They're nutritious, easy to make and most importantly, taste delicious. Sound too good to be true? Believe it.
These simple budget recipes won't break the bank and are packed full of fresh ingredients and flavour. We've got it all. For even more budget beauties, check out our cheap eats recipe collection. A simple, healthy family meal with flatbreads enveloping spiced chicken skewers. This DIY dinner is ideal for busy weeknights.
Serve with yogurt for drizzling, crunchy pickled cabbage and a pot of hummus for extra creaminess. Add a dash of chilli sauce for those that can take the heat. If you're feeling adventurous, try making our quick hummus with a handful of storecupboard ingredients.
Fancy a low-calorie curry with plenty of spice? Try our carrot biryani and prepare to be amazed by how much flavour this humble veg can bring to a dish. Plate up this casual curry in 25 minutes and serve with dollops of cool yogurt. Try using speedy ready-prepped pouches of rice for an even simpler supper. Try our pot-roast Bombay chicken for a guaranteed crowd-pleasing one-pot. We recommend enjoying with crunchy poppadums and a sweet mango chutney on the side. The tikka masala paste adds an intense burst of flavour to the broth, balanced by smooth coconut milk.
Cheesy mushroom gnocchi in 20 minutes is our idea of midweek meal heaven. Home Recipes Family meals. Lighter toad-in-the-hole.
That is one piece of chicken per person with 2 extra for a husband and teen boy to have an extra piece. This cheese sausage batter is quick and easy to make, using items from your store cupboard like a spare egg, flour and gravy. A saucy, warming casserole with Cumberland sausages, chilli gravy and kidney beans. Slow cooking really tenderises the meat and spreads the flavour throughout the dish. Chicken and broccoli bake Why not try this recipe to spice up your chicken dinner? If you've never cooked with polenta, try this healthy, heart recipe for baked vegetable polenta , packed with vegetables and Greek-style feta cheese. Recipe here.
Tomato-coated pork traybake with potatoes. Simple lasagne. Vegetarian pasta bake with halloumi. Apple and pork meatballs. Chicken noodle soup. Chicken and chorizo traybake. Loaded potato skins. Popular family meals Apple crumble. Once your eggs are scrambled, assemble your breakfast burritos and add any extras you might want.
Toppings like shredded cheese, sour cream, and salsa or hot sauce all work rather well.
Grilled cheese and tomato soup, shared by Colleen, is one of the most nutritious cheap-and-easy meals out there. Making grilled cheese is easy: Butter four slices of bread, and lay them flat on a hot griddle or frying pan. Even making homemade tomato soup is simple with this quick, creamy tomato soup recipe from the Food Network. Making your own marinara sauce is easy, says Fran, the woman who shared this recipe.
All you have to do is saute a large can of tomatoes, half an onion chopped , and a pinch of garlic together for minutes, adding salt and pepper to taste. This meal, shared by Amy, reminds me deeply of growing up. My mom would make a huge pan of cornbread and the mixture of the aromas would just fill the house. Just boil a box of pasta and, in a separate pot, whisk together the milk and flour, adding about a teaspoon of salt and a bit of sugar and pepper to taste.
Stir constantly until just boiling, then lower the heat and continue stirring for a few moments as it thickens. Next, add the shredded cheese and mix until melted, and then pour the cheese mixture over the pasta. Oatmeal is extremely nutritious and easy to make. After draining your pasta, add one jar of Ragu pasta sauce or homemade marinara , a can of chickpeas, and a small diced onion. Mix it all together and simmer on low heat until your onion is cooked and the dish is piping hot.
Put it all in a big pot, add some water and then bring to a boil. Add salt and pepper to taste at the end. We make a stew similar to this in our family crock pot all the time. The house smells incredibly good by the end of the day.
Chili is one of those great stew-type dishes that you can make a hundred different ways, all of them cheap, and all of them delicious. Start by browning some ground beef in a large pot, and draining the fat. Then dump in a base of tomato sauce or paste or juice , add one whole chopped onion, one large can of diced tomatoes, a chopped bell pepper, a minced clove of garlic, and some salt and pepper. Add water and a package of chili seasoning or make your own spice packets and bring it to a boil.
Next, add two cans of black beans or kidney beans. Of course, you can add sausage, celery, corn, or just about anything else you like, too. To make an even cheaper vegetarian chili, omit the ground beef and add an extra can of beans, 2 cups of frozen corn, or a package of soy crumbles. This recipe from RealSimple.
You could serve these at a party or simply munch on them while you watch television. When it comes to cheap meals, there is none more iconic than the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, shared by Kendell.