63 Budget-Friendly Meals, Meal Stretchers and Desserts

 

Have you noticed grocery prices racing up?  Yikes!  It’s gotten crazy. Between rising prices, recovery from back-to-school shopping and Christmas being just around the corner, I’m guessing that you could stand to save a few dollars on your grocery budget as much as I can. Yeah, I thought so!

This month we’re going to be focusing on saving money on food.  Today, I’m sharing a list of the least expensive recipes I have.  Nearly all of my recipes are budget-friendly, but these really counteract those rising prices.

You may notice a lot of rice, beans, pasta and eggs in this list.  Basing meals on these ingredients is a great way to keep the cost low. But it doesn’t have to be boring! In fact, I think you’ll be amazed by the variety of flavors and meals that you can create from these basics

CLASSIC MEALS NOT TO BE OVERLOOKED

Loaded Baked Potatoes with Homemade Cheese Sauce

Egg Salad Sandwiches

Baked Spaghetti

Grandma’s Spaghetti Sauce

Bean and Cheese Enchiladas

 

STOVETOP DELICACIES WITH INTERNATIONAL FLAIR

Lentil Tacos

Red Sauce DiPaola

Ham & Pineapple Fried Rice

 

ONE-POT MEALS FOR MORE ENJOYING AND LESS CLEANING

Vietnam Fried Rice

Bramble Beans

Mexican Beans and Rice

Mac & Cheddar with Broccoli

South of the Border Skillet

 

15-MINUTE MEALS LEAVE MORE TIME FOR EATING TOGETHER

Refried Bean Quesadillas

Chipped Beef Gravy over Cornbread or Biscuits

Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce with Two Cheeses

Asian Noodles with Stir Fry Veggies and Chicken

Spaghetti with Garlic and Oil

 

SOUPS AND CHOWDERS TO COMFORT THE SOUL

Beef Soups

Hamburger Vegetable Soup

Taco Soup

Chicken Soups

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Crockpot Chicken Soup

Vietnamese Style Chicken Noodle Soup

Pork Soups

Bean and Bacon Soup

Ham and Potato Chowder

Calico Bean Soup with Smoked Sausage

Ham, Broccoli and Cheddar Soup

Veggie Soups

All Veggie Vegetable Soup

Potato Soup

Corn Chowder

Pasta Soup – pasta, tomatoes, carrots, onion

Shaker Village Tomato Soup

Creamy Potato Soup 

BREAKFAST FOR DINNER

Scrambled Eggs, Ham and Muenster

Western Omelette Casserole

Scrambled Eggs and Peppers

Garden Frittata

Cheesy Eggs and Ham

Bread Eggs

Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes

Whole Wheat Pancakes

 

BREADS TO STRETCH MEALS

Depression Era Bread

Corn Bread

Cornbread Muffins

Whole Wheat Biscuits

Biscuits

Hoe Cakes

Graham Muffins

Cheddar Muffins

 

DESSERTS AND SNACKS

Brownies, Cakes & Cobblers

Apple Brownies

Wacky Cake

Simple Coffee Cake

Peach Crisp in the Slow Cooker

Apple Crinkle

Cookies!

Moosehunter Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Butterscotch Cookies

No Bake Cookies

Amish Oatmeal Cookies

Muffins

Apple Brown Betty Muffins

Snickerdoodle Muffins

Pumpkin Muffins

Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins

What are your favorite Budget-Friendly Meal tips?

If you’re like me, then you can use a few more tips too! So share away and let the rest of us know how you create budget-friendly meals that don’t taste cheap. We all thank you in advance!

 

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  1. Superb round-up, Tiffany. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Wonderful list! I am going to look at it more closely in a bit. It HAS gone expensive and it’s becoming essential to economize! Thanks!

  3. Yummy list! I have made some of the ones you share here and enjoyed everyone. Thanks!

  4. What a list! You’ve got me beat here! 🙂

    Totally sharing this with my readers!

  5. Great list – but many of the links are not working. Lentil tacos for instance.

    • Kim, thanks for pointing out the broken links. I think I’ve got them all fixed now. I’m not sure why the numbers are off though. Maybe my blog can’t count 🙂

  6. Thanks for posting this list! We’re trying to cut back our grocery bill without using coupons to buy a lot of junk food. I’m always looking for cheap dinner ideas. A lot of these are easy too!

  7. Thanks for this post, so useful! 🙂

  8. I love this list. I’m already planning to try out a few of the dishes listed here.

    I was thinking that for your list of desserts, maybe rice pudding would be a good addition? Most of the ingredients are just kitchen staples.

  9. Great list and great recipes!
    But just to let you know, the link for Mexican Rice and Beans (#25 on the top) is also broken.

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