Quick Fall Dinner Recipe For Family Evening

There is nothing more pleasing during gloomy weather than a delicious dinner with your loved ones. We all function in a chaotic environment trying to balance work and family life, which is why we are continuously looking for easy and quick recipes for a tasty home-cooked meal. With the help of seasonal ingredients, you can create a healthy and fresh dinner within a few minutes. Prepare a quick meal during this Fall season using our recipes below!

Grilled Salmon Collars with Cauliflower Puree

Your family will love this healthy grilled soy-marinated salmon with cauliflower puree. The ingredients you will need for 4 people are:

For grilled salmon:

  • 4 salmon collars with removed fins
  • piece of ginger, peeled, thinly sliced
  • fresh red chile, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  • vegetable oil (for grilling)
  • salt
  • 1 cup of rice wine
  • 1/4 cup of sake
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of soy sauce

For cauliflower puree:

  • 1 cauliflower
  • 1 sweet potato
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 teaspoons of butter

Add ginger, rice wine, soy sauce, sugar, chile, sake, and 1 cup of water to a pot. Heat the mixture and let it simmer. You can stir it from time to time. After 15 to 20 mins, let it cool down. Strain the mixture to discard the solids. Add the sauce into a bowl, place your salmon collars in it, and let them marinate for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, let's prepare the other part of this family dinner recipe. Steam the cauliflower and boil peeled sweet potato until they are both soft. Put cauliflower, sweet potato, butter, salt, and pepper in a bowl and mash it till smooth consistency. Prepare your salmon for the next step. Take it out of the bowl and wipe the excessive sauce from it. 

Once that is done, you need to prepare your grill. While choosing between infrared grills vs. gas grills, make sure to learn more about specific techniques essential for preparing delicious meals by using this form of cooking. Turn on your grill to medium heat and place your salmon on the cooking grate. Turn salmon every 3-5 mins for a nice crisp and juiciness. Lastly, transfer your salmon collars to a platter and pair it with cauliflower puree.

Side Dishes Alternatives

If you don’t really fancy a cauliflower puree, here are some other side dishes ideas your whole family might like. Ingredients chosen for those recipes will be a perfect addition to a grilled salmon.

Classic Greek Salad

Greek salad is one of the most classic side dishes and the easiest one-pot meal to make.  Its taste will suit the fish excellently. This salad is a great source of vitamins, and it takes only a couple of minutes to prepare. Here is what you will need to make it:


  • 1 English cucumber, cut lengthwise, seeded
  • 6 ounces of feta cheese
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped into pieces
  • 2 cups of sliced cherry tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup of thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/3 cup of pitted olives
  • a couple of sliced mint leaves


You can either serve it with your favorite olive oil or make our dressing for a more 

sophisticated flavor.

  • 1/4 cup of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
  • black pepper

First, get all the ingredients for the dressing and mix them in a small bowl. To make it more special, let it sit for 30 minutes. 

Next, arrange the cucumber, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, red onions, olives, and green paper on a large plate and toss it into a bowl. Add a few extra spices and the dressing, and your salad is ready - all in just a couple of minutes!

Grilled Corn

If there are some corn lovers among your family members, then this side dish will be a perfect addition to your dinner! To prepare it, you will need to get some fresh basil, salt, and pepper. Once you remove the husks from your corn, generously sprinkle it with them. 

Next, place the corn on the grill and turn it around every once in a while, for about 15 minutes. Then your meal is ready! Put it on a nice plate and place it on the table as a mouth-watering side dish. Your family will absolutely love its simplicity.

Creamy Spinach

Another quick and easy-to-make side dish alternative for your dinner is creamy spinach packed with nutrients.

Ingredients :

  • 15 ounces of baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1/2 cup of chopped yellow onion
  • 1 clove of minced garlic
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/4 cup of heavy cream
  • 4 ounces of cream cheese
  • salt
  • black pepper 
  • 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan 

Start cooking by putting the spinach in a large pot of boiling water for 30 sec. Move it into a bowl of ice water, and after it's cooled, squeeze the excess water out of it. Next, melt butter in a large skillet on medium heat. Add onion and garlic. Pour milk, heavy cream, and cream cheese into the skillet and simmer until it's melted. Season it with salt and pepper. As the last step, add Parmesan and spinach. Stir it until it changes its consistency to a nice and creamy one.

Final Words

We hope our easy-to-cook fall dinner ideas gave you the inspiration and motivation to express your love by pampering your family members’ taste buds -  let the fantastic smell of food enter your home! Those meals will not only provide your family with nutrients but also make this family gathering unforgettable.