4 recipes to make with your favorite fall ingredients

4 simple fall recipes from items in your college apartment

Enjoy the season's peak with a home-cooked, fall-inspired meal.
Published: November 10, 2021
Fall Recipes Guide

With fall in full swing, every menu is featuring pumpkin and apple flavors. But if you’re looking for comfort treats to make at home, these simple recipes are great for incorporating fall flavors into everyday meals. 


Homemade Applesauce 

If you have leftover apples from your last apple-picking trip, this may be the perfect recipe for you. This simple recipe only requires two ingredients, and is especially convenient if you have a Crockpot. Rosie Stevens, a television radio film graduate student, loves to make homemade applesauce as a hassle-free topping or a quick snack to keep stored in her refrigerator. 



  • 4 apples (for one serving), 8 apples (for two servings) 
  •  Cinnamon powder 



  1. Gather apples (preferably Macoun or McIntosh apples)
  2. Peel and slice apples 
  3. Add to Crockpot with preferred amount of cinnamon 
  4. Cook on high setting for 4 hours or low setting for 6 hours 


Optional: Cook for 8 more hours on low setting to make apple butter 

*If you do not have a Crockpot, simply use a stovetop instead. No sugar needed. 


Roasted Pumpkin 

Another of Stevens’ favorites, roasted pumpkin can be used as a delicious topping to add to a variety of foods for some fall flair. “It’s delicious when you top it on oatmeal, ice cream, granola and yogurt,” Stevens said. “You can also use it to make a pumpkin pie. Just be sure to use a pie pumpkin which you can probably find at any grocery store. They’re a lot sweeter and perfect for this.” 



  • Pie Pumpkin (Sugar Pumpkin) 



  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees 
  2. Cut off the stem of the pumpkin and cut the pumpkin into quarters
  3. Remove pumpkin guts 
  4. Place the remainder of the pumpkin in a pan 
  5. Roast in the oven for 30 to 45 minutes or until pumpkin is soft 
  6. Let slightly cool and then peel
  7. Smash the cooked pumpkin and put it onto the stove 
  8. Cook down the pumpkin for around 30 minutes or until it reaches your desired consistency 

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Homemade applesauce can be used as a topping on oatmeal.

Melted Cranberry Brie 

A version of a recipe that has been trending on TikTok, this melted cranberry brie can be eaten with apple slices, crackers, bread and veggies. You can make the cranberry topping with two ingredients that are likely already in your kitchen and save the rest to use as a topping. 



  • Brie wheel
  • Cranberries
  • Stevia 



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees 
  2. Remove brie wheel from paper wrapping 
  3. Place brie wheel on oven pan and place into the oven for approximately 10 minutes 
  4. Place cranberries in the pot on the stove and cook down to preferred consistency 
  5. Add stevia to taste 
  6. Take out the brie and top with cranberry sauce 


Vegetarian Quinoa Salad

Art history senior Ari Reif has a vegetarian fall favorite she loves to make when she’s away from home. “It’s definitely one of those comfort recipes that reminds you of home. But I think when it’s this weird period of just waiting to go home for Thanksgiving, it comes in handy,” she said. 



  • 2 cups of quinoa 
  • 1 red onion 
  • 1 scallion 
  • 2 garlic cloves 
  • ½ orange bell pepper, ½ green bell pepper, ½ red bell pepper 
  • 1 whole cucumber 
  • 1 head of kale 
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil 
  • 1 tablespoon of freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard 
  • ½ teaspoon of sea salt 
  • ¼ teaspoon of black pepper 



  1. Bring 3 cups of water to boil 
  2. Once the water starts to boil, add in 2 cups of quinoa and cover the pot 
  3. Adjust heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes
  4. Chop red onion, scallion, bell peppers, cucumber and kale 
  5. Add vegetables to a serving bowl 
  6. To make the dressing, mix olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, sea salt, and black pepper in a bowl 
  7. Add dressing to vegetables and massage together 

Optional: Top with mozzarella, sliced avocado, and fresh basil 

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Melted Cranberry Brie is often served with apple slices, but can also be enjoyed with crackers, bread or veggies.
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