13 Recipes From the October 2021 Issue of Real Simple

Small bites with big flavor, easy dinners, and a vegan alternative to buffalo wings that's perfect for football season—all from the latest issue of Real Simple.

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Small Bites, Big Flavor


Kale Flatbread Bites

This thin-crust flatbread—layered with a punchy base, crunchy kale, and melty mozzarella—is dressed to impress.

Get the recipe: Kale Flatbread Bites

Hot honey lamb meatballs
Victor Protasio

Hot Honey Lamb Meatballs

A mixture of sriracha, honey, and ground coriander create a sweet-and-spicy glaze that take these already-scrumptious meatballs to extreme deliciousness.

Get the recipe: Hot Honey Lamb Meatballs

Red Pepper Walnut Knots
Victor Protasio

Red Pepper Walnut Knots

These gorgeous appetizers only look like they came from the hottest bakery in town. The secret is two supermarket shortcuts: puff pastry and jarred roasted red peppers.

Get the recipe: Red Pepper Walnut Knots

Gorgonzola cream and prosciutto endives
Victor Protasio

Gorgonzola Cream and Prosciutto Endives

This classic no-cook hors d'oeuvre got a modern makeover. A creamy, cheesy base made simply from stirring together crumbles of Gorgonzola and half-and-half gets schmeared onto thin, velvety-soft endive leaves.

Get the recipe: Gorgonzola Cream and Prosciutto Endives

Pan roasted olives and lemon
Victor Protasio

Pan-Roasted Olives and Lemon

All you need is 15 minutes to turn olives into a stellar party appetizer. Start by caramelizing thinly sliced lemon in a skillet coated with oil, until the lemon is deeply-golden brown.

Get the recipe: Pan-Roasted Olives and Lemon

Smoked gouda pepper cheese puffs
Victor Protasio

Smoked Gouda and Pepper Cheese Puffs

A subtle smokiness and just the right amount of pepper make these tender-on-the-inside, crispy-on-the-outside nibbles utterly irresistible.

Get the recipe: Smoked Gouda and Pepper Cheese Puffs

5 Easy Dinners

Creamy butternut squash pasta
Victor Protasio

Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta With Leeks

This family-friendly pasta dish will satisfy all of your cravings for creamy, cheese noodles in just 25 minutes.

Get the recipe: Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta With Leeks

SHeet pan cheesesteak sandwiches
Victor Protasio

Sheet Pan Cheesesteak Sandwiches

Not only are these Philly cheesesteak-inspired sandwiches mouthwatering, but they're also a cinch to make thanks to this genius sheet pan method.

Get the recipe: Sheet Pan Cheesesteak Sandwiches

Red curry veggie stew
Victor Protasio

Red Curry Veggie Stew

Warm and toasty Thai curry paste and creamy coconut milk add flavor and silkiness to these veggie-packed bowls.

Get the recipe: Red Curry Veggie Stew

Salsa verde chicken soup
Victor Protasio

Salsa Verde Chicken Soup

Inspired by posole, a traditional Mexican stew, this soul-satisfying chicken soup comes together in about a half-hour thanks to chicken broth, cans of pinto beans and hominy, and a jar of tomatillo salsa, aka salsa verde.

Get the recipe: Salsa Verde Chicken Soup

With this recipe for baked sweet potato with feta, tender sweet potatoes are topped with a savory feta and butter mixture and served alongside a colorful kale and cabbage salad.
Victor Protasio

Baked Sweet Potatoes With Feta Butter

This is the recipe to reach for when you're in the mood for a healthy dinner that still hits all the right flavor notes. Tender sweet potatoes are topped with a savory feta and butter mixture and served alongside a colorful kale and cabbage salad.

Get the recipe: Baked Sweet Potatoes With Feta Butter

Sweet Stuff

Apple Cider Doughnut Tower
Jennifer Causey

Apple Cider Doughnut Tower

If you're looking for a show-stopping dessert, look no further than this apple cider donut cake.

Get the recipe: Apple Cider Doughnut Tower

Better for You

For this recipe for buffalo cauliflower with yogurt ranch, Cauliflower florets are roasted for a healthier take on the bar snack favorite, and then tossed with a buffalo sauce spiked with just a touch of butter.
Victor Protasio

Buffalo Cauliflower With Yogurt Ranch

Wings and vegetarians don't mix. Hence buffalo cauliflower is a dish that has graced us with its presence on bar and restaurant menus nationwide.

Get the recipe: Buffalo Cauliflower With Yogurt Ranch

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