I’ve said it before: my grocery budget in the past has been out of control. It’s so easy for me to “accidentally” overspend at the grocery store. I love trying new products and recipes, but things can really start to add up. And while I love cooking for other people, ingredients can get expensive when you’re cooking for a crowd! I’m sure I’m not the only one that feels this way from time to time, so here’s a little recipe round up of some of my favorite budget friendly dinner ideas!
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Tostadas… also known as “Open Faced Quesadillas“. These are so easy to make, and you can easily substitute ingredients based on what you have in your fridge. All you need are tortillas, cheese, and veggies/TVP/meat or whatever your filling of choice may be!
Black Bean Fritters– These little guys might not be the most photogenic, but they’re delicious! You can make them as mild or as spicy as you please. They’re excellent with a little pico de gallo or guacamole on top!
5 Ingredient Potato Soup– You don’t have to restock you pantry to create this hearty soup. Yes, it’s literally 5 ingredients. And it’s super filling!
Whole Wheat Pasta with Roasted Vegetables– You already know pasta is cheap, but don’t forget that it can also be a great way to use up leftover vegetables you have in your fridge. Peppers, onions, zucchini, broccoli, or tomatoes all work well with whole wheat pasta. No sauce? Just add olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic (and a little Parmesan cheese if you’re feeling crazy) and you’ve got dinner ready!
One of my favorite rainy day meals is this vegetable minestrone soup. A perfect way to use up a few vegetables, this one-dish meal is super filling and satisfying! Sprinkled with a little cheese on top, this soup is just the right amount of fancy! (Hint: If you want to keep it vegan, leave off the cheese and you’re good to go!)
For more tips on saving money, check out my post about saving money at the grocery store HERE!