Be Your Own Top Chef: 10 Easy & Delicious Fall Recipes Under $10

As the days get shorter, everyone begins to crave foods that are richer, earthier, and more comforting—we'll show you how to make some stellar recipes for yourself. Farmers markets are starting to grow scarce on tomatoes and strawberries, but they’re making room for rich, deeply colored fall foods like sweet potatoes, beets, parsnips, and other strong root vegetables. Granted, we say “richer” foods, but it’s easy to get these ingredients on the cheap.

Read on for a slide show of our 10 favorite ways to enjoy fall foods from the farmers market for under $10 (Top Chef kitchen skills not required):

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  • Olmdance4

    The crock pot is indispensable in winter and I try to make many meals in it. My husband likes a vegetarian meal every once in a while so, I keep the leftover and then it will accompany our main course in another meal. I have also frozen individual portions, as I used to throw away a lot of our leftovers when they were in tupperware. I think if I can reincorporate a leftover, then I may end up using it. I love green bean, sauteed in oil and garlic w/ boiled potatoes thrown into the pan and blanched. One can add egg as a garnish or simply for protein. It is a family treat from Northern nSpain which my Mother brought back with her from one of many trips. Bon appetit!

    • Casey

      I love my crock pot! One of my favorite fall recipes is for a potato and canadian bacon soup that you make in the slow cooker. Here’s the recipe:nnn2 cup(s) potato(es), cut into 1/2-inch cubesn1 large carrot(s), dicedn1 cup(s) leek(s), chopped, white part onlyn1 medium garlic clove(s), mincedn4 cup(s) fat-free chicken brothn1/2 cup(s) uncooked barleyn1 piece(s) bay leafn1/4 tsp dried thyme, crushedn1/4 tsp black peppern4 oz Canadian-style bacon, cut into 1/4-inch piecesn1/2 cup(s) fat-free evaporated milkn2 oz fat-free half-and-halfnnIn a slow cooker, combine potatoes, carrots, leek, garlic, broth, barley, bay leaf, thyme, pepper and bacon; cover and cook on low for 6 hours.nStir in evaporated milk and half-and-half; heat through, uncovered, about 10 minutes. Yields about 1 2/3 cups per serving.nnYUM!n

  • DG

    Crock pots are great; I can’t wait to do a post with recipes for the crock pot during the winter. Freezing individual portions is a smart strategy. Thanks for sharing your techniques!

  • Mrs. Drummond

    Deborah, what are some of your favorite root vegetables to buy at farmer’s markets?

  • HiDeborah

    What would your eleventh favorite be?

  • Anonymous

    We are looking forward to that! Sounds like a great post!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for your comment, @Olmdance4! Can you share your recipe for that?nCheers, nCarolinenLearnVest’s Chief Content and Community Officer

  • DG

    A celery root slaw…creamy, earthy- more tooth than cole slaw.

  • DG

    I am partial to parsnips, sweet potatoes, and celery root…but anything when roasted tastes earthy, sweet and satisfying- with minimal addition of ingredients.

  • HiDeborah

    YUM! Thank you!

  • Mrs. Drummond

    All these things make me think of fall. So delicious. Sick of me to say, but I can’t wait for it to get cold (brrrrr) so I can enjoy this stuff. Appreciate the tips

  • DG

    This soup sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  • Rosie

    A side dish that costs $9 is hardly inexpensive! I try to keep the entire meal under $7 with 4 serving sizes.

  • sandra

    IT LOOK LIKE A GOOD RECIPE,I WISH IT HAD THE NUTRITION CONTENT TO KNOW THAT IT IS OKAY TO EAT!

  • Rowann

    i agree with rosie, these are not frugal dishes. we feed 5 adults on about $10 per dinner meal. this includes main dish, at least 2 sides, a salad, and desert.

  • Skeptical

    Frugality …as defined by Paris Hilton, perhaps. This is highway robbery.

  • PamCollier

    Beautiful pictures, but the recipes don’t meet my definition of “frugal” and the millet entree is a nutritional nightmare at 192 mg cholesterol per serving. I ate really well today for less than $5 and I’ll eat really well tomorrow for less than $5. Some of it is luck–today, for instance, I bought a 37-ounce sweet potato pie for $1.99–but most of it is strategy. I don’t want to sound overly critical–the recipes really do make beautiful pictures (although one picture shows an ingredient not included in the recipe) and I’ve copied a couple of them to my computer. It’s just that they’re not frugal! Seriously, you can’t put any starter/side/entree together to create a meal for less than $18. Please!

    • L Dorbandt

      I agree wholeheartedly! not what I would call frugal and not ingredients that my family would eat. Pix are great though!

    • L Dorbandt

      I agree wholeheartedly! not what I would call frugal and not ingredients that my family would eat. Pix are great though!

  • Ldorbandt

    maybe those of us responding who didn’t find these recipes ‘frugal’ could post some of our own, more economical recipes and share between us.

  • Ldorbandt

    maybe those of us responding who didn’t find these recipes ‘frugal’ could post some of our own, more economical recipes and share between us.

  • Ldorbandt

    maybe those of us responding who didn’t find these recipes ‘frugal’ could post some of our own, more economical recipes and share between us.

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