63 Budget Friendly Meals, Meal Stretchers and Desserts

Have you noticed grocery prices racing up?  Yikes!  It’s gotten crazy.

This month we’re going to be focusing on saving money on food.  We kicked it off yesterday with a new Low-Cost Meals Menu.  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.

Main Dishes

  1. Bean and Bacon Soup
  2. Bramble Beans
  3. Ham and Potato Chowder
  4. Refried Bean Quesadillas
  5. Bean and Cheese Enchiladas
  6. Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce with Two Cheeses
  7. Vietnamese Style Chicken Noodle Soup
  8. All Veggie Vegetable Soup
  9. Loaded Baked Potatoes with Homemade Cheese Sauce
  10. Pasta Soup
  11. Ham, Broccoli and Cheddar Soup
  12. South of the Border Skillet
  13. Potato Soup
  14. Mac & Cheddar with Broccoli
  15. Baked Spaghetti
  16. Creamy Potato Soup
  17. Ham & Pineapple Fried Rice
  18. Chicken Tortilla Soup
  19. Lentil Tacos
  20. Red Sauce DiPaola
  21. Grandma’s Spaghetti Sauce
  22. Vietnam Fried Rice
  23. Shaker Village Tomato Soup
  24. Chipped Beef Gravy over Cornbread or Biscuits
  25. Mexican Beans and Rice
  26. Spaghetti with Garlic and Oil
  27. Egg Salad Sandwiches
  28. Asian Noodles with Stir Fry Veggies and Chicken
  29. Calico Bean Soup with Smoked Sausage
  30. Hamburger Vegetable Soup
  31. Crockpot Chicken Soup
  32. Corn Chowder
  33. Taco Soup

Breakfast for Dinner

  1. Western Omelette Casserole
  2. Scrambled Eggs, Ham and Muenster
  3. Scrambled Eggs and Peppers
  4. Garden Frittata
  5. Bread Eggs
  6. Whole Wheat Pancakes
  7. Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes
  8. Cheesy Eggs and Ham

Meal Stretchers

  1. Depression Era Bread
  2. Corn Bread
  3. Biscuits
  4. Graham Muffins
  5. Cornbread Muffins
  6. Whole Wheat Biscuits
  7. Hoe Cakes
  8. Cheddar Muffins

Desserts and Snacks

  1. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
  2. Snickerdoodle Muffins
  3. Moosehunter Cookies
  4. Apple Brownies
  5. Wacky Cake
  6. Apple Crinkle
  7. Peach Crisp in the Slow Cooker
  8. Apple Brown Betty Muffins
  9. Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins
  10. Pumpkin Muffins
  11. Butterscotch Cookies
  12. Simple Coffee Cake
  13. No Bake Cookies
  14. Amish Oatmeal Cookies

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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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