Pinch Pennies this Week with 5 Dinners Under $2

These meals are so cheap and delicious you'll feel like you're cheating somehow.
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Monday: Chorizo Fried Rice

chorizo fried rice

Rice is a no-brainer when it comes to cheap eats. Spice it up with red onion, chiles, soy sauce, garlic, and cilantro, plus chorizo and black beans—two inexpensive and delicious forms of protein—for a simple, spicy dinner. 

Recipe: Try our Chorizo Fried Rice

Tuesday: Tilapia Tostadas with Lime Crema

Tilapia Tostadas with Lime Crema

Petition to switch Taco Tuesday to Tostada Tuesday, exhibit A. The carrot and cabbage slaw on these tostadas makes everything super crunchy and fresh while the zesty crema (with a jalapeño kick!) heightens the tilapia's mild flavor.

Recipe: Try our Tilapia Tostadas with Lime Crema

Wednesday: Peanut Noodles with Veggies

peanut noodles with veggies

You can add any veggies your heart desires to this dish, but we like red peppers, carrots, and bean sprouts. The creamy peanut sauce comes together with a handful of basic condiments—some of which you probably already have in your pantry.

Recipe: Try our Peanut Noodles with Veggies

Thursday: Turkey Albondigas Soup

Turkey Albondigas Soup

Turkey meatballs, corn on the cob, and a lime kick—what could be better? Pro tip: Hominy is a super-cheap way to add extra texture and taste.

Recipe: Try our Turkey Albondigas Soup

Friday: Mini Shepherd's Pies

Mini Shepherd's Pies

Make an indulgent meal tonight—you deserve it. Using frozen peas, root veggies, and canned soup for flavor means you stay under budget without sacrificing taste. We only have pies for this dinner! 😍

Recipe: Try our Mini Shepherd's Pies

Shopping List

For the chorizo fried rice:

  • 1 1/2 tbsp. vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 large poblano chile
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 cup (about 7 oz.) medium-grain yellow rice
  • 1 cup canned black beans
  • 3 oz. cured chorizo
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup sour cream, thinned with 1 to 2 tbsp. water
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish

For the tilapia tostadas with lime crema:

  • 4 tilapia fillets (about 3 oz. each)
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 jalapeño
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup peeled, grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 8 tostada shells

For the peanut noodles with veggies:

  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. chili-garlic sauce
  • 2 tsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. hoisin sauce
  • 6 oz. cooked linguine
  • 4 cups sliced bok choy
  • 8 oz. bean sprouts
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 cup roasted peanuts

For the turkey albondigas soup:

  • 1/2 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups canned hominy
  • 1 ear corn
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 poblano pepper
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 3 scallions
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 4 lime wedges

For the mini shepherd's pies

  • 1 large potato
  • 2 parsnips
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup canned condensed French onion soup
  • 1 tbsp. flour
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 clove garlic