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Cheap Dinner Ideas

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Get some cheap dinner ideas here! Whether it’s super or dirt cheap meals you’re looking for, we have some budget-friendly meal ideas for you.

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We all know that food prices are rising, and it’s hard to keep up with the ever-increasing costs.

But don’t despair – these cheap and easy meals here will help you save money without skimping on taste or nutrition.

Check out this list of cheap dinner ideas! These recipes are easy to make and won’t cost you much money. And perhaps you have these ingredients already in your kitchen.

Whether you’re cooking for one or a whole family, we’ve covered your frugal meal planning!

Cheap Chicken Dinner Recipes

Chicken meals are a great option when you’re looking for something frugal, easy, and healthy.

Not only is chicken a versatile ingredient, but it’s also relatively inexpensive. Here are some of our favorite chicken recipes to help you stretch your dollar.

Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs with Veggies

Sheet Pan Chicken and Veggies – this quick and easy sheet pan dinner delivers on the WOW factor.

And, it is the ultimate in healthy, weeknight meals. Get the recipe here and make it tonight.

INSTANT POT SALSA VERDE CHICKEN

This Instant Pot Salsa Verde Chicken dish is quick and easy to make. The chicken is cooked in the Instant Pot with salsa verde, making it tender and juicy.

Serve this over rice or tortillas for a delicious meal.

a green bowl of chicken fried rice

BLACKSTONE CHICKEN FRIED RICE

Enjoy your favorite teppanyaki-style chicken fried rice made hot and fresh right at home! This Blackstone chicken fried rice recipe cooks tender healthy chicken tenders, veggies, and yummy scrambled eggs all on one flat top griddle.

BAKED CHICKEN TENDERLOINS

Make healthy baked chicken tenders in the oven or air fryer with this easy chicken tenderloin recipe!

Add green beans, bell pepper, broccoli, potatoes, or asparagus to make this an easy one-pan dinner.

INSTANT POT RANCH CHICKEN AND POTATOES

Instant Pot creamy ranch chicken and potatoes is a quick and easy dinner that the entire family will love.

It’s tangy, rich, and wonderfully comforting as an easy meal any night of the week!

Cheap Casserole Recipes

When it comes to cheap and easy meals, casseroles are one of the best. You can make a big batch of these one-dish wonders and have enough to feed your family for days.

Plus, they freeze well, so you can always have a quick and easy meal on hand. Here are some of our favorite budget casserole recipes to help you save money.

CALICO BEAN CASSEROLE

These baked calico beans are perfect for a hearty dinner, potluck dish, or a summer barbeque.

Canned beans make this hamburger and bean casserole a tangy and delicious but super easy dinner that’s ideal any night of the week.

EASY TATER TOT CASSEROLE WITH GREEN BEANS

Who doesn’t love a good hotdish? Cheesy oven-baked tater tot casserole is loaded with ground beef, green beans, and just a few pantry staples for a hearty meal the whole family will love.

Also known as cowboy tater tot casserole, this easy recipe takes less than an hour to prepare and is perfect to make ahead and freeze!

BEEF TACO CASSEROLE

This Beef Taco Casserole recipe is an easy, one-dish skillet meal. Everything is made right in the same pan.

Plus, it’s delicious with seasoned ground beef, stewed tomatoes and chiles, and cheesy goodness. And, it’s gluten-free.

MACARONI AND CHEESE

This Macaroni and Cheese is simply crazy good! It’s rich and creamy with the perfect blend of cheesiness.

Plus the cheese duo in this recipe provides the white cheddar mac and cheese sauce with amazing flavor.

BAKED RIGATONI WITH ITALIAN SAUSAGE

This baked rigatoni with Italian sausage is perfect to make when you’re craving a hearty, rich casserole.

It has tangy marinara sauce, cheesy mozzarella, and zesty Italian sausage. Plus, there are only 5 ingredients in this rigatoni recipe!

Cheap Bean Recipe Ideas for Dinner

If you’re looking for a super inexpensive, vegetarian meal option, look no further than beans! When it comes to super cheap meals, beans are king. Plus, they’re healthy and delicious.

There are many different ways to cook beans, so you’ll never get bored. Plus, they can be a great addition to other dishes like rice, quesadillas, and salads. Here are some of our favorite budget-friendly bean recipes for dinner.

SLOW COOKER CALICO BEANS

Slow Cooker Calico Beans is classic comfort food for the whole family.

Your favorite beans like kidney, cannellini, and pork and beans are combined in the crock pot to create that calico look and mixed with tangy condiments for a deep, sweet and smoky flavor.

INSTANT POT LIMA BEANS AND HAM SOUP

Cooking dinner gets so much easier with this savory, satisfying Instant Pot Lima Beans and Ham Soup recipe.

Dried beans or frozen lima beans are tasty and budget-friendly, and a flavorful precooked ham makes this a real family dinner.

INSTANT POT PINTO BEANS

These Instant Pot Pinto beans use a simple and easy no-soak recipe for cooking dried pinto beans with bacon in your pressure cooker.

So delish, you’ll forget they are a healthy dinner loaded with protein and fiber.

TUSCAN BEAN SALAD

This Italian Tuscan White Bean Salad is perfect for any season, but I especially love it in the summer.

The creamy and bold flavors of the Tuscan cannellini beans, garlic, and red onions are perfect for a hot summer day.

INSTANT POT WHITE BEANS

This no-soak Instant Pot White Beans is a creamy, delicious, and affordable way to substitute for canned beans using a pressure cooker!

This Instant Pot recipe can also use dried white beans like Cannellini beans, great northern beans, or navy beans!

Whet your appetite with this dirt or super cheap and easy family meal ideas! With a little creativity, you can have a delicious and affordable dinner that the whole family will love.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s cook!


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