Happy September, officially!
While summer is still technically around for the next couple of weeks (September 22 is the first day of fall, in case anyone cares to know), September really symbolizes the end of summer. Most people are back in school, Labor Day eliminates your summer wardrobe (my godfather is very much the type to box up his white linen and seersucker after Labor Day), and Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back in coffee shops. Sorry summer, you’ve been replaced.
A more subtle change is the change to what people cook! Less grilling, more chili and soup. The produce section changes and people look for more warm flavors over bright and fresh. I wanted to share a few recipes that we LOVED this summer and, bonus!, they’re great for fall, too!
Sticky Sriracha Meatballs
These were DELICIOUS. I served them in a lettuce wrap and topped mine with sliced carrots, green onion, and sesame seeds.
The original recipe can be found here, but I adapted mine just a bit and made it a little more basic.
First, I made meatballs the way I always do. You can use ground beef, turkey, chicken, meatless grounds, whatever type of protein you like. The recipe calls for egg and breadcrumbs, along with other things. I added Worcestershire and mustard. That’s it. Then I cooked them on the stove stop until they were cooked all the way through.
The sauce is just even parts of honey, sriracha, barbecue sauce (I used Sweet Baby Rays), and soy sauce.
It was super easy and REALLY good. You can definitely increase or decrease the amount of sriracha depending on your preferences, but even parts was perfect for us.
Sausage and Veggie Bake with Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
I’ve been making this sausage and veggie bake for a long time but adding Buffalo Cauliflower Bites was a game changer. The recipe for this one is super simple:
- Pick out your favorite kind of link sausage. I really like chicken apple sausage and linguica or any spicy sausage is great for this meal as well.
- Find your veggies. We use red pepper, onion, and cauliflower.
- Cut the red pepper and cauliflower into pieces, toss them in olive oil and your favorite seasonings, and stick them in the over at 400 degrees. These will roast for about 25-30 minutes or until soft.
- Chop the cauliflower into bite sized pieces, toss them in wing sauce (again, Sweet Baby Rays for this family), and then stick them in the oven with the other veggies. These will roast for about 20 minutes.
- While the veggies roast, cut up your sausage into bite sized pieces and cook them on the stove top!
- Once everything is done, you can throw it all together in a bowl and go to town!
We ended up keeping the cauliflower separate because we didn’t want to get the buffalo flavor on the rest of it, but I used to make this with potatoes and I would serve everything all in one dish.
This is, by far, the easiest meal you could ever make. Seriously. We make it on a weekly basis because it takes maybe 10 minutes, the macros are good, and it makes a TON of food which means we have lots of leftovers. I posted this on my Snapchat and Instagram story last week and got a lot of questions about the actual recipe, so I definitely wanted to include it here!
- 1 lb ground meat – turkey or beef works best.
- 1 jar of pasta sauce (or you can make your own if you have a recipe)
- 1 head of cauliflower, riced.
How to make it:
- If you didn’t buy your cauliflower riced, cut your cauliflower into pieces and rice it in your food processor. You want it to have a texture similar to quinoa.
- On the stovetop, cook your meat. Add salt, pepper, and italian seasoning.
- Once the meat it cooked through, add your pasta sauce. (We sometimes use 1 1/2 jars, but it’s personal preference).
- Once the pasta sauce is heated and mixed into the meat, add your riced cauliflower.
- You are NOT cooking the cauliflower! Stir it in an let it simmer for a couple minutes, but the end result will be closer to a quinoa texture than a cooked cauliflower texture.
- You can add mozzarella or parmesan at this point, if you want!
I will give you fair warning. This one has no pictures because it really can look like dog food. It does NOT, however, taste like dog food. It tastes like the filling of lasagna and it is SO good.
So those were some of our favorite recipes this summer! Now that fall is on its way, I’ll be doing more of these posts since we’ll be having a bigger variety of things! Summers tend to be the same things over and over because it gets too hot to cook. I thought we moved AWAY from horrible heat when we moved to Middle Tennessee, but I guess not! 🙂 Regardless, I’m super excited to start cooking more and I can’t wait to share what we’ve had for dinners in the next Meal Plan!
Questions for you:
Do you like summer or fall better?
What is your favorite fall recipe?