4 Frugal Fall Meal Ideas That The Family Will Love

Lori | Home Made Simple
by Lori | Home Made Simple

I’m sharing four of my favorite recipes for frugal fall meals. These easy, cheap fall recipes will quickly become family favorites. They are fast, easy, frugal, and delicious so let’s get started

Cabbage and sausage skillet ingredients

1. Cabbage and sausage skillet recipe


  • Kielbasa sausage (any flavor)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 head cabbage
  • 2 apples
  • 1 1⁄2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar

Making cabbage and sausage skillet

Chop up kielbasa sausage. Heat and brown the sausage with about a tablespoon of olive oil. While the sausage cooks, chop up one onion and three cloves of garlic.

Making cabbage and sausage skillet

Remove the browned sausage from the pan and saute onions and garlic.

Making cabbage and sausage skillet

Chop cabbage while onions cook. Combine the cabbage in the skillet with the onions and garlic and allow that to cook down for about five minutes.

Making cabbage and sausage skillet

While the cabbage is cooking, dice two apples and place the apples in with the cabbage in the skillet. Cook down the apples for about five more minutes.

Making cabbage and sausage skillet

Add 1 1⁄2 cups of chicken broth, 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and cook for five more minutes

Cabbage and sausage skillet

Add the sausage back into the skillet and heat to serve.

2. Egg casserole recipe

I usually put this dish in the oven but you can throw it in the slow cooker, too.


  • 8 to 10 eggs (I used 14 because I had an abundance)
  • 5 potatoes (or hash browns)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • Sausage
  • 1 cup cheese (any kind)
Making egg casserole

Rinse five potatoes and dice them or use hash browns.

Making egg casserole

Crack all the eggs in a bowl.

Tip: if you get an egg shell in your eggs, use a large piece of shell to fish out the smaller piece.

Add 1 cup of milk and whisk with 2 teaspoons of salt and a teaspoon of pepper.

Making egg casserole

Cook through the sausage in a pan, remove when browned. Keep the sausage grease to cook other dishes–I usually put it in a Mason jar in the refrigerator–it’s a good way to save on cooking oil.

Making egg casserole

Add potatoes in the pan with some grease and sprinkle about a teaspoon of salt on them while they cook to tender.

Making egg casserole
Making egg casserole

Grease a 9-inch by 13-inch pan. Pour half of the potatoes and half of the sausage into the pan, sprinkle 1 cup of cheese, and then repeat the layers.

Making egg casserole
Making egg casserole

Pour the eggs over the top of the casserole.

Bake in a preheated oven of 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 to 40 minutes until the eggs are set.

Egg casserole

3. Sausage and corn chowder recipe

I use a versatile Dutch oven for this recipe.

Sausage and corn chowder recipe ingredients


  • Grease or oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 4 potatoes (peeled or unpeeled)
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 bags frozen corn
  • 1 pound cooked sausage
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • 3 cups milk
  • Toppings (cheese, sour cream)
Making sausage and corn chowder

Add 1 tablespoon of grease to the bottom of a Dutch oven, let it melt, and cook the onions.

Making sausage and corn chowder

Dice potatoes and add 1 teaspoon of pepper, 2 teaspoons of salt, and four diced potatoes.

Tip: I don't peel my potatoes before I put them in a recipe just because of the nutritional value that they offer, but if you don't like the skins, peel them first.

Making sausage and corn chowder

Add 2 cups of chicken stock and 2 bags of frozen corn and boil it all for about 15 to 20 minutes.

Making sausage and corn chowder

Reduce to low and add 1 pound of cooked sausage, then stir to cool down before adding milk. I’m using raw milk, as I noted, because I like all the health benefits.

I'm going to pull off 1 1⁄2 cups of the cream and 3 cups of regular milk.

Making sausage and corn chowder

Turn the temperature down to low so that the milk and cream will not boil. Simmer, do not boil, to let it thicken up a bit. Serve when thickened.

Sausage and corn chowder

Top with cheese and sour cream, if desired.

4. Bacon-wrapped pork loin recipe

This next recipe is one of my family's favorites, especially to have during the fall. It is a delicious and super simple recipe, but I think it is good enough to be considered a gourmet meal.

So let's get started making a bacon-wrapped pork loin.

Ingredients for bacon-wrapped pork loin recipe


  • 1 package bacon
  • Pork loin
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons salt or more to taste
  • Pepper to taste
Making bacon-wrapped pork loin

Lay bacon out on a cutting board, overlapping it just a little. This step makes it easier to wrap the pork.

Making bacon-wrapped pork loin
Making bacon-wrapped pork loin

Flip over the pork loin so the bacon ends are at the bottom.

Making bacon-wrapped pork loin

Once wrapped, carefully flip the pork loin over, place it inside a Dutch oven, and adjust the bacon wrapping.

Making bacon-wrapped pork loin

Drizzle maple syrup over the top of the bacon.

Put the lidded Dutch oven in a 350 degree Fahrenheit oven for about two hours.

Making bacon-wrapped pork loin
Bacon-wrapped pork loin

I like to make a quick side of roasted broccoli sprinkled with just a little salt with a drizzle of olive oil, then baked in the oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 20 to 25 minutes until it begins to brown.

Frugal fall meals

All of these recipes allow you to stay a busy parent and still put a delicious dinner on the table for your family. I hope you enjoy these cheap, easy fall recipes as much as I do every year.

When you give these recipes a try, let me know how you like them in the comments.

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