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    Updated on Oct 5, 2020. Posted on Oct 1, 2020

    October Is Here, And Here Are 31 Recipes To Cook Every Night This Month

    Life tastes better in the fall.

    Welcome to October! Fall produce is officially in full swing 🍎 .

    We firmly believe that October is one of the best months of the year to eat. Farmers markets are overflowing with autumn's best flavors, from cauliflower to apples and pumpkins. Here are 31 seasonal recipes that take advantage of what's in season. Make one every night this month!

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    1. Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

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    Battered in almond flour, dipped in Buffalo sauce, and crisped up in an air fryer, these spicy cauliflower bites are a great idea for your next meatless Monday.

    Recipe: Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

    Consider this anything-but-boring chicken recipe a simplified take on chicken Marsala that's easy enough for weeknights. It's cooked in a zesty sauce made of white wine, chicken broth, garlic, butter, and parsley.

    Recipe: Chicken and Mushrooms in a Garlic White Wine Sauce

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    Nutty squash, crunchy quinoa, savory sausage, and sweet cranberries are the perfect complements to one another. Make it as a side or a main dish.

    Recipe: Stuffed Butternut Squash With Quinoa, Sausage, and Cranberries

    4. Maple Glazed Pork With Apples and Onions

    A skillet filled with apples, onions, and sliced pork tenderloin.
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    Pork with apples is one of those timeless combinations we'll never get sick of. So do your fall apple picking and put them to good use in this savory recipe.

    Recipe: Maple Glazed Pork With Apples and Onions

    5. Grilled Cabbage Steaks With Bacon and Blue Cheese

    Six cabbage steak salads topped with bacon bits and blue cheese.
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    Introducing the new wedge salad. Cabbage forms the base of this crunchy salad and is topped with bacon, crumbled blue cheese, and scallions.

    Recipe: Grilled Cabbage Steaks With Bacon and Blue Cheese

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    This creamy pasta feels just right on chilly fall nights. It's loaded with lots of veggies and gets a little bit of crunch from crispy fried shallots.

    Recipe: Creamy Pappardelle With Prosciutto, Peas, Spinach, and Shallot Crisps

    7. Whole Roast Cauliflower With Smoky Tomato Sauce

    A whole roasted cauliflower topped with fresh herbs and creamy cucumber sauce.
    Rebel Recipes / Via rebelrecipes.com

    The smoky tomato-based sauce brings this whole roasted cauliflower to the next level, but if you're trying to cut back on time and ingredients, opt for store-bought romesco sauce. It'll taste very similar and make this meal a breeze.

    Recipe: Whole Roast Cauliflower With Smoky Tomato Sauce

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    Enjoy all the best of fall's flavors in one filling salad. The balsamic honey dressing is easy enough to make at home, but you can always use your favorite store-bought version.

    Recipe: Roasted Sweet Potato, Beet, Apple, and Quinoa Salad

    9. Turnip and Carrot Au Gratin With Dijon Béchamel Sauce

    A baking dish filled with cheesy turnip and carrot au gratin.
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    Make this creamy au gratin dish throughout the fall leading up to Thanksgiving, but just make sure it has a place on your holiday table.

    Recipe: Turnip and Carrot Au Gratin With Dijon Béchamel Sauce

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    Sheet pan suppers mean almost no mess for you to clean up after cooking.

    Recipe: Sheet Pan Honey Garlic Salmon and Brussels Sprouts

    11. Thai Red Curry With Vegetables

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    Ditch the takeout and whip up this Thai-inspired curry at home. The sauce is made with red curry paste, coconut milk, ginger, and garlic. Load it up with your favorite veggies (sweet potatoes and peppers are our go-tos), and add some protein if you're looking for a more filling meal.

    Recipe: Thai Red Curry With Vegetables

    12. One-Pot Lentil and Mushroom Bolognese Sauce

    A bowl of pasta topped with vegetarian Bolognese sauce and fresh herbs.
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    This vegetarian take on classic Bolognese sauce still tastes chewy and meaty, thanks to lentils and mushrooms cooked in vegetable broth, along with diced tomatoes, carrots, celery, garlic, and red pepper flakes.

    Recipe: One-Pot Lentil and Mushroom Bolognese Sauce

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    This low-carb dinner combines everything you love about cheesesteaks, but instead of bread, the ingredients are stuffed into hollowed-out bell peppers.

    Recipe: Keto-Friendly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers

    14. Pumpkin Soup

    A bowl of creamy pumpkin soup topped with bacon, croutons, and herbs.
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    When you think of fall, your mind probably goes right to pumpkin-flavored desserts, but we love using pumpkin in savory recipes like this thick and decadent soup.

    Recipe: Pumpkin Soup

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    The broccoli, almonds, mushrooms, and chickpeas get roasted in the oven. Then they're tossed into the orzo and chicken broth and seasoned with lemon. You can always add your favorite protein, like chicken or shrimp.

    Recipe: Skillet Orzo With Roasted Broccoli, Mushrooms, and Chickpeas

    16. Sesame Beef and Cabbage Stir-Fry

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    This Chinese-inspired recipe is perfect for meal prepping. To cut back on prep time, opt for your favorite store-bought sesame dressing.

    Recipe: Sesame Beef and Cabbage Stir-Fry

    17. Cranberry Apple Chicken Salad

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    There's really no wrong time of day to enjoy chicken salad. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, the choice is yours.

    Recipe: Cranberry Apple Chicken Salad

    18. Sweet Potato Taco Bowl

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    Taco bowls are such a fun and versatile meal because you can customize them with any of your favorite toppings. Load them up with jalapeño, pico de gallo, guacamole, rice, and more.

    Recipe: Sweet Potato Taco Bowl

    Meet your new favorite party app. It comes together in about 30 minutes, and it's a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Serve with crusty bread or crackers for sopping up the melted Brie.

    Recipe: Baked Brie With Cranberries, Pecans, Fig Jam, and Thyme

    20. Roasted Sweet Potato and Fig Kale Salad

    A kale salad with walnuts, figs, and sweet potato.
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    If you're looking for a great meal prep recipe, let this be the one. Roast the sweet potatoes and figs ahead of time and prepare the dressing. Then just combine all of the ingredients into a bowl and call it lunch or dinner.

    Recipe: Roasted Sweet Potato and Fig Kale Salad

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    This comforting recipe tastes as if chicken pot pie, loaded baked potatoes, and cauliflower au gratin all got together into one ultimate feel-good food.

    Recipe: Loaded Cauliflower and Chicken Casserole

    22. Brown Butter Sweet Potato Gnocchi

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    Making gnocchi from scratch requires a bit of patience, but it's pretty easy once you get the hang of it. Of course, you can always pick up a bag of store-bought sweet potato gnocchi if you're looking to save time in the kitchen.

    Recipe: Brown Butter Sweet Potato Gnocchi

    23. Grilled Pizza With Figs, Balsamic Onions, and Gorgonzola

    A sliced grilled pizza topped with lots of cheese, caramelized onions, and sliced figs.
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    If you haven't tried making pizza on the grill, take advantage in these last few weeks before it gets too cold. The crust turns perfectly crisp and charred, but it's still delightfully doughy when you take a bite.

    Recipe: Grilled Pizza With Figs, Balsamic Onions, and Gorgonzola

    24. Kung Pao Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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    Oven-fried and coated with a sticky, spicy glaze made with soy sauce, hoisin, dried red chiles, and black vinegar, these Brussels sprouts are going to be your new favorite dish. We love adding beef, tofu, or chicken to make a complete meal.

    Recipe: Kung Pao Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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    This recipe calls for cauliflower couscous, which is made by pulsing cauliflower florets in a food processor, but you can swap in your favorite grain, like rice or quinoa.

    Recipe: Harissa Moroccan Chicken With Dates and Pistachios

    26. Easy Mushroom and Pumpkin Risotto

    A bowl of pumpkin risotto topped with roasted sliced mushrooms, Parmesan cheese, and fresh herbs.
    Lavender and Macarons / Via lavenderandmacarons.com

    You can either start with fresh pumpkin, which gets diced and roasted in the oven, or save yourself time by opting for the canned version. Mixed with arborio rice, vegetable broth, Parmesan cheese, and shiitake mushrooms, it's a decadent autumn dinner.

    Recipe: Easy Mushroom and Pumpkin Risotto

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    Cremini and shiitake mushrooms are cooked in a spicy, garlicky chipotle pineapple sauce. Served in tortillas, it's a great meatless meal that still feels hearty and filling.

    Recipe: Mushroom al Pastor Tacos With Garlic Lime Sauce

    28. Cranberry Shortbread Cookies

    A stack of cranberry shortbread cookies.
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    Shortbread cookies > all other cookies. Blame it on the butter, but that's just the way it is.

    Recipe: Cranberry Shortbread Cookies

    29. Pear Custard Pie

    A slice of pear custard pie with powdered sugar on top.
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    Fall has just begun, but we've already enjoyed more apple and pumpkin dessert recipes than we can count. Switch things up a bit with this pear creation, which tastes like a hybrid of pie and creamy custard.

    Recipe: Pear Custard Pie

    30. Toasted Coconut Date Bars

    A close up shot of a coconut date bar with chocolate drizzle, coconut flakes, and a bite taken out of it.
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    This vegan and gluten-free dessert comes together with just five ingredients: dates, coconut flakes, vegan chocolate chips, coconut oil, and almond butter.

    Recipe: Toasted Coconut Date Bars

    31. Jack-o'-Lantern Pumpkin Hand Pies

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    This Halloween-themed baking project is ideal for making with kids. The hand pies are totally delicious and absolutely adorable and call for just a handful of simple ingredients, like puff pastry, canned pumpkin puree, egg, sugar, and half-and-half.

    Recipe: Jack-o'-Lantern Pumpkin Hand Pies