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Frugal Meals that Are Also Healthy & Delicious
These 26 Healthy Recipes for Delicious Frugal Meals will help you eat well while not blowing your grocery budget.
I don’t know anyone who isn’t trying to tighten their belt and their food budget. From groceries to gas, everything is getting more expensive lately.
Before we dive into recipes for frugal dinners, let’s step back for just a second and think about ways we can better spend our grocery money on a tight budget and how we can reduce food waste once we get those groceries home. Both of these posts are chock full of suggestions and actionable ideas. Incorporating some of these frugal living suggestions will further help us reign in our grocery bills and save money.
So, with that info under our belts, let’s look at some healthy, delicious, and filling frugal dinner ideas and recipes that use relatively inexpensive ingredients. These recipes run the gamut, from potato soup to pasta dishes and everything in between.
Frugal Meal Recipes
Just because these fall into the ‘frugal recipes’ category doesn’t mean they aren’t also healthy and delicious. Frugal and Delicious are not mutually exclusive.
Frugal Meal Recipes
These 26 Healthy and Frugal Meal Ideas will help you eat well while not blowing your grocery budget.
Simple and economical ingredients come together for this soul-satisfying Squash Soup. With squash being such an inexpensive vegetable, this is a very frugal meal. Pair this easy recipe with a nice salad for a delicious meal.
Let chuck roast slowly simmer in garlic, onion, Worcestershire, and soy sauce for the day, and you'll have the best fork-tender, pull-apart beef for sandwiches, enchilada or burrito filling, and more. Add this Slow Cooker Pulled Beef recipe to your recipe stash; it will be one you return to repeatedly.
This slow cooker turkey chili recipe is the perfect 'set and forget' meal. Whether it's a game day, a ski day, a busy day, or just a cold night, this ground turkey chili will be a welcome meal come at dinner time.
A few minutes of meal prep time in the morning will yield a big batch of healthy and hearty turkey chili for dinner. This chili has long been a family favorite recipe, luckily it happens to be a relatively cheap meal as well.
Both crock pot and stovetop instructions are provided.
Of all the beans, lentils are the most economical. Which is a great thing because they are healthy and filling. Budget-friendly carrots, celery, onion, and canned tomatoes make this soup a recipe that should be on rotation in a frugal kitchen.
These delicious crock pot pinto beans, flavored with onions, jalapeños, garlic and spices, have become a staple in our home because they are effortless to make and very versatile. In addition to the slow cooker pinto beans recipe, we discuss whether to soak or not soak your beans, as well as how to cook this recipe in an Instant Pot and on the stovetop.
More Ideas for Frugal Meals That are also Simple Meals
In addition to these delicious recipes, some other very frugal meals are:
Tacos (with ground beef or turkey)
French Bread Pizzas (Cut a loaf of french bread in half, top it with pizza sauce and sprinkle it with cheese. A couple of minutes under the broiler and you have a filling meal that is perfect when paired with a healthy salad)
Egg Salad Sandwiches
Garbage Soup (gather your leftover meat and vegetables and put them in a pot with some broth, seasonings, and diced tomatoes. This was a staple in our home growing up.)
Bean and Cheese Burritos (any beans will work, but seasoned black beans or pinto beans are our favorites)
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Baked Potatoes or Baked Sweet Potatoes topped with broccoli, chili, sour cream, and/or cheese.
Make quesadillas with your leftover taco meat or season leftover meat with taco seasoning. Fill with refried beans, cheese, and vegetables. The variations are endless.
Once you’ve gone through these recipes, a good idea is to make your weekly meal plans incorporate several of these recipes that use similar ingredients. Having items on your shopping list that you’ll use more than once is a great way to save money.
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