20 cheap dinner ideas that will not break the bank

20 cheap dinner ideas that will not break the bank

All affordable, all delicious.

1.

The easiest noodle bowl

This recipe enhances whole grain spaghetti by tossing it in a simple sauce that includes garlic + soy sauce. Recipe here.

2.

Baked Eggs in Marinara Sauce

3.

4-ingredient Slow Cooker BBQ sandwich

4.

Lentils & Butternut Squash Chili

Filled with cheap pantry staples – like canned tomatoes, beans and lentils. To make it vegetarian and vegan friendly, just swap the chicken stock with the vegetable stock. Recipe here.

5.

Fried Rice in restaurant style

This version saves time by using frozen peas and carrots and saves money by becoming meat-free. Recipe here.

6.

Margherita French bread pizza

These can be adjusted completely depending on your budget – and for easier cleaning you can line the plate form with foil before baking. Recipe here.

7.

Rotisserie Chicken Ramen

9.

Black bean-stuffed sweet potatoes

Packed with protein and you can add toppings (like avocado, sour cream or herbs) depending on your budget. Recipe here.

10.

Fettuccine Alfredo

This spotted version goes easy on the cream. Recipe here.

11.

Vegan Portobello Mushroom Fajitas

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This version replaces more expensive steak with mushrooms and uses cashew cream to keep things vegan. (But you can also use plain sour cream.) Recipe here.

12.

3-ingredient Lemon Butter Cod

13.

Lemony Kale & white bean soup

15.

Six-layer beef and potato dinner

16.

Mujadarra

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This Middle Eastern favorite combines brown rice + lentils + caramelized spicy onions. (And fair warning that you want to put the latter on just about anything.) Recipe here.

17.

Crock-Pot Salsa Chicken

Three steps to dinner: 1) Throw chicken breast in a slow cooker. 2) Pour your favorite salsa on top. 3) Let the meal cook itself. Recipe here.

18.

Simple black bean soup

19.

Creamy tomato and spinach paste

Is there anything better than a deep bowl of pasta? (It’s not there.) Recipe here.

20.

Pan-fried chicken and vegetables

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This recipe goes 50/50 on the chicken and vegetables, but if you want to make things even cheaper, just adjust the ratio. Recipe here.

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