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eight economical meals

It’s so easy to overspend on our food budget.  Worse, we often find we have to cut back on it even more due to other financial pressures that crop up in our lives.  Fortunately, that doesn’t mean we have to eat like a pauper, even it we are spending like one!

We’ve collected together some of our favorite budget recipe meals for you!  These are so delicious and hearty you will never realize you are eating on the cheap!  We also picked some of the easiest to cook.  These are all one pot recipes for easy cleanup!

Eight Easy Economical Dinner Recipes

chicken chickpeas1. One Skillet Chicken & Chickpeas Recipe

I haven’t priced these out per serving, but chicken thighs are one of your lowest cost meats.  The chickpeas or garbanzo beans and the grape tomatoes are on the economical side too.

This is a delicious one skillet recipe with a bit of a smoky flavor.  So not only is it economical, it is healthy and easy to clean up when you finish.



quesadillas2. Delicious Chicken Quesadillas Recipe

Quesadillas are so delicious that I don’t think of them as an economical food at all!  But they are.

The chicken, tortillas, cheeses and salsa are all on the economical side.  You can also substitute the rotisserie or baked chicken called for in the recipe with a can of chicken breast meat for about $2.50 and save even more.



chicken biscuit casserole3. Easy Chicken & Biscuits Casserole Recipe

Again, the chicken, biscuits and the soup used in this recipe are economical foods.  They are also very hearty foods so you won’t feel like you are going on the cheap!

This is a comfort food by any definition of the word.

This is also a one pot recipe so cleanup is a snap!


cabbage rolls4. One Pot Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls Recipe

This is an easier and I think better tasting way of making stuffed cabbage.  You simply chop up the peppers and put them in the pot with the rest of the ingredients instead of stuffing them.  Easy!

It’s also very healthy and it you need it to be an even more economical recipe than it is, add more rice to stretch it a bit!


tuna casserole5. Busy Day Tuna Casserole Recipe

Tuna casserole was the standby recipe when I was growing up for when my parents needed to be frugal… which was often.  But I still love it.

You can also make this using canned chicken instead of tuna for a delicious variation and the cost is not much more.



chicken potatoes6. One Pot Chicken Potato Casserole Recipe

As we mentioned beef, chicken thighs are probably your cheaper cut of meat.  And potatoes are very filling for the price!

This is also remarkably easy to make and it all cooks up in the same casserole dish.




mac and cheese recipe7. No Bake Macaroni and Cheese Recipe

Once again we are keeping this recipe simple.  There is no baking and you cook it in one pot.

Any macaroni dish is delicious without breaking your budget and this one has the added advantage of being amazingly simple to cook!



corned beef hash8. One Skillet Corned Beef Hash Recipe

We make this using canned corned beef and frozen “Potatoes O’Brian” which are simply diced potatoes with bits of onion, red and green bell pepper.

It’s an easy, fast one pot meal that serves four or more people without putting a strain on the budget.



We hope you enjoyed our little round up of budget friendly recipes.  Stay posted.  We will be bringing you more budget friendly meals soon!