Let’s face it: preparing meals for a family can be costly. In addition, some recipes can take forever to make. However, you don’t have to spend too much money or time on food. You can make some fresh and delicious meals with little effort using the right recipes. Here are five budget-friendly recipes that won’t land you in consumer debt.
Five Budget-Friendly Recipes
1. Fresh Vegetable Lasagna
Did your mom always make pasta? Maybe because it was affordable and easy! Add some zucchini, mushrooms, and bell peppers to the no-boil lasagna noodles for a healthy touch! Top it off with grated parmesan and mozzarella cheese for a melted, golden brown finish.
2. Stovetop Chicken Pie
For this recipe, use a family-size rotisserie chicken, which usually costs around $6.50. Saute onions, mushrooms, cheese, and peas together. Bake biscuits and spoon the mixture over chopped chicken. You’ll wipe your plate clean!
3. Italian Minestrone Soup
This hearty soup contains all of the basic food groups. Start by melting butter in a heavy pot and adding onions, carrots, and celery. Sauté for a few minutes before adding beans, cabbage, tomatoes, potatoes, stock, garlic, parsley, and salt. Simmer for one hour until vegetables become tender. Add pasta, and simmer for 30 more minutes. Healthy enough for you?
4. Baked Macaroni and Cheese
Did someone say comfort food? Nothing satisfies your cravings like macaroni and cheese! This filling, low-cost dinner can be made in a variety of ways. You can spice it up a bit by using Pepper Jack cheese and chopped green chile or add in something meaty, like prosciutto. For a healthier version, use broccoli instead.
5. Ham-Hash Brown Casserole
Eat breakfast for supper with this easy recipe by using frozen hash browns, a few cups of chopped cooked ham, potato soup, and shredded cheese. Crush some crackers to create the perfect, crunchy one-dish casserole!
These are just a few simple and inexpensive meals for summer. Think about managing debt next time you’re at the supermarket by buying the right ingredients for these delicious recipes!