If you are looking for cheap easy meals on a budget to recreate, we got you covered. Here are plenty of budget meals and cheap recipes you can try at home.
A quick look at your monthly expenses and you shall see just how big a portion of your salary goes to food.
This expense is further broken down into two: eating out and cooking at home.
While there is nothing wrong with going for the takeout or delivery every once in a while, a mindful spender will know that cooking up a meal yourself is one of the great ways on how to save money monthly.
And then there’s the dilemma of shopping for ingredients to make a dish you will actually eat.
The grocery store is filled with high-cost items which, if you are not aware, may make your home-cooked meal twice as expensive as ordering it from the nearby restaurant.
Will you really put broccoli in?
Is it the season of broccoli in the first place?
Do you really need to add in meat?
The vegetarian option seems filling already.
How about sticking to cooking food you will really enjoy and staying true to the ingredients that you would actually eat?
Cheap recipes are easy to find.
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Actually, you are just one scroll away from dozens of them.
However, if you really would like to make budget meals, the effort starts from your cupboard.
They say scarcity produces ingenuity, and in food it is true.
Rummage through your pile of goods, see what you could make out of them using the recipes we’ve compiled, and do your own take of the meal.
If you are going for a supermarket run, be mindful of the price when picking ingredients.
Choose house brand items if there are any. Educate yourself which produce are off season, as they tend to get very expensive then.
Budget meals, though, do not need to lack flavor and texture.
Don’t scrimp out on ingredients too much as you might just miss out on the true essence of the recipe.
Watch out for deals and coupons that you can use for basic cooking ingredients you frequently use.
These cheap easy meals on a budget will definitely make you want to cook your way to more savings and more satisfaction.
Try these out – and let me know which ones made it to your list of favorites!
Pasta puttanesca is the ultimate budget meal - using store cupboard ingredients, including you’re able to make a filling dish that is bursting with flavour in under half an hour.
Salty, tangy and oh so tasty, it’s the perfect way to make a budget meal with a bang.
Lentil Bolognese is an easy, vegan and gluten free version of the traditional bolognese pasta sauce.
This tomato based sauce is hearty, healthy, and delicious!! Serve it over pasta, zoodles, spaghetti squash, quinoa or just about anything!!
This mushroom barley soup is a great recipe to make your own. Make it as is or leave out the mushrooms, only use dried, only use fresh.
Change up the stock - use beef, chicken or vegetable stock. Or just water if that's all you have.
Even change the barley to red lentils or farro or whatever grain you have. Also make it as soupy or risotto-like as you prefer.
It's wonderful any way you make it.
Budget-friendly, meatless and protein-packed. You can use your choice of pre-cooked or dried lentils.
A great way to feed the family brunch or dinner. Packed with veggies.
Customized to what YOU like. Play around with different seasonings too.
This Easy Hamburger soup is a simple one-pot, hearty soup made with ground beef, potatoes, carrots, onions, celery and a delicious tomato broth.
I’m all about doing less dishes so being able to make a meal all in one pot is pure gold and another reason I love this soup!
If you are looking for a one-pot soup that’s delicious, hearty healthy and economical, then you’ll love this one! It also freezes well so it’s great as leftovers.
Salsa Vegetable Soup With Beans is an easy & affordable vegetarian pantry recipe that comes together in just 30 minutes!
Full of flavor, this quick pantry basics soup is perfect for Meatless Monday.
This hearty weeknight dinner recipe is completely vegan, and gets most of its flavor from a jar of chipotle salsa.
Sloppy joes are a great comfort food and a wonderful way to do a fridge clear out.
Follow my recipe exactly or make substitutions depending on what you have in the house.
These easy sloppy joes, as written, are sweet and tangy and perfect on a bun or baked under some mashed potato topping for an easy cottage pie.
Here’s a quick and easy Vegan Coconut Lentil Curry recipe that is budget-friendly and uses pantry ingredients.
Serve it with rice or flatbread for a delicious meal. This recipe is gluten-free and dairy-free.
This easy budget meal is not only simple and delicious but it's a great use of leftover chicken.
Use whatever type of cheese and pasta you have available along with a few other simple ingredients.
You can put this hearty and satisfying casserole together for just a couple of dollars and your family and bank account will thank you.
This Tuna Pasta Bake (a.k.a Tuna Casserole) is made with everyday store-cupboard ingredients and comes together in minutes.
Instant Pot Black Beans and Rice is a wholesome one-pot protein and fibre packed meal made with nutritious black beans and healthy brown Basmati rice.
This Rice and Black Beans Instant Pot Recipe is great for Burritos and a healthy side.
This Black Beans and Rice Instant Pot recipe also freezes well and lasts long.
Homemade Chicken Soup with Pasta is filled with delicious flavor and all the healing goodness your grandma said you need when you’re feeling under the weather.
This easy to make soup is perfect for a light dinner or lunch.
This Pasta with Red Lentils and Ginger recipe is one of our most frequently made weeknight supper meals.
This vegetarian pasta dish is fast, tasty and healthy, with lots of nice garlic flavor.
No meat? No problem!
This vegan Yes-You-Can Black Bean Chili recipe has all the taste of hearty chili and can be ready to eat in 15-minutes or less.
The convenience of a three-ingredient recipe without any greasy pans to clean.
Creamy Instant Pot chicken and rice takes pantry staples and turns them into a southern-style casserole!
It’s an easy and classic comfort food.
White sauce pasta is one of the easiest pasta recipe.
You just need to prepare the white sauce and then add the cooked pasta.
If you want to make it more nutritious and healthy then you can also add some steamed veggies.
This delicious vegan shepherd's pie is not only easy to make but incredibly budget-friendly.
You can turn 2 medium sweet potatoes, 2 cups of lentils, and a few mushrooms into a nutritious meal for four people.
Keep this recipe handy for when you’re short on time or long on things you’d rather do than cook.
This delicious comfort food meat is perfect for any day of the week.
Delicious red sauce pasta in a red tangy tomato sauce with mix veggies.
It can also be made without veggies.
These spicy chickpea meal prep bowls are delicious, nutritious, vegetarian and yet full of protein and fats!
It's an awesome budget meal when you're running low on products in your fridge and want to use a few pantry items.
Chickpeas are amazing for that since they're full of nutrients and fiber. On top of it, they're very cheap and could easily be stored away either dry or in cans.
With the help of a few spices, you can bring chickpeas to light! Add some herbs and cheese and you've got a filling meal!
This humble and fragrant spaghetti with garlic and olive oil iS a classic Italian pasta dish that requires a few cheap ingredients, little effort, and it’s ready in 10 minutes.
It’s a super quick spaghetti recipe, delicious and packed with flavor, absolutely perfect for sharing with friends or after a long day, when you decide pasta is for dinner tonight.
This slow cooker vegan chili recipe will delight your taste buds. It’s not only wholesome but delicious and easy to make.
A vegan twist on this classic comfort food makes for a healthy dinner packed with nutrients brimming with flavor!
This Italian pasta with peas is a simple, creamy, and delicious one-pot dinner recipe that uses minimal ingredients.
It makes a perfect weeknight meal, it’s ready in 15 minutes and 1 serving costs less than $0.80.
What’s not to love?
These crispy mini pizzas are a great use for leftover kaiser rolls or those rolls you find on the half price bakery rack.
Choose your own toppings.
Quick and easy and fun to make! Try them for lunch or dinner.
This delicious and filling burrito bowl is also super easy to make.
Full of flavor, cooks up in under an hour and is under $1/serving.
You can make with chicken or just add another can of beans to make it cheaper and vegetarian.
Mouthwatering, delicious vegan sloppy joes are the perfect addition to your vegan sandwich collection!
Look no further to satisfy your craving for comfort food, with a healthy, vegan twist.
An easy and delicious meatless meal prep, you're going to want to make this Hummus and Falafel Meal Prep regularly!
This is the easiest shredded chicken recipe!
This Instant Pot Salsa Chicken only takes a few ingredients to make and can be used in anything from your next taco night, burrito, or meal prep.
This delicious one pot 10 Minute Chickpea and Spinach Curry is an easy vegan curry that you need in your life.
It’s low in calories and fat (just 123 calories for a big serving) and you just tip everything in to the pan and it’s ready less than 10 minutes later.
Bursting with iron rich spinach and protein packed chickpeas, this curry freezes well and it’s absolutely delicious and easy to adapt depending on how spicy you like it.
This ultimate black bean soup recipe is incredibly comforting and takes only 30 minutes to make with simple pantry ingredients, including canned black beans.
It’s naturally vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free.
Do you ever have one of those nights where you want just want everyone to sit at the table and happily eat dinner, no complaining?
This Instant Pot Vegetable Chow Mein recipe is my go-to recipe for that night.
When I make these noodles everyone gobbles them up