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Cheap Dinner Ideas That Don’t Skimp on Taste

Cheap Dinner Ideas That Don't Skimp on Taste

Savor flavor on a budget with these Cheap Dinner Ideas, where delicious meals meet affordability. These recipes prove that a tight budget doesn’t mean compromising on great flavor or nutrition. Get creative and make the most of your grocery budget with these cost-friendly, amazing-tasting dinners!

1. Spaghetti Carbonara

Want to save money but you’re tired of classic spaghetti? This carbonara is just as affordable. All you need are spaghetti noodles, garlic, bacon, parmesan, and eggs. It’s all done in fifteen minutes.

2. Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken

The crock pot is one of the best inventions of all time, and this teriyaki chicken proves it. This mouth-watering recipe tastes just like takeout for a fraction of the price. It takes minimal time and money for a restaurant-quality meal.

3. Olive Garden Pasta E Fagioli Soup

In love with Olive Garden’s soup but can’t afford to go to the restaurant? This recipe is a perfect imitation of their classic pasta e fagioli! The Italian soup is packed with protein, veggies, and yummy broth that will serve a crowd with ease.

4. Grilled Chicken Margherita

Whether it’s date night or time for a family dinner at the table, grilled chicken Margherita is protein-packed and filled with classy flavor without the high price tag of a nice restaurant. It takes a half-hour to make and is social media-worthy!

5. Lemon Garlic Parmesan Shrimp Pasta

Lemon, parmesan, garlic, and pasta are all pantry staples, which means the only major ingredient you might need to buy here is shrimp! It’s clean, simple, and one of the most satisfying dishes you’ll ever taste.

6. Cajun Sausage and Rice Skillet

This crowd-favorite dinner dish is like a lighter version of jambalaya, easier to make and packed with simple, tasty ingredients like Andouille sausage and fire-roasted tomatoes. It makes plenty, so you’re sure to have leftovers!

7. Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

Cabbage rolls are a traditional and affordable meal, but they can be a pain to make. This unstuffed cabbage roll recipe only uses one dish and simplifies the cooking process without sacrificing any of the flavors you love!

8. Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Sticks

Seven ingredients are all it takes to make these unforgettable pizza sticks, and half of them you probably already have in your fridge. Your kids and wallet will thank you for making these. Serve them with a cup of marinara sauce for dipping.

9. Wisconsin Butter Burger

The Wisconsin Butter Burger has gained fame through chains like Culver’s, but you don’t have to spend money on theirs when you can make it for cheap at home! Tons of butter and a bit of onion are the real stars here.

10. Bean Enchilada Casserole

For those who are fans of one-dish, cheap, and tasty dishes, this casserole is for you! The layers of beans, cheese, tortilla, and other classic ingredients make for an incredible texture and flavor with minimal effort.

11. Tamale Pie

Tamale pie is the perfect, satisfying meal that will fill everyone up and make enough for leftovers at the same time. It works great with salsa and has a wonderful layer of Jiffy cornbread right on top.

12. Creamy Chicken and Gnocchi

Tender chicken, creamy gnocchi, gorgeous garlic, and a low price point? You’ve found it in this creamy chicken and gnocchi recipe! It also manages to sneak in some kale, so your family will get creamy goodness and nutritious veggies simultaneously.

13. Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Nothing is better than a slow cooker recipe, and this stew will save you time and money. The meal is filled with tender beef and veggies and goes amazingly well with a quick-mix package of cornbread or toast!

14. Healthy One-Pot Enchilada Pasta

Enchilada and pasta in the same dish? Why not! This Mexican-Italian-American fusion dish is a winner. It is so good, your children won’t even care that it’s full of veggies. They will only taste cheesy goodness!

15. Parmesan Crusted Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner

Nothing is easier than a sheet pan dinner, and this one has tender chicken, seasoned veggies, and potatoes for a satisfying evening at home. Clean-up is simple, and your family will love this meal!

Saving money is vital when caring for yourself or a family. These meals allow you to do that without sacrificing flavor. Budget-friendly recipes are always welcome and we hope you enjoy these!