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Be Choosy About Your Meals
As I explain in my post all about meal planning, choosing which foods to buy should be influenced by what is on offer at your local grocery store.
Always factor in meatless meals as these really can be extremely cheap meals.
Additionally don’t plan meals based on beef if chicken is on special offer.
If you can’t steer your family away from meat or you are focused on keto or paleo diets then be flexible with the meats you use.
Meat on special offer is perfect for being frozen for later use.
If you don’t already have a crockpot/slow cooker then I cannot urge you enough to get one.
Some of the cheapest and easiest meals you can make are crockpot meals.
They are also perfect for when you are busy as you can prepare meals before work and have it ready when you arrive home.
Perfect! For families I always recommend a large crockpot. You can batch cook meals for the whole family so you cook once and eat twice.
Below are my recommendations for crockpots for all family sizes. Although we are now a family of two, we still use our large crockpot because of the versatility it gives us. Whole chickens or bulk cooking are easy when you have a large crockpot.
Best Slow Cookers/Crock Pots For One Pot Meals
Slow Cookers (or Crock Pots) are the perfect tool for many of the tastiest one pot meals. Dump your ingredients in, go to work and come back to a tasty dinner.
These are some of the best slow cookers you can get. Choose the one that suits your family best.
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Cheap and easy healthy meals are the perfect combination. They help you save money and they’re healthy.
Choosing the right tasty recipes can result in extremely cheap meals costing less than $1 a person – perfect for the tight times.
39 Cheap And Easy Meals On A Budget
Cheap and easy dinner recipes is what you need when you are living on a super tight budget. Some of these recipes work out at less than $1 a portion! Keep these for those extra lean times when your money has dried up.
Ground beef pasta recipes are my go to recipe when I need an easy dinner. Especially after we cook tacos for our family and have extra leftover taco meat. That’s when we like to make this Cheesy Taco Penne Ziti. It’s comfort food that’s perfect for Taco Tuesday!
I love this Quick and Easy Tuna Pasta recipe – cheap, easy, tasty and very quick to make. It has lots of return for little input. It is ready in 15 minutes. In fact, this pasta recipe is so good we probably eat it in our house at least once a fortnight.
Two simple ingredients infused together with the help and ease of the slow cooker. Savory and sweet, this applesauce chicken will soon become a family favorite. Paleo and gluten-free with no refined sugars, healthy and simple at it’s best!
I think meatloaf is akin to bran muffins in the sense that good one is hard to find. But when you do find the one, it can be life altering (well, as far as dinner goes, anyway). And trust me, this Old fashioned Dairy AND gluten-free meatloaf is definitely the one!
If you need a quick, economical, easy and healthy dinner, this salmon recipe is for you! This is the best canned salmon recipe I know of (even if you’re not a fan of canned salmon) and it’s a great cheap meal option.
The most delicious, moist, and easy slow cooker chicken yet! Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken requires just a few ingredients: your favorite salsa, some spices, and the chicken! The perfect healthy, gluten-free, paleo weeknight dinner to please everyone!
The cold air is rushing it’s way over the area. Makes you feel like breaking out the soup pot. I have the best Instant Pot Two Bean Soup to warm up everyone in the house. Pair it with corn bread and butter. Oh you will be the house favorite.
The great thing about proper baked potatoes? You can just throw them in the oven and just take them out when they are ready. Preparation is very quick and easy and they just taste fantastic. Fluffy and soft on the inside and with a hard crispy skin on the outside.
Air fryer chicken breast is a healthier version of golden crispy deep fried chicken as it’s air fried with very little oil, which makes it a great guilt-free meal. It’s golden and crispy from the outside, juicy and tender from the inside! It can also be ready in under half an hour in 7 easy steps.
A gluten-free pizza quesadilla, can be thrown together quick and is sure to be a dinner that everyone can enjoy! These crisp up nicely and kind of remind me of those frozen pizza bites I used to eat as a kid. But not only is my version gluten-free, it's all around healthier!
Instant Pot Spaghetti: Spaghetti with hearty meat sauce and classic Italian flavors. Weeknight friendly: cooks in 5 minutes! While you might not think of making spaghetti in the Instant Pot, I love it because it means less dishes! The beef, pasta, and sauce all cook in just one pot!
I know this seems like just a plain ole tuna casserole but to me it is pure comfort food. This is a classic casserole that is super easy to throw together and can be made in a pinch. The crushed up potato chips on top sounds strange but it is so good. The crunch and salty chips just makes this perfect.
And for something just a little bit different - how about a $5 a day challenge? The Food Desert Challenge has been done several ways – one with $5 TOTAL spent on food per day, and one with $5 per person per day. This version is all about eating healthily for $5.
And finally, how about 18 cheap and easy dinners you can make with just 5 minutes of prep time (and occasionally some oven time)? These 18 recipes are perfect for busy nights so you don't resort to takeout.
Vegan and vegetarian food covers a huge, diverse range of flavors and cuisines. They are often cheap, easy AND healthy meals which are all bonuses when you are trying to find cheap recipes to feed your family. These 10 cheap dinner recipes will have you coming back for more and who can blame you when they are so tasty?
5 Mins Air Fryer Pita Bread Pizza is just the thing to serve up as a quick and easy weeknight supper, kid-approved snack or weekend lunch. All it takes is 3 everyday ingredients and almost no effort to enjoy delicious cheesy pizza goodness. Suitable for vegetarian diets. Post includes Weight Watchers points.
This Vegetable Ramen is one of the meals I use often for lunches or an easy dinner that the family loves. It’s a great way for me to get all the vegetables into my teens. When I make this dish they don’t seem to care about all the vegetables and all flock to the bowl.
An easy and healthy meatless nugget that the kids will love! Gluten-free & Vegan Chickpea Nuggets that are top 8 allergy-free, grain-free, and have a secret dose of veggies too! A deliciously fun plant-based recipe for little hands at lunchtime or dinner!
A hearty plant-based meal the whole family will love. This gluten-free, grain-free, and vegan Italian Chickpea Casserole is the perfect weeknight meal to nourish the body with classic and comforting flavors.
Creamy, tangy and spicy red kidney bean curry served over steamed white rice. This frugal dinner is packed with plant protein, so easy to make and ready in under 30 minutes! This curry is vegan and gluten-free.
I love a homemade creamy coconut korma, it’s a healthy form of comfort food for me. Whether you follow a vegan diet, or just want to have a meat-free day then you’re going to love this vegan korma recipe.
Creamy Instant Pot Tomato Soup is thick, hearty and so comforting. This delicious pressure cooker tomato soup is a healthy dump and start recipe that is made absolutely no oil at all. Suitable for gluten free, low carb, paleo, vegan, and Whole 30 diets. Post includes Weight Watchers points.
This egg salad recipe is true comfort food! So delicious, simple to make, and healthy! With just a few ingredients needed to make this egg salad, this is truly the best egg salad recipe! Read on to find out exactly how to make it.
This lentil spaghetti bolognese is perfect as a wintery, comforting meal and is also perfect for batch-cooking so you’ve got lots of leftovers for lunches and dinners for the next few days.
6 Cheap Keto Dinner Recipes
If you follow a keto diet/eating regime then you will love these 6 cheap dinner recipes which are packed full of yummy'ness. If you are not sure what to make for dinner tonight why not try one of these cheap and easy keto meals to satisfy your hunger? Also great for paleo lovers.
An EASY paleo tuna stuffed avocado recipe in just 5 minutes! It comes with a chipotle-flavored, paleo whole30 tuna salad filling. It's even low carb and keto - one of the best stuffed avocado recipes ever!
An easy chicken kebabs recipe perfect for keto & Whole30. Uses a cast iron grill pan, an olive oil marinade, and just a few spices for a quick meal. Can be paired with a salad or cauliflower rice for a very filling meal.
For more help on budgeting and living below your means please do check out these posts.