Source: Kiwi & Bean
Don’t go broke trying to feed your family! If expensive meals are eating up your budget, it’s time to put some new recipes on the menu. Serve up hearty, filling, cheap meals that’ll satisfy your family on a budget.
The secret to saving money during dinnertime is to create dishes that focus on inexpensive grains, veggies, and protein. Keep cans of beans in your pantry and buy meats in bulk when they go on sale and store them in your fridge. Use vegetables that are in season to save the most money on every shopping trip.
Still, if your house is anything like mine, having the low-cost groceries doesn’t give you ideas for dinner. Once I have a hunk of ground beef and $2 rice in my pantry, what sorts of meals can be made with those ingredients? And how do I cook up an abundant dish without feeling like we’re always crimping and cutting corners?
Thankfully, the answers to both questions are that there are hundreds of delicious, low-cost dishes on The Good Stuff and online (you can find some of my favorites at KitchMe, too). Even better, keep scrolling for a round-up of absolutely incredible, low-cost meals that generally cost less than $10 to make.
Ready? Me too! Here are 12 incredible and cheap meals that won’t break your budget and will keep your family well-fed. With all the cash we’re about to save on groceries, I say we deserve a plate of budget-friendly dessert, too!
Saving money can be a challenge, but with a little research and budget-savvy tips you can keep your budget on track. Try these 18 tips for how to save money on groceries, and don’t forget to discover what the best things to buy in October are — but only after you’ve treated yourself to one of these cheap breakfast ideas under $1!
1. Tuna Mushroom Casserole
Go for this comforting tuna mushroom casserole and keep your family on budget. A can of tuna is the perfect source of cheap, lean protein, and this casserole will hit the spot.
2. Cheeseburger Quesadillas
Source: Stuck on Sweet
Budget-friendly cheeseburger quesadillas have all the taste of a delicious cheeseburger in handy quesadilla form, and the dipping sauce is to die for! Look for ground beef on sale to get even more bang for your buck.
Discover even more ways to save on meat at the grocery store with these 8 handy tips.
3. Quick & Easy Lo Mein
Source: Damn Delicious
Cook up a batch of this easy lo mein for the whole family. Keep it vegetarian or add in some meat, but either way you’ll have a tasty, healthy, cheap meal in minutes.
4. Burrito Bowls
Source: I Heart Naptime
You’ll love everything about this burrito bowl. It’s made in one pot, cooks up quickly, and is easy on the budget. Leave out the ground beef and use veggie broth to make it vegetarian.
5. Kielbasa Hash
Source: The Two Bite Club
This simple, inexpensive kielbasa hash is perfect for a busy weeknight. Get a healthy dose of veggies in every filling bite!
6. Black Bean Enchiladas
Source: Yummy Mummy Kitchen
Bake up a tray of warm and delicious roasted butternut squash and black bean enchiladas for the dinner. Put these on the menu for meatless Monday and enjoy a budget-friendly meal that’s got major health benefits.
7. Pepperoni Pizza Pasta
Source: Kevin & Amanda
Who doesn’t love pepperoni pizza? This pasta version is easty-to-make and totally tasty. Don’t shell out for pizza delivery when you can make this hearty, six-ingredient pepperoni pizza pasta.
8. Tortellini Soup
Make this super creamy and comforting tortellini soup on a chilly night. Cheesy tortellini and fresh spinach pair well together for an inexpensive, tasty meal. The best part? It tastes just like that restaurant soup most people shell out $10 per bowl for. Good on you for making a delicious deal, right in your own kitchen!
9. Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
Source: Kiwi & Bean
All hail the slow cooker! Leave the house and come home to succulent, flavorful pulled pork. Look for pork when it’s on sale for the best deal, then cook it up simple-style in the crockpot. Serve it as is, pile it on warm buns, or tuck it in tortillas for a meal that goes the distance. Bonus: You’ll have plenty of leftovers for extra meals!
10. Veggie Ziti Bake
Source: Budget Bytes
Sub any vegetables you crave into this roasted vegetable ziti bake. This meal easily feeds a whole family, and everyone will love the cheesy, lasagna-like flavor.
11. Creamy Chicken Curry
Source: Food 52
A heaping plate of this creamy chicken curry over white rice won’t break your bank. It’s a filling meal that’s perfect when you want to put international flavors on the menu.
12. Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Source: Budget Bytes
Turn inexpensive stew meat into an amazing meal with your slow cooker. This rosemary garlic beef stew has incredible depth of flavor, and you’ll be lucky if there are leftovers for lunch.
13. Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta
Source: Cooking Classy
Go heavy or light on the spice in this creamy Cajun chicken pasta — you decide. Your family will love everything about this pasta dish, from the creamy sauce to the smoky grilled chicken to the oodles of noodles!
What’s your favorite budget dinner?
Do you have a secret family favorite that tastes incredible and helps you stick to the family budget? We’d love to have it share it with us below. Leave us a comment and chime in!