Next time you're in a dinner rut, whip up one of these tried-and-true recipes that are favorites among All You readers.
Cost per serving: $5.38
You can feel good about serving your familiy this delicious and nutritious dish. Round out the meal by accompanying it with couscous and sautéed spinach.
See recipe: Poached Salmon
Cost per serving: $2.47
Whole-wheat pasta would give this dish a fiber and vitamin boost. If your family balks at a bowlful, start by mixing just a little whole-wheat pasta with your usual kind. Over time, slowly increase the amount of whole-wheat noodles used, until all of the regular pasta is replaced.
See recipe: Creamy Lemon Pasta with Chicken
Cost per serving: $1.69
Small potatoes cook more quickly than larger ones, and using red potatoes gives this budget entrée a nice shot of color. Experiment with different flavors of sausage, including hot or sweet Italian.
Recipe: Sausages with Warm Potato Salad
Cost per serving: $1.05
Serve this chili over spaghetti and sprinkle with grated Cheddar for authentic Cincinnati flavor.
See recipe: Cincinnati Chili
Cost per serving: $3.22
Red peppers add a shot of nutrition and color to this slow-cooker supper, and capers add a salty zing. Prepare it in the morning and add the capers right before serving.
See recipe: Beef Stew with Peppers
Cost per serving: $2.63
Romaine is a good source of vitamins A and C, plus folate, turkey and eggs add satisfying protein, cranberries tick up the fiber and just the right amount of bacon and blue cheese tastes indulgent without piling on the calories.
See recipe: Cobb Salad with Cranberries
Cost per serving: $3.62
Your family will love this delicious Sauteed Chicken with Fresh Blueberry Sauce recipe—it looks impressive, but is easy to make!
See Recipe: Sauteed Chicken with Fresh Blueberry Sauce
Cost per serving: 66¢
For a touch of bitter flavor and a pretty splash of purple, swap radicchio for the Boston lettuce. With either type of lettuce, trim larger leaves with kitchen shears to make compact “cups.”
See recipe: Curried Chicken Salad in Lettuce Cups
Cost per serving: $1.20
You might think of quiche as indulgent brunch food, but this cheesy egg dish is high in protein making it a filling dinner as well. The key to keeping the calories intake in check is portion control.
See recipe: Ham, Swiss and Spinach Quiche
Cost per serving: $1.37
Want to try something different? Use leftover coffee or brew it fresh to make a hearty marinade. Chicken drumsticks are always a good buy; purchase them on sale and stock up.
See recipe: Coffee-Brined Chicken Drumsticks
Cost per serving: $2.56
Serve this healthy (yes, healthy!), satisfying meal for under $3 per serving! You can save time and money by using a frozen Asian vegetable mix in the recipe.
See recipe: Kung Pao Chicken
Cost per serving: $3.14
Nothing short of spicy, the chipotle dressing packs a punch in this taco salad. If you prefer a milder dressing, tame the heat by using less adobo sauce. For more fire, add more sauce 1 tsp. at a time.
See recipe: Chopped Chicken Taco Salad with Chipotle Dressing
Cost per serving: 80¢
The entire family will want seconds of this Cheesy Corn-and-Black-Bean Quesadillas recipe; it's tasty, affordable and so easy to make. This crowd-pleaser is great for dinner or as an appetizer for a party.
See recipe: Cheesy Corn and Black Bean Quesadillas
Cost per serving: 80¢
This breakfast-inspired dish is delicious any time of day. Punch up this Chicken Hash recipe with sweet, hot or smoked paprika.
See recipe: Chicken Hash
Cost per serving: $.61
Using individual soufflé dishes makes it easier to serve this side at dinner parties.
See Recipe: Cheddar-and-Corn Spoon Bread
Cost per serving: $1.39
Get your meat-and-potatoes fix the easy way with a classic shepherd’s pie made in the slow cooker. Lean ground beef, a frozen veggie mix and potatoes blended with just a touch of milk and butter make it a well-balanced meal.
See recipe: Slow-Cooker Shepherd’s Pie
Cost per serving: $1.58
This slow-cooker favorite calls for two bone-in chicken breasts. To make it with leftover or rotisserie chicken, skip the step where you brown the meat, and simply add the leftover chicken to the mixture as is.
See recipe: White Bean and Chicken Chili
Cost per serving: $2.19
Whip up this cheese-filled comfort dish in half an hour.
See recipe: Spinach-Ricotta Skillet Lasagna