100 Cheap and Easy Weeknight Dinners
Learning a few good recipes that work within a budget is key to a lifestyle that is healthy and frugal. It's even better to find some that are easy and quick, making cooking at home as convenient as ordering takeout. These recipes include everything from chicken and beef dishes to vegan- and paleo-friendly recipes to suit every dietary preference.
This super-quick recipe can be adapted to use whatever seasonal veggies are on hand, or even a mix of frozen vegetables. Satisfying as a vegetarian meal, this dish could also take a protein to make it more filling and get more portions out of the final dish. Recipe: Two Peas & Their Pod
Cheap cuts of chicken, simple vegetables and flavorings, and rice combine to make a comforting homestyle dinner. Keep costs low by using homemade broth made from leftover vegetable scraps and chicken bones, or water and seasonings, rather than store-bought broth or stock. Recipe: The Seasoned Homemaker
As the price of burgers climbs every year, it becomes more attractive to make them at home. Homemade patties are satisfying and flavorful for a fraction of the cost at a restaurant. Recipe: Cook the Story
This piquant and tangy recipe turns leftover chicken into a meal. Or start from whole pieces of chicken, opting for the cheapest cuts -- any part of the chicken tastes good in this salad. Cut veggies at home to avoid the high price of pre-cut store versions. Recipe: Linda Wagner