Eating healthily AND frugally is possible. You need inexpensive dinner recipes that rely on good home cooking instead of packaged, processed foods. A simple way to whip up low-cost meals is to buy large portions of ingredients and cook big batches, especially if you’ve got a family to feed. The following $10 or less dinner recipes will allow you to serve hearty meals for the whole family without delivering a big hit to your food budget.
Slow Cooker Ham and Pea Soup
Split pea soup is, for many, a traditional comfort food. Lentils are loaded with protein and fiber, and they’re very inexpensive. Full of vegetables and low in calories, a bowl of this soup makes for a satisfying meal. If desired, serve with a piece of whole grain bread.
Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings
A healthy version of this classic soup, our recipe calls for chicken breasts, plenty of vegetables, and homemade dumplings. Chicken breasts cost a moderate amount, and paired with humble ingredients, you can make a crock pot full of our chicken and dumplings for under $10.
Black Bean Mushroom Burgers
These spicy, hearty burgers won’t leave you missing the meat. Top with plenty of greens and tomato, or serve with a side salad for a well-rounded, affordable meal.
Vegetarian White Bean Cassoulet
Traditionally, cassoulets are fatty, meaty dishes. This vegetarian version cuts out the fat while maintaining the flavor. Beans, whether canned or dried, are among the cheapest sources of protein, fiber and iron out there. This recipe gives you several major food groups in one bowl.
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Slow Cooker Lower Carb Cabbage Roll Stew
The humble cabbage is paired with lean ground beef in this old world-inspired recipe. You can serve this inexpensive stew along with brown rice or a piece of whole-grain bread.
Slow Cooker Tangy Coconut Black Bean Soup
If you rely on beans for protein, it’s easy to get bored with them. Not, however, if you have interesting recipes like this coconut black bean soup. This very low-calorie soup can be served alongside a salad and a good piece of bread for a memorable dinner.
Spicy Four Cheese Pasta
This recipe uses whole-grain pasta, a cheese mixture incorporating cottage cheese and Greek yogurt, a spicy metabolism-boosting tomato sauce, and baby spinach. Enjoy for a flavorful pasta dinner that’s easy on your budget.
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