No-Fuss Seasonal Recipes and Ideas That Will Not Give Your Budget Anxiety

Posted: September 21, 2021 1:22 pm

Tired of scouring the internet for seasonal meals and finding list after list of impossibly complicated dishes with expensive ingredients and cook times long enough to cure cheese? All you wanted was a fun and easy recipe, maybe to convince your kids (or you) to get up on time, and now you’ve been to five different grocery stores. The realization has set in that this isn’t in your budget, and now you’re looking wistfully at boxes of Bisquick.

Well, the good news is that you can still have what you really want–because expensive and time-consuming meals are the opposite of what you want, right? We’ve made a list of actually doable morning autumn breakfast ideas that bring all the fun of fall and none of the budget and schedule complications.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice

1. First of all, having your own pumpkin spice blend makes autumnizing any dish super easy. If you want to grab that box of instant pancake mix, go for it–a few shakes from your home-made or bought spice mix will add fall flavor to your no-fuss pancakes. If you’re making french toast, same story. You can even make your own pumpkin spice creamer by following a simple recipe. You can make this the night before and enjoy it for up to five days in the fridge, or skip the pumpkin puree and enjoy it for up to a week. You can also drop this creamer straight into other recipes (1/2 creamer, 1/2 milk) to make fluffier pumpkin pancakes or french toast. Another easy alternative for some autumn magic in the morning is to simply get some pumpkin pie flavored syrup and drop it in your coffee (This one is sugar free, but there are many to choose from which are not).

Sweet Potatoes

2. Of course, there’s more to fall than pumpkin spice. Traditionally, the early fall harvest includes pumpkin, butternut and acorn squash, apples, pecans, pears, figs, beets, cranberries, carrots, leeks, parsnips, turnips, pomegranates, sweet potatoes, and much more. Sweet Potatoes are traditionally thought of as a side for Thanksgiving dinner, but they can be used any way that regular potatoes can! Chop, spice, throw in the air fryer, voila! This recipe is very basic and only calls for olive oil, salt and pepper, but replacing the pepper with pumpkin spice and a dash of brown sugar turns a savory breakfast into a sweet one–now you have two options! Another recipe features a hashbrown format, with grating rather than chopping.

Cookie cutters

2. Another fun way to make your breakfast seasonal isn’t in the ingredients at all–it’s in the shape! Getting some cookie cutters that have leaves, pumpkins, acorns, turkeys, and other autumny things will take your pancakes to the next level without adding a single additional ingredient. Spray them thoroughly with cooking spray so there’s no messy removal, and I recommend placing on a pan that you can cover with a lid so the top can cook and you don’t have to flip them. Simply pour the batter into the cookie cutter placed on the pan and let it cook! Also, word to the wise: DO NOT use plastic cookie cutters to do this. Always use metal.

Pumpkin Pie Yogurt Bowl

3. This Pumpkin Pie Yogurt Bowl is a fast way to get some pumpkin spice into your life. Though this recipe only calls for cinnamon and ginger, you can add your own pumpkin spice blend and take it to the next level. Incredibly easy and no cook time at all!

Maple Syrup Apples

4. Maple Syrup Apples are delicious on their own or on top of yogurt, waffles, or pancakes for a super easy way to fall-ify (sure, that’s a word!) your morning meal. You can also get some pastry shell and bake some mini turnovers with these apples as a filling. Brush with some butter and sugar and bake in a toaster oven on 400 for 15 minutes or until golden brown. As a side note, pumpkin spice maple syrup is, of course, a thing, and you can even make your own if you want to. Put it on waffles! In coffee! In muffin mix! Yogurt! Granola! Even regular cereal! Anything you normally make can become instantly seasonal.

Harvest Breakfast Braid

5. However, if you do want to make something different, this Harvest Breakfast Braid is one of those dishes that look so impressive that everyone will assume you worked your tail off to prepare it–but the fact of the matter is that it takes less than 20 minutes total and is mostly a matter of layering ingredients. This braid has all the harvest classics like apples and cranberries, marmalade for added sweetness, and then throws in sausage and Havarti for a savory contrast! The oven is really the one doing all the work on this one–as it should be!

Now that you know that it doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated to make delicious seasonal breakfast dishes, be prepared to start your day right! Happy Autumn!