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What to Cook to Stay Cozy this Fall

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When the air swirls with the first crisp autumn wind and a pumpkin patch sprouts out of nowhere in the mall parking lot, you know what season it is. The season of eating! But even if you aren’t living somewhere that feels like quintessential fall, you can still pretend by whipping up some of our favorite cozy treats, roast-y veggie dishes, and recipes with the word “harvest” or “pumpkin” in the name. Here’s some inspiration on what to cook this fall to make the most of the season.

Padma Lakshmi’s Thai Carrot Soup with Coconut Milk

Padma Lakshmi’s Thai Carrot Soup with Coconut Milk

Too many carrots? This recipe makes that a great problem to have. Just in time for soup season, this Thai Carrot Soup is creamy, savory, and coconutty. Which is to say, it’s everything you’re looking for in a soup.

Vegan Ricotta Stuffed Shells with Creamy Pumpkin Sauce

Vegan Ricotta Stuffed Shells with Creamy Pumpkin Sauce

They say that if you lift a shell to your ear, you can hear the sound of your stomach grumbling.

honey miso roasted carrots

Honey Miso Whole Roasted Carrots

Perfectly sweet and savory, you’ll be looking for ways to make these carrots the side dish of every meal only to find that they were the main event all along.

beet and pumpkin pie

Vegan Beet and Pumpkin Pies

The only thing better than pie is a personal pie. These delicious vegan pies from Love Beets have a rich and smooth filling and an impossibly buttery crust.

Citrus Autumn Solstice Tea

Citrusy Autumn Equinox Tea

Warm, comforting, and citrusy, this tea is our favorite for cold weather or when you’re feeling a little under the weather. 

lentil shepherd's pie

A Not-so Classic but Very Cozy Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

Lentils are one of the most climate-friendly proteins as they require very little water to grow and actually improve soil health as they do it. Not only that, but they absorb all the delicious savory flavors you cook them in, making them a hearty and nutritious meat alternative.

Irene’s salted caramel stuffed brownie mooncakes

Irene’s Salted Caramel Stuffed Brownie Mooncakes

We’re all for traditional desserts. But sometimes, it’s nice to eat something stuffed with salted caramel.

thai green curry with rice noodles

Thai Green Curry with Chicken and Rice Noodles

Though the flavors are complex, this recipe is easy enough to whip together on a weeknight. This recipe from Doaa Elkady is made with our favorite Imperfect Foods Rice Noodles but would taste great over a bed of steamed rice, too.  

Zero Waste Vegan Spaghetti

Zero Waste Vegan Spaghetti

This food waste fighting recipe is a perfect example of how you can plan your dinner around using as little plastic packing as possible. The secret to making your meals zero-waste? Vegetables.

almond butter pumpkin bars

Grain-Free Almond Butter Pumpkin Bars

Simple and satisfying. When you’re craving something pumpkin but don’t feel like creating a sinkful of dishes, pull out this recipe. 

Pumpkin Brown Butter Pasta

Pumpkin Brown Butter Pasta

This pasta is super simple to make and seriously rewarding. Enjoy this recipe at the end of a long day that calls for lots of delicious carbs and butter.

For more ideas on what to cook this fall, check out the Imperfect Almanac!

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