However, if there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s that delicious food doesn’t have to break the bank. A good meal is one of the simplest pleasures in life, and I believe that having a tight budget does not have to be at odds with Eating well. These inexpensive dishes from our recipe finder features canned goods, pantry essentials, seasonal produce, and cost-effective sources of protein to keep grocery bills low.
One Pot Cajun Chicken and Rice, up. Not only is this meal inexpensive, but it also requires only one pot. The dish gets a hint of Cajun or Creole seasoning, but cooking the rice pudding mellows out the flavors. Top with chives for a little more shine.
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Fried Hoisin Tofu with Peanut Noodles. Tofu can be intimidating to those who haven’t cooked with it before, but it’s a versatile and inexpensive component of many satisfying meals. Here, it is marinated and then fried, resulting in a crispy delight. Drizzled with hoisin sauce and served with warm peanut noodles, it’s a flavorful treat.
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Spanish Eggs and Potatoes. This version of the Spanish tortilla is a solution for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Composed mainly of onion, potatoes and eggs, the ingredients are thrifty and scarce. Serve warm with a little herbed mayonnaise or enjoy leftovers at room temperature.
Simplest Lentil Curry. Lentils are an excellent, inexpensive source of protein and are the star in this easy curry. Canned tomatoes and frozen peas also help pinch pennies here. Serve with brown or white rice for a healthy dinner.
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Mushroom, White Bean, and Rice Skillet. This creamy, umami-rich entree tastes like a treat but costs less than you think. The recipe uses not one, not two, but three canned goods (mushrooms, navy beans, and cream of mushroom soup) and is proof that you can save money and boost flavor at the same time.
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Mediterranean tuna panini. Enhance your tuna sandwich with ingredients you may already have in your pantry and refrigerator. Canned tuna, feta cheese, artichokes, red onion, olives, capers, and a squeeze of lemon come together as a bright, savory filling in this Mediterranean-inspired panini.
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Linguini with butternut squash, garlic and olive oil. Aglio e olio is Italian pasta in its most refined form. Along with the traditional olive oil, garlic, and pepper, this version includes grated butternut squash that adds a touch of earthy sweetness to each bite.
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Polenta with chickpeas and tomatoes. Corn products like polenta and grits are transformed into ultra comfort foods for just pennies a serving. With canned chickpeas and tomatoes, this recipe is a love letter to pantry staples.
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Cuban Beans and Rice. Few things go better together than beans and rice. They also happen to be the keys to a hearty and inexpensive meal. This Cuban dish includes spices, vegetables, and bacon, but the latter can be omitted to keep it vegetarian and reduce costs.
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