The Ranch Kitchen: Simple Fun Fall Cooking

HRL is delighted to share another recipe pairing from Alise at The Ranch Kitchen that’s perfect for the upcoming Halloween holiday and anytime this fall! We’ll start with a nutritious, colorful, protein-packed, Whole 30-compliant skillet dish that will be a perfect dinner before the cookies – and any other sweet treats – that will follow. Orange has never looked so good!

– Barb Godwin, Publisher, HRL

Alise Nolan & Family, The Ranch Kitchen

Alise Nolan & Family, The Ranch Kitchen

Whole30 Ground Beef Hash from The Ranch Kitchen

Whole30 Ground Beef Hash from The Ranch Kitchen

Whole30 Ground Beef Hash

Prep Time 10 Minutes | Cooking Time 30 Minutes | Serves 8

Time to beef up our breakfast routine! This protein pack breakfast hash is sure to leave you satisfied. Quickly ready in 30 minutes, this Whole30 Ground Beef Hash is packed with color and flavor.  Inspiration for this dish was found at Our Salty Kitchen. – Bethany @ The Ranch Kitchen


  • 4 tablespoon(s) Avocado Oil, divided

  • 1 large Sweet Onion, diced

  • 4 clove(s) Garlic, mined

  • 2 pound(s) Ground Beef

  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) Dried Oregano

  • 1/2 teaspoon(s) Red Pepper Flakes

  • 2 medium Zucchini, diced

  • 2 medium Yellow Squash, diced

  • 2 medium bell peppers, diced

  • 2 tablespoon(s) Parsley, chopped

  • Sea Salt and Black Pepper, to taste

  • Eggs


  • Heat a large skillet on high heat and add 2 tablespoons of avocado oil and heat until simmering. Add onion and saute for about 5 minutes. Add garlic until fragrant, 1 minute. 

  • Add in the ground beef to the skillet, along with Oregano, Red Pepper Flakes and salt and pepper. Stir frequently to break up meat, until the beef starts to brown. 

  • Push the beef and onion mixture to the edge of the pan, add in 2 teaspoons of avocado oil to the center of the pan and add in teh zucchini and squash. Cook for about 5 minutes. 

  • Add in the bell pepper to teh skillet. Stir frequently and saute for an additional 5 minutes, until the bell peppers are cooked. 

  • If serving immediately, fry an egg in a separate skillet to go on top of the hash. 

  • If using as a meal prep, separate the meal into different containers (per serving size) and once ready to serve fry an egg to go on top of the hash.

Chocolate Pumpkin Kiss Cookies

Chocolate Pumpkin Kiss Cookies

Chocolate Pumpkin Kiss Cookies

Prep Time 10 Minutes | Cooking Time 8 Minutes

This fun dessert is perfect for fall and school parties!  The adults love it a lot too!  Finding the Hershey’s Kisses Pumpkin Spice Kisses may be a chore, but it’s worth it. If you can’t find them use white chocolate or any variety you like. Recipe from  the site I Heart Naptime…check her great recipes out!  


  • 1 box(es) devil`s food cake mix (chocolate will work too or your favorite cake mix)

  • 1 bag(s) Hershey’s Pumpkin Spice Kisses

  • 1 – 15 ounce(s) can pumpkin (not pie filling)


  • Pre-heat oven to 350°F.

  • In a large bowl combine cake mix and pumpkin.

  • Stir or use a mixer until dough is smooth.

  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.

  • Scoop cookie dough onto the pan and then bake for 8-10 minutes.

  • Remove pan and allow to cool for one minute on pan.

  • Gently press kisses in the center of the cookies and then place cookies on a cooling rack.

For more recipes to meet all needs – short on time, special dietary needs, and more – head on over to The Ranch Kitchen…you’ll find something for everyone! HRL and TRK wish you a safe and happy Halloween and fall season, and we’ll be back with more next month!