Fall Dinner Party Ideas That Keep Cooking Simple
Hosting a dinner party is a wonderful way to catch up with family and friends, especially around the holidays — but how often do you have time to really talk in between cooking, serving and cleaning up?
This fall, we’re grateful for these fall dinner party ideas (including Thanksgiving recipes!) that help us spend less time in the kitchen, and more time with around the table.
From healthy, organic dips you can make ahead of time to easy roasted veggies that are done in 30 minutes, this game-changing collection makes dinner-party meal planning a lot less stressful — and way more enjoyable.
Because with Simply Organic at your side, you’re never far from real, organic food that brings people together.
Start Off on a Good Note
Make this hummus the night before and WOW guests with a smoky-savory treat as soon as they arrive. Serve with pita chips, baked naan or fresh veggies. And don’t forget the garnish! Chopped hazelnuts and a sprinkle of parsley add the perfect texture and a hint of bright green flavor.
Pass the Sides
Dinner rolls are a non-negotiable part of any fall feast. But did you know they’re surprisingly easy to make?
Try these comforting, flaky sweet potato rolls topped with poppy seeds and sesame seeds for a crisp pop of nutty richness. And say goodbye to store-bought rolls for good.
Easy roasted vegetables lend a crunchy, well-seasoned bite to this hearty grain salad drizzled in a dreamy maple-ginger dressing. (And when we say easy, we’re talking don’t-even-need-to-peel-the-carrots easy!) Make up to three days ahead of time — just whip it out of the fridge when you’re ready to serve.
Simply Organic Garlic & Herb Vegetable Seasoning does most of the work in this fast (and ridiculously easy) recipe. Just toss your veggies* in olive oil, sprinkle with seasoning, then roast in the oven for around 10 minutes. That easy. THAT delicious!
*We like asparagus, carrots and green beans — but you can pick and choose your seasonal favorites.
“Exquisite.” That’s the only word that comes to mind when thinking about these roasted carrots, lightly caramelized in a maple-balsamic glaze and sprinkled with Simply Organic Whole Rosemary Leaf. For a dish this simple — the combination of flavor and textures is nothing short of spectacular. This side comes together in just about 30 minutes. But you can cut down on day-of prep time by washing, peeling and halving your carrots up to 24-hours in advance.
Making gravy isn’t hard — but it demands your attention. Wait too long to stir and it turns out lumpy. Go too fast and it tastes like flour. And if you want gluten-free? Good luck. We’re all about instant, certified gluten-free, organic gravy mixes that give you a taste of real, homemade flavor without the fuss of making it totally from scratch. They come together in minutes. And you get the perfect consistency, every time.
The Main Event
This tender, succulent chicken is brushed in a mix of organic herbs and roasted to crispy perfection. And it couldn’t be easier to make! Plus, since it only takes about 10 minutes of hands-on time, you can tend to other dishes while it bakes in the oven. (Mmm… We can already smell it!)
What’s the secret to expertly seasoned, restaurant-quality salmon? It’s all about choosing ingredients that work together in harmony. In this dish, lemon brightens the salmon, while the honey lends a kiss of sweetness to balance out the acidity. Meanwhile, Simply Organic Ground Ginger adds a sharp kick of warm autumn spice to bring it all together. This easy-to-make sheet pan entrée comes together in just over half an hour. But you can speed up prep by making your spice mix ahead of time. Double or triple your batch and bust it out whenever you’re in the mood for seafood.
Warm up guests on a chilly day with this hearty vegetarian soup that features aromatic herbs like rosemary, thyme and sage. Fresh pumpkin is the standout star of the dish, but butternut squash works in a pinch if you can’t find the small sugar or pie pumpkin varieties at the store — or if you’re looking for new ways to cook the squash that’s been sitting on your counter.
Save Room for Dessert
We love this pumpkin bread for two simple reasons: 1) it incorporates all the best fall ingredients. And 2) you can make it up to a few days ahead of time and it will still taste amazingly fresh. We also dig how the combination of Simply Organic Pure Vanilla Extract and maple syrup elevates the classic fall flavor profile. It’s equally great with coffee at brunch or served after dinner.
Bonus Recipe: Apple Cider Moscow Mule
Mixing craft cocktails doesn’t need to be a time-consuming affair. This recipe makes two generous drinks in a couple quick shakes, letting you play mixologist without interfering with your duties as chef. Remember that the drink’s aroma is just as important as its taste — the cinnamon stick swizzle is a must!
Ready to start cooking? Keep your pantry stocked with the spices, sauces and shortcuts you need to make weeknight meal prep easy and delicious. Use our store-locator tool to find Simply Organic spices and herbs near you.
Simply Organic Simply Organic Harissa Seasoning 3.20 oz. SKU: 19586$7.99
Simply Organic Simply Organic Sesame Seeds 3.70 oz. SKU: 18612$5.49
Simply Organic Simply Organic Ginger Root, Ground 1.64 oz. SKU: 18518$6.19
Simply Organic Simply Organic Thyme Leaf 0.78 oz. SKU: 18613$5.39
Simply Organic Simply Organic Garlic & Herb Vegetable Seasoning Mix .71 oz. SKU: 15732$1.69
Simply Organic Simply Organic Black Coarse Grind Pepper 2.47 oz. SKU: 19518$8.49
Simply Organic Simply Organic Rosemary Leaf, Whole 1.23 oz. SKU: 18610$4.99