5 Budget-Friendly (& Healthy!) Comfort Food Recipes For Fall

@victoriaquitzau

Looking for some comfort food recipes for fall? Food should not have to eat up your finances to taste delicious.  

When we think of comfort food, many images come to mind. The majority tempt us to reach for our phones to order the nearest fast food. The odd indulgence in takeaway is not our enemy, when eaten in moderation, however, frequent indulgence can be strenuous for your bank balance and your jeans.

Here are five, inexpensive, yet comforting recipes that your body and bank will thank you for.

1. Chunky vegetable soup.

@vidarbergum

It’s true what they say…soup is good for the soul! The beauty of this recipe is in the ease with which you can modify this to use ingredients straight from your cupboards. Scour your fridge for veg and potatoes, in this instance, I used onions, carrots, and celery.

Sweat the onions gently. Then, simply, add in the veg of your choice and mixed herbs amongst enough stock to more than cover the vegetables. Leave to simmer until your veg feels tender and serve in a mug for a whimsical feel. Find the recipe here.

2. Slow cooker Stuffed peppers.

@foodiecrush

A recipe perfect for working from home. Add rice, passata, cherry tomatoes, and vegetable stock to your slow cooker and set it to low heat. Season well, with garlic and chili powder. Before serving, roast your peppers for 15 minutes before placing the rice mixture inside it. Serve with a sprinkling of feta. Find the recipe .

3. Cauliflower pizza bases.

@thefirstmess

To make this healthy pizza alternative, blend half a cauliflower in a food processor before microwaving for 5 minutes. Combine this mixture with eggs, ground almonds, and mixed herbs before kneading into dough. Place the dough on a lined baking tray and mold it into a pizza shape. Bake for 16 minutes until golden brown, before adding the toppings of your choice! Find the recipe here.

4. Banana and oat pancakes.

@whatmollymade

This recipe is perfect for alleviating sugar cravings after a stressful day. 

 Place a banana, one egg yolk, 2 tbsp of self-raising flour, a few heaped tablespoons of oats, and a glug of milk (or milk substitute) into a blender and blend until smooth. Substitute flour for a vanilla bean protein powder for an extra kick of protein. This is a great example of comfort food recipes that are calorie friendly!

Once blended, heat coconut oil in a pan and ladle in a small amount of mixture. When bubbles form in the middle of the pancake, flip it to cook the other side. 

Serve with fruit and sweet freedom chocolate sauce for an extra indulgent treat, at only 13 calories per tsp. Find the recipe here.

5. Deconstructed apple crumble.

@craveandcook

The low calorific value of this guilt-free interpretation of an age-old classic makes this taste even sweeter!

Slice an apple into small cubes and squeeze a small amount of lemon juice over the slices to prevent them from browning. Then place a handful of oats, and the apple slices into a pan with a dash of coconut oil. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and a drizzle of maple syrup. Mix well as the ingredients heat up. Find the recipe here.

Written by Cara Vose

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