I am always on the hunt for healthy new recipes to add into my rotation and these have absolutely made the cut for fall. These recipes are delicious and they use seasonal squash and other inexpensive ingredients to keep your grocery budget in line. Most of the ingredients required are stock-up items so that you can buy them at rock bottom prices and save them until you are ready to use them. I did not invent these recipes, so hats off to all the chefs! See the links to their original posts for the complete recipes.
Spaghetti Squash Burrito Bowls: Delicious spaghetti squash with a Tex Mex filling. I had some extra ground turkey that I cooked up and added to the filling, but you can leave it vegetarian and only use the black beans if you want. There are so many flavors happening that your people won’t even notice that it’s missing meat. Probably. My husband can smell a meatless meal on his way home from work, but maybe you are married to someone who is not a meat-craving bloodhound. My man may not like vegetarian entrees, but he’s still a keeper.
Lasagna Stuffed Spaghetti Squash: Another delightful variation of the stuffed spaghetti squash. We make this recipe several times in the fall because we love it. To save money, I only use cottage cheese as it is usually much less expensive than ricotta. If I don’t have a can of crushed tomatoes, I will just use a jar of spaghetti sauce instead.
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup: Nothing screams fall quite like butternut squash soup (and maybe the Pumpkin Spice Latte). This is a delicious, easy, inexpensive soup perfect for making on Sunday and packing for lunch throughout the week. Talk about comfort food…
One Pan Lemon Chicken with Butternut Squash and Brussels Sprouts: I made this recipe a couple nights ago with a few changes: I only used orange zest for the simple reason that I did not have any lemons. I left out the brussels, again, because I did not have any. The meal was a success despite the changes and I look forward to preparing it again when I actually have all the ingredients.
Roasted Brussels and Butternut Squash: This recipe is incredibly flavorful and is beautiful enough for your Thanksgiving table. Roasted vegetables are the best vegetables. I left out the pecans because we have a family member with severe nut allergies and we prefer to keep her around. Toasted nuts are DELICIOUS, but can sometimes be a budget buster (or in our case a sister killer). Trust me, the recipe is still fantastic even without the pecans and everyone gets to survive dinner.
Grab some squash and head into the kitchen to fill your house with the homey, mouth-watering smells of fall. Enjoy!
What are your favorite inexpensive fall recipes? I would love to hear about them below.