If you look at the average American family’s spending, cheap & easy meal/ food spending is one of the most common budget busters. In fact, many Americans literally eat (cheap & easy meal) through their income, knowingly spending more than they can afford on dining out or even groceries. One of the best ways to rein in this easily bloated budget category is to cook at home & there are a ton of tasty, cheap & easy meals you can make at home with very few ingredients & not much time.
According to a survey mostly (regarding cheap & easy meal) people what their favorite dirt-cheap & easy meal here are some of the best recipes people shared, along with a few more ideas of our own to help you & your family eat (cheap & easy meal) well for next to nothing. Swapping a lunch or dinner out with one of these cheap & easy meals just once or twice per week is an easy way to lower your food expenses.
4 Favorite Dirt-Cheap & Easy Meals
1. Sticky Rice, Vegetables, & Soy Sauce Cheap & Easy Meal
This cheap & easy meal, is pretty simple & similar to something I used to cook up during my college years with an unhealthy amount of soy sauce. Using the ingredients below mentioned, you can whip up a delicious dish in minutes.
All you have to do is steam some rice, dump a can of vegetables (or a bag of frozen veggies (cheap & easy meal) in a microwave-safe bowl & heat them up, then mix the vegetables & rice together with just the right amount of soy sauce. These three ingredients may not make a flashy cheap & easy meal, but the concoction is fairly healthy, cheap, & easy. (Next time you order take-out, save any extra soy sauce packets to make this dish even cheaper.)
- 2 cups of uncooked rice: $1
- Canned or frozen vegetables: $1.19
- Soy sauce: $1.99
Total: $4.17 (makes six servings)
2. Egg & Black Beans Burritos Cheap & Easy Meal
This is cheap & easy meal, if you are looking for a nutritious breakfast you can eat on the go, look no further than this recipe for egg & black bean burritos. The idea is very simple: to Start by heating some tortillas on the griddle. While they heat, scramble a dozen eggs & heat a can of black beans on the stovetop.
Once your eggs are scrambled (cheap & easy meal), assemble your breakfast burritos & add any extras you might want. Toppings like shredded cheese, sour cream, & salsa or hot sauce all work rather well. (You can also make these in bulk & freeze them so they are ready to heat up on a hectic weekday morning.)
- Can of black beans: 99 cents
- 8 pack of tortillas: $1.88
- Carton of eggs: $1.99
Total: $4.86 plus toppings (makes eight servings)
3. Chickpeas & Pasta Cheap & Easy Meal
This is cheap & easy meal, if you are participating in Meatless Mondays or trying to eat vegetarian (cheap & easy meal) more often, here is a recipe you can try.
Heat one package of pasta on your stovetop until it’s al dente. After draining your pasta, add one jar of Ragu pasta sauce (or homemade marinara), a can of chickpeas, & a small diced onion. Mix it all together & simmer on low heat until your onion is cooked & the dish is piping hot.
- 1 can of chickpeas: 99 cents
- 1 small onion, diced: 89 cents
- 1 jar of Ragu or other pasta sauce: $2.29
- 12-oz. box of pasta: $1.19
Total: $5.27 (makes six servings)
4. Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich Cheap & Easy Meal
When it comes to cheap & easy meals, there is none more iconic than the peanut butter & jelly sandwich, shared by Kendell. It’s something I have for lunch twice a week, at least. You can make your PB&J as fancy or simple as you like — I use 12-grain bread, peanut butter, & some homemade jelly slathered on the top. Either way, it’s sure to please at any age.
- Loaf of bread: $1.99
- Peanut butter: $1.99
- Jelly: $1.99
Total: $5.97 (makes 10 servings)