Are you armed with an arsenal of recipes for budget friendly meals? What you need in lean economic times is a batch of recipes that use pantry staples but taste delicious so so that you can keep your family fed.
I did the heavy lifting for you and sourced 15 delicious recipes that will soon become firm family favorites.
I selected the recipes based on the following criteria. They had to be:
- use pantry staples
- quick and easy to make
- ready in 30 minutes or less
Checkout 10 Stupidly Simple Ways to Save Money on Food for practical tips on how to shop smart for groceries.
The recipes have been grouped as Vegan and Non Vegan for easy access.
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15 Delicious Budget Friendly Meals
Here are awesome budget friendly recipes that will have vegans thoroughly content.
1. Sweet Potato & Black Bean Stew
This affordable and healthy stew is perfect for winter. Simply chop up everything and pop them into one pot to cook. Totally wallet friendly at $4- 5 for the dish and about $1 per portion. You can change the recipe up by adding butternut instead of sweet potatoes.
Get the recipe at Healthy Living James.
2. Instant Pot Steamed Dumplings
This recipe is for you if you love Chinese food. Use your instant pot and store bought wrappers to speed up the process. This dish can be served as a starter or snack but works just as well as a meal when served with rice. Must be served with soy sauce.
You can find the recipe at Corrie Cooks.
A great addition to your kitchen is this Bamboo Steamer.
3. Pasta Puttanesca
This budget friendly recipe is one you can turn to when you’ve low on cash and your store cupboard is almost empty. All you need are pantry staples like canned tomato sauce and spaghetti. For extra flavor add capers and olives. The trick is the dash of sugar you add to the sauce.
Find the recipe at The Baking Fairy.
4. Baked Ziti (Soy-Free)
This recipe is perfect for those who are allergic to gluten and soy.. It’s quick and easy to make and swaps out all the ‘problem’ ingredients making it a dish that anyone can safely tuck into.
Get the recipe at Strength & Sunshine.
These dishes are great for pasta bakes that you can take straight from the oven to the dinner table.
5. Broccoli & Corn Vegan Soup
This versatile recipe is great for a weekday supper when you need to get a meal on the table fast. It’s quick and can easily be made in 20 minutes. This hearty soup is packed with flavor and loaded with nutrients.
Get the recipe at Veg Cookbook.
This instant pot is a must have for busy moms who put to get dinner on the table quickly.
6. Chickpea and Potato Curry
The big bonus with this curry is that it is loaded with spicy flavors and uses chickpeas which are super healthy. This is a winner for busy and stressed out moms as you can make and serve this dish in 30 minutes. This curry is ideal for busy week evenings.
Get the recipe at Little Sunny Kitchen.
7. Broccoli and Avocado Cream Soup (Vegan)
This recipe is vegan, low-carb and keto friendly and can be made in 20 minutes flat. A perfect blend of multiple veggies, it has a smooth and creamy texture which makes it perfect for winter days. It counts as one of those must-know budget friendly meals.
Get the recipe at Refresh my Health.
The recipes in this section are mostly chicken and fish dishes and many of them are super healthy too.
8. Homemade Crispy Chicken Strips Recipe
Crispy on the outside but tender on the inside, this dish is bound to become a family favorite.. Serve with a mayo-based dipping sauce and a green salad. You can opt out of deep frying the chicken strips and and bake them instead.
Get the recipe at Sustain my Cooking Habit.
9. Best Dang Shrimp Creole
This dish is an ode to Southern cooking. Packed with flavor, you can make the sauce ahead of time, and simply add the shrimps in just before eating. Another meal a busy mom, can have ready in 30 minutes. And what’s more, your family will be begging you for more.
Get the recipe at Recipes from a Pantry.
10. Tuna Macaroni Casserole
There are times when you need to rustle up a meal using what’s left if your store cupboard. This budget friendly meal of tuna casserole is made with staples like tuna and macaroni. Topped with loads of cheese, it’s a hearty comfort food your family will be happy to tuck into.
Get the recipe at Food Meanderings.
11. Cauliflower Shrimp Fried Rice
This is the dish for you if you’re watching your carb intake. Take the fuss out of making the cauliflower rice by using your food processor to shred it for you. Then cook the veggies, shrimp and toss them together with scrambled eggs and your personal choice of sauces and spices to get the yummiest healthiest shrimp fried rice.
Get the recipe at Served from Scratch.
12. Honey Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowls
Master this recipe and you can skip your regular Chinese take out. Quick and easy to make, all you need to do is saute tender chicken breast pieces in a healthy home made sauce, serve with sides of veggies and rice. Sure to soon become a family favorite.
Get the recipe at With Salt and Wit.
13. One Pan Spanish Chicken and Rice
Here’s another time saver for busy moms. This one pan dish calls for you to braise diced chicken first. Then add rice, vegetables and stock. Mix in the chicken and you have a tasty dinner ready in 30 minutes.
Get the recipe at Thrifty Frugal Mom.
14. Chicken Parmesan Casserole
This recipe is another great comfort food. Simply, get everything ready and layer in a casserole dish. Bake and eat. It has scrumptious written all over it.
Get the recipe at Dancing through the Rain.
15. Family Favorite Roast Chicken
Who does not love a traditional roast chicken? Season the chicken, pop it in the oven and forget about it until it turns a yummy brown. Serve with sides of your choice.
Get the recipe at Raia’s Recipes.
There you have it – 15 yummy budget friendly meals that your family can tuck into in lean times.
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