl of delicious liquid could take center stage as people settle in for the evening. Mulled wine and cider are another way to warm up your loved ones, and you can always create a non-alcoholic version for younger guests and designated drivers. Whatever you choose to eat and drink at your dinner party; focus on the warm atmosphere and ensuring your guests are looked after, and it could become a regular fall event in your home!