20 cheap meals that will not break the bank

20 cheap meals that will not break the bank

Full stomachs, full purses.


Roasted Vegetables & Black Bean Tacos

This version takes cheap pantry staples – like black beans and canned corn – and fry everything in one pan. Get the recipe.


White pizza with homemade pesto

Baked and ready in half an hour, and breaks down to only 56 øre per. slice. (Or about $ 5 for the whole pizza.) Get the recipe.


Rice bowl with fried eggs and avocado


Upgraded Instant Ramen

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The fastest (and most delicious) way to enhance cheap Top Ramen? Toss a few strips of bacon and green onions for crunch – and then add an egg on top. Get the recipe.


Ark Pan Black Bean Nachos

Depending on your budget, these are super customizable. Stick to either the cheap base: tortilla chips, black beans, canned tomatoes and cheese. Or get ~ fancy ~ with the works: jalapeños, pickled onions, sour cream and everything else you could want. Get the recipe.


Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken

Meal preparation doesn’t get much easier than this: Just buy chicken when it’s on sale, and then come along with your favorite salsa in a Crock-Pot. Serve in tacos, over rice or with greens. Get the recipe.


Easy tomato, spinach and mozzarella quiche


Vegetable fritters

To make these more filling, place them on a wholemeal bun with your favorite dipping sauce or top with a fried egg. Get the recipe.


Creamy tomato and spinach paste

Do enough for four people and go down to just 93 cents per. portion. Get the recipe.


Veggie burgers with black beans and chickpeas

Packed with protein and for less than you would spend on a beef version. Get the recipe.


Tun & Avocado Wrap

Tuna gets a quick upgrade with hot sauce, Dijon and green onions – stacked in whole grain tortillas. (You can also swap breads, pita blots in or just eat them as salad wraps.) Get the recipe.




Bibimbap – a Korean staple that is a blend of rice + vegetables + meat + sauce – is the perfect canvas for a budget-friendly dinner. In this vegan version, more expensive meat is replaced with mushrooms. Get the recipe.


Mulligatawny soup

This filling version – with lentils, spices and apples for sweetness – serves six. Get the recipe.


Veggie Hummus Wraps

Grilled zukes are the base here – but you can use pretty much all the vegetables you have on hand. And if you do not have time to fire up the grill, then it is just as well to sauté them on the stove. Get the recipe.


Chicken Parm Casserole


Vegan chickpea Shakshuka

This vegan version replaces the traditional eggs with protein-packed chickpeas. Get the recipe.


Sriracha Rotisserie Chicken Quesadillas


Sheet Pan Blackened Tilapia with Vegetables


Frozen fillets would also work here if you need a cheaper solution. For easy cleaning, first line the plate mold with foil or baking paper. Get the recipe.


Spaghetti with garlic and oil


Ultimate Taco Bowl


Compared to other cuts of meat, minced beef, turkey and chicken are usually quite affordable. And the other pantry staples here – like canned beans and corn – are also budget-friendly. Get the recipe.

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