Confession: I've been in a cooking slump. The past two months, we've just been so busy that I haven't had time to do any real menu planning. Between soccer practice and other activities, we've been eating out a lot and eating some of our go-to favorites: Spaghetti and meatballs, paninis, French Dip sandwiches, DIY naan pizza, Trader Joe's Orange Chicken, pancakes, and tacos. There were a couple of recipes that squeezed into our menu and they were delicious!
Black Bean Chili
This is a family favorite! It's even gotten rave reviews at a work chili cook off! Not only is it delicious, but it is economical, too. . . canned beans are cheap! This is a great dish to add to your meatless Monday. . . if you do that kind of thing. We enjoy taking a break from a "Meat" item every week. . . just not on Mondays.
So, this really isn't a main dish, but my eggplant decided to bear fruit this fall and we have had quite the harvest. It's been pretty awesome. If you sprinkle some balsamic vinegar over the top. . . even better!
Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts
So, these really aren't dinner. But, we made them on Monday morning and they were awesome! Super easy and fun and really, they're baked so maybe less guilt than a real, deep fried, coated in sugar doughnut?
What was your favorite dinner recipe in October? Link up in the comments.