Being busy doesn’t mean you have to skip out on delicious, nutritious fall faves. Next time you’re on a time crunch for lunch, why not try one of these quick and affordable recipes? By using seasonal ingredients that can be found on sale, you can save money AND satisfy your taste buds.
1. Fall Inspired Vegetarian Bibimbab by Hip Foodie Mom
Bibimbap is a signature Korean dish that features a variety of warm ingredients layered into one bowl with steamy rice, topped with a fried egg. For a fall spin, Hip Foodie Mom uses roasted sweet potatoes instead of beef or ribs. This one-bowl dish is meal prep friendly, as you can prepare all the individual ingredients ahead of time and simply combine them into your bowl when you’re ready to enjoy.
2. Apple Orchard Sandwiches by Dance Around the Kitchen
This easy lunch brings together all the classic fall flavors into one quick sandwich. Simply assemble your sandwich with turkey slices, sliced apples, and apple butter — you won’t want to miss this combination of sweet and savory!
3. One Pot Cauliflower Piccata Pasta by Slender Kitchen
If you love chicken piccata but simply don’t have the time to cook chicken during lunch, this variation uses in-season cauliflower to save you time and cash. By cooking the pasta, cauliflower, and all the aromatics in a single pot, you can simplify your cooking and minimize dirty dishes — a win, win!
4. Roasted Butternut Squash Quinoa Bowl by Plant Based RD
Pumpkin gets all the love during fall, but butternut squash deserves just as much credit, which is why you should add this nourishing bowl to your weekly meal plan. This recipe features tofu, but the bowl is easily customizable to add your choice of protein. Don’t forget to make the hot maple mustard dressing for the final touch!
5. Apple Cranberry Chicken Salad by One Lovely Life
This is a great recipe to make with leftover chicken, so nothing goes to waste. Another option is to buy a cooked rotisserie chicken, and you’re already halfway there. Combine with apples, cranberries, celery, and toasted pecans for an explosion of flavor. Stuff into your favorite sandwich bun, wrap, or even add it over a crispy bed of lettuce.
6. Apple Cranberry Spinach Salad With Goat Cheese by Eating Well
There’s nothing simpler than tossing up a salad when you’re short on time. This recipe uses a quick and easy apple cider vinaigrette that pairs beautifully with the crisp, chopped apples. For the best time-saving hack, get pre-washed baby spinach that you can throw into a bowl together with the rest of your ingredients.
Ready to switch up your weekly lunches with these fall-inspired meals? Remember to check the Flipp app every week to find everything you need on sale.