Grocery Prices Are Still So High, People Are Sharing Their Best Budget Recipes

Grocery Prices Are Still So High, People Are Sharing Their Best Budget Recipes

So, recently, I asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to share their favorite budget meals that don’t seem cheap. Here is part of what they had to say:


“What I made tonight: butterfly pasta, bacon, microwaved broccoli and garlic. Use the bacon fat and a little butter to heat the garlic, add the broccoli and toss -it straight over cooked pasta. I use what I have leftover bacon from breakfast, so it’s not really “expensive”. The whole meal is about $5, and that makes me three or four servings for me.”


“A traditional Venezuelan meal! It’s delicious, filling, nutritious, and incredibly inexpensive. Start with plain rice and beans. Then add arepas. It’s a type of plain bread made with PAN (white cornmeal cooked), salt, water, and oil that you make on the stovetop. If you can, fill the arepas with protein, such as meat, eggs, or cheese. To complete the meal, include fried plantain or fried bananas, if you must. only cost a few dollars, at most, per meal.”


“Soak the black beans overnight, then cook them with water, bay leaf, thyme, chopped green and red pepper and garlic until tender. To serve, make rice with water (or chicken broth, if you have it), onions and thyme.Then, when the rice is cooked, add the chopped cilantro.Serve the beans over the rice.


“A simple potato soup: you just need a few potatoes, an onion, garlic, broth (chicken or vegetable), cream cheese and any toppings you wish.”


“Zucchini Lasagna: Slice your zucchini and top with your favorite pasta sauce (pesto, tomato, etc.). Then add cheese and put in the oven for 20 minutes. »


“Mujadara! Recipes vary from family to family, but this Lebanese staple of lentils and rice is warm, flavorful, comforting and filling! This recipe is great, but crispy onions shouldn’t be optional ; they give the dish an extra touch.”


“Tuna fritters. Can of tuna, one egg, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Mix in a bowl and fry like a crispy tuna pancake. Absolutely delicious and nutritious for CHEAP.”


“Honestly, when in doubt, I make vegetarian burrito bowls: grains (rice, quinoa, etc.) with black beans and canned corn. I also like to add peppers and sweet potatoes.”


“I like to buy a rotisserie chicken and use it for a meal (we often have the chicken in a salad for two nights, but you can use it in many ways). After eating the flesh, put the bones and the rest of flesh pieces in a cheesecloth bag in a large pot of water and boil for a few hours.”


“My family’s favorite low-cost, low-effort meal is a baked sweet potato topped with chilli. Sounds a little questionable, but don’t knock it until you try it. We used homemade chilli and in canned for it, and both work incredibly well.You get protein, veggies, and all the satisfaction of your favorite chili toppings in one comfortable meal.


“Vegetable soup! I probably spend $10-$15 MAX on ingredients and get about five or six meals out of it. I live off that as a chef, haha.”


“Add lentils and/or veggies to ground meat dishes. I’ve been doing this for years with sloppy joes, tacos, meatloaf, etc. I used to do this to increase the nutritional content and add protein, fiber and vegetables to my kids.” But now ? This is due to the cost of groceries. The spinach helps the meatballs stick together. Ground carrot, celery, peppers and onion add flavor and texture to meatloaf. Chop the lentils with the ground meat and seasoning, and no one is the wiser.”


“It’s not the most balanced meal, but it’s sure to be hearty and tasty! Spaghetti cooked in olive oil, with white onion and fresh garlic. Boil the spaghetti al dente, then add the sautéed garlic and onion. Sometimes I add black olives if I have them in the fridge (and they last forever). That’s all you probably already have in the cupboard and can buy in bulk for cheap; it also only takes 10 minutes to make.”


“Frittatas – you can use up leftover protein and veg, cook it all in one pan, and put it all in the oven.”


“Chicken and Meatballs! If you’re making it from scratch, it goes a long way with leftover chicken broth and bones for bone broth, and it can easily feed a large family or be split up and frozen for several. meal.”


“I’m Indian, and I really think rice is a blessing food. Very cheap, and you can literally eat it at every meal. Breakfast: fried egg with runny yolk, rice, soy sauce Lunch: mock fried rice with frozen vegetables, old leftover rice, soy sauce/sesame oil, egg, any meat you have on hand (or none!) Dinner: can of spiced chickpeas (chana masala) over rice! Truly, the best cheap, yet hearty, healthy meals ever come from rice.”


“A loaded baked potato! Bake a potato and top it with a number of items: taco baked potato with ground meat, onion, jalapeños, sour cream and avocado. Greek Baked with Feta, Chickpeas and Kalamata Olives Baked Potato Curry with Curry Powder, Peas and Chickpeas There are so many options you can make depending on what you have at home It’s so versatile and can have as many or as few ingredients as needed, AND it’s super filling. Remember: seasonings and spices are your friends (especially when it comes to giving the sour cream an extra flavor!).”


“Buy a cheap bag of mixed dried peas, beans, or lentils; soak them overnight; then cook them for a few hours with basic curry spices and paprika (honestly, whatever you like and (which will taste good with curry), and add some form of shortening (coconut milk or butter) to the curry while cooking.You can also add a dollop of sour cream or yogurt on top when you’re done. Make some rice and add some chopped fresh veggies or frozen veggies (really, whatever you have or are on sale) Voila, you have a meal that costs less than $5 and will last you several dinners. .


“Sweet Potato Taco Boats. Bake sweet potatoes (or fruit bats, but candies are especially good) whole with skin on (about 50 minutes at 400 degrees), then cut open and top with seasoned black beans for tacos, salsa, cream sour and cheese. So delicious, amazingly good for you (tons of vitamins and fiber!) and pretty little effort. »


“I take a package of hot dogs and cut them into bite-sized medallions. Toss them in a pan to color the edges a bit, then add a large pot of sauerkraut (drain about two-thirds of the juice) and simmer until everything is piping hot. Sometimes I pair it with frozen vegetables or a can of baked beans I have on hand, or we eat it on breads hot dog with chips for a quick and inexpensive dinner.”


“I love making this pasta dish with red peppers and kidney beans. I simmer the pasta and beans together until al dente. Then, in a sauté pan, I toss a red pepper finely sliced ​​in oil and paprika over medium heat, and I add the beans and pasta to the pan to coat. Season with salt, of course, and voila! Tasty, cheap, very nutritious and cooked in 15 minutes about.


“Mac ‘n’ cheese with tuna and mixed peas. Also an all-in-one meal.”


“Easy fried rice: 3 cups cold cooked rice, a bag of frozen vegetables, two lightly beaten eggs, 2 tablespoons soy sauce and 2 tablespoons sesame oil. Heat the coconut seed oil sesame seeds in a skillet, then sauté the vegetables. Push to the side or remove from the pan and scramble the egg. Toss with the vegetables, add the rice and soy sauce, and cook until tender. Boom: cheap and easy fried rice.


“Toss frozen cheese tortellini with frozen vegetables and Italian dressing. Cover and refrigerate – they thaw at lunch and you have a delicious cold pasta dish! Cheap and easy, and goes well with a kid’s lunch bag!”

Do you have a favorite inexpensive dish? Tell us all about it in the comments!

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