Easy, cheap dinner recipes are perfect for the family meal plan on a budget.
Cost per serving: $2.11
Packed with protein, fiber and vitamins, edamame is a healthy addition to any dish. It also adds unexpected flavor, especially when combined with chicken and finely shredded savoy cabbage. If you don’t have chicken on hand, use lean pork loin cut into strips or thinly sliced flank or skirt steak.
See recipe: Chicken-Edamame Stir-Fry
Cost per serving: $1.58
Hominy is a delicious, grainy (and very budget-friendly!) ingredient that adds heft to any meal. Here it’s paired with pork shoulder in a sauce made with canned tomatoes and―would you believe it?―a bottle of beer.
See recipe: Pork and Hominy Stew
Cost per serving: $2.41
The syrup’s sweetness brings out the delicate flavor in the fish―you’ll be surprised at how well they go together. Add a baked potato and a green vegetable such as broccoli or beans to round out the meal.
See recipe: Maple-Glazed Salmon Fillets
Cost per serving: $1.86
Chicken sausage is naturally low in fat and calories, but you won’t sacrifice flavor or heartiness by pairing it with garbanzo beans and fresh escarole in this delicious recipe.
See recipe: Sausage with Beans and Escarole
Cost per serving: $1.70
This sandwich stands on its own as a hot supper. The apples give it crunch, and the cheese and turkey make it substantial. Use thinly sliced Cheddar from the deli or packaged Cheddar slices.
See recipe: Grilled Turkey, Cheddar and Apple Sandwiches