Money-Saving Meals

Cook up good food for less with these budget-friendly dinner ideas.

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Whole-Grain Pasta with Chickpeas and Escarole

This whole-wheat pasta dish makes a hearty meatless meal.

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Broccoli Chowder with Cheddar Toasts

Make an easy chowder filled with broccoli and potatoes for dinner.

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Garlic-and-Greens Spaghetti

This simple pasta is a great way to eat hearty greens like kale, chard, escarole or mustard greens.

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Fish Piccata

Melissa d'Arabian's budget-friendly fish dinner is full of flavor.

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French Onion Soup

Melissa's French Onion Soup makes a simple dinner that's easy on the wallet.

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Roasted Garlic Chicken

Roasted chicken is a classic, budget-friendly meal. Stock your freezer when chicken goes on sale, then roast it with the simple flavors of garlic and herbs.

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Pasta with Pancetta and Lentils

This hearty, flavorful pasta is not only budget-friendly, it's a timesaver too; this pantry-staple meal is ready in just 25 minutes.

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Vegetable Fried Rice with Bacon

Using meat as a garnish rather than making it the star of your meal is an easy way to save money on your grocery bill. In this homemade version of a takeout classic, a little bit of bacon goes a long way.

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Lentils with Fried Eggs

Lentils and eggs are two of the most-inexpensive protein sources out there; pair them together for a super-simple weeknight dinner.

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Baked Sweet-and-Sour Chicken

Skip bottled sweet-and-sour sauce and make your own using pantry ingredients: ketchup, vinegar, orange marmalade and soy sauce.

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Tortilla with Chorizo

Make a Spanish-style tortilla for dinner with potatoes, eggs and chunks of chorizo.

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Bistro Egg Sandwiches

These satisfying bistro sandwiches make an elegant brunch item at little cost to the host thanks to the simple ingredient list of pantry-ready items.    

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Grilled Flank Steak with Ginger Marinade

Grilled flank steak is a great option when it comes to satisfying a dinner party on a budget. Although flank is a more inexpensive cut, the meat is lean and tender. Like skirt steak, it works well with a marinade.

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Pork Carnitas

Melissa uses a slow cooker for this inexpensive Tex-Mex-inspired dinner. Wrap the meat in tortillas and serve with salsa and guacamole.

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Beef and Bechamel Lasagna

Melissa's comforting lasagna relies on pantry staples and everyday spices, so there's no need to visit any specialty stores. Given the dish's generous portion size, you can even save on lunch the next day by enjoying leftovers.

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Russian Roast Beef Salad

This ample salad is chock-full of budget-friendly ingredients like roast beef, red cabbage, croutons and whole gherkins. Skip overpriced, store-bought dressings and prepare your own flavorful Thousand Island dressing at home with ketchup, mayonnaise and finely chopped gherkins.

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Minestrone Soup

Eating soup is a great way to eat more vegetables on a budget. In one steaming bowl of Ellie Krieger's minestrone, you'll get five kinds of vegetables, plus protein-packed kidney beans — without breaking the bank.

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Broiled Lemon-Garlic Chicken

This recipe demonstrates just how easy, satisfying and cost-conscious a chicken dinner can be. These half chickens are tender and juicy, with just a few ingredients to keep the meal cost low.

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Monday-Night Red Beans and Rice

Add some chopped turkey andouille to your bowl of rice and red beans for smoky flavor and extra protein on a budget.

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