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What are some inexpensive dishes I can fix for dinner?

Budget is tight right now and looking for good tasting but cheaper recipes. Thank you. Vegetarian recipes welcome also.


Asked by SophiaofLight at 9:01 PM on Aug. 30, 2010 in Food & Drink

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  • Hi! I'd like to invite you to join the group, Healthy Food, Happy Budget. Just do a search in the cm box and you'll find it!

    Answer by lovinangels at 11:46 PM on Aug. 30, 2010

  • Chicken tenders (one pack of three chicken breasts feeds our family of four - 29 male, 25 female, 5, female and 3 female) breaded in flour, then dipped in eggs mixed with milk and fried. Mac-n-cheese and green beans. That was our dinner tonight and it might have cost around 5-6$ total. And we have left overs.

    Stir fry, casseroles, meatloaf, baked chicken, pot roast, chili, spaghetti, etc too. :)

    Good luck!

    Answer by Memigen at 9:05 PM on Aug. 30, 2010

  • Hamburger Pie...brown a lb of ground beef and drain. Add a can of tomato soup, shoepeg corn and shredded cheese. Heat through. Put in a casserole dish. Top with mashed potatoes and shredded cheese. Bake until potatoes are heated through and cheese is melted.

    Tamale Pie...brown a lb of ground beef and drain. Add a packet of taco seasoning and the water it calls for. Cook according to pack directions. Add a small jar of salsa, mexicorn and shredded cheese. Put in a casserole dish, top with cornbread muffin batter (I use the Jiffy kind). Bake according to cornbread package directions.

    Homemade mac and cheese. French toast/pancakes, hashbrowns, bacon or sausage. Stuffed backed potatoes and salad. Spaghetti and salad. Tacos or nachos.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 9:11 PM on Aug. 30, 2010

  • roasted chicken and fried cabbage!

    Answer by angevil53 at 9:03 PM on Aug. 30, 2010

  • an easy asian dish. just some ground beef, mixed frozen veggies, & oyster sauce served with white rice & it's a meal!

    obviously, cook the ground beef first w/ some onion. drain excess oil, then add oyster sauce (to your preferable taste) & frozen veggies. its a filipino dish called giniling. one of the very few things i can cook.

    Answer by rAbella at 9:08 PM on Aug. 30, 2010

  • check out there are a lot of good recipes that usually don't call for many ingredients and are really easy!

    Answer by mishmashmom at 9:09 PM on Aug. 30, 2010

  • Hamburger helper. Or macn cheese mixed with broccoli. I love that.

    Answer by reigndrops12689 at 9:28 PM on Aug. 30, 2010

  • I love roasting a whole chicken - those always go on sale, and the leftovers can be used for so many great things. Our current favorite is this one: and make a big pot of white or brown rice. The next day, make fried rice with the leftovers.

    Answer by getrealmama at 9:11 PM on Aug. 30, 2010

  • Cocoa Black Bean Soup. if you don't have cocoa powder, it's still a great soup. Cook a pound (or two!) of dry black beans in a crock pot for at least 10 hours. Just before serving, saute 3 minced cloves garlic and one diced onion in 2 T oil or butter. Add some of the liquid from the beans and 2 T good cocoa powder (Hershey is fine, their special dark is fabulous if you happen to have it). Then add as much beans and liquid as you need to get enough soup for dinner. The remaining beans can be used for buritos, refried beans, salad, even hummus.

    Answer by eema.gray at 9:22 PM on Aug. 30, 2010

  • Any of the Hamburger helpers with rolls and corn / carrots

    Chili Pie (Warm Chilli up on the stove, take a plate place Fritos on the plate , cover fritos with chili, top with Lettuce , tomatos, cheese sour cream (your choice)

    Spaghetti is always inexpensive (Can have bread and salad as side dish)

    Chilli dogs and french fries

    Quesadillas are always good

    Grilled cheese ( you can add turkey, ham etc to the sand which) make it with Beans and corn as side dishes

    Answer by bubblycute at 10:23 PM on Aug. 30, 2010