Cheap Dinner Ideas

Written by  //  November 16, 2012  //  Recipes  //  2 Comments

Feeding a family can get pretty expensive.  If you’re not a great menu planner, here are a few ideas of healthful dinners that won’t break the bank.  If you have other cheap dinner ideas to add, please give us suggestions in the comments!

1.  A Baked Potato Bar if a great interactive family affair.  Each person can choose toppings, including sour cream, chives, bacon, cheese, chili, and baked beans.
2.  Pancit is a traditional Filipino dish that helps extend meat portions with the use of noodles and vegetables.
3.  Homemade Pizza is fun to make as a team and if you don’t want to make the dough, there are loads of ready-made pizza shells on the market.  Spread pizza sauce on the shells and let your little chefs become ‘pizza doctors’.
4.  Fish tacos using grilled frozen basa filets are healthy and economical.  Much like the baked potto bar, each family member can choose how to assemble their taco.  Tomatoes, salsa, cheese, greens and sauces all add spice and depth of flavor (as well as extending the more expensive fish part of the meal)
5.  Puff pastry filled with bean/lentil salad is nutritious and great for the family budget.
6.  French onion soup isn’t difficult to make.  We cook the onions for over an hour in olive oil with a piece of waxed paper covering them at the bottom of the saucepan.  Add beef stock, some stale French bread round s and grated cheese.  Voila.
7.  Crepes filled with hotdogs and tomato sauce for the kids and something a little more interesting for you are great to have on hand.
8.  Turkey a la king is simple and extends your holiday dinner leftovers.  Served with egg noodles it is a budget-friendly option.
9. Spaghetti bolognaise (make the sauce in bulk when ground beef is on sale and freeze in portions.)
10.  Pulled pork sliders – do it in the crock pot for an easy and tasty meal.

Bon appetit!

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2 Comments on "Cheap Dinner Ideas"

  1. Samantha Agar November 20, 2012 at 2:16 pm ·

    All great ideas! Something else I often do is buy a big flat of chicken thighs (less expensive than breasts and tasty too) at the big box store. Then I make a mix with some Shake & Bake, Panko Crumbs, ground flax (I like golden roasted) and whatever herbs I feel like throwing in. When I have the I omit the shake and bake and throw my whole grain crusts in the food processor instead.

    Then, I toss the chicken in any combination of things – usually a bit of fat free plain yogurt and a little Dijon or pesto to seal in moisture, but you could use olive oil or any favourite sauce. Italian salad dressing is an instant marinade for this step! Then I press the chicken into the breeding until well coated and freeze the pieces flat on a pan. Once frozen I put them in freezer bagsfpr storage. Bake right from the freezer at 375 degrees for around 25 minutes (depends on the size of the pieces) and serve with whatever veggies are easy and on hand! Kids love this. Mine prefer it to chicken fingers from restaurants!

  2. Samantha Agar November 20, 2012 at 2:18 pm ·

    *when I have time, not when I have the*

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