When it comes to cooking, fall has some of the best ingredients to work with.
Between apples and pumpkins to the rise of squash, there’s a new abundance of flavors to incorporate into your dishes.
With the cooler weather moving in, fall is the time for warm and satisfying foods to keep you cozy on a chilly day.
It is the season of comfort food with hearty stews, savory pastas and apple pie.
Unfortunately, cooking isn’t always a cheap endeavor, especially if you’re forced to purchase specialty ingredients and an array of spices all for one recipe.
However, you don’t always have to spend a fortune to cook a hearty fall meal. Use up the last of your summer ingredients and get ready to embrace the new season by trying one of these delicious autumn recipes while staying on budget.
1. Stovetop Chicken Pot Pie
There’s something about chicken pot pie that screams comfort food. When it’s a drizzly day outside, this always sounds like a good idea.
The best part of this recipe is that it uses a store-bought rotisserie chicken, which saves you a ton of time and money.
Furthermore, instead of a pie crust, you use buttermilk biscuits to sop up that deliciously creamy and rich chicken filling. Simple ingredients, but a fantastic dinner. Overall, this recipe comes out to about $3 per serving, which is definitely a steal!
2. Veggie Chili
Chili is a fall staple, if you ask me. While traditional chili is wonderful, this recipe seems to top it with its use of fall vegetables like squash, zucchini and corn.
Not to mention the fact that you really feel like you’re getting your serving of vegetables with this recipe, which can be great if you’re making it for kids.
It’s fairly quick, can be tailored to your individual taste, and comes out at just $1.25 per serving.
3. Pork Tenderloin, Pear and Cranberry Salad
Sometimes inexpensive has connotations of being plain, however, this couldn’t be further from the truth. This salad is picture perfect, filling, and scrumptious.
Of course, it also uses some fantastic fall ingredients with the pears and cranberries, which pair perfectly with pork. This recipe is a little more time-intensive, but is well worth it at $2.38 per serving.
4. Roast Chicken with Potatoes and Butternut Squash
There’s something about roast chicken on an autumn day that’s always satisfying. Pair it with hearty potatoes and autumn squash and you’ll have a fulfilling evening meal.
Sometimes simplicity is better, which is the epitome of this recipe. Moreover, it may be satisfying, but it gets bonus points for being a healthy choice as well. The cost for this autumn meal comes in at $1.62 per serving.Need a few budget-friendly autumn meals? These recipes are hearty and cheap to make Click To Tweet
5. Butternut Squash Soup
Butternut squash; if you’re seeing a pattern here, you get the idea. Squash is a go-to when the leaves begin to change. Butternut squash soup not only uses just a few key ingredients, but can be great served as an appetizer or entrée as well.
This soup, coming in at $2.08 a serving, is all about savoring the taste of butternut squash and is great served with a piece of fresh, French bread.
6. Two-Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins
Speaking of staples, you can’t have fall without pumpkins. Usually, I’m all for cooking from scratch, but sometimes it’s just not convenient and is often times more expensive.
That’s why these two-ingredient muffins are perfect when you want an easy, on-budget, but crowd-pleasing treat. The best part about this recipe? They’re low in calories, so feel free to have them as a quick breakfast or afternoon snack.
7. Pumpkin Spice, No-Bake Cheesecake
Whoever invented the phrase no-bake was a genius. Those two words alone tend to navigate me towards a recipe. Not only is this cheesecake inexpensive to whip together, but it’s extremely easy as well.
You can decide whether or not you’d like to make your own crust or use a pre-made one for this treat, depending on how much time you have. Either way, it’ll taste amazing. It’s light and fluffy, so it’ll satisfy your sweet tooth without leaving you stuffed.
8. Baked Apples
As soon as apple season begins, I plan my trip to the orchard, and this recipe is one perfect way to use any apples you pick. These apples may look gourmet, but thankfully, you don’t have to be a professional to make them.
With a little caramel, butter, brown sugar and cinnamon, you can have a phenomenal dessert with the purchase of just a few ingredients. The simplicity of this recipe is what keeps it on budget, but also allows you to really savor that fresh apple flavor.
9. S’Mores Nachos
One can’t help but associate fall with bonfires; that crisp autumn air makes for the perfect setting for a toasty gathering. If you’re anything like me, you probably think the best part about a bonfire is the s’mores.
With this recipe, however, there’s no campfire required, just four easy, cheap ingredients, and ten minutes of your time. Before you know it, you’ll have scrumptious and unforgettable dessert anytime you’re in the campfire mood. Just be careful, as this particular treat can be extremely addicting!
Fall is Perfect for Frugal Meals
One of the best parts about the changing seasons is getting the opportunity to try out an array of different recipes that play into all the wonderfully diverse flavors throughout the year.
Recipes can sometimes seem daunting when you’re staring at a large list of ingredients, and you no doubt know it’ll likely cost you more as well.
Cooking doesn’t have to be difficult, however, and you don’t have to spend a fortune to create a delicious meal.
All you need is a few quality ingredients and some great recipes, and you’ll be dishing out some hearty, autumn treats in no time.
What are some of your favorite, inexpensive fall recipes? What is you go-to autumn ingredient to use?