Budget-Friendly Recipes

A good meal can sometimes run a long tab. But with the right ingredients, a great meal can be made at a fraction of the price. Try one of our budget-friendly recipes that will leave your stomach happy and your wallet full!
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A good meal can sometimes run a long tab. But with the right ingredients, a great meal can be made at a fraction of the price. Try one of our budget-friendly recipes that will leave your stomach happy and your wallet full!

Roasted Garlic-and-Spinach White Pizza

For less than it costs to order out, you could be slicing up homemade mozzarella and ricotta covered pizza. With bacon and spinach, you won't miss the delivery guy!

Roasted Garlic-and-Spinach White Pizza

Roasted Garlic-and-Spinach White Pizza

Hot-Sauce Chicken with Grilled Green Beans

Hot sauce and sugar make a slightly sweet, but totally hot marinade for chicken thighs to soak in. You'll reserve about a 1/4 cup, and drizzle it on top of the cooked chicken for another dose of sugary hot sauce. After cooking the green beans to crisp perfection, pop them onto the grill pan, toss with the chicken and serve!

Hot-Sauce Chicken with Grilled Green Beans

Hot-Sauce Chicken with Grilled Green Beans

Beef Empanadas with Raisins and Pickled Peppers

Raisins and pickled peppers are a flavor contradiction. You'd never think to pair them together, but once you've tasted them stuffed inside a warm, empanada, you'll understand. Freeze the uncooked empanadas on a baking sheet for dinner another night.

Beef Empanadas with Raisins and Pickled Peppers

Beef Empanadas with Raisins and Pickled Peppers

Asparagus Carbonara

Crisp asparagus and even crispier bacon get mixed in with spaghetti for a light and refreshing meal in under an hour. Toss the pasta in an egg and cheese mixture for a creamy sauce; easy enough to enjoy any night of the week.

Asparagus Carbonara

Asparagus Carbonara

How to Cook Asparagus

For crisp asparagus, be sure not to cook them for too long. Watch this video to learn how to enjoy perfect asparagus every time.

Mini Caesar Salad Pizzas

$10 gets you a fork-free way to enjoy Caesar salads. All of the fixings of your favorite salad, on top of mini grilled pizzas are just the thing for a quick weeknight dinner. Our anchovy dressing is light and refreshing -- the lemon juice and Parmesan really bring it together.

Mini Caesar Salad Pizzas

Mini Caesar Salad Pizzas

Swiss-Chard Parmesan Pie

After you cook the chard until it's soft, put it in the food processor for a few pulses. Once you mix it with all of the other ingredients -- egg yolks, cream and Parmesan -- fill the pie pan and bake. For a breakfast variation, top your slice with a fried egg.

Swiss-Chard Parmesan Pie

Swiss-Chard Parmesan Pie

Spicy Beef Pitzas

With many of these ingredients already in your kitchen pantry, whipping up a tasty weeknight dinner just got easier. Just like in regular pizza, there are toppings -- ground beef and bell peppers -- and sauce, a creamy spoonful of garlic seasoned yogurt. The only different? The dough; pitas are used instead of your regular frozen pizza dough.

Spicy Beef Pitzas

Spicy Beef Pitzas

Cheesy Rice Fritters

Give rice a new look -- turn it into cheesy fritters and serve them over top a bed of cooked spinach. Add crisp bacon, mozzarella, Parmesan and an egg to the rice before making them into patties and covering them in breadcrumbs.

Cheesy Rice Fritters

Cheesy Rice Fritters

Skirt Steak Burritos with Tomato-Corn Salsa

Who said that a steak burrito has to cost you the big bucks? With our budget-friendly version, you can have it all. Loaded with tomatoes, fresh cilantro and tons of seasoned and tender steak, each bite will be better than the last. Tip: Stir a teaspoon of chooped and seeded jalapeno chile into the salsa for an extra kick.

Skirt Steak Burritos with Tomato-Corn Salsa

Skirt Steak Burritos with Tomato-Corn Salsa

Polenta with Kale and Portobello Mushrooms

Provolone covered polenta makes for the perfect texture: both thick and creamy. In a casserole dish, add golden mushrooms, wilted kale, thick polenta and creamy cheese and bake until golden.

Polenta with Kale and Portobello Mushrooms

Polenta with Kale and Portobello Mushrooms

Creamed Chicken with Gnocchi Dumplings

There's nothing better than creamy chicken and dumplings for dinner -- especially when it only costs you $10 to make! Use a packaged of potato gnocchi for the dumplings, and thin strips of chicken breast for a hearty dinner sure to become your family's favorite.

Creamed Chicken with Gnocchi Dumplings

Creamed Chicken with Gnocchi Dumplings

How to Make Chicken and Dumplings

For a more traditional chicken and dumplings recipe, watch this video.

Stuffed Acorn Squash

Prepare the couscous according to the box, and then mix with ground beef, walnuts and cranberries. This will serve as the filling for the Acorn Squash. Be sure to scoop out all of the pulp and seeds first! Tip: Top the stuffing with grated parmesan.

Stuffed Acorn Squash

Stuffed Acorn Squash

Open-Faced Steak-and-Fries Sandwiches

Get the taste of a big sports bar entrée, at a fraction of the price -- and in the comfort of your own home! Thick slices of London broil are smothered in our beefy gravy. The tender meat is pilled high overtop French fries and a warm slice of toast for the ultimate feast.

Open-Faced Steak-and-Fries Sandwiches

Open-Faced Steak-and-Fries Sandwiches

Butter-Almond-Crusted Fishwiches

"These crispy fish sandwiches are surprisingly sophisticated, budget-friendly and just plain fun!" - Rach

Butter-Almond-Crusted Fishwiches

Butter-Almond-Crusted Fishwiches

Quesadilla Casserole

Build layer upon layer of quesadilla goodness to make up this budget-friendly casserole. Spread mashed black beans onto each flour tortilla before adding the corn-black bean mixture and cheese. Bake until the cheese is melted and serve with enchilada sauce.

Quesadilla Casserole

Quesadilla Casserole

How to Make Basic Salsa

Fell like your quesadilla casserole is missing something? Try topping it with fresh salsa. Watch this video to learn how to make it.

Pepper Steak Heroes

Short on cash and time, but in need of a flavorful and fulfilling dinner? Try out pepper steak heroes made with a flatiron steak -- which cooks up in no time. While you broil the steak, toss the rolls on a baking sheet and pop them into the oven as well. These buns, and everything inside, will be steaming hot and ready to devour.

Pepper Steak Heroes

Pepper Steak Heros

Linguine with Salsa Verde Text

Topped with olives and filled with a parsley, capers and lemon juice mixture, this linguine isn't at all what you would expect from a budget-friendly recipe. It'll turn any weeknight dinner into a fancy evening.

Linguine with Salsa Verde

Linguine with Salsa Verde

Grilled Cheese-and-Chicken-Sausage Waffles

Have dinner for breakfast in this all-in-one meal. Mix cubed cooked chicken sausage into waffle batter before cooking them. Sprinkle cheese over top and serve with maple cheese for the ultimate breakfast dinner!

Grilled Cheese-and-Chicken-Sausage Waffles

Grilled Cheese-and-Chicken-Sausage Waffles

Grilled Pork Meatballs with Pineapple-Chipotle Chutney

There are few twists in this recipe. Add sesame seeds into the rice for an unexpected crunch. And the chutney, is the perfect mix of sweet and spicy, thanks to the chipotle chiles and canned pineapples.

Grilled Pork Meatballs with Pineapple-Chipotle Chutney

Grilled Pork Meatballs with Pineapple-Chipotle Chutney

Chorizo-and-Hominy Soup

On a cold night, the best thing to enjoy is a heaping bowl of soup. And spicy chorizo kicks it up a notch. Each spoonful will be hearty and filled with carrots, celery, garlic and white hominy. Serve warm corn tortillas on the side to mop up every last drop.

Chorizo-and-Hominy Soup

Chorizo-and-Hominy Soup

German Potato Pie

Fill a frozen pie shell with our potato mixture and bake until it's golden brown. Bacon and sauerkraut give this potato pie a little extra flavor, for a truly delish dinner. Tip: Serve with applesauce and sour cream on top.

German Potato Pie

German Potato Pie

How to Peel a Potato in 10 Seconds

Struggling to get the skin off the potatoes? Watch this video to learn the easiest way to get it off, in 10 seconds!