7-Day Menu Planner: Fall Menu

When fall is in the air, we should fill that air with the aromas of home-cooked meals and that is what this week's menu is all about. These are perfect dinners for a week of autumn weather.

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This week’s menu brings home the flavors of fall – apples, cider, pumpkin, squash, cinnamon – and all the great smells that go with them. It has some lighter meals as well as some heartier dinners and to celebrate the end of the work week, a fun dinner of smash burgers and fries. 

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If you like planning your meals for week, you might also like to check out other weekly menu planners, including a 7-day plan for vegetarians, a 7-day plan for your air fryer or another 7 -day plan for your pressure cooker (or Instant Pot®). You can find all the Weekly Menu Planners here.

(The planned menu and grocery list has quantities for a family of four. You can alter the recipe quantities by clicking on the plus or minus buttons next to the serving size on the recipe card.)

Monday: Butternut Spaghetti Alfredo

Butternut squash and spaghetti Alfredo is a lower carb version of spaghetti Alfredo. The butternut squash also adds nice color, flavor and texture to the dish. You could use zucchini instead of the butternut squash OR instead of the noodles, if you prefer, with the same great tasty result. Serve this dinner with a side salad.

Tuesday: Pork and Pumpkin Chili with Pumpkin Buttermilk Biscuits

You don’t eat pumpkin all year long, so make the most of it in the fall! This is a nice switch from a traditional chili with pork instead of beef, pumpkin to thicken and flavor and two different types of peppers because variety is the spice of life. The pumpkin buttermilk biscuits are a natural partner.

Wednesday: Apple Cider Glazed Chicken

This is a quick weeknight skillet dinner perfect for apple season and for a mid-week meal. Accompany this easy meal with some perfect basmati rice and a side salad or green vegetable. Rice and salad are included in your shopping list. 


Thursday: Easy Glazed Pork Chops and Pumpkin Mac and Cheese

Yes, we’re still eating pumpkin! These easy glazed pork chops with a 4 ingredient glaze will become a favorite of yours. So easy that they give you time to make a delicious fall mac and cheese to please all your pumpkins! Add a veggie of your choice to this meal. 

Friday: Smash Burgers with Air-Fried French Fries

Smash burgers are good any time of the year, but especially in the fall when those who live in colder climates might be coming back inside after grilling all summer. Since your air fryer is not being used for the burgers… make fries! 

Saturday: Bratwurst with Beer, Apples and Onions

Grab a beer and enjoy a festive Saturday dinner! This is a rib-sticker and is great served over mashed potatoes (included in the shopping list). The sausages do marinate in the beer for a little while, so don’t forget to give it just a little extra time. 

Sunday: Roasted Squash Lasagna Roll Ups

Lasagnas were made for Sunday dinners, but this one is special because it’s way easier to serve than the traditional lasagna. If you’re tired of pumpkin and squash at this point of the week, try the traditional lasagna roll ups instead. 

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