This week’s menu is a lesson in comfort food favorites. We’re talking those tried and true crowd-pleasers reimagined with an elevated twist. From Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese with Pancetta and Spinach to Creamy Red Pepper Pasta made 100% vegan, we’ve put together a week’s worth of comforting faves that taste every bit as good as they look. Plus, with our handy shopping list, meal planning just got a whole lot easier.
recipe & photo via Girl Versus Dough
In previous editions of the IDCO weekly menu, we’ve shared some pretty fun mac and cheese recipes, but this pancetta and spinach version might just take the cake. It’s creamy, salty, decadent, and cozy as all get out. Plus, there’s spinach involved, so we’re not going to judge if you want to call it healthy.
recipe & photo via Half Baked Harvest
If you were to take all the flavors of chicken pot pie and put them a soup form, this would be it. It’s a one pot meal with lots of hands-off cooking, and calls for ingredients you’ve probably got sitting in your pantry. PS: don’t have buttermilk on hand? Just add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to 1 cup of milk for a super quick fix.
recipe & photo via Pinch of Yum
You might be noticing a big trend of creamy, decadent recipes on this week’s menu, but when the cold weather strikes, carbs don’t count. At least not in our book. In this pasta variation, you’ll be whipping up a red pepper sauce that’s surprisingly totally dairy-free. Instead, you’ll use cashews, olive oil, and nutritional yeast (totally optional) for a vegan-friendly meal.
recipe & photo via Family Style Food
The very second the calendar turns to November, it’s chili season. But just in case you’re not a fan of traditional tomato and ground beef chili recipes, we’ve got you covered. This “white” chili uses turkey sausage, cheddar cheese, and not one but THREE kinds of beans. Toss everything in a Dutch Oven or your slow cooker of choice, and you’ve got the easiest meal ever. Don’t forget to make extras because this chili is super freezer friendly.
recipe & photo via Love & Lemons
When it comes to brunch, we tend to be traditionalists. Eggs, bacon, and pancakes are three non negotiables, but rest assured these Almond Flour Pancakes are just as fluffy as their classic counterparts. Just add maple syrup, and you’re ready for the ultimate brunch at home.
recipe & photo via Jessica in the Kitchen
Fall desserts just got a healthy-ish makeover thanks to these baked apples that also tick the “vegan friendly” box. To start, you’ll scoop out the seeds and make room for you filling. Next, you’ll stuff each apple with a cinnamon oat mix sweetened to your tastes. Wrap things up by baking your apples for 35 minutes, and voila!
recipe & photo via A Couple Cooks
It’s not fall until we’ve ordered a chai latte, but we promise it’s just as easy to recreate at home. With a few key ingredients on hand (chai spices + oat milk + black tea + maple syrup), you can whip up an incredible afternoon pick-me-up—no coffee shop trip required.
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