I love fall. The weather finally starts to cool down and in my opinion, it’s one of the most frugal times of the year. Fall activities are often cheap or free and it’s also the perfect time of year for soup and batch meals. You can feed your family well without much money at all during this time of year. Check out these cheap fall recipes to keep everyone full and satisfied while stretching your dollar.
1. White Chicken Chili
Switch up your regular chili recipe with this hearty white chicken chili this fall. About two years ago, my husband and I went to a potluck and tasted white chicken chili for the first time. Needless to say, we were pretty hooked and now it’s a regular meal that we prepare on cold days.
Instead of red kidney beans, you’ll use norther white beans (canned is fine) and whatever type of chicken you have on hand. You can make this chili as spicy or as mild as you want. We usually add some sour cream and canned chiles toward the end and it’s always delicious. Make a huge batch of white chicken chili to keep your family full for two to three days.
2. Stuffed Chicken
Another option for cheap fall recipes is to prepare some stuffed chicken with rice or steamed veggies. The great thing about stuffed chicken is that you can use any type of stuffing you want. Consider getting some Stove Top Stuffing mix to stuff your chicken breasts. Or, you can make your own cornbread based stuffing and add herbs like rosemary to give the meal a hearty flavor.
To add to the flavor, you can also prepare a gravy to pour over your stuffed chicken breasts to top off the meal. This easy stuffed chicken recipe uses a herb and cheese flavor and takes only 30 minutes to cook.
3. Italian Butternut Squash Soup
I’ve never been one to eat squash during the fall. However, recently, I realized how cheap this vegetable is so I’ve been intrigued to find a good recipe. Squash soup is tasty, filling and very easy to make. You can go completely vegetarian or you can add a protein like some sausage to your soup.
This Italian fennel-spiced butternut squash soup is one of the best cheap fall recipes that can be prepared with ingredients you may already have in your kitchen. The recipe calls for beans, fresh garlic, heavy cream, and red bell pepper – all cheap ingredients.
4. Slowcooker Enchiladas
Slowcooker enchiladas are really easy to make and will be a nice treat for your family if you don’t eat them often. You may think that you need special cooking skills to prepare this meal but that couldn’t be further from the truth. This recipe just involves a few basic ingredients that you may already have on hand. All you’ll need is enchilada sauce, tortillas, shredded cheese, cream cheese, and jalapeno peppers (optional).
The key is to just allow yourself enough time to prepare this meal in the slow cooker since it will take about 3 hours. I love slow cooker meals because you just prep and dump the meal in the crockpot. Then, you can go about your day and do other things while the meal is being prepared. It’s nearly impossible to burn your meal or mess something up when using a slow cooker. So as long as you can follow the prep directions, you’re basically good to go.
5. Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars
There are so many cheap fall recipes for breakfast. If you like pumpkin, you can literally make a quick and filling breakfast with pumpkin puree whether it be pancakes, bread, etc. These pumpkin oatmeal bars are tasty and will provide a great energy boost for those quick mornings when you’re on the go.
You’ll just need a few basic ingredients like rolled oats, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, pecans, and some spices. You can sweeten the pumpkin oatmeal bars as little or as much as you’d like. This is a fun meal the whole family can make together and it will keep in the fridge for at least a week.
6. Butternut Squash Sausage Frittata
If you prefer a filling low-carb breakfast, this butternut squash sausage frittata is perfect. You can make the sausage from scratch with a few seasonings or use store bought sausage. You’ll cut the butternut squash into cubes and roast it before adding it to this quick dish. Use whatever herbs you have lying around the house even if they’re dried herbs. This meal only takes 20 minutes to prepare and will keep the whole family full until lunch.
Summary: Cheap Fall Recipes You Won’t Regret Trying
Fall is one of the absolute best seasons to relax at home and cook more of your meals. Soups, stews, and easy breakfast dishes with hearty flavors will really stretch your dollar and free up more of your money for the upcoming holiday season. This list of cheap fall recipes just barely scratched the surface. Get creative and try out new dishes this season with fall flavors and ingredients that are not only affordable but equally as delicious.
What are your favorite cheap fall recipes?