Affordable Dinner Selections

Try roasting a whole chicken or buying a rotisserie chicken , then utilizing it for everything from pizza to tacos all week long. Try adding more expensive seafood or steak to pasta or rice to help make smaller, more affordable portions go further, like in our smoked salmon pasta or our creamy steak fettuccine.

They help dinners come together SO fast. One of the best ways to save some money is to go meatless and not just on Mondays. Try our vegan lasagna , our creamy mushroom pasta , our tofu katsu curry , or our vegan crunchwrap to see how versatile and filling these meals can be. Want more cheap and easy meals?

Everything comes together in one pot —from browning the beef to simmering the sauce, even boiling the spaghetti! Get the Taco Spaghetti recipe.

Adding white beans makes this heartier than your average chicken noodle soup , and the addition of green chiles, jalapeño, and sour cream add the perfect amount of heat and creaminess to switch up classic chili.

Plus, everything comes together in less than an hour! Get the White Chicken Chili recipe. Our simple, flavor-packed cornbread provides the perfect base for our shredded chicken , enchilada sauce, and plenty of melty cheese. If you're looking for the coziest weeknight dinner , this has gotta be next on your list.

Get the Chicken Tamale Pie recipe. Bell peppers are strong enough to hold their shape in the oven, and the flavor is subtle enough to go well with just about anything. This is our favorite recipe, but the customization options are endless —check out all our stuffed pepper recipes here too.

Get the Classic Stuffed Peppers recipe. From the realms of cheesy pizza and bubbling baked pasta comes a new family favorite: pizza casserole. Loaded with sausage, veggies, and plenty of cheese, this easy weeknight dinner has all of the cheesy, tomato-filled goodness of our favorite take-out pizza, neatly packaged in a 13"-by-9" pan.

Get the Pizza Casserole recipe. Craving homemade enchiladas and being in a hurry aren't really compatible since the classic Mexican dish requires many steps and a fair amount of time. Enter these chicken enchiladas , a quick take on the dish that comes together in one skillet.

Get the Green Chile Chicken Skillet Enchiladas recipe. A classic nostalgic comfort dish , goulash is the hearty weeknight dinner we'll always crave.

The best thing about it? Everything cooks together in one pot —even the pasta! Get the Goulash recipe. Focusing on only 3 key ingredients, our chicken fajita recipe requires minimal prep and cook time, meaning dinner on the table FAST.

Follow our classic recipe for our best-ever version or use it as a jumping-off point to experiment with your favorite proteins, veggies, and toppings. Get the Chicken Fajitas recipe. This sheet pan dinner works with whatever veggies you already have and requires basically zero effort.

Most of the time spent is waiting while the sheet pan is in the oven, and there are minimal dishes to clean when it's all said and done. What more could you need? Craving BBQ pulled chicken? Good news—this slow-cooker recipe makes it easier than ever to create delicious, tender, and extra-flavorful pulled chicken right at home with minimal effort.

Get the Brown Sugar BBQ Chicken recipe. Get the Mexican Chicken Casserole recipe. We've all been there: You're craving homemade pizza , but you want it fast —no time to deal with rolling out finicky pizza dough.

The solution? Grab a loaf of French bread , and get ready for the pizza hack of a lifetime. Get the French Bread Pizza recipe. This is probably THE simplest recipe The chicken falls apart and becomes immensely tender, flavored with the familiar flavors of chunky salsa and taco seasoning , and brightened up with bursts of lime juice.

This recipe elevates baked tilapia with a spicy and tangy marinade featuring chili powder, lime, and garlic.

Recipe: Chili Lime Baked Tilapia With Avocado Crema. This whole chicken is enough for multiple meals. Season the chicken with a BBQ rub, then cook it on a can of beer on the grill for juicy and flavorful results.

Recipe: Barbecue Beer Can Chicken. This rainbow bowl also serves as a rainbow of nutrients. It's packed with energizing ingredients like quinoa, mushrooms, beets, herbs and a tangy tahini dressing — a nutritious and filling budget meal. Recipe: Energy-Boosting Buddha Bowl.

These noodles are literally made of vegetables — so this meal is doing double duty as comfort food with a healthy twist. Add kale to your pesto to sneak another veggie in there. Kids won't know the difference, and everyone will think it's totally delicious! Recipe: Zucchini Noodles with Kale Pesto.

This dish just feels like home. It gives you everything you want in a meal: the healthiness of vegetables, the protein of chicken, and the delightful texture of a biscuit.

This recipe takes less than half an hour to make. So what are you waiting for? Get rid of that idea in your head that cooking seafood is hard! It's that easy! Recipe: One-Pot Lemon Garlic Shrimp Pasta. This dish is so delicious, you won't believe it only calls for a handful of ingredients.

The secret is pairing pesto with mozzarella cheese — it's always a crowd pleaser. This recipe makes 4 servings, so you can have it as leftovers, invite friends over, or eat it all — we wouldn't blame you.

Recipe: Pesto Chicken Bake. Great news! This dish is super easy and quick! to make. You probably already have all of the ingredients on hand and it takes less than 20 minutes to make. With this cheesy pasta dish, you'll be cheesin' in no time. Recipe: Easy Chicken Alfredo Penne.

Who doesn't like fried rice? With brown rice, peas, carrots, eggs and scallions, this dish is a classic. This veggie fried rice is also a great call if you get home hungry — Instant Pot to the rescue! Recipe: Healthier Veggie Fried Rice. Let's just face the facts: quinoa in salad is elite.

This salad is a vegetarian's dream, with a refreshing combo of cucumbers, tomatoes, spinach. Top it all off with a lemony dressing to really seal the deal. Recipe: Avocado Quinoa Power Salad. Stir-fry is always a good idea. This recipe is flexible, since we all know stir-fry can be made with everything and the kitchen sink and still taste delicious!

You can even switch out the rice for noodles for a change in texture. This recipe is easy and delicious — and, even better, you can swap out some of the vegetables for ones already in your fridge. If you have tofu, dijon, and something green, you are most of the way there.

Get scrambling! Recipe: Tofu Scramble. It only takes 15 minutes to whip up this simple-but-satisfying masterpiece. Plus, the whole recipe only requires one pan. So not only will cooking be easy, but so will clean up!

Recipe: Cheese Tortellini in Creamy Marinara. Craving sushi but don't want to go out? We got you. Even better, the recipe is flexible, so you can swap out the veggies or protein for whatever you happen to have on hand. Recipe: Sushi Bowl. The recipe calls for a mixture of kidney beans, black beans, and pinto beans, but of course you can swap in whatever canned beans or grains that are already in your kitchen.

Recipe: Vegan 3-Bean Chili. Recipe: Egg Pizza With Scallions. This hearty chickpea masala is the perfect recipe for vegetarians and can be prepared spicy or mild, depending on your taste. The recipe calls for a splash of heavy cream, but you can use coconut milk to keep it vegan.

Recipe: Cauliflower and Chickpea Masala. This easy, kid-friendly dish starts with crescent roll dough on the bottom, then it's loaded with ground beef, cheese, and any of your favorite taco toppings. Recipe: Taco Pizza. This recipe uses baby kale to stuff the toast cups, but feel free to use spinach or arugula if kale isn't your favorite.

Recipe: Bacon and Egg Toast Cups. Feel free to use any hearty veggies you have on hand in place of the beets and radishes. Brussels sprouts, diced sweet potatoes, and carrots would all work well.

Recipe: Baked Eggs With Roasted Vegetables. This creamy mac 'n' cheese is loaded with all kinds of good stuff, like white cheddar, broccoli, and seared chicken.

Leave out the chicken. Broccoli isn't your favorite? Feel free to substitute it with whatever vegetables you have on hand.

Recipe: White Cheddar Mac 'n' Cheese With Chicken and Broccoli. This baby is everything you love about caprese and grilled cheese crammed into one delicious sandwich.

Serve it with salad or soup, and you've got yourself a dinner that's both fancy and budget-friendly. Recipe: Caprese Grilled Cheese. This recipe calls for a lot of basic ingredients you'll already have in the pantry. It makes six to eight servings too, so you can enjoy leftovers for lunch all week.

Recipe: Chicken Noodle Soup. Dal is a timeless classic — and this version is an ideal starter if you've never made it before. You only need a handful of ingredients, and the whole thing only takes 20 minutes.

The original recipe calls for red split lentils, but if you want to get more creative, add some French lentils, too. Recipe: Dal. Black bean patties are one of the most popular alternatives to meat. They're also pretty easy to make.

Recipe: Black Bean Burgers. Recipe: Tuna Melt. Pair it with any greens you have handy! Recipe: Sweet and Spicy Glazed Chicken. Tangy, spicy kimchi or Korean-style fermented vegetables is another way to add a ton of flavor to a dish for not a lot of money.

Keep a jar stocked in the fridge, then work it into fried rice, noodle bowls, or burgers. Recipe: Minute Kimchi Fried Rice. Recipe: Rice Bowl With Fried Egg And Avocado.

Recipe: Southwest Turkey, Vegetable, and Rice Skillet. This recipe calls for only three ingredients, and you can always add a protein to the mix if you want.

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This is probably THE simplest recipe The chicken falls apart and becomes immensely tender, flavored with the familiar flavors of chunky salsa and taco seasoning , and brightened up with bursts of lime juice. Serve this over rice, in lettuce cups, as tacos Get the Crockpot Salsa Chicken recipe.

Tostadas might just be the perfect meal—these crunchy corn tortillas are easy to buy or make! AND they can act as a vehicle for whatever toppings you like.

Here, that means creamy refried beans and a chile-spiked shredded chicken topping, but feel free to get creative. Get the Chicken Tostadas recipe. Use your favorite jarred or homemade salsa verde to make this extremely easy and flavorful dish.

Everything cooks in the same pot for a mess-free and, most importantly, quick weeknight dinner. It's about to be one of your new favorites. Juicy pork tenderloin seriously deserves its own spotlight. We keep the seasoning simple here: chili powder, cumin, garlic powder.

If you want another flavor profile, the world is your oyster: oregano and Italian seasoning, ranch seasoning, taco seasoning , or even just salt and black pepper will do. Get the Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin recipe.

Is there anything better than a one-skillet meal? It all comes together in just 40 minutes with minimal prep too! Get the Mexican Beef 'N Rice Skillet recipe. We love a classic lasagna , but it can be a lot of work. This easy skillet version instead tosses the cooked noodles in an oniony marinara sauce, dollops them with pesto , and tops them with ample slices of fresh mozzarella and a shower of grated Parmesan.

Get the Tricolore Skillet Lasagna recipe. Coated in crispy golden brown bread crumbs and drizzled with a luscious mushroom gravy, this vegetarian spin on a meaty classic will delight meat lovers and vegetarians alike. Get the Cabbage Schnitzel recipe. If there's one thing we find magical about Instant Pots, it's how quickly and perfectly they cook chicken and rice.

The rice is the perfect texture and the chicken is wildly tender. Camille Lowder is the digital food producer at Delish, otherwise known as our resident queen of recipe galleries. She loves anything vegan , foods masquerading as other foods hello, cauliflower , and a well-used Oxford comma. Tequila-Lime Chicken Thighs.

When trying to cut back on your grocery bills and purchase food that's inexpensive, the first thing that may come to mind is food that is unhealthy, ultra-processed and high in sodium and sugar. But there are lots of healthy foods that are more affordable than acai bowls and organic kale salads.

That said, trying to feed your family nutritious foods without breaking the bank can be a little bit of a struggle, so we wanted to make it as easy as possible.

We've compiled a list of 10 super-budget-friendly healthy foods, plus tips to help you keep those grocery bills down. Canned tomatoes are frequently used in many households. They're extremely versatile and very inexpensive. In addition to being a staple ingredient in many delicious recipes, canned tomatoes pack a significant nutritional punch.

They're a great source of vitamin C, as well as lycopene, which is an antioxidant that may reduce inflammation. Consuming tomatoes has also been linked to reducing "bad" LDL cholesterol and blood pressure levels according to a Biology Basel study.

Canned tomatoes can easily be added to soups, casseroles, stews and pasta dishes. Oats are a great nutrient-dense food to have on hand. They are super affordable and offer an easy way to provide your family with an impressive amount of nutrients. A large container of plain oats is not only cheaper but also more nutritious than packets of prepared flavored oatmeal, which are more processed and often have added sugar.

Whole-grain rolled oats are rich in fiber, which helps lower cholesterol levels and helps keep you full and satisfied. A serving of oats also contains B vitamins, iron, manganese, phosphorus, zinc and magnesium. Oats are typically eaten for breakfast, but they can be enjoyed in a variety of ways.

Add them to casseroles for an extra source of fiber, or mix it up with a bowl of savory oatmeal. Peanut butter is very cost-effective, delivering a lot of nutrition in a tiny package. A serving is 2 tablespoons, which means that one jar can last for quite a while.

Plus, it's a great source of plant-based protein as well as heart-healthy fats, vitamin E and B vitamins. When choosing your peanut butter, try to look for options without added sugars, although they tend to be more expensive. Stir it into a bowl of oatmeal or swap out your pasta and red sauce for some tasty peanut noodles.

Canned beans are budget-friendly and very nutritious. You can save even more money by choosing dried beans, but they do require more time to cook. Beans contain a significant amount of fiber and a variety of vitamins and minerals, including folate, iron, magnesium and potassium.

They're also a great source of plant-based protein. One cup of canned or cooked beans contains about 15 grams of protein, which is essential for lots of bodily functions, including building and maintaining muscle strength.

Beans can be incorporated into many types of dishes. Try them in soups, salads, tacos and burritos. Every household should definitely keep potatoes on hand. While they sometimes have a negative reputation, potatoes are packed with nutrition.

Potatoes contain a significant amount of potassium, a mineral that's very important in our bodies, helping to regulate fluid balance and muscle contractions, among other functions. If you want an added boost of nutrients, try using sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes.

Sweet potatoes are also high in potassium, but they contain a little more fiber as well as beta carotene. Both types of potatoes are versatile. Try making homemade french fries, mashed potatoes, or serve up a baked potato bar with your favorite toppings for an easy, family-friendly dinner.

Lentils are popular in many plant-based diets. They are very affordable and provide a great source of protein, fiber, iron and manganese. They also contain antioxidants that may help to fight inflammation and reduce the onset of chronic diseases.

Lentils can be used in a variety of ways and are very easy to prepare. Simply rinse dry lentils to remove any debris, place them in a large pot and fill it halfway with water. Let the lentils simmer until they're tender, then enjoy! Lentils can be used to make veggie burgers, soups and stews.

Inspired by traditional Mexican street food like suadero, esquites and squash blossom quesadillas, Hunger Street Tacos serves fresh, affordable tacos and quesadillas with rich flavor. In the heart of the Mills 50 neighborhood, King Bao serves up delicious steamed buns loaded with a delectable fusion of eastern and western flavors.

Cheesy slices bigger than your head? Say no more. Choose from over 45 toppings, including vegan cheese and protein options, along with salads and vegetable bowls to keep things balanced. Discover: Top Orlando Pizza Joints. This MICHELIN Recommended eatery in the Mills 50 district serves up delicious Laotian street food.

Hot menu items include kimchi fries, Indian butter chicken burritos, Korean beef tacos and a Banh Mi Dog with Cantonese style sausage. Best of all, their newest location on Mills 50 closes between 1 — 4 a. every day, perfect for that late night taco craving.

Dig into Nashville style hot fried chicken at this Milk District favorite, including some truly bonkers sliders that are much bigger than your average chicken sandwich. Turn up the heat with extra-hot sauce, or keep things chill with meek, mild or soulful sauce.

Visit Orlando Blog You won't need more than a saucepan, toaster or blender to prepare most Dinher the Affordaable, Affordable Dinner Selections Request for Technical Support Form can Discounted pantry supplies made Diinner as little as Affodrable minutes. Recipe: Rice Bowl With Fried Egg And Avocado. The original recipe calls for red split lentils, but if you want to get more creative, add some French lentils, too. This easy, kid-friendly dish starts with crescent roll dough on the bottom, then it's loaded with ground beef, cheese, and any of your favorite taco toppings. They also taste great combined with peanut butter or yogurt.

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