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Make These 86 Amazing Meals For $5 or Less

Nov 23 2014 - 2:00pm

Cooking at home is great for your wallet and — for the most part — better for your health. Instead of making the same recipes over and over again, challenge yourself by trying out some of the best budget-friendly recipes we found on the web. At $5 or less per serving, you definitely won't be breaking the bank with these homemade meals.

Source: Sara Yoo, Michele Bell, The Dinner-Mom [1]

Kimchi Fried Rice

The Kimchi fried rice [2] is definitely not for the weak, but is for those who dare to love the strong, spicy flavor of Korea's iconic pickled veggies.

Photo: Sara Yoo

Italian Mac and Cheese

This Italian mac and cheese [3] has a unique spin in that it's a hybrid of two popular dishes — pasta carbonara and mac and cheese. You won't believe how well the cheesy carbonara sauce goes with elbow pasta!

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Barbecued Black-Eyed Peas

The barbecued black-eyed peas [4] is a smokin' hot dish will be a favorite because of its great taste and cost.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Spaghetti With Garlic, Olive Oil, and Chili Flakes

This simple spaghetti dish [5] has only six ingredients but will have you coming back for more. 

Photo: Camilla Salem

Pasta Carbonara

Settle down with a plate of pasta carbonara [6], and you will feel so content.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Roasted Shrimp Over Spaghetti Squash

Pasta without the carb overload? Sign me up! This shrimp and spaghetti squash [7] seems too good to be true.

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

Corn and Black Bean Chili

Chili is always a favorite option of the thrifty, and we do like the corn and black bean [8] addition.

Source: Living Well Spending Less [9]

Spicy Sloppy Joes

The spicy sloppy joe [10]is a great twist on a popular, budget-friendly burger.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Warm Tofu With Spicy Garlic Sauce

Yet another simple meal, the warm tofu with spicy garlic sauce [11] would make a great main dish for a weeknight dinner.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Baked Eggs in Ham Cups

This high-protein dish of baked eggs in ham cups [12] will have you salivating.

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

Red Lentil Tomato Soup

Get your dose of protein and fiber with this healthy lentil tomato soup [13].

Photo: Jaime Young

Meatloaf Muffins With Spinach and Pine Nuts

Don't have a sweet tooth? These meatloaf muffins [14] will definitely be a hit. Instead of icing, you'll top off this baked concoction with mashed potato.

Source: The Dinner-Mom [15]

Black Bean Salad

Add some crunch to your day with this black bean salad [16].

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dog

An upgrade on the American classic, this bacon-wrapped hot dog [17]will leave you wanting more. 

Photo: Camilla Salem

Asian Salmon Slaw

Pair one of the healthiest seafood around with veggies, and you'll have a great-tasting and fortifying Asian salmon slaw [18].

Source: POPSUGAR user eatspinrunrepeat [19]

Panko-Crusted Fish Over Kale

This delicious meal of panko-crusted fish over kale [20] is the perfect post-workout meal, according to POPSUGAR Fitness.

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

Butternut Squash Lasagna

This butternut squash lasagna [21] definitely looks like a crowd-pleaser.

Source: Living Well Spending Less [22]

Grilled Eggplant Parmesan

This grilled eggplant parmesan [23] makes the perfect Summer meal.

Source: So Says Sarah . . . [24]

Vegetable Polenta Casserole

Vegetarians would love this vegetable polenta casserole [25] recipe.

Source: Budget Bytes [26]

Sesame Beef Stir-Fry

Throw together this beef stir-fry [27] that's a great choice for a quick weeknight dinner.

Source: The Dinner-Mom [28]

Eggs Baked in Avocado

A perfect and guilt-free breakfast option: baked eggs in avocado [29].

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

One-Pot Beef and Mushroom Stroganoff

This beef and mushroom stroganoff [30] is miles better than any stroganoff you buy in a box.

Source: Budget Bytes [31]

Garlic Anchovy Pasta With Kale

Kale and anchovy paste are what makes this pasta [32] full of flavor.

Source: So Says Sarah . . . [33]

Tuna Cakes

Turn eating fish into a treat by making these healthy tuna cakes [34].

Source: So Says Sarah . . . [35]

Cumin and Honey Baked Tofu

A bowl of cumin and honey baked tofu [36] is perfect for those who love the taste of savory and sweet.

Photo: Jenny Sugar

Lyonnaise Salad

There's no better duo than eggs and bacon. Top them on some greens to create the lyonnaise salad [37], and you'll have the recipe for success.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Lemon and Sage Veggie Pasta

This lemon and sage pasta [38] comes together in 30 minutes and is chock-full of vegetables to boot.

Source: Living Well Spending Less [39]

Healthy Chicken Tenders

Who says chicken tenders [40]can't be healthy?

Source: So Says Sarah . . . [41]

Tangy Asian Meatballs

Add some tart to your meal with these Asian meatballs [42] glazed with a tangy sauce.

Source: All You [43]

Vegetable Quinoa Pilaf

Spring has sprung, which means it's the perfect time to whip up a bowl of vegetable quinoa pilaf [44].

Source: So Says Sarah . . . [45]

Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Curry

This meal of chicken and broccoli curry [46] will cost less than $1 per serving but fulfill the important food groups.

Source: All You [47]

Sesame Chicken

If you're craving Chinese, this sesame chicken [48] dish is the perfect option.

Source: Budget Bytes [49]

Curried Chickpeas With Spinach

Curried chickpeas with spinach [50] is a simple dish, but is delicious and nutritious.

Source: Budget Bytes [51]

Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese Croutons

What an upgrade! You'll never create a mess with this genius idea of tomato soup and grilled cheese croutons [52].

Photo: Nicole Perry

Yogurt Alfredo

We do love the clever idea of substituting yogurt for mayo! Here's another clever recipe — yogurt alfredo [53].

Source: So Says Sarah . . . [54]

Quinoa Tabbouleh

The quinoa tabbouleh [55] is quick, easy, and flavorful. It also tastes great when served either hot or cold. 

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Grilled Cheese and Apple Sandwiches

This classic snack has a few bites of apple in it to make it a more nutritious meal. Find out how to make a grilled cheese and apple sandwich here [56].

Source: So Says Sarah . . . [57]

Turkey Sriracha Meatballs

These turkey sriracha meatballs [58] are a win for sriracha-lovers.

Source: Budget Bytes [59]

Skinny Orange Chicken

Turn the indulgent dish of orange chicken [60]into something light but just as delicious.

Source: So Says Sarah . . . [61]

Healthy Stuffed Peppers

Yum! Fill your belly with these delicious and healthy Paleo stuffed peppers. [62]

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

Pepper-Crusted Flank Steak

One of the cheapest cuts, this pepper-crusted flank steak [63]will suit your red-meat craving and your budget.

Source: All You [64]

Chicken Cacciatore

This crockpot chicken pasta [65]is a healthy and easy choice for dinner.

Source: Family Fresh Meals [66]

Light Summer Chicken Salad

Here's a chicken salad [67] without the guilt. This great recipe uses yogurt instead of mayo!

Source: So Says Sarah . . . [68]

Simple Bean Burger

This really easy bean burger [69] will make the perfect meatless Monday meal.

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

Spicy Garlic Kale With Poached Eggs

Throw this simple but satisfying meal of spicy garlic kale and poached eggs [70] together, and your wallet will thank you!

Photo: Nicole Perry

Wendy's-Style Chili

A much healthier version [71] of Wendy's chili.

Source: Mama Loves Food [72]

Mexican Chicken Spaghetti

Give regular pasta a south-of-the-border twist by adding black beans and corn to make this delicious Mexican chicken spaghetti [73].

Source: Mommy Hates Cooking [74]

Tofu Chili With Black Beans

Who knew meatless chili could taste so good? Check out the awesome recipe to this spicy tofu black bean chili [75].

Photo: Michele Foley

Greek Marinated Chicken

This Greek marinated chicken [76] uses yogurt in its extremely flavorful recipe.

Source: Budget Bytes [77]

Dragon Noodles

Spicy and oh so delicious, these dragon noodles [78]will fulfill every craving you have.

Source: Budget Bytes [79]

Black Bean and Avocado Enchiladas

This simple vegetarian meal of black bean and avocado enchiladas [80]is satisfying both taste- and budget-wise. Source: Budget Bytes [81]

Peanut Butter and Jelly Uncrustables

Save money and make your own peanut butter and jelly uncrustables [82].

Source: Living Well Spending Less [83]

Tuna Salad Pitas

This tuna salad pita [84] dish comes without the usual heavy mayo, but with a lot of flavor. 

Photo: Michele Bell

Crockpot Pork in Blackberry BBQ Sauce

The secret ingredient in this wonderful BBQ recipe [85] is blackberry jam.

Source: The Dinner-Mom [86]

Avocado Toast

Simple but satisfying. POPSUGAR Food shares how to make the perfect avocado toast [87].

Source: POPSUGAR Studios

Artichoke Chicken Skillet

The zesty artichoke chicken skillet [88] is perfect for those who like the taste of lemon with their poultry. Source: Budget Bytes [89]

Chinese Chicken Tacos

Add new twist on taco Tuesday with the Chinese chicken taco [90].

Source: Family Fresh Meals [91]

Black Bean Quesadillas

This hearty black bean quesadilla [92] is easy to make and filling.

Source: Budget Bytes [93]

Cheesy Tortellini

Easy to make and delicious to eat. Check out the cheesy tortellini [94]recipe.

Source: Family Fresh Meals [95]

Vegetarian Cuban Rice and Beans

This healthy vegetarian Cuban rice and beans [96] dish will satisfy your rice and beans craving without the calories and the salt.

Source: POPSUGAR user Dara8182 [97]

White Spinach Pizza

This simple white spinach pizza [98]will have you clamoring back for seconds.

 Source: Budget Bytes [99]

Veggie and Potato Frittata

Time to chop up those Spring veggies and treat yourself with this veggie and potato frittata [100].

Source: POPSUGAR user birdsflyinghigh [101]

Oven Fajitas

This vegetable-heavy oven fajitas [102] recipe will keep costs down and up your fiber intake.

Source: Budget Bytes [103]

Spiced Carrot Soup With Roasted Chickpeas and Tahini

This Middle Eastern-inspired spiced carrot soup [104]has a creamy flavor although it doesn't require any cream.

Photo: Nicole Perry

No-Frills Chili

This pot of chili [105] will surely add some kick to your day. Source: Budget Bytes [106]

Mexican-Style Stuffed Peppers

If you can't get enough of stuffed peppers, you should really try this Mexican-style version [107].

Source: Mama Loves Food [108]

Taco Chicken Bowls

Skip Chipotle and make your own taco chicken bowls [109].

Source: Budget Bytes [110]

Baked Ravioli With Tex Mex

This baked ravioli [111]dish with its tangy salsa sauce has a tex-mex flair to it that makes it irresistible.

 Source: The Dinner-Mom [112]

Split Pea Soup

Split pea soup [113]is always a budget-friendly meal option. 

Source: Mama Loves Food [114]

Baked Ziti With Three Cheeses

This ooey-gooey baked ziti [115]goodness is made in a crockpot — no baking required!

Source: The Dinner-Mom [116]

Baked Tilapia With Tomatoes

Tilipia is a budget-conscious cook's best friend, so we're totally digging this healthy baked tilapia with tomatoes [117] recipe. Source: Budget Bytes [118]

Honey Sriracha Chicken Thighs

For die-hard sriracha-lovers, the pairings in this honey sriracha chicken thighs [119] recipe seems like a match made in hot-sauce heaven.

Source: Budget Bytes [120]

Creamy Pesto Pasta With Chicken and Broccoli

This delicious creamy pesto pasta [121] recipe enlists the help of cream cheese.

Source: Budget Bytes [122]

Creamy Tomato-Spinach Pasta

Need your fill of rich pasta? Try making this creamy tomato-spinach pasta [123]dish.

Source: Budget Bytes [124]

Green Chile Turkey Burgers

Boring would never be a word to describe these green chile turkey burgers [125]!

Source: Budget Bytes [126]

Chicken Marbella

Brown sugar and dried plums are what makes the chicken Marbella [127] a standout dish.

Source: The Dinner-Mom [128]

Sloppy Joe Nachos With Doritos

OK, so maybe this isn't exactly the healthiest meal. But sloppy joe nachos with Doritos [129]might be a good special-occasion dish!

Source: Mommy Hates Cooking [130]

Black Bean Soup

This nutritious and frugal black bean soup [131] will come together with ingredients you already have in your cupboard.

Photo: Michele Bell

Stuffed-Pepper Soup

This crockpot stuffed-pepper soup [132] is like basically a deconstructed stuffed pepper, deliciously swimming in tomato soup.

Source: Family Fresh Meals [133]

Breakfast-Stuffed Peppers

A twist on our favorite high-protein dish — the breakfast-stuffed peppers [134] with eggs and sausage!

Source: Mama Loves Food [135]

Spinach Quinoa Scramble

This filling breakfast of spinach quinoa scramble [136] will start your day off right. Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

Crockpot Fajitas With Chicken and Quinoa

Quick and easy, this crockpot fajitas [137] dish is tasty and satisfying.

Source: The Dinner-Mom [138]

Roasted Garlic and Parmesan Pasta

Just the photo of this roasted garlic and parmesan pasta [139] has our mouths watering.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Spicy Shrimp and Tomato Pasta

This spicy shrimp and tomato pasta [140] is another great choice if you're jonesing for something that will raise temperatures.

Source: Budget Bytes [141]

Chicken Penne Alfredo

This great chicken penne alfredo [142] is gluten-free.

Source: Mommy Hates Cooking [143]

Corn and Potato Chowder

Delicious and easy on the budget — we love this corn and potato chowder [144].

Source: Mama Loves Food [145]


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