The feeling of fall is in the air — with cold and bitter days ahead and the sun saying goodbye earlier as time goes on. As the cold days become more frequent, so do the need for warm meals. Here are some of the easiest warm meals to make for fall and you can even share with roommates.

Chili

A staple in any college students’ kitchen, it is affordable and easy. Chili is a warm meal that you can make from scratch in a matter of a couple of hours, or from a can in minutes. It is a fast way to get a full, warm meal, especially when paired with grilled cheese. Throwing chili on the stove after a cold Spokane day is the perfect warm meal.

Shepherd’s Pie

While some may not know what this meal is, I am a firm believer that it is one of the best warm meals. It takes about one hour to make and you have leftovers for the next week or can share with roommates. Shepherd’s Pie is a combination of peas, carrots, corn, ground beef, mashed potatoes and cheese on top. After combining all of these into a large pan, pop in the oven and you have a meal that is healthy, affordable and warm.

Soups

There are lots of soups that you can buy at any store, but my favorites are chicken noodle soup and tomato basil. These meals are easy to make on the stove or to heat up in the microwave for a couple of minutes. Soup is another meal that can pair well with a warm sandwich or panini, like grilled cheese.

If you are looking for a grab-and-go type of soup, I suggest looking at Christ Kitchen. They sell all the ingredients you would need for making a variety of different soups and it comes pre-packaged. You can check out their website for online pick-up @christkitchen.org.

Pumpkin… Anything

There is something to be said about a fall warm meal having pumpkin in it. Pumpkin bread is a falls’ version of banana bread. The seasonal bread adds a little twist that tastes like fall when you bite into it. If pumpkin bread seems like a daunting task, making muffins is also a great grab-and-go food! Grabbing a slice of pumpkin bread or muffins, while running out the door in the morning, is the perfect warm, fall breakfast on the go.

Drinks

Everyone has their favorite warm drink, but you can’t go wrong with any warm drink during the fall. There are many warm drinks that can fuel the soul on a cold Spokane day and apple cider, hot coffee and hot chocolate. Making these drinks at home too is a great way to save money and time for students running out the door and on a budget.

Did someone say dessert?

Fall brings some of the best-baked goods. A warm go-to is a pie. Making a homemade pie with roommates is a great way to bond and have a yummy afternoon treat! Another easy dessert is warm cookies. There is no better grab-and-go dessert than a cookie. They will not only make the house smell good, but paired with some ice cream, and you are set.

Hannah Hislop is a news editor. Follow her on Twitter: @hannahvhislop.

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