30 Easy Fall Recipes for November (A Family Meal Plan)

30 Easy Fall Recipes for November (A Family Meal Plan)

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My family-friendly meal plan for November is here to help you serve up quick, easy, and healthy meals to everyone in the house. I hope you find lots of inspiration for fall recipes to make, especially as the holidays draw closer and life inevitably speeds up!

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I chose these recipes with a seasonal perspective and tried to include lots of produce that you’ll be seeing at your stores. And since I know that not every family will like the same things, I tried to offer variety too.

With any of these meals, I recommend offering 1-2 simple sides such as fruit, fresh veggies, crackers, or cheese if you are at all worried that your kids won’t like the main dish.

That way, they have “safe” foods on the table and you don’t need to get up to make a different meal!

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Easy Meal Rotation

I do my meal plans using the idea of a rotation where you use general categories every other week to reduce decision fatigue and also give the kids a chance to see foods regularly to help them learn to like the.

Above here is our rough meal plan for this month. Yes, really, THIS IS IT. I have two options for breakfast and dinner that we can choose from—I usually alternate each week—then a set rotation of lunch ideas.

I know this will be a busy/crazy/anxiety filled month with the election and Thanksgiving, so I’m streamlining to help save (some of) my sanity.
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This allows me to the number of decisions I need to make since I’m starting with narrow categories— but still have flexibility, variety, and spontaneity with all of the choices available within a category.

(Because there are a million pasta recipes we could have on pasta night, for example, which is great since my kids generally like pasta!)

TIP: Download a printable pdf of this meal rotation in my Free Resource Library.

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November Week 1

Add fruit or an easy vegetable recipe as a side dish to any of these recipes. I usually use the homemade ideas for breakfast, lunch, and snack for more than one day each week (a full batch will likely make plenty) to reduce the overall amount of cooking.

Breakfast Ideas

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal with Raisins

You can double this recipe to make a larger batch to warm up and serve throughout the week.

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Healthy Pumpkin Bars Recipe

These bars are tender when warm out of the oven, so do be sure to let them cool completely before slicing.

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sliced pumpkin bars on cutting board
Sweet Potato Baby Food: BLW-Style and Pureed

You can serve this as wedges, a thick mash, or a thinner puree to your baby or toddler. (Adults will love the wedges too!)

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Lunch Ideas

Vegetarian Burritos with Rice and Beans

You can vary the beans if you like in these simple burritos. Serve them with salsa and/or sour cream.

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rice and bean burritos
Easy Cheesy Rice (with Veggies!)

Choose one veggie to add from the flavor options below according to what you have on hand or what your family likes best.

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cheesy rice 4 ways with veggies
Easy Spinach Grilled Cheese

You can also do this with full size spinach if that’s what you’re able to find. Just discard any stems before starting the recipe.

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Snack Ideas

Easy Veggie Muffins

I like to grate the carrot on a box grater and cut the top of each broccoli floret off and finely dice with a knife. Avoid the stems since they won’t blend into the batter as well.

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So Easy Sliced Baked Apples

We like these apples warm or cold out of the fridge, so see what your kids like best!

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baked apple slices on plate
Easy Pear Puree (Plus Easy Storage Tips)

Use ripe pears—they should give just a little to the touch and smell like a pear—for the best flavor in this puree. Some babies may want a few spoonful, some a bowlful. Follow baby’s cues to determine the right amount for them.

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Dinner Ideas

Easy Baked Salmon Cakes (Salmon Patties)

These tender fish cakes make a quick and easy pantry meal when you haven’t planned ahead for dinner. Recipe updated slightly to ensure moistness in June 2021.

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Quick Butternut Squash Pasta with Veggies and Sausage

You can use frozen peas or broccoli in this recipe according to what you have or prefer. See the Notes for vegetarian options.

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butternut-squash-pasta-in-white-bowl-and-teal-bowls
Slow Cooker Beef Burrito Recipe with Veggies

If you want to make these vegetarian, try using 2 cups rinsed and drained black beans or pinto beans instead of the ground beef.

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easy beef burritos on plate
Lentil Soup with Veggies

I like our lentil soup with the veggies pretty blended in, which is why I chop them finely in a blender or food processor. You can also just chop them with a knife. (Recipe updated August 2020 to saute the veggies before simmering to ensure that there’s no raw onion flavor.)

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lentil soup with veggies
Easy Cornbread Muffins

Moist and nutritious, these healthy cornmeal muffins are an easy side, breakfast, or yummy snack.

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maple corn muffins
5-Ingredient Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese

Use your family’s favorite shape and type of pasta in this recipe. (We like elbows or mini shells!)

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Pizza Pockets with Broccoli and Cheese

If you’re using Homemade Pizza Dough, make it at least an hour before you plan to assemble the pockets. If using store-bought, let it sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes so it’s not super cold when you try to form the pockets.

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pizza pockets with broccoli and cheese

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November Week 2

Try an easy vegetable for lunch to add a simple side to the midday meal. And check out my favorite store bought snacks to round things out.

Breakfast Ideas

Healthy Pumpkin Mini Muffins

Use a gluten-free flour blend or whole wheat depending on what works best for your family. This recipe has very little flour—that is not a mistake. They bake up wonderfully, so have faith! Adapted from Against All Grain.

 

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healthy pumpkin muffins on bear plate
Favorite Sweet Potato Pancakes

Plan to have your mashed sweet potato ready to go so these come together quickly. Serve with any pancake topping you prefer—applesauce, maple syrup, or nut or seed butter.

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sweet-potato-pancakes-on-plates
Healthy Breakfast Bars with Jam

Use Sunbutter to make these nut-free. You can cut these into smaller bars if desired. If you want them a little softer, serve them at room temperature rather than chilled.

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Lunch Ideas

Pizza Muffins (with Veggies!)

These work well to make ahead and warm up for an easy lunch or dinner. These taste best served warm.

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Homemade Cauliflower Tots

With quinoa, cauliflower, and cheese, these healthy little tots are a great finger food for kids. This recipe makes about 20 tots, which is 4-6 servings for toddlers—or 1-2 servings for adults.

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cauliflower tots on white and red plate
One-Pot Broccoli Mac and Cheese

The method on this recipe is streamlined to cut down on dish washing. Add the optional spices for more flavor if you like! Double it to make more.

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servings-of-broccoli-mac-and-cheese-for-family

Snack Ideas

Healthy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

These soft cookies are a perfect afternoon snack (pair them with milk!) or dessert. (Recipe updated September 2020 to reduce the flour slightly to ensure the batter isn’t too dry.) These cookies are soft baked and very tender!

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healthy-oatmeal-raisin-cookies-with-toddler-hand
No-Bake Peanut Butter Balls (with Chocolate and Dried Fruit)

If you want to make an all chocolate version, just omit the dried fruit and use additional chocolate chips!

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no bake peanut butter balls
Easy Fruit-on-the-Bottom Yogurt

Scale this up or down according to how many servings you’re planning to make. The directions here are for one small toddler-size serving. (It’s okay if your kiddo wants more or doesn’t eat a whole serving though!)

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Dinner Ideas

Baked Chicken Meatballs with Sweet Potato

Plan to cook your sweet potato ahead of time. See the Notes at the end of the recipe for options!

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Easy Chili Mac (with Extra Veggies)

You can use precut butternut squash or sweet potato and shredded carrots to cut down on the prep time if desired. This isn’t super saucy, but you can increase the liquid if desired. See the Notes for details.

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chili-mac-in-white-and-stainless-bowl
Vegetarian Quesadillas with Beans and Cheese

You can make as few or as many of these easy quesadillas as you like.

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cut up vegetarian quesadillas for kids on plate
Healthy Broccoli Cheddar Soup

With plant-based protein, veggies, and cheese, this soup is a wonderful way to serve up healthy comfort food to the whole family. (Adapted from FamilyFun magazine.)

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broccoli cheese soup recipe
Quick and Easy Sesame Tofu

This simple pan-fried tofu is a perfect match for sauteed veggies and rice, or pasta, or even potatoes and roasted veggies!

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sesame tofu on blue kids plate

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November Week 3

You can make a double batch of the meatballs and save them for future easy dinners or lunches—they are so great as leftovers!.

Breakfast Ideas

Easy Pumpkin Oatmeal (with Any Kind of Oats)

You can make this in about 15 minutes on any morning, or make the whole recipe ahead and simply warm right before serving. See the Notes for variations to make it with other types of oats.

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pumpkin-oatmeal-in-white-and-pink-bowls
Strawberry Smoothie with Veggies

Make the simple base recipe or try one of the variations with a veggie and more nutrient-dense add-ins. All are delicious! Freeze the banana ahead of time.

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strawberry banana smoothie with cauliflower in glasses
Pumpkin Oatmeal Muffins

These store well in the fridge so you can make them a day or two ahead if you prefer—or bake and serve warm from the oven. These taste like a cross between baked oatmeal and a traditional pumpkin muffin (they don’t have any flour, so they’re a little denser than a traditional muffin, but still super moist!).

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healthy pumpkin chocolate chip muffins on rack

Lunch Ideas

5-Ingredient Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Use yellow or white cheese according to your child’s color expectations!

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cauliflower mac and cheese
Favorite Pizza Rolls (with Spinach and Cheese)

Be sure to grease your pan well and roll the dough up fairly tightly around the fillings for best results. (But it’s okay if they don’t look perfect when they go into the pan!) 

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pizza-rolls-on-kids-plate
Fluffy Sweet Potato Muffins

Plan to prepare the sweet potatoes at least an hour—and up to 3 days ahead—before you start making the muffins so it has time to cool. See the Notes for options for the sweet potato. These are very lightly sweet. Add ¼ cup brown sugar if desired to make them sweeter.

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Sweet Potato and Cheese Quesadillas

Serve these quesadillas with salsa, sour cream, and/or guacamole as desired. You can leave them as simple vegetarian quesadillas or add in a protein like chicken or beans.

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sweet-potato-quesadillas-on-blue-plate

Snack Ideas

Mini Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

I like to frost these soon before serving. You can make the frosting ahead, transfer it to a zip top bag, and store in the fridge until ready to add to the cupcakes.

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Best Pumpkin Baby Food (with Easy Flavor Combos!)

The amount of puree you wind up with will vary according to the size of the pumpkin you start with.

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Favorite Baby Cookies (3 Ways)

You can use any puree that you like the flavor of in this recipe—it works best with purees that are the consistency of mashed banana or mashed sweet potato. See the Notes at the bottom of the recipe for flavor ideas.

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baby cookies on wire rack

Dinner Ideas

Instant Pot Channa Masala with Rice

If you can’t find garam masala, you can leave it out, though it adds authentic flavor that you’d expect if you’ve eaten Chana Masala in a restaurant. This will likely make enough for two meals—I like to freeze the second half for a future week.

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chana-masala-for-family with three plates
Roasted Vegetable Enchiladas

Before you start, roll a tortilla and make sure it will fit with your baking dish. I call for small ones, but the size can vary a lot depending on whether you use flour or corn and the brand. This recipe was updated and streamlined in October 2020.

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vegetarian-enchiladas-in-baking-dish
Extra-Veggie Baby Pasta (with Iron)

Adding beans and extra veggies helps make this easy baby pasta satisfying, nutritious, and yummy. Serve it more or less saucy as you like. (You can even freeze the sauce for easy future meals.)

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baby-pasta-in-four-white-bowls
Easy Sausage Meatballs

This will make at least two dinners worth of meatballs, depending on how many people are in your family. I like to freeze half of the batch to use in a future meal.

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sausage-meatballs-in-tomato-sauce
Easy Baked Chicken Nuggets (SO Crispy!)

These chicken nuggets have simple ingredients and a pleasantly crispy exterior. Aim to cut the chicken into similarly sized pieces so they bake evenly.

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baked-chicken-nuggets-on-plate
Quick and Easy Roasted Broccoli

Serve this as a simple side to go with dinner. Or make them ahead and warm them throughout the week to go with lunches.

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roasted broccoli on purple plate
Sheet Pan Black Bean Quesadillas

These easy quesadillas can be made with pumpkin puree, sweet potato puree, or butternut squash puree. You can also skip it and just go with beans and cheese! I make these as half moon shapes since it helps contain the mess a little when feeding these to kids.

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nov meal plan week 4

November Week 4

This is Thanksgiving week, so take all of the shortcuts you need to make the holiday as low stress as possible. So if you don’t want to cook anything else that week, embrace it and ignore these other ideas—do whatever works.

Breakfast Ideas

Easy Egg Muffins with Bacon and Cheese

I like adding the thyme in these for extra flavor, but it’s optional! Be sure to grease your muffin tin well.

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bacon-and-egg-muffins-in-bowl
Mini Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins (Healthy and Easy!)

These whole grain muffins have delicious pumpkin flavor and just enough chocolate chips. They’re moist and a great breakfast or snack to share with the kids. (Adapted from Eating Well.)

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pumpkin-chocolate-chip-mini-muffins
Sweet Potato Baked Donuts

You can roast the sweet potato up to 3 days ahead of time and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to bake these. Or use canned or jarred puree. (Recipe updated Sept 2021.)

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sweet-potato-donuts-in-hand

Lunch Ideas

Easy Snack Dinner (to Share with the Kids!)

You can do a big family-style platter or individual ones for the kids depending on your preference. Add anything else that sounds appealing and know that the nutrition info will vary according to what you use.

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family-style-snack-plate
Easiest Homemade Uncrustables

You can make one sandwich at a time, or make a batch of a few to stash in the freezer. Adjust this as needed for your preference.

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homemade-uncrustable-in-lunchbox
Veggie Grilled Cheese Sandwich (to Share with the Kids)

With just 4 ingredients, including a veggie that blends right in, this Veggie Grilled Cheese Sandwich is a yummy kids lunch to share. It packs extra nutrition in the filling, yet only takes a few minutes to make. Such a great easy meal!

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veggie-grilled-cheese-on-plate

Snack Ideas

Chocolate Pumpkin Smoothie

This smoothie makes two toddler-size servings, or a smoothie to share for a parent and toddler. You can freeze any leftovers into a freezer pop!

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vegan pumpkin smoothie with cocoa
Simple Sauteed Apples with Cinnamon

You can use any type of apple you have or like, though generally tart cooking apples (like Granny Smith or Pink Lady) soften nicely without falling apart too quickly.

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Butternut Squash Muffins

These moist muffins are great on their own or topped with butter, honey, or apple butter. Try them for breakfast, snack, or as a side for dinner.

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butternut-squash-muffins-on-wire-rack
Fresh Cranberry Orange Bread

This quick bread works really well to bake ahead and store in the fridge or freezer until ready to serve it. We love it topped with cream cheese, but butter and honey also work.

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sliced-cranberry-orange-bread-on-plate

Dinner Ideas

Here are some easy ideas, though embrace takeout and leftovers this week! My fav Thanksgiving recipes are here.

Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup (with Instant Pot Option)

The addition of grains helps to thicken the soup to a nice consistency for little eaters, so don’t be worried if it’s pretty thin before you add them in before serving. (This post was updated and the recipe was streamlined November 2020. You can get the original recipe here.) 

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slow-cooker-black-bean-soup
10-Minute Flatbread Pizza (Just 3 Ingredients!)

For delicious homemade pizza without the work and in a lot less time, Flatbread Pizza to the rescue. Adjust this for allergies as you need.

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flatbread-pizza-on-plates-with-apple-slices
Easy Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

I prefer to use Yukon Gold potatoes in this recipe. They are usually very widely available at grocery stores.

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make-ahead-mashed-potatoes
Lemon Honey Shredded Brussel Sprouts

The honey helps these sprouts be free from bitterness, so offer a small serving to a child to introduce them to the dish.

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shaved brussels sprouts
Easy Snack Dinner (to Share with the Kids!)

You can do a big family-style platter or individual ones for the kids depending on your preference. Add anything else that sounds appealing and know that the nutrition info will vary according to what you use.

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family-style-snack-plate
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Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

Try my Easy Thanksgiving Recipes including Cranberry Sauce, Butternut Squash Pie, Cornbread Muffins, Sweet Potato Cake, and Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes.

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I’d love to hear your feedback on this family meal plan so I can continue improving my content for you and your family, so please comment below to share!

This post was first published November 2020.

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