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5 Favorite Quick Fall Fixes

Quick-fix meals can bridge the gap between hunger and a pricy meal out on the town. Try one of these favorite fall fixes.

5 Favorite Quick Fall Fixes - Quick-fix meals can bridge the gap between hunger and a pricy meal out on the town. Try one of these favorite fall fixes.

I think that one of the biggest detriments to our grocery budgets is the desire for immediate gratification, also manifesting itself as hanger, in our house. If you’re hungry, it’s just so much easier to buy the convenience foods or run through the burger take-out line instead of coming home to fix something.

If you’ve got a few great quick-fix meal ideas in your back pocket, you can stave off all of that. Come home and enjoy a great meal that you made yourself for cheap!

5 Favorite Quick Fall Fixes - Quick-fix meals can bridge the gap between hunger and a pricy meal out on the town. Try one of these favorite fall fixes.

Spicy Sausage Burger

Golly, I love these Spicy Sausage Burgers. Oh my! These are perfect for one last fall BBQ before the weather turns — if you live in that kind of place, of course. And you can easily cook them up in a skillet for all year enjoyment.

Cabbage is in season, so be sure to make the Creamy Coleslaw that Won’t Go Soggy to go with.

5 Favorite Quick Fall Fixes - Quick-fix meals can bridge the gap between hunger and a pricy meal out on the town. Try one of these favorite fall fixes.

Vegetable, Beef, and Barley Soup

Warm the tummy with this Vegetable, Beef, and Barley Soup, one of our favorites. Honestly, it reminds me of the version from the can that I grew up on, but this is full of good stuff, no preservatives, and can be customized however you like it.

Serve it with buttered soda crackers for the perfect throwback meal.

5 Favorite Quick Fall Fixes - Quick-fix meals can bridge the gap between hunger and a pricy meal out on the town. Try one of these favorite fall fixes.

Spicy No Bean Chili

Welcome the armchair quarterbacks on game day with a pot of Spicy No Bean Chili and hot dogs to go with. Lay out an array of toppings and a side of Cumin-Scented Cabbage Salad. Both come together super quickly.

To save extra money and enjoy some stellar hot dog buns, make your own. You’ll need to plan ahead for those, but they are worth the time investment. Trust me.

5 Favorite Quick Fall Fixes - Quick-fix meals can bridge the gap between hunger and a pricy meal out on the town. Try one of these favorite fall fixes.

Easy Slow Cooker Pork Tacos

Obviously, if you’re going to use the slow cooker, you need to plan ahead. But, once you do that, prep time is super minimal. These Easy Slow Cooker Pork Tacos are a flavorful quick-fix to spice up your life this week.

If you end up with extra time, make Homemade Corn Tortillas for an out-of-this-world supper.

5 Favorite Quick Fall Fixes - Quick-fix meals can bridge the gap between hunger and a pricy meal out on the town. Try one of these favorite fall fixes.

Guinness Beef Stew

Again, you’ll need to plan ahead a bit to make this Guinness Beef Stew, but it will really take you just minutes in the morning and then you can just walk away. Just walk away. This is a super freezer-friendly meal, so make a double batch and freeze half for another night.

Want a quick bread to serve alongside the stew? Try Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread. It’s cheap and easy to mix up.

Have YOU got a favorite quick fall fix? We’d love to hear about it!

5 Favorite Quick Fall Fixes - Quick-fix meals can bridge the gap between hunger and a pricy meal out on the town. Try one of these favorite fall fixes.

Save Money on Groceries

This is part of the How to Save Money on Groceries series. Scroll through the archives to get tips and tricks for reducing your grocery total at the checkout stand.

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  1. To defeat the impulse to eat out, I am assembling a portfolio of recipes that are faster and easier to fix at home from what’s on hand than going for takeout. So far my bank of takeout-thwarting options includes french bread pizzas, creamed tuna on toast, tuna melts, black bean quesadillas, and spaghetti and meatballs (jar of sauce and frozen meatballs). Though not gourmet, they are all tastier–and more convenient–than the fare from local chain fast food joints. So when I’m tempted to swing by the drive through, I drive home instead. I’m also looking for new ideas, so share your faves, please.)

  2. Khisha Pratt says:

    I just wanted to write to you to say a tremendous THANK YOU!!! You have done what I am trying to do – feed my family quality, healthy food on a budget. I read through your website and tried for one month to follow your advise, plan ahead and have on hand some “go to” items. I wasn’t sure where to begin before and I had so little time to make things work. You have made my world manageable and your tips have been invaluable. I love your recipes and my family does too. My stress level is down and the planning schedule is working well. I am forever grateful to you. As a working mother of three extremely active children, in a high stress job, managing also the medical needs of two of my children, there was little time left to accomplish this clean eating goal. Thank you so much for sharing what works for your family because we are going to keep going with this and I will also share recipes and things that work for us.

  3. I used to be tempted to reach for convenience food just because it sounded good. Recently, though, I started a new job that has me starting work before dawn and on my feet for long hours. With late-evening family commitments, I’m perpetually under-slept. I’m exhausted when I get home, I grab any time I have to sit down or nap, and dinner prep has become necessarily brief. I’m all the more motivated to use your freezer meals and other tips to reduce dinner prep times as much as possible for my work days. I’m looking forward to a time in the future when I have more time and energy to spend leisurely hours in the kitchen. I didn’t appreciate that when I had it! Meanwhile, thanks for the resources on your website!

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