Dinner on a Dime! 5 Budget-Friendly Family Meals

These 5 weeknight meals taste great and make every penny count! From Roast Chicken to Stuffed Baked Potatoes, we have ideas to fit your budget.

Budget-Friendly Meals

One of my deepest and most steadfast beliefs is you can eat well and spend little. This week I want to celebrate the humble home cooked dinner. Each recipe is budget-friendly, richly satisfying and can be eaten as a complete meal with protein and vegetables.

Beautiful, nourishing, and delicious food can be created from simple, affordable ingredients. Each recipe highlighted below either has elements that can be repurposed for other dishes or focuses on accessible nutrient dense foods like carrots, potatoes, frozen vegetables or poultry and ground beef.

The common chicken alone stores riches beyond its flesh. The bones transform water into liquid gold taking ho-hum broth-based soups and elevating them to restaurant worthy standards.

Remember, you don’t need the fanciest gadget or the most expensive cuts of meat to be a star in your own kitchen.

  • Roast Chicken with Carrots

    Roast Chicken with Carrots
    Sally Vargas

    All in one pot! Use the leftover bones and vegetable scraps to make stock and this meal becomes even more budget-friendly.

  • Easy Shepherd's Pie

    Shepherd's Pie
    Elise Bauer

    Potatoes, ground beef, and mixed vegetables come together in this hearty and rich dish. To save time and money use frozen vegetables. Add them with the onions toward the end of the cook time.

  • Pasta e Fagioli

    Pasta Fagioli ready to serve
    Elise Bauer

    Beans, vegetables, and pasta create this broth-based soup. It’s the perfect meal for spring when weather hints at warming up but still has a chill in the air. Use the bones from Roast Chicken with Carrots to make stock for this soup.

  • One Pot Chicken and Orzo

    Skillet Chicken and Orzo
    Elise Bauer

    Chicken thighs are the unsung hero of the kitchen. They stay tender and juicy even if you overcook them a little bit and they cost far less than boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

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  • Curry Chickpea-Loaded Baked Potatoes

    Baked Potatoes with Chickpeas
    Erin Alderson

    No dairy? No problem! Special diets can still happen on a budget. This vegan dinner is packed with protein and healthy fat. You can also swap the russet potatoes with sweet potatoes!