Not hot, not cold. The best autumn meals for in-between days and nights

3 April, 2020

Sometimes it can be hard to know what you want to eat during autumn. The days can still often be warm, but there’s an undeniable chill in the air once the sun goes down. You can find yourself wanting something a bit more substantial than the light salads you’ve been enjoying all summer, but you’re not quite ready for winter rib-stickers either. Here’s some of our favourite meals to enjoy during the autumn months, with plenty of quick and easy ideas you can knock up after a long day working or home schooling the little ones! So add some of these ingredients to your shopping list and grab them on your next essential shop in Wooloworths Metro at Chatswood Interchange.

Warm salads

Warm salads are a fantastic option for autumn evenings. Take a base of leaves, add in things like roasted vegetables, some grilled meats and mix it together with a robust dressing. Hey presto, you’ve got something that leaves you feeling like summer is still hanging on but also warms you up from the inside. Here’s some ideas of things you can include in your autumn salads to make them substantial complete meals:

  • Fruits like apples and pears, plus there’s still some stonefruit available – why not try adding roasted plums to a salad?
  • Roasted vegetables like pumpkin, butternut squash, sweet potato
  • Robust cheeses like blue cheese, parmesan and feta
  • Nuts and seeds

Tray bakes

OK, so making time for a full roast dinner on a weeknight can be a bit of a challenge. But all- in-one tray bakes can give you a comforting warm dinner with all the flavours of a roast in a fraction of the time. And they couldn’t be easier for putting together. Just pop everything in your roasting dish, bang it in the oven, and spend some time helping the kids with school work or chilling with some Netflix while all the cooking happens in the oven. Some fantastic and easy tray bake combinations include:

  • Jointed chicken pieces, chorizo, cauliflower, capsicum
  • Salmon fillets on a bed of green beans, cherry tomatoes and olives
  • Sausages baked with diced potato, onions, cherry tomatoes
  • Pork chops with diced apple or pear, pumpkin, brussels sprouts

Or make up your own combination, and play around with different spice blends, mustards etc. to create your new favourite weeknight dinner.

Feeling tarty

A warm slice of a tart or quiche with a side of nicely dressed salad leaves is a fantastic mid- week winner as the cool nights close in. Making your own tart is easier than you think (especially if you use pre-made pastry, because seriously, who has time for making their own shortcrust?). Or you can buy some great ready-made tarts and quiches at Woolworths ready to pop in the oven as soon as you finish a busy day of work. Fantastic combinations to try include:

  • Quiche Lorraine – it’s a classic for a reason
  • Roast broccoli with cheddar or blue cheese
  • The Greek classic, spanakopita

A nice warm bowl of soup

And of course, it’s hard to go past a lovely bowl of soup when the nights start to close in. Make up a big batch on the weekend for easy lunches and dinners on busy days, or of course, choose from some of the fantastic ready-made options from the Woolworths chiller cabinets.