You don’t have to drop major dough to make something delicious for dinner—save money by choosing cheaper proteins like chicken, ground beef, and tilapia, or going veg-friendly with bean-based meals. Whatever your style, these simple meals will please your entire fam without breaking the bank in the process. Let’s check it out!
Cheesy Bow Tie Chicken
Here’s a super-simple dish that tastes like it’s straight from a nice Italian restaurant. Spinach-artichoke dip is usually available in supermarket delis. It comes frozen, too. Just make sure to thaw it according to the package directions before dinnertime.
One-Pot Creamy Garlic Chicken and Rice
Nothing beats this one-pot creamy chicken and rice recipe when it comes to convenience or comfort. If you could have a no-hassle garlicky, delicious chicken, and rice dish on the table in less than 30 minutes with only one pot to clean, why wouldn’t you? Also, we can pretty much guarantee you won’t have any leftovers to put away, either. So, there’s that too.
Microwave Mac and Cheese
Homemade macaroni and cheese are one of those perfect comfort foods everyone loves. But if making a roux from scratch, shredding the cheese, and baking everything in the oven sounds like a little too much work, then this microwave version is for you. In just 30 minutes, you can make creamy, rich mac, and cheese right in the microwave. One bite and you’ll be convinced for life.
Hot Dog Fried Rice
A quick and simple meal with big flavors. Not only is this recipe easy and economical, but it’s also a great way to use up extra ingredients you have in the fridge. Using leftover rice, chopped up hot dogs, veggies and eggs, sauté everything together, and enjoy!
Cheesy Italian Sausage Meatloaf
Take a seat, ground beef! Made with Italian sausage instead of ground beef, this flavorful meatloaf is packed with mozzarella and parmesan cheese, Italian-style bread crumbs, and topped with tomato sauce and fresh basil. This isn’t your mother’s meatloaf, but it’s probably a lot cheaper.
Ground Beef Stroganoff Shepherd’s Pie
We may have just unlocked the key to upgrading the weeknight dinner. How do you ask? By topping your meal with a hearty portion of buttery mashed potatoes. This remixed dinner makes use of ground beef to keep costs low, and with mushrooms and potatoes, all it needs is a green salad to make it a complete meal. We’ll hold for a round of applause
It’s during times like these that you want to turn to cheap and easy meals. But just because they’re cost-effective doesn’t mean that they have to be boring—or worse, sad. Requiring just a few simple ingredients, many of which you might already have in your pantry, these affordable dinners are satisfying and delicious.