Cooking Cheap Recipes Without Sacrificing Taste

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The economy has touched us all in some way. After living on my own for two years post-college, I am now back at home living with Mom to save my pennies, and so is my 27-year-old sister. It is by no means an ideal situation, and coordinating shower schedules in the morning has been, for lack of a better word, hairy. But at the end of the day, we’re all pulling together to save money and that’s really all that matters.

Our struggling economy has made things tough on everyone, and it can especially make feeding a family a challenge. As much fun as it can be to dine out, my family has been trying to eat at home as much as possible to save our dough. But even food costs are steadily rising, and cooking a tasty meal at home without breaking the bank  has gotten harder and harder. Between paying bills and buying gas, finding cheap recipes to make that actually taste good has become a bit of a challenge when you’re on such a tight budget.

Luckily, RecipeLion has some great budget-friendly recipes that the whole family is sure to enjoy. From breakfast to dinner, and everything in between, there are plenty of affordable (and delicious!)  recipes to keep your belly full and your bank account happy.  Check out some of these delectable dishes and discover for yourself that cooking cheap recipes doesn’t have to mean sacrificing great flavor and taste.

Breakfast Casserole

Start the day off with this heavenly Make Ahead Breakfast Casserole! I love this dish because all the work is done the night before. I don’t know about you, but making a casserole at 8 am on a Saturday morning just isn’t my cup of tea. After you prepare this dish in the evening and leave it in the fridge overnight, all you have to do when you wake up is pop it in the oven and let it bake until the eggs are set. Believe it or not, but the best part about this dish isn’t how easy it is to make, it’s that it only costs $0.87 per serving! Plus, the seven ingredients are staples in many household kitchens, so you may not even need to make a trip to the grocery store, saving you time, gas, and money. Even better, right?

When lunchtime rolls around, there are plenty of great sandwich recipes to enjoy, but none as cheap, easy, and tasty as these Baked Beans on Toast. This is a variation of a classic English breakfast, but is perfect for a light lunch or an afternoon snack. All you need is bread, baked beans and an egg;  it really doesn’t get much cheaper than this. Personally, beans aren’t my most favorite food, so I actually would prefer to make this tasty Egg Salad Sandwich for lunch. It’s a great version of a classic sandwich.

Take a few minutes after lunch to start thinking about dinner. Planning ahead is a great strategy to saving money. These Crazy Slow Cooker Pork Chops take about six to eight hours to cook, but all you need to do is basically combine five ingredients in a slow cooker and you’re done. The flavor is so delicious that you won’t believe how budget-friendly this recipe was to make. Not only is this an easy recipe, but it’s super cheap to put together!

For dessert, try these Gluten-Free Easy Peanut Butter Cookies. They only cost $0.17 per serving, and they are ready to enjoy in less than 30 minutes! If you find yourself needing a snack during a long day at the office, bring these homemade Garlic Almonds with you to work  instead of wasting money at the office vending machine. All you need is 20 minutes and three ingredients (almonds, garlic, and olive oil), and you’ve got yourself one cheap and tasty snack!

For the more health conscious eaters, there are plenty of tasty options that are not only good for your wallet, but good for your body, as well.  Check out some of my favorite budget-friendly salad recipes:

Yellow Bean Salad: A great summer salad full of vitamins and flavor.

Caprese Towers: An pretty, vertical twist on an Italian classic.

Orange Salad: Perfect for the autumn months.

Homemade Hummus: Not a salad, but a tasty snack none-the-less for under $6!

What’s the most memorable meal you’ve ever made on a budget?

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  1. says

    Thank you for linking StoneGable’s Caprese towers in your recent post. Until now I have not been familiar with Recipe Lion. I can’t wait to spend part of my afternoon perusing it.
    Thanks again for the shout-out!

  2. Nathan says

    These all sound great. My roommate and I are living on a post college budget and cannot afford a lot of foods at the grocery store, nor have the knowledge of fine budget dining. I try to make new things but there are only so many things you can do with boxed macaroni and cheese. Thanks, I’ll make sure to give them all a shot.

  3. says

    Great post- I haven’t heard most of these ideas before. My wife and I both love to cook, but we’re also doing our best to live as frugally as possible. We’re constantly searching for new ways to mix both of these things!

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