What are your routine dinners in your household that are cheap on a budget?

Im getting tired of making the same things over and over…but we are on a budget and have to watch what we spend. Our main things we usually have are: Red beans n rice, spaghetti, jambalaya, biscuits and eggs, meatballs and mashed potatos, hamburgers, hot dogs, gumbo, chicken rice and gravy. Anyone have any good ideas?

Answer #1

How about picking up a head of lettuce, then take and make a little stir fry. Peel leafs off the lettuce and fill them with your stir fry, eating them like a taco. You can also find very cheap wine to go with this as well.

Answer #2

Tacos and burritos, hamburger helper, tuna helper, salmon patties, stouffers lasagna and sald. I personaly only eat or shud I say drink smoothies, and I’m a vegetarian. BLT’s, hamburgers and fries, sloppy joe and mac and cheese, spaghettii, thrs just so many cuz we don’t eat out so I have to budget a lot, hope this helps

Answer #3

I brought up lettuce wrap, and now I have to make some tonight, with the wine. It has been a little bit since we have had them.

Answer #4

That snds good, I like mexican and itailian mmmmmmm, but since I went vegetarian I have to cut a lot of the itlian out :-(

Answer #5

There are some great meals in one box you can get. Everything is in one box, including the meat. My favorite is almost like a casserole. There is a layer of mashed potatoes (a packet of instant potatoes you add water to), topped with chicken and gravy (comes in a can, VERY GOOD, white meat chicken), topped with biscuits (just add water to the mix in the box and drop spoonfuls on top.) They have all kinds of them and you can find them next to the hamburger helper. You don’t have to buy anything else except that box if you don’t want to. Or for fun add a layer of whole kernel corn in the middle (Like KFC’s layered bowls). Highly recommend. And I think it’s only about $2.50-$3. Makes quite a few servings.

Answer #6

I was a vegetarian for 7 years and I always loved a good veggie lasagna.

Answer #7

Well you can make it happen without meat, just make a vegetarian stir fry the way you want it to taste.

Answer #8

Yes I love veggie lasagna, and I wud make the stir vegetarian by leaveing the meat out

Answer #9

Well I am off to the gym, then to pick up my stir fry and wine, have a great one.

Answer #10

tv dinners are 1$ each at walmart

Answer #11

Salmon patties are SO good! Yum! =P

Answer #12

Yes they r mmmmmmmmm yummy

Answer #13

Pepperoni Pasta.

-Rigatoni pasta -Pack of sliced pepperoni -Four cheese spaghetti sauce -Mozzarella cheese -Parmesan cheese

All you do is cook the pasta, drain the water out…add spaghetti sauce, and pepperoni to noodles..mix together. Then, spread a little on the bottom of a sprayed baking dish. Add a layer of mozzarella cheese, then parmesan cheese. Keep layering until there are is no more pasta. The last layer on top should be a thick layer of mozzarella cheese, then sprinkled with parmesan cheese. Put it in oven and bake until cheese is melted, and golden brown on top.

Me and my boyfriend love this…we made it up ourselves. It’s tastes great, it’s easy to make, and it’s cheap! :]

Answer #14

Oh, and salt and pepper to taste. :]

Answer #15

I love making cassarole with really cheap cuts of meat. If you pour over some vinegar and add a little bit of mashed up kiwifruit before you brown the meat in the oven it ends up like melt in your mouth tender after slow cooking for a few hours. I also love spagetti bolagnese (its great for hiding extra vegetable in too) and my boyfriend makes awesome chicken chow mein.

Answer #16

sausage curry,lemon chicken, pizza, pasta&broccoli, Lasagne, lam chops,

Answer #17

Red beans and rice rocks, if you are tired of it you might try a different recipe.

My wife makes purple hull peas, home fries, and cornbread. This combination is so good it is like they were made to go together.

Home made chili, stew over biscuits, lentil or split pea soup, biryani, gnocci, polenta

Answer #18

I Like Tuna Noodle Casserole. Chicken Soup Wih Mashed Tatoes. Tomatoes Soup With Shredded Chicken Inside.Ground Beef And Rice

Answer #19

There is always fish sticks :)

Ground Chicken and beans (under 10 dollars) Ingredients Ground Chicken 1lb Red Beans - 1 can Black Beans - 1 can Tomato’s - diced Green Pepper Red Pepper Onion - large (1/2) Grapeseed Oil Garlic - chopped, about 2 cloves

Directions Brown the ground chicken in one pan. Use about 1 tbs of grapeseed oil. Mix in a couple shakes of Mrs Dash, and 1 tbs of diced garlic.

In a seperate pan, sautee peppers and onion, add 2 tbs of minced garlic.

Drain, and rinse beans in a strainer, add diced tomato’s and put into pan with peppers and onions. When meat is browned, add. Let it simmer for approx 10 minutes.

Optional: Serve over brown rice, and/or fat free re-fried beans.

Number of Servings: 4


Cuban sandwiches

Ingredients 4 hoagie rolls 2 tablespoons yellow mustard 1/4 pound baked ham, thinly sliced 1/4 pound roast pork, thinly sliced 1/4 pound provolone cheese, thinly sliced 10 thin dill pickle slices, approximately 2 whole pickles 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, room temperature Directions Slice the bread horizontally in half, leaving 1 edge intact. Lay the bread open and spread each side with the mustard. Divide the ingredients evenly among the slices of roll. Start with the ham followed by the pork, cheese, and dill pickles. Bring the tops and bottoms together.

Heat your panini maker or sandwich press. Butter each side of the press. Place the sandwiches inside, press down and grill until the cheese is melted and the bread is flat and browned, approximately 10 minutes. If you don’t have a sandwich press, you can heat 6 fireplace bricks wrapped in foil, in a 500 degrees F oven for 1 hour and then press the sandwich between them for 10 minutes. Serve warm.

“Tortilla Roll-Ups” — Just spread cream cheese and a couple slices of inexpensive sandwich meat onto a flour tortilla, roll up, and enjoy! I also add sprouts or lettuce if we have it around. A friend of mine slices the Roll-Ups into Pinwheels for variety — the Tortilla Pinwheels make a nice snack item for parties, too.

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