Welcome autumn with these hearty, low-cost seasonal classics
As temperatures go down, warm up with these simple, satisfying fall favorites. With dishes like savory pasta, twice-baked
sweet potatoes and a gingersnap sundae, you won't even miss summer! Plus, we've included a printable shopping list to make
your meal preparation easier.
Click to download: Shopping List (PDF)
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Cost per serving: $1.51
Try this family favorite for a quick weeknight meal—it only takes about 30 minutes to prepare. For variety, you can swap in another type of pasta that holds sauce well, such as fusilli or bow-tie pasta.
See recipe: Rigatoni in Creamy Tomato Sauce
Cost per serving: $3.46
For a delicious and nutritious dinner, you can't beat this tasty meal. If you don't like salmon, you can substitute halibut or cod and follow the same cooking instructions if the fillets are 5 ounces each. You also can mix up this recipe by using chopped dried apricots instead of cranberries.
See recipe: Salmon and Couscous Packets
Cost per serving: $2.27
Serve this simple beef stir-fry over white or brown rice, along with a steamed green vegetable such as broccoli, green beans or snow peas. You can use apple juice in place of the rice wine, if you prefer.
See recipe: Korean Beef Stir-Fry
Cost per serving: 39¢
At less than 50¢ per serving, this hearty dish will fill you up without emptying your wallet. Complete this meal by serving the beans the Tuscan way, with crusty bread and a green salad.
See recipe: Slow-Cooker Tuscan Beans
Cost per serving: $2.01
Ice cream gets an autumn twist with this decadent dessert. Gingersnaps give the recipe extra flavor, but if you'd like you can substitute a different type of cookie, such as Nilla Wafers.
See recipe: Gingersnap-Banana Sundaes